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Damn, my new frame is sweet.

Old 02-04-06, 06:09 PM
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Back in early Decemeber 2005 my 2004 Victoire frame broke right at the bottom of the seatstay where the carbon meets the titanium (the frame used Lemond's "Spine Design", a combo of carbon and titanium). Please don't ask how it broke, because I don't have a clue. Anyway, since I wasn't the original owner, I really thought I was screwed. But my local Lemond delaer (Beverly Hills Bike Shop) agreed w/ me that the frame must have been defective, as no collision had taken place. They contacted the Lemond rep, he took a look at the frame and I was told I'd be getting a new 2006 Victoire frame. Well, the factory was out of Victoires, so they told me I'd be getting a new Tete de Course frame instead. It took about 2 months because there were some fitting issues involving my old fork (I ended getting a new Bontrager XXX Lite fork).


Net results:

-New True Temper T3 mechanically butted titanium spine / OCLV 110 GSM carbon cockpit frame.
-New Bontrager Race XXX Lite Carbon, 110GSM fork
-Total cost for frame, shipping, assembly, upgraded fork and lifetime tune-ups = $250 even
-The Ultegra groupset is from the Victoire
-It could have happened faster, but I'd rate the service from my LBS and Lemond as excellent, especially considering I wasn't the original owner.


I'll be making some fitting adjustments over the next few days. Now it's time for me to shut up and ride.
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Congratulations, its a beauty.

Ever think about having it painted?
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Nice bike ...

flip it...

and loose the triple...
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Originally Posted by Namenda
Congratulations, its a beauty.

Ever think about having it painted?
I'd never paint a Tete --- I've heard it's an awful process.


Originally Posted by shabbasuraj
Nice bike ...

flip it...

and loose the triple...
It'll be flipped when I limber up a bit. The Triple was part of a good/cheap buy, it'll be lost when I lose about 20 pounds.
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Switch those cages around.

That is a sweet frame. Sounds like you got a good deal, too.
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Originally Posted by shabbasuraj
Nice bike ...

flip it...

and loose the triple...
That bike wants black bar tape. Hell of a trade up and lighter too.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
Switch those cages around.

That is a sweet frame. Sounds like you got a good deal, too.
Ah, it sounds like you've been trained in the evil art of OCP! I noticed it too, but was too eager to post pics. They're switched now.


Originally Posted by daytonian
That bike wants black bar tape. Hell of a trade up and lighter too.
It does want black, but I'm going to wear out the white tape (comfortable Cinelli cork) before switching.
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No i think it wants fake carbon looking tape...
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
Back in early Decemeber 2005 my 2004 Victoire frame broke right at the bottom of the seatstay where the carbon meets the titanium (the frame used Lemond's "Spine Design", a combo of carbon and titanium). Please don't ask how it broke, because I don't have a clue. Anyway, since I wasn't the original owner, I really thought I was screwed. But my local Lemond delaer (Beverly Hills Bike Shop) agreed w/ me that the frame must have been defective, as no collision had taken place. They contacted the Lemond rep, he took a look at the frame and I was told I'd be getting a new 2006 Victoire frame. Well, the factory was out of Victoires, so they told me I'd be getting a new Tete de Course frame instead. It took about 2 months because there were some fitting issues involving my old fork (I ended getting a new Bontrager XXX Lite fork).


Net results:

-New True Temper T3 mechanically butted titanium spine / OCLV 110 GSM carbon cockpit frame.
-New Bontrager Race XXX Lite Carbon, 110GSM fork
-Total cost for frame, shipping, assembly, upgraded fork and lifetime tune-ups = $250 even
-The Ultegra groupset is from the Victoire
-It could have happened faster, but I'd rate the service from my LBS and Lemond as excellent, especially considering I wasn't the original owner.


I'll be making some fitting adjustments over the next few days. Now it's time for me to shut up and ride.

Okay, let's get some things straight. When posting pics, the chain is always on the big ring and the smallest sprocket. Just as it was when you blasted up to the coffee shop at 400 watts.

Secondly, and I cannot stress this enough, always have matching bottle cages! Good grief, have you no sense of decency?


Oh, and nice bike, you lucky bastard!
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If mine had looked that nice when I got it, I'd be riding it now.

Nice setup - I agree with flipping it - the cages that is.

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Very very nice bike!
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Okay, let's get some things straight. When posting pics, the chain is always on the big ring and the smallest sprocket. Just as it was when you blasted up to the coffee shop at 400 watts.

Secondly, and I cannot stress this enough, always have matching bottle cages! Good grief, have you no sense of decency?


Oh, and nice bike, you lucky bastard!
Wow, tough crowd . I think that in addition to biker OCP, you've guys got real OCP as well, but thanks for paying attention to the details.


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If mine had looked that nice when I got it, I'd be riding it now.

Nice setup - I agree with flipping it - the cages that is.

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Thanks. And DXschulco called me out on the cage placement -- they've been flipped!


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Very very nice bike!
Success at last!

I just took a quick spin around the block to bring it through most of the gears. Everything feels straight, tight and smooth. I'll be moving the seat up (towards the bars) tomorrow. I removed a spacer from the neck as well. Tomorow is a good 2 hour road test!
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
I'll be moving the seat up (towards the bars) tomorrow.
I was wondering about that set back.

It Looks awesome.
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First off, obviously you've got a "very" nice bike! Secondly, I'd say that excellent service is an understatement. Given that you were not the original owner, you scored big time which says a lot about Lemond's ethical business practices.
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Nice bike, looks like it's set up for some serious wheelies HEHEHE

How does it ride, give us a full unbiased report including saddle mashing, out of saddle mashing, turning, climbing, bottom bracket flex etc..............

I like the color or non-color per say.........
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Awesome bike! That's great that they replaced it, bodes well for both Lemond and the LBS.

Originally Posted by 55/Rad
I agree with flipping it - the cages that is. - 55/Rad
Yep, you have them backwards! It was a cool idea to get cage colors that matched the two materials/parts of the frame, but...what happened? They're on backwards.
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That is one beauty of a bike. Good to hear you were treated well on the warranty
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
...It does want black, but I'm going to wear out the white tape (comfortable Cinelli cork) before switching.
it's worn out - change the tape now.

glad to hear you switched the bottle cages - i would have tossed and turned in my sleep over that tonight...

and let me add the 24th 'nice' to this thread!

edit: more pics please.
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Originally Posted by shabbasuraj
Nice bike ...

flip it...

and loose the triple...

If you are gonna smack someone around, at least spell it correctly.

I think it would be "lose". I don't think the crank is all wobbly
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