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Figured I'd show y'all my latest build. Sick of riding aluminum and too cheap for carbon, so I decided to build myself an '01 LeMond Zurich built with butted 853 steel.

Right now its a hodgepodge of parts from my parts bin plus some 2nd hand stuff, but it's getting there. Decided to stick with a super tight budget... so far I'm into it for $600 out of pocket excluding the 105 shifters and RD which I had on the shelf.
 

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if you're going to describe a new lemond, 'another' is a great way to start.
 

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Based on my '98 I would bet you are happy with the ride.
Really does ride like a dream. So far I've put maybe a couple hundred miles on it and every time I ride it, it just puts a smile on my face for the rest of the day. The 853 steel is so smooth on its own, but when you pair it with the carbon fork, post and cranks, the ride is indescribably good.
 

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if you're going to describe a new lemond, 'another' is a great way to start.
Yeah i hear ya on that. Really nothing special about this build at all, especially compared to some of the beautiful vintage builds here. I just tried to put together a quality steel ride that just flat out performs - on a budget. And it sure does perform. It's a good deal under 18lbs and with fresh bearings it just spins effortlessly.

The black stem/bars and spacers gotta go, I think it needs more natural aluminum. But the bars are so comfy I can't stand to lose them. So I've been considering stripping the anodizing and seeing how the bare shot peened aluminum looks. Since that pic I've replaced the black 105 dual pivot calipers with old school natural aluminum cane creek single pivots. They look sweet and with the salmon pads they stop really well, probably better than the 105's with their old pads.
 

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tough call on deanodizing the bars, etc.

there's so much black already, and those rims are really busy looking. if it were just the crankset and seatpost that were black, i'd quickly deanodize and polish 'em.
 

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Those were well made bikes. I guess his falling out with Trek via Lance ended it. Lemond started a new bike company recently, but it seemed to fade away. High end carbon. He should go back to making nice steel bikes. There's an emerging market for that.
 

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So uhhhh, what is the lemond leaning on in the first picture? I was looking for a Zurich when I found my Buenos Aires. It's a great frame that will perform without drama.

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So uhhhh, what is the lemond leaning on in the first picture? I was looking for a Zurich when I found my Buenos Aires. It's a great frame that will perform without drama.

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I was lookin' and wondering too. My thought is it's a Plymouth Roadrunner.
 

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Geez, been a year since I’ve checked this thread. Have a few updates that I’ve made in the past few months. First I swapped out the old 105 9speed kit in favor of a Force 10 speed setup. Very pleased. Added a Zipp carbon bar and a few odds and ends.

It’s not a weight weenie bike by any means, at just a tad under 17 lbs, she’s surprisingly spry for a steelie.
 

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So uhhhh, what is the lemond leaning on in the first picture? I was looking for a Zurich when I found my Buenos Aires. It's a great frame that will perform without drama.

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It’s a 69 belvedere that I’ve been building for the past few years. Turning it into a street legal drag car / street strip bruiser.

Buenos Aires is a great frame. It was on my list as well.

I was lookin' and wondering too. My thought is it's a Plymouth Roadrunner.
Yep, great guess. It’s actuall a belvedere but same body as the roadrunner, just lower options/value. Let’s see if I can figure out / remember how to post a pic.

I recently got a Buenos Aires. Love it.
How long have you had it? I’ve been riding mine all year .., still rave about it to anyone that will listen, so by now about everyone I know has had it by now.
 
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