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Hello All,

Just when I thought I had found the perfect bike for me (Specialized Roubaix) I do a stupid thing and test ride a Lemond Buenos Aries. The BA had almost as smooth a ride as the roubaix, fit just as good and it's design blend of carbon and steel is very well done. I am a big guy at 6'4" and 240 pounds, and I have been posting pretty heavily with newbie questions for the past few weeks. I also test rode a felt today, but felt way to stretched out. My inseam is 36", but my arms are relatively averege in length. Just like my, well lets not mention that LOL. Anyway, the fit in the lemond just felt right from the start, but the cost is a fair amount higher ($1737). The roubaix, has a very smooth ride but I am concerned with the wheel strength of the ALX-290's and its an all 105 bike ($1200). The elite model is all ultegra with the shimano WR-540 wheels ($1600). I was concerned with the wheelset on the BA and the shop said that they would waranty them for life if I were to damage them due to my weight. Waranty for life seems odd, i'll make sure it's in writing. My goal weight is 205 lbs, I am a Mountain biker, and this will be my first modern road bike in a long time. Anyway, if anyone has any real word experience with either of these bikes, I would love to hear it.

Best regards,

Marc Webster
 

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Dreaming about the BA

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the advice. I will be test riding the BA one more time this week and will make my final decision. However the more I think about it the more I want the BA. I went on a mountain bike ride today with a friend and we discussed road bikes the whole time. He has me convinced that if I don't get the BA I will always wish I did. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

Thanks again,

Marc Webster
 
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