Leader Bike LD-735TT Frames

4.27/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00

Product Description

735TT is Leader’s long anticipated entry into the tri time trial segment. Unlike other frames this is not a show TT frame. 735TT is for real. With it’s welded solid aluminum seat tube cutout, aero wing seat, and chain stays. You get an extremely stable solid tight ride. If you have been waiting to take the lead now is the time!

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cwujek a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2010

Strengths:    Low cost

Weaknesses:    Terrible customer service, poor paint and quality control.

Bottom Line:   
Although not for this exact frame, I bought the older version and used it for a couple months before having some quality control issues. Derailleur hanger was miswelded and the paint started to flake off. Leader was incredibly difficult and rude when it came to returning the frame, by far the WORST customer service in the business. Overcharged on shipping costs and made me pay both ways for something that was clearly their fault. AVOID!

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Favorite Ride:   STP

Price Paid:    $479.00

Purchased At:   Leader Bike USA

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi, Fuji, Trek and Soma frames

Bike Setup:   Currently riding a decked out Double cross that I built up with XT components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by turbomonkey32 a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010

Strengths:    Overall construction, Service, even the paint job is sweet!!!! Rides great.

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic Deal!!! Solid alum aero'd frame for amazing price. I love everything about the bike.

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Favorite Ride:   burke gilman

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Felt 80, Soft-ride, tested Cervelo p1

Bike Setup:   Vision bars, Neuvation m28 rims, Huch rubber with red highlights, Sram levers, Sram Rival derailleurs, Sram Force carbon Crank, Crank Bro beaters cleats, Wolf CL fork, Ducati sticker. ; )

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yatesdr a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2009

Strengths:    Horizontal dropouts for the rear wheel, zero-stack headset, fairly light weight, internal cable routing, good aerodynamics. Customer support responds fairly quickly via e-mail to various questions.

Weaknesses:    The frame came without any even basic documentation, it took a few hours to figure out the set-screws for the horizontal dropouts, and the internal cable routing. I believe that the cables are intended to be routed through the frame fully housed, but it's not indicated anywhere and there seem to be several way that could work using step-down cable ends. After trying several different schemes of running the cables I think they intend for the cables to be fully housed through the frame. Waiting on a confirmation from Leader on this.

Bottom Line:   
I initially made a mistake of buying a road-geometry bike aero'd up and marketed for triathlons, but quickly learned all about the geometry differences between time-trial frames and road-bike frames. To rectify my mistake, I stripped the old bike and put everything on the Leader 735TT frame, and am now very satisfied. The geometry is great for the aero position.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything fast

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Leader Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   Various road geometry bikes

Bike Setup:   Ultegra / Dura Ace on a Truvativ crank, profile bars and DA bar-end shifters.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Hollinger a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2007

Strengths:    Price, weight isnt all that bad for the price range. The flat black is old school hot rod colors

Weaknesses:    Seat clamp not tightening down enough. Reccomend using a carbon post it fixed the problem.

Bottom Line:   
Bought a blem frame(wheel cut out not perfect) from leader to try out quality. Welds look good and the frame ride great. Had problem with the seat binder bolt but lead immediately warrantied it and there hav been no other issues but the common seat post problem not staying in place(fixed with carbon post)Built with Campy veloce and record comp.

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Favorite Ride:   anywhere on the bike

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   leader bike strore

Similar Products Used:   Giant ocr,cannondale caad8

Bike Setup:   Campy veloce and record derailers, campy barend shifters. Profile bars and stem,fsa cranks,speedplay pedals,fulcrum wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jyeager a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2006

Strengths:    Great bargain on the frame. Very impressively light UAL aluminum. Very good frame. You save $1K by settling for aluminum and visible welds. No big deal.

Good customer service.

Weaknesses:    The pitfalls of buying mailorder.
Not-quite-right placement of front derailleur hanger.

Bottom Line:   
I'm very happy with my Leader bike and with the support I got before and after purchase. I decked out a bargain frame with Dura-Ace and other high-end equipment and it's pretty sweet. Are there better frames? Yes, but it would have cost another $1K just to go a small step up in frames. This is the one to get for most of us.
I had a little bit of a setup issue with the front derailleur which I attribute to a combination of factors. The front derailleur when adjusted for it's maximum inward travel won't clear the chain in the easiest gear. To rectify this I had to give it a slightly turned in angle which makes it a little pickier to adjust out chain rub in the other gears. This is probably a combination of the 10-speed gear spread, the very short chain stays, and the placement of the derailleur braze-on (it could be just a little bit better placed).

I also ordered Q-rings and can't use them both simultaneously. The chain ends up rubbing the buttom of the derailleur cage at the small chain ring's 'flat' spot in 6 of the ten cogs. I suspect if I use the stock small chainring I'll be fine. This could be rectified by using a front derailleur designed for a triple, or perhaps by clocking the front derailleur braze-on a little further counter clockwise.
Back to the support. Sal was very helpful pre-sale with all sorts of advice on which handlebar/stem size, frame size, crank arm size. He even looked over my order and recommended a better seat (for ease of positioning). I declined due to my budget and he threw it in free. (don't expect free stuff just because I got it! But it indicates a good customer service attitude).
After the sale, as I was setting up the bike and had questions, I got prompt attention via email...even got referred directly to a rep at Rotor Corp. for consultation regarding the Q-rings. Buying a bike mail-order will always leave you with less support, but you always have your LBS to fall back on.

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Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   735TT with Dura-Ace, Profile-Design Carbon-X bars, Bontrager x-lite race aero, Q-Rings.

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