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Old 08-18-04, 06:18 PM   #1
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'05 Poprad specs...

Hey all. . .

I was at a bikeshop recently and had a chance to eye a new 2005 Poprad. First of all. Metallic White with blue panels. Beautiful paintjob.. (I like the white better than my black!)
carbon seatpost, true cross crankset (no 52 this year), 12-27 cassette, Platinum tubing (no more reynolds for Lemond. . ?) And better inline brake levers. (says the shop guy.. things dont get much simpler than inline levers, how much "better" these are is questionable but whatever..) same tires and wheels, same brakes, same alloy fork.. different seat (dont remember what it was).. still 105 all around. and the price was basically the same around 1000-1100

there it is. She was a real beaut!!

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(my poprad just served me 110% well on a 1200 mi tour fully loaded.. cant wait to strip her back down and hit the road 40 lbs lighter! : )
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Old 08-18-04, 06:34 PM   #2
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As I mentioned in the other thread where you commented on the 2005 Poprad, I just bought (but have not yet recieved) one.

I swear I remember reading thru the Lemond 2005 literature (with pic of white frame) at the LBS that it listed the frame material as 853.) I am sure I would have remembered Platinum. Hmmm...

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What the hell is platinum tubing???

I like the 853 and the 04 was the best buy on the market last year. My girlfriend got one for $850 stock(no pedals and the seat was a piece of slate).

Noisebeam let us know what you think...
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Platinum is an airhardening (like 853) steel alloy produced by True Temper. good stuff. couldnt even begin to give an informed comparo between it and 853. . .

well, maybe the sticker was wrong or it was something special. . . but I seen it with my own two eyes!!!

enjoy the bike its kick ass!!

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well, maybe the sticker was wrong or it was something special. . . but I seen it with my own two eyes!!!
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Well I certainly don't doubt it or you. My guess is that the Lemond 2005 literature was printed up, then Lemond (I forgot, who is the manuacturer of the Lemond brand?) decided to make a change in frame material (perhaps due to shortages, I know nothing about this, but read it somewhere)

The reason for my guess is that one LBS I spoked to over the phone the frame was Platinum (and you confirm this with your own eyes), but when I went to a different LBS where I ordered the bike from the Lemond 2005 literature showed 835 Reynold as the frame material in the last page of specs. (I read it with my own eyes)

I wonder when the Lemond web pages will be updated with the 2005 bikes?

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If you go to this link, I think that it provides an explanation for what is going on with the tubing switch from 853 to True Temper. One can only guess about the "real" motivation for the switch.
http://www.insidetri.com/train/coach...es/2215.0.html
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I received a Poprad 2005 yesterday evening. So far only 13mi on it. It does look great. Handling is great too.

The in line levers are Cane Creek (not sure about model #). It certainly is OX Platinum tubing.

Still need to fine tune fit a bit, the reach with hands on hoods seems about 1cm too far. That is it feels better to ride with cup of thumb and forefinger about 1cm away from hood. Maybe just my getting a better CX fit by raising HB will help (but top bar already feels a bit high)

The brakes seem quite soft, there is a lot of travel in the levers (even when adjusted close to rim) and I can't get them to really grab unless I really clamp down unusually hard, which is hard to do with hands on top of brakes.

The rear derallier needs some adjustment already, it is 'auto shifting' even with minor load on pedals - annoying on this mornings ride. These things I can do myself, but figure I'll swing by LBS on the way home so they are aware. (derailler cables don't stretch that much after 5mi do they?)

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Awsome post a pic in the show us your cross bike thread. Sounds like you just need a few tweeks to get rolling.
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Update on 2005 Poprad...

Stopped by shop. They tuned rear derailler and brake. Both are much better now. The front brakes still squeal and the front fork chatters on moderate to hard braking. Kind of annoying, shop said there is not much more that can be done due to design of brakes. That makes sense, but is dissapointing on a $1k bike.

(As I felt funny asking shop to turn a rear derailier adjustment knob, I commented to shop that I could adjust deraillers as I've done that on my old bike for 15yrs. but since bike was 1 day new I just thought it better for them to tune it up in case there was something else going on. Interestingly they said that that it is much preferred that they do even minor tweaks as there is 1yr of free tuning and if I mess with it badly they can no longer give free tuning. So at least I don't feel annoying asking shop to tweak derailer and I like this shop as they do good work and are friendly.)

The ride this morning was much better due to better brakes and shifting and as expected I am quickly getting used to handlebar positions - the hoods yesterday were really uncomfortable so I rode home entirely in drops which felt much better. This morning I rode 90% on hoods. Nothing has changed but my body.

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