did i buy the right bike?

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  1. miater

    miater New Member

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    bought a 2003 lemond tourmalet yesterday - $760.

    could have had a fuji marseille for a grand. in know. half price.


    but i just liked the lemond ride better. I know the components aren't as good
    and i may end up having to upgrade the front derailler at least, but I just couldn't get over how good i felt on that bike.

    it's buggin me a bit to give up such good price on the fuji - the components looked like jewelry on the bike their just top notch.

    ah well.

    I 've got a great bike.
     
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  2. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Fit and feel are everything.
     
  3. eddiebrannan

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    take it back and get the fuji. way, way better bike
     
  4. miater

    miater New Member

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    for me?

    outside of the shifters/deraiilers , brakes, what's better?

    you think it 's a better frame?

    why?

    i like steel.
     
  5. eddiebrannan

    eddiebrannan New Member

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    ok, true. i'm a big steel fan myself. but drivetrain is a significant consideration when buying a hike and tiagra vs ultegra is no contes.
     
  6. miater

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    i can always upgrade that later - and probably will...thanks for the input...
     
  7. hugj

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    The 2003 Marseille, like the Lemond, is a Reynolds 853 frame (well, the Fuji frame is an 853 main triangle with Fuji stays; not sure about the Lemond). You definitely get better components (full Ultegra with Ritchey crank) on the Fuji. But the biggest difference is fit; Lemonds tend to best fit riders with shorter legs and relatively long torso, designed to get the rider stretched out on the top tube in an aero position with the chest opened up (for better breathing) by the wide bars. Some like that fit, others don't. So if you like the way your Lemond fits you, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
    Unfortunately (IMHO), the 2004 Marseille is an aluminum frame.
     
  8. miater

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    it was the 2004 marselle that i rode.

    funny because the 2004 tourmalet is aluminum too.

    seems to be an ugly trend.

    IMHO
     
  9. BaCardi

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    haha. Don't worry. The LeMond is a great frame. You just have buyer remorse. It wouldn've been the other way around if you got the Fuji instead.
     
  10. miater

    miater New Member

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    ah yes.

    the same way i feel when i see an RX-8.

    :)
     
  11. Ralph Ray

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    Were both bikes at the same shop? If so ask them if you can test ride the Fugi. Just tell them your having buyers remorse. If your going for a upgrade in their favor I am sure they wouldn't mind. It's cheaper to get a bike with all the good comonents then it is to upgrade the one you have.
     
  12. miater

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    no different shops.....i'm happy with the lemond. it shifts just fine, and brakes very well.
     
  13. BaCardi

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    I can see now why you were confused about bike choices. The shifting and braking are more a function of the components and not the frame itself. Don't worry though, a lot of newbies never realize this.
     
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    What kind of bicycle is that?
     
  15. miater

    miater New Member

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    you're kidding right?

    mazda rx-8?

    i have a miata.

    i realized the choice I just wondered whether over the long run the higher end components were more important than the frame,

    and have come to the conlusion after a 75 miler last sunday,

    they are not...:)
     
  16. BaCardi

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    well, depends on if you like a stiff bike or not. Oversize diameter aluminum is almost always stiffer than normal sized steel diameter tubing. At the end of the day, the fat-tube aluminum beats you up more.
     
  17. scituatejohn

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    I like steel better than Aluminum. The ride is nicer and so is the look. I'm not sure that the differnce in price between the Ultegra and Tiagra components is worth the difference in performance, because I notice very little difference in performance. I think that the LeMond is made in America, and that would be the deciding factor for me. I think that you got the better deal.
     
  18. miater

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    I like steel too, but some folks like fat aluminum. Where the bike is made is irrelevant so long as good construction methods are used. I've seen some real crappy TIG welds from some American builders as well as some very nice ones. Same is true for Asia and Italian bikes. LeMond has good quality control and you are getting a well made frame if you get a LeMond.
     
  20. boudreaux

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    Sometimes not.Depends on alot more than frame material. AKA, just another generalizatin that does not fly.
     
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