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Giant TCR Composite Limited or Lemond Versaille?

Old 09-01-05, 10:09 AM
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Giant TCR Composite Limited or Lemond Versaille?

I'm looking to purchase a carbon fiber bike. Out of these two, which one do you think would be a better buy? Both of these are being sold at my LBS on closeout for roughly 1500. The TCR Composite Limited is full ultegra, while the Lemond has an ultegra rear, with 105 everything else. The Lemond has a steel/cf frame, whereas the Giant is full cf.

Does the Giant compact design ride any different than a regular bike, especially on longer rides? I think thats my only concern, as I am leaning towards the Giant. I'm going to go test ride both again this weekend.



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Old 09-01-05, 11:01 AM
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If your choice is 10 speed Ultegra vs. 9 speed 105 and everything else was the same, then I would go for the 10 speed. Of course, everything else is probably not the same. Which bike fits you better? Which bike's handling do you prefer? Does the LeMond bike really have a full carbon frame?
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Don't get me wrong I luv my Lemond.
If the price is the same and as long as the bikes fit the same (that may not be the case) I would choose the full carbon, full ultergra(10 speed) Giant over the carbon/steel, mixed ultegra(9 speed) over the Lemond.
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That was supposed to be "of the Lemond".
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So whats the result of the test ride?
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Not really a compact fan but if I got one that TCR limited would be strongly considered. Comes in red/black as well.
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I purchased the Giant TCR Limited about 6 weeks ago and love it. I came from a Trek 1500, standard geometry, all aluminum frame w/ mix of 105 & Ultregra. I did have the LBS upgrade my Giant w/ Ultregra HallowTech crank, Shimano 550 wheels and Michelin ProRace 2 tires. (Resulted in nearly 2lbs weight loss). The full Ultegra drive train shifts smooth as silk and the 10 cluster is very nice to have. I too had some concerns about body fatigue on longer rides, but so far no major problems with 40+ mile rides. I did have to adjust seat height a time or two to get the fit right, but I think I've got it dialed in now. The soreness I did experience on the Giant the first few weeks I think comes from it's aggressive geometry compared to my old bike more so than the compact geometry. I might be wrong on this, since I don't have experience with a lot of different bikes. but I do know that I love my new bike. The ride is super smooth, it's accelerates like a porsche, and it climbs like a mountain goat. all for $2k.
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