Trek vs LeMond Geometry

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by djwhyte, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. djwhyte

    djwhyte New Member

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    As I mentioned in this old thread, I went to try a Trek 1500 on Saturday but after being measured the LBS told me I had a shorter torso when compared to my legs and I would be better suited to the LeMond geometry. I am 6'3" in height.

    After doing some research, it seems the LeMonds have a much longer effective top-tube, which makes me wonder why these bikes are better suited to shorter torsoed people and the only think I can think of is that the handlebars seem a lot higher compared to Trek. The two attached pictures show this.

    http://www.cycling.net.au/attachment.php?attachmentid=6532&stc=1

    http://www.cycling.net.au/attachment.php?attachmentid=6533&stc=1

    I know in the other thread others stated that they also don't understand why the LBS suggested the LeMond, but I started my own thread with a more relevant title.

    Is it common for shorter bodied people to ride LeMonds and if so, what is the real rationale for that?

    Cheers,
    Whytey
     
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  2. RickF

    RickF New Member

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    Just as important as the torso length is the reach. People with long legs usually also have long arms in proportion to their height. I am 6'0" with 30" inseam and 32" sleeves (both short for my height). I would have thought that with my long torso, I would need a longer effective top tube, but my short arms more than compensated for my long torso. In fact, I required a shorter stem on both the Trek Pilot and Specialized Roubaix. The Trek 5000, Felt f5C, Specialized Allez and Specialized Tarmac were not good options for me at all.

    It is logical to assume that your long arms could more than compensate for your short torso.
     
  3. djwhyte

    djwhyte New Member

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    For those that might be using this thread for future reference or might otherwise be interested, I found some information that is quite releiving about why a LeMond would be good for my body.



    This information taken from http://bikesportmichigan.com/bikes/lemond.shtml

    So I guess it is right that the LeMonds suit short bodies.

    I might just be able to sleep OK tonight now :)
     
  4. djwhyte

    djwhyte New Member

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    That's true, I hadn't taken my arm lenght into consideration.

    I guess I am just a bit twitchy about putting my hard earned money down on a bike. It is my first road-bike, which makes me worry about what the LBS salesman is saying to me. It could be just salesman talk and I wouldn't know the difference, though this LBS does seem to have a good reputation and did spend quite some time and effort on me on Saturday.

    Thanks for the reply :)
     
  5. Mad-One

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    Have you tried other shops and different brands for a comparison?
     
  6. allgoodppl

    allgoodppl New Member

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    Some points to consider: Frame geometry is only one aspect. A good LBS will be able to fit you regardless of sloping vs. horizontal top tube. But what quality derailleurs, wheels, shifters, etc. are you getting at the price point at which you are looking? I suggest you test ride the bikes, because it will come down to how you feel on the bike, and how it handles underneath you. Finally, I'd like to point out that LeMond is a subsidiary of Trek.
     
  7. djwhyte

    djwhyte New Member

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    Only a Giant TCR1, which was OK, but I think that bike store was merely selling me the size he had in stock.

    I wanted to give a Scott S10 a go, but there are none in my size and I will have to wait for the 2007 models to come out.
     
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