Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Lemond Sarthe, 2200, Allez comp?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Lemond Sarthe, 2200, Allez comp?

Old 08-30-06, 06:45 PM
  #1  
clutchy
EV + PV
Thread Starter
 
clutchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,531

Bikes: '06 Lemond Sarthe!!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lemond Sarthe, 2200, Allez comp?

So I've been checking out some new bikes...

Right now i'm looking at the Lemond Sarthe, Trek 2200/2100, or one of the specialized Allez models probably the comp or elite.

I've currently got a 32 yr. old steel nashiki that's a lot of fun to ride, but i think i want something with a little more performance.


What do you guys think of the Sarthe?
clutchy is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 06:59 PM
  #2  
Walter
SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07
 
Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
Posts: 5,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 4 Posts
I really, really, really like steel LeMonds. I've got a 03 or 04 Maillot Jaune (Reynolds 853) and it's my #1 even though by nature I'm a bit of a retro-grouch and do own an 80s Basso with full Super Record. The Sarthe would be my bike if I were in the market new MJs are some mix of different material and IMO are pretty generic nowadays. The Sarthe carries on the steel legacy. I think they use a TrueTemper alloy instead of the Reynolds currently.

LeMond makes a big deal about their geometry and I do find the "relaxed" seattube with the resulting longer toptube to be comfortable and efficient. You need to ride it.

Can't give you much about the others but for me it begins and ends with the LeMond.

Of course I don't care that LeMond doesn't get along with Lance either.



__________________
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walter is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:04 PM
  #3  
BillyD
Administrator
 
BillyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Posts: 27,633

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene '04; Bridgestone RB-1 '92

Mentioned: 294 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7707 Post(s)
Liked 1,104 Times in 640 Posts
Originally Posted by Walter
I really, really, really like steel LeMonds.
Can't give you much about the others but for me it begins and ends with the LeMond.
+1
He took the words right out of my mouth . . . damn him!
__________________
See, this is why we can't have nice things. - - smarkinson
Where else but the internet can a bunch of cyclists go and be the tough guy? - - jdon
BillyD is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:08 PM
  #4  
slide13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 458

Bikes: Gunnar Roadie

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeah, Lemond all the way IMO. My brother has a Sarthe and my dad rides a Croix de Fer. I used to have a Buenos Aires back when they were all steel. The steel Lemonds are outstanding bikes. They ride beautifully, look great and are an awesome value.
slide13 is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:08 PM
  #5  
Serpico
Banned.
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 7,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
get the lemond, those other two aren't even in the same league

nice frames imo
Serpico is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:26 PM
  #6  
SDRider
Cat None
 
SDRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 4,510

Bikes: LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Walter
I really, really, really like steel LeMonds. I've got a 03 or 04 Maillot Jaune (Reynolds 853) and it's my #1 even though by nature I'm a bit of a retro-grouch and do own an 80s Basso with full Super Record. The Sarthe would be my bike if I were in the market new MJs are some mix of different material and IMO are pretty generic nowadays. The Sarthe carries on the steel legacy. I think they use a TrueTemper alloy instead of the Reynolds currently.

LeMond makes a big deal about their geometry and I do find the "relaxed" seattube with the resulting longer toptube to be comfortable and efficient. You need to ride it.

Can't give you much about the others but for me it begins and ends with the LeMond.

Of course I don't care that LeMond doesn't get along with Lance either.

I too like the LeMond steel bikes. I bought a trashed 2000 Zurich frame on ebay back in December and had it stripped down and repainted then I built it up with Campy Chorus 9spd. The paint job was a mess but the frame was very sound so it made a fine candidate for refurbishing. I've always wanted to buy another steel bike and outfit it with Campy components since I had my 1970s Motobecane LeChampion stolen back in the early 90s. I'd still have that bike today if it weren't stolen. The LeMond isn't a lugged Reynolds 531 bike but I love it and the way it rides...in many ways it's better than my old Motobecane. I'm still toying with the idea of buying a set of sewup wheels for it.


Sorry, I can't resist an opportunity to post a pic of this bike.
SDRider is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:30 PM
  #7  
Walter
SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07
 
Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
Posts: 5,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 4 Posts
[QUOTE+SDRider]Sorry, I can't resist an opportunity to post a pic of this bike. [/QUOTE]

Perfectly understandable.




__________________
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walter is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 07:48 PM
  #8  
Trekke
Lets Ride
 
Trekke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Biking Country, USA
Posts: 1,102

Bikes: Trek 1200, Lemond Sarthe, Gary Fisher Tass

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have had a Sarthe for 18 months and 7000 miles. Love it. There are a couple of things to pay attention to however. The Lemond geometry is not for everyone and traditionally you will need a size small than you might think you traditionally ride. Also the Sarthe I have has campy shifting which is great but they used Truvativ cranks (with the Bontrager name) and there is a finish problem after several months of use. Lemond replaced the crank set for me one day short of a year warranty. Now 6 months later the problem is back. I have seen other post on this particular issue.

Other than that the Sarthe is a super bike. Very nice traditional steel ride with the added benefit of strategically placed carbon components and super nice wheels (Bontrager Race Lite). My vote would always be for the best fit. If that were equal the Sarthe is my pick.
Trekke is offline  
Old 08-30-06, 11:42 PM
  #9  
clutchy
EV + PV
Thread Starter
 
clutchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,531

Bikes: '06 Lemond Sarthe!!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I appreciate all the feedback guys, hopefully the LBS will get one in soon. All they have now is the chambery... I think they're waiting for the '07s to come in...


I really love the '05 orange so classic, but on the '07 bike they went to a 105/ultegra mix... so no campy. We'll see about the crank problem... SWEET bike SDR!!

I need to get myself fitted.


have you guys ever used this? https://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO
clutchy is offline  
Old 08-31-06, 05:14 AM
  #10  
baj32161
Behind EVERYone!!!
 
baj32161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Burlington ON, Canada
Posts: 5,949

Bikes: '11 Cannondale Synapsese 5 105

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Walter
I really, really, really like steel LeMonds. I've got a 03 or 04 Maillot Jaune (Reynolds 853) and it's my #1 even though by nature I'm a bit of a retro-grouch and do own an 80s Basso with full Super Record. The Sarthe would be my bike if I were in the market new MJs are some mix of different material and IMO are pretty generic nowadays. The Sarthe carries on the steel legacy. I think they use a TrueTemper alloy instead of the Reynolds currently.

LeMond makes a big deal about their geometry and I do find the "relaxed" seattube with the resulting longer toptube to be comfortable and efficient. You need to ride it.

Can't give you much about the others but for me it begins and ends with the LeMond.

Of course I don't care that LeMond doesn't get along with Lance either.



Who's this Lance guy?
__________________
“A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”

― Bruce Lee
baj32161 is offline  
Old 08-31-06, 06:13 AM
  #11  
craign04
Fahren auf den Autobahn
 
craign04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: stuck in a bank... all day long...
Posts: 610

Bikes: LeMond Maillot Jaune, 2004 Giant TCR C1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by clutchy
I appreciate all the feedback guys, hopefully the LBS will get one in soon. All they have now is the chambery... I think they're waiting for the '07s to come in...


I really love the '05 orange so classic, but on the '07 bike they went to a 105/ultegra mix... so no campy. We'll see about the crank problem... SWEET bike SDR!!

I need to get myself fitted.


have you guys ever used this? https://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO
no more campy on any lemonds... trek is in cahoots with that japanese fishing rod company.
craign04 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.