Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Okanagan Valley, BC CANADA
Bikes: Trek 7300FX, Lemond Sarthe
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I ordered a '06 Lemond last September before they had started shipping, got it in December, waited couple of weeks for the upgrades to arrive and I picked it up Dec 24th. Changed the stem 2 mo. later.
I knew exactly what I wanted. I had a typed list of every up grade and detail which I gave the LBS in advance. I talked to 4 Lemond dealers within 100 miles, only one was willing to bring it in without a deposit, and the condition that I would only take the bike if I was happy with the fit. We decided on the price and upgrades before it was ordered. When it arrived, I rode it on a trainer for a hour and decided the frame would work for me. I gave the LBS a cheque for $1000 as a deposit and they proceeded to order the upgrades (wheelset, crank, BB, cassette, tires, saddle, pedals). Got a 10mm shorter stem later (n/c).
It worked well for both me and the LBS. We both knew exactly where we both stood at all times.