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Trying to decide between Alpe d'Huez and San Mateo - thoughts/experience?

Old 02-04-06, 11:58 PM
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Trying to decide between Alpe d'Huez and San Mateo - thoughts/experience?

I test rode two bikes this past weekend (Lemond Alpe d'Huez and Bianchi San Mateo) and I liked the feel of both bikes. They both had their pluses and minuses, but in the end I couldn't decide between the two. So I was hoping some of you have ridden one or both of these bikes and could help me. I have a few questions:

I will be riding the bike for long rides (80-120 miles), so I'm wondering:

1. Is the bike (either one) comfortable for long rides?
2. Is it durable?
3. How do the components hold up under stress?
4. What things would you change on the bike to make it better for long rides?
5. Any other things you can add?

Let me know if you want to hear my detailed "findings" or ratings of the diff. aspects of the bikes from my test rides. (I test rode the Lemond 3 times for 20-25 minutes each time and the Bianchi twice for 20-25 minutes each time - a very nice lbs to let me take them out so much and for so long!)

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-06, 11:55 AM
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Cannot speak for the Lemond, never ridden that one. I have ridden an SL3 and it was a very nice ride. Currently ride a Via Nirone 7 that has the same geometry and love it short ride and long rides. Cannot go wrong with Veloce very dependable. The Ventos wheels of the past few years have been extremely reliable, as mentioned by many member here and the new 2006s should be the same but lighter. First thing I would change is the saddle.
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Cannot speak for the Lemond, never ridden that one. I have ridden an SL3 and it was a very nice ride. Currently ride a Via Nirone 7 that has the same geometry and love it short ride and long rides. Cannot go wrong with Veloce very dependable. The Ventos wheels of the past few years have been extremely reliable, as mentioned by many member here and the new 2006s should be the same but lighter. First thing I would change is the saddle.
Thanks for the reply! Yep, will def. change the saddle - pretty much expect to do that with any bike. That's good to hear about the wheels, 'cause the bontragers on the Lemond are supposed to be better/more reliable, but I believe they're actually made by the same parent company.

The Veloce definitely felt very solid when shifting, but who can tell from a 20 minute ride how they'll hold up over time. Thanks!

Oh, any feelings on the brakes? Pads?
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Vento wheels are Campagnolo, totally different company than the Bontrager. Have no issues with brakes, they serve my purposes. I did switch out the pads to coolstops shortly after I purchased the bike and found them to be a little better.
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Any other experiences? With Lemond?
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you've done the most important part: test rides.

maybe more knowledgable folks here could help if you provide a side-by-side comparison of specs, components, maybe even pics? and the lbs's asking price for each?
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Still have my '96 Lemond Tourmalet updated to full Ultegra triple. Lemonds are great with the geometry and longer top tube. That's the main difference and not everyone will like how that feels. Test ride both, and note the differences.
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Originally Posted by flipped4bikes
Test ride both, and note the differences.
Uh...I did (that's in my post), and I noticed pluses AND minuses of each bike versus the other. So I was looking for other people's thoughts/experiences with the bikes over longer periods/rides.
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