Weaknesses: The wheels supplied go out of tune fairly rapidly so i changed them for Shimano .otherwise a great value buy.
A great entry level bike. Very light and smooth very fast . Best value i have ever had the pleasure of purchasing.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011
Strengths: Good looks
Weaknesses: Stock wheels and components very heavy
Finicky shifting from low end parts
I bought this bike with the intention of doing some triathlons but fell in love with cycling instead. I have around 4000kms on this bike and while I really like the frame, the low end components are a drag, and I plan to upgrade the wheels and drive train.
The mixed low-end Shimano group requires fairly frequent adjustment to keep the chain rubbing too much and the Bontrager crankset flexes noticeably under hard efforts up hill.
That said, I find the ride comfortable, and the bike is stable on fast 80km/h descents and turns reasonably well. I've ridden a few other lower end bikes and wouldn't trade my Lemond for any of them.
Strengths: I love LeMonds frame design; very efficient and surprisingly light. Having carbon forks and seatpost is awesome considering the price. Very comfortable bike.
Weaknesses: The position of the shifters isnt so good considering being in the drops. Wheels are a bit overweight as lots of weight can be shed there.
This is my first road bike and I must say it is awesome. My first season of riding I participated in RAGBRAI and absolutley loved this bike. I have received so many compliments on the bike and I have really gotten into road biking since with friends. I definitely recommend this bike for newcomers!
Strengths: price, relatively quick, light for the price, stable, and comfortable
Weaknesses: saddle, thumb shifter is annoying, front derailleur
The Etape, like many other reviewers, was my first road bike. For the price it is a great bike to start on. I found this bike to be comfortable, stable (even on rapid (45+ mph) descents), fun to ride, very reliable, relatively quick, surprisingly light, and fun to ride. Has a stiff bottom bracket, good geometry, and is very responsive. I now have 2500+ miles on mine and it's still pulling strong.
I would recommend this bike to anyone getting into road riding because it is a quality bike without the sticker shock associated with some other bikes. The Shimano grouppo is precise, reliable and mechanically very sound, however mine does need frequent adjustments and the front derailleur is aggravating. However if you know you're going to ride thousands of miles a season, spring for a bike with higher level components, if you don't you'll be buying them later and putting them on the Etape. To keep the price down Lemond used lower end components (I didn't say cheap components just not SRAM Red / Dura Ace quality, or price) which wear out faster and are heavier. These components are perfectly acceptable but if you just totalled your Pinarello Prince this might not be the bike for you. Finally, if you don't like riding this bike you won't like any road bike and you saved youself some $$$.
I did upgrade the saddle and it was a big benefit. I also put on a Mavic wheel set which was huge, making the bike much lighter, faster, and laser straight. Going with the eggbeaters vs. strap on peddles was also a big help.
My main complaints are the stock saddle, thumb shifters, and the front derailleur. The thumb shifters are annoying and inconvenient but have been reliable and mechanically I have no complaints, I just don't like not being able to shift from the drops. The front derailleur only makes 3 of the 4 shifts; I've adjusted it, the bike shop has adjusted it several times and it never works right.
Overall a great bike for the money, I recommend it to anyone genuinely interested in cycling, if you buy this bike you won't be disappointed.
Well, new to me anyway. MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) is a Canadian company similar to REI in the US.
Full carbon (Toray T700) frame and fork
FSA Energy compact crank with BB30
Full Ultegra 6700 group
Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels
Easton EA50 stem ... Read More »
The route has been announced, it's 130km with 3000m of climbing start and finish in Annecy on the 7th July.
Only one this year, no Pyrenees. And it's a fair bit easier than usual, shorter and less climbing.
Annecy is one of the most beautiful towns in France, not far from Geneva so easy to rea ... Read More »
Just wondered if anyone else here is doing it;
14th July, from Pau to Luchon. West to East across the Pyrenees. Closed roads, 10 000 cyclists. The pros do it a few days later.
198km with 5000m of climbing over the Aubisque, Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde.
Would be interested to hear how othe ... Read More »
Thank god that's over!
Rewind to 2.5 months ago:
Spring training going fine, looking forward to riding my 12th Etape and Bam! Out of nowhere get attacked and thrown off my bike by some teens on scooters.
Shattered collarbone and nerve damage that left my left arm and hand completely numb an ... Read More »
This saturday May 7th at 7am
75mi - 11,000+ ft (elevation gain reports of some pre-rides)
Funny it's the same day as the Breathless Agony which is similar miles and elevation gain.Read More »