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should I trade my Eddy Merckx for a Lemond Zurich?

Old 08-09-15, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by vtchuck View Post
If it is a Trek Lemond.... you're essentially being asked to trade your Merckx for a mid-range Trek.
Hmmm... that may be selling the LeMond a little short. But the only mid-range Treks I've ridden of that vintage were aluminum, so, no contest, 853 LeMond by a country mile, over a "mid-range Trek". But not your Eddy.

Originally Posted by vtchuck View Post
I think your brake set may be worth more than his entire bike.
That is arguably true. I've got those Deltas on my DeRosa, and they're truly terrible brakes; but they do fetch very high prices on the big auction site.
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Those LeMond 853 or possibly 853/525 frames are great, but no trade for a Merckx.

I recently bought what you see here on Craigslist - a Tourmalet setup (steel fork) - with Rolf wheels & some parts for $150.

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About 6 years ago I paid $1200 for my 85 Eddy Merckx Corsa with a Campy Croce D'Aun gruppo including Delta brakes. Those Delta brakes alone can sell for somewhere north of $900 in nice condition! The rest of the CD'A gruppo is also worth a bundle!

It's a superb riding and handling bike (except for the Delta brakes).

The Lemond has a mass produced TIG welded frame. Those bikes were made for commercial appeal and have no special features over a ton of similar bikes from that era other than the name.

The Merckx on the other hand is a finely hand crafted lugged frame built by skilled craftsmen in a small shop to Eddy Merckx's demanding standards.

Your Merckx is probably worth well over a $1000 as it stands.

It looks to be all Campy while the Lemond seems to have 2nd tier components.

If you have to have a Lemond Zurich shop around for awhile. I'm sure that you'll find one for an affordable price.



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I've owned both. The Lemond was just my size and racier than the Merckx, which was on the top end of my comfort range and a Extra Corsa, century geometry, softer smoother ride. Clearly you need to keep the Merckx for its value and qualities, and add the Lemond - as they both ably serve a different style of riding.

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Lemond is 853 cromo and has a relatively long top tube. It's made in Wisconsin. My Zurich had blue paint that scratched like butter. My BA was yellow and the paint was as hard as a diamond. Both bikes were great (both, triples): either should be worth more than $200 today but probably not over $600. I'd probably take either of'm back for what I sold'm for...

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I have the 853/carbon fork Lemond Buenos Aires triple. It's a very nice bike but not in the same league as the Merckx.
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The Lemond is a nice enough bike but the Merckx is worth about 3 times as much. I would never make that trade.
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I would not. If for nothing else, those brakes are worth $. Sell the brakes on eBay and then buy a similar Lemond (or that one) with the money and have both!
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I think most steel bikes take a significant back seat to Klein, Cannondale or modern carbon.

However, I'd like to have a non-Trek Lemond, especially after Trek destroyed the label and the Lance Armstrong/Floyd Landis attempts to intimidate Lemond. Kind of as a solidarity thing, if nothing else. I've had both a steel and a titanium Lemond but both were just too small. I'd like a Lemond that fits, but that wasn't ever made as far as I know.

I'd love a Merckx, properly big if it existed, because of the history but I'd readily admit that it just was what it was. I wouldn't expect the Lemond or the Merckx to actually be "better" bikes climbing, sprinting, or be more efficient than the 'dales, but not every bike has to be just about the pure performance. I'm a bike guy, but if I was a car guy not every car I'd own would be just about the performance at the track.

I think your friend is trying to fleece you with the trade. Just my opinion. However, if the Merckx doesn't fit, sell it and get one that does.
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yeah, those Lemonds are great, but there are zillions of them in garages sold in the late 90's, early 2000's. Your Merckx would be hard to replace. those Deltas are worth more than the whole lemond.
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It would be a trade that I would regret.
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