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Lemond Tourmalet what u think?

Old 06-02-07, 05:15 PM
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Lemond Tourmalet what u think?

Hi everyone
After loking at the Sirrus (Spec) and a 7.3 FX Trek I started leaning on a Lemond Tourmalet ($1,000). My riding is basically every morning 18 or 24 miles and on weekends longer rides. Sometimes i like to carry stuff to work or some groceries. I dont think the tourmalet comes with eyelets for panniers so maybe i just have to carry everything in a backpak. My touring is basically credit card or light touring but no self sufficient touring.
You guys think it will be a good ride ?
I looked at similar bikes but they were like $200 plus more expensive. In PR lbs dont have much of a selection and they are not truly helpful at the stores so you are left to fend for yourself in these decisions. (They dont even let you ride them, only if you pay for them and then if u dont like them after a day or two you can get your money back.)
Even more the Tourmalet they are offering is like grey with green and the pics i find on line the bikes are usually red. I looked at the Lemond catalog last year (2006) and cud not find any green scheme. I'm wondering if this is a left over from years past, although is a new bike with the ultegra/105 compnents...
I dont know... Thanks for all your help
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Old 06-02-07, 05:52 PM
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It's a good bike. Same geometry as the Reno and the Buenos Aires. It has great sex appeal.
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It is a 2004 model Tourmalet...I have one. It is a nice very nice bike and I LOVE mine...but $1000 is a bit steep for a 2004. I got mine in Feb 2005 for $850. I also don't think it is what you are looking for if you are going to be doing any type of touring. For 24 mile rides like you mention it will be fine. I often ride with my backpack on and, until recently when I got another bike, used my Tourmalet for everything....errands, commuting and such. For a weekend bike or for longish rides it will do you fine, but once again, I think $1000 is a bit steep.

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I have the red one you speak of. It's an 07'. As for using it for touring I really dont know about that but it should suit you fine. I am using mine to get ma' fat A$$ into some sort of human shape other than round. It handles well and is very comfy over the long miles (65+). Mine came in at around 18lbs (57cm.) and is now ligheter (wheels, saddle, tires,) and so am I. Lost around 32 lbs. so far it has been great and I do not regret getting this bike....
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Thanks for the responses. BAI Thanks for the dating of the bike..I suspected once i did not see the right color scheme. Yes I have proven that lbs in PR are not good I will go to the states and look for a more reputable one...
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If I were you I would make them an offer on that '04 if it is the bike you are looking for. I would not offer more than $800-$850 for it. I will re-iterate that I LOVE mine, and I do love the colour scheme, although I do not like green (figure that out).

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I have an 2005 I bought at the end of the model year for 930.00 USD in Houston.... I love mine! Comfortable, great drive train for the price and plenty quick and responsive.... and Tourmalets are just darn good looking bikes! I have the Blue/Black paint scheme... you will want to ditch the cage pedals for some spd's or other clipless... also, some people complain about the stock saddle but I've been on mine for two years and I think it's very comfortable.
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This is the one I have....definitely a 2004
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