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2002 Lemond Zurich or Merlin Titanium

Old 02-22-17, 11:40 AM
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2002 Lemond Zurich or Merlin Titanium

I have been acquiring parts to start a road bike for the season and I am down to the frame.
I really like the feel of steel, but also like what people have to say about Ti.
I owned a Bianchi Eros '04 and have a waterford track bike .

any help would be appreciated
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Old 02-22-17, 12:50 PM
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If the '02 Zurich frame has the stock CF fork it looks pretty good...
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Old 02-22-17, 01:14 PM
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The zurich does have the stock fork ....
any experience with either frame?
reynolds 832 or the merlin titanium?
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Old 02-23-17, 12:02 PM
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if you are buying an older bike I would go titanium. It can be finished very easily and it is less likely to have fatigue issues..IMHO
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I have a 1998 Lemond Zurich (853) and 1999 Schwinn Paramount Ti (Serotta) with factory carbon forks, they are currently bare frames hanging in my workshop. The two frames you are looking at are newer and I doubt the Serotta built Paramount is very much like the Merlin. Probably not much help but- Both of my bikes have been ridden extensively on all types of road surfaces with Mavic Kyserium SL wheels and both provide an excellent, albeit slightly different ride quality. Unfortunately, any comments that I could make about ride quality would be purely anecdotal. The Schwinn felt slightly stiffer, but that may have been a factor of the bikes different geometries as much or more than the difference in the characteristics of the two different materials. Both bikes have traditional quill stems which result in a noticeably less stiff cockpit than modern stems and 31.8 Hbars provide. Each bike had specific qualities that were endearing and others that were not so much. I don't think you can go wrong with either, make sure you familiarize yourself with their respective geometries.
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Old 02-23-17, 03:52 PM
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cmdjbi and Bikedud,
thank you guys for you input. I have made notes of each geometry and comparison to my current daily.
I will post when I have something to show off.
thanks again !
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Old 02-23-17, 05:16 PM
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This I should what I decided, I am excited to finish this build
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Well if it helps any I have lots of steel bikes to include 2 Reynolds 853 bikes, one is a Zurich. I also have a Ti Lynskey made to my specs last year. The Lynskey is for sale because I pass it up for my steel bikes. Can't really tell you why. Really wanted to love the Ti but it didn't happen. Meanwhile I love both of my 853 LeMond bikes as well as one of his older italian built steel rides. His geometry just works for me.
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this is how the term win-win came about
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Old 02-23-17, 06:25 PM
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I love steel, without a doubt! All of my bikes are steel. The individual sell the Zurich has been unresponsive to any questions asked or "I'll buy now" so I will try something new and go from there. I've owned a bianchi Reynolds 631, own a Waterford steel track frame and an old Fuji steelbike, all I love! Reading about Ti I can't pass it up and want to experience it. The Zurich for me would be quite comparable to my track bike and I know I'd feel at home on it. Unfortunate I cannot experience now but maybe later on
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