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Which Bike?

Old 06-14-06, 01:49 PM
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Which Bike?

I stopped by a few LBS today and found some bikes I liked.

LBS #1:
a) 2006 LeMond Etape. Here
Price: 579. Comes with basic fitting and 90 day break in period tune up
Discounts: 50% off all bike accessories

b) 2005 Giant OCR3. Here
Price: 559
Everything else is the same as bike A

LBS #2:
a) 2006 Raleigh Grand Sport. Here
Price: 559. Comes with basic fitting and 90 day break in period tune up
Discounts: 10% off all bike accessories

LBS #3:
a) 2005 LeMond Etape. Here
Price: 569. Not sure what comes with it or discounts cause I forgot to ask.



What should I get? I still need to get a helmet and lock.

I prefer the LeMond because the handle bars on the Raleigh seem far away from the saddle.
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Originally Posted by 0810
I prefer the LeMond because the handle bars on the Raleigh seem far away from the saddle.
If these are good LBS's then they should be able to swap stems so that the reach is decreased on the Raleigh. I know they did that with my Softride, just going from a 100 mm stem to a 110. So if you liked other aspects of the Raleigh, don't rule it out yet. Ask the LBS if things such as this can be changed when you get fitted on it. Just my 2c.
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test ride them and see what you prefer based on that brief experience.

btw - do you actually plan on locking the bike on the street?
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Originally Posted by botto

btw - do you actually plan on locking the bike on the street?

oh no!. not yet at least. id lock it at my schools bikes rack area, which is pretty safe.


the lemond looks more comfortable to ride. :\
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They do look pretty comparable. As suggested test ride all of them and see which one is the most comfortable.
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is there a real difference between the 05 and 06 etape?
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I don't think anyone can objectively say any one of these bikes is better than the other. I would expect you to get more than a $10 discount for last years model, though.
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Old 06-14-06, 06:09 PM
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I would say the Etape and OCR should be somewhat comparable as far as the geometry at least. They should be both be a little more upright riding position. I haven't personally ridden a OCR but from what I have seen the look like they are comparable. I had a Etape as my first bike and loved it, for 3 months, and then got upgrade fever. I don't think you could go wrong with any of these so it will really come down to which feels best to you. I also would think the 05 "should" be at least $50-60 dollars less than the 06, based on shops I have been in anyway. Good Luck!!!
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Originally Posted by 0810
I stopped by a few LBS today and found some bikes I liked.

LBS #1:
a) 2006 LeMond Etape. Here
Price: 579. Comes with basic fitting and 90 day break in period tune up
Discounts: 50% off all bike accessories

b) 2005 Giant OCR3. Here
Price: 559
Everything else is the same as bike A

LBS #2:
a) 2006 Raleigh Grand Sport. Here
Price: 559. Comes with basic fitting and 90 day break in period tune up
Discounts: 10% off all bike accessories

LBS #3:
a) 2005 LeMond Etape. Here
Price: 569. Not sure what comes with it or discounts cause I forgot to ask.



What should I get? I still need to get a helmet and lock.

I prefer the LeMond because the handle bars on the Raleigh seem far away from the saddle.
I would say the 05' Etape should be less since last years model. Get them down on that price and walk away with maybe $500 in that bike. I really like the LeMond's! But ride each and see which is best for you!
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I am a very proud owner of a 2004 LeMond Tourmalet and I test rode the Etape when I was shopping and liked it very much. I believe the only difference between the '05 and the '06 models is the colour, and perhaps the name on the seatpost, otherwise they are the exact same bike. Give them all a test ride and get he one that feels best to you, If you cannot decide based on that then get the one you like the looks of best (for me it would be the LeMond ).

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Visited one more shop today before school.

LBS #4
a) 2006 Fuji Newest 4.0 Here.
Price: 419 <-- the Guy says its a good deal, however, im not a big fan of the downtube shifters and the parts are less than sora. But I do like the dual brake levers.

b) 2006 Fuji Newest 3.0 Here.
Price: 550. Ehh.. the price is kinda high. I do like the color and the dual set of brake levers.
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My two cents....the Lemond. I've got a Tete and love it. Could do without the Bontrager wheels, but other than that.

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Old 06-15-06, 08:42 PM
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is down tube shifting bad? its very confusing to me.. the sora sti seem simpler
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uhhh, 50% off accessories? get that bike, buy $500 worth of accessories, ebay the accessories.
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smart... but evil, id be too lazy to take advantage of them. and too nice
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It looks like the link for the Etape has been removed- I think maybe because it's been updated with leMond's 2007 line page which maybe just came out...Wasn't the 2006 black? (The 2007 is silver and yellow.) Maybe they'll discount it even more now that the 07s are out!

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woah, its been like.. revamped...
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http://bayareabikes.com/html/06-Fuji-Newest-4.0.html

http://bayareabikes.com/html/2006-Raleigh-Sport.html

these?
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I got an 05 OCR3 as my first road bike and haven't had many complaints. The adjustable stem is noisy and no amount of tightening seems to fix it. Mine came with 26mm tires, which I didn't think was a big deal but I picked up .5 mph on my average when I switched to 23mm. I haven't had any problems with the Sora stuff except having to adjust it every now and then. I don't really like the extra set of brake levers either. I never use them but would have to change the cables to get rid of them. No real complaints, but I don't have anything to compare it to either.
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Originally Posted by damage24
I got an 05 OCR3 as my first road bike and haven't had many complaints. The adjustable stem is noisy and no amount of tightening seems to fix it. Mine came with 26mm tires, which I didn't think was a big deal but I picked up .5 mph on my average when I switched to 23mm. I haven't had any problems with the Sora stuff except having to adjust it every now and then. I don't really like the extra set of brake levers either. I never use them but would have to change the cables to get rid of them. No real complaints, but I don't have anything to compare it to either.
Just got into road bikes, as an alternative to mountain biking, and just bought a Giant SCR3. Compared it to the 05 OCR2 and the OCR is a lb or so heavier. We do have a slightly different spec on the UK bikes, and that adjustable stem is not available over here- and we do not have the extra brake levers.

Like you, I do not have any thing to compare it with, but as an experienced Mountain biker- I have been impressed with the ride of the SCR. Not as Uncomfortable as I thought it would be and a lot easier to ride on the road. And So far I haven't broken it.

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I've ridden over 100 miles on various OCR's recently and can definately say I dislike the OCR series. They don't feel like they are made well to me, but get what feels right to you. I test rode many bikes at many shops, including the ones you listed when I was making my decision and the only ones that felt "right" to me was the Trek 1000 and Trek 1200 series.

I ended up with a Trek 1000. Great bike, but get what feels right to you... that is what matters most.
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LBS #5
a) 2006 Specialized Allez Triple
Price: 520

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Originally Posted by 0810
oh no!. not yet at least. id lock it at my schools bikes rack area, which is pretty safe.:\
Really? I don't know anything about your school but bike theft is rampant at every college that I'm aware of. My usual recommendation is to get a sacrificial beater for riding to class and park it next to a nicer bike that has a lock similar to yours.
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im in high school
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Originally Posted by 0810
LBS #1:
a) 2006 LeMond Etape. Here
Price: 579. Comes with basic fitting and 90 day break in period tune up
Discounts: 50% off all bike accessories
I pick the Etape, not for the bike, because I have a list of accessories I need can you help a BF brother out? 50% Holy pricepoint Batman!
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