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Lemond Champs-Élysées: A good buy?

Old 01-04-07, 10:45 PM
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Lemond Champs-Élysées: A good buy?

I am kind of considering buying a 2002 Lemond Champs-Élysées frameset on Craigslist and wondered what you all know about the bike. It is a steel frame and comes with a carbon fork. I think I would like to build it up one day and it is for sale for $80. Buy or don't buy?
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Champs-Elysees? I don't recognize that as a Lemond road frame.

Are you sure you don't mean the Chambery?

https://bikearchive.com/action.php?ac...model=Chambery
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From what I have been able to research, I don't believe Lemond ever made a bicycle by this name, for sure not in 2002. I'm starting to wonder. Champs-Élysées is a street in Paris that is the final stage of the Tour de France- so the obviously link to the man Lemond, but I don't know about the bike. Hopefully I can go check it out tomorrow, but any info anyone has before hand would be great.
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Lemond is renown for their steel frames - particulary the 853 series frames from the late 90's through 2004. In the early OO's, they had several bikes - the Maillot Jaune, Zurich, Buenos Aries, Alpe d'Huez - plus some others - made from this tubeset. All of them were considered quite good.

The Chambery though, was an Aluminum frame during this era.

One notable thing about Lemonds - their geometry favors riders with longer torsos. In other words, they generally came with longer top tubes compared to similar sized frames from other manufacturers.

For $80, it's certainly worth taking a closer look - whatever it is.

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