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Old 06-21-2019, 12:05 AM
Pearsom Pearsom is offline
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1991 LeMond Ventoux -- Team Z Replica

I remember being a poor college student and wishing I could afford me a LeMond Maillot Jaune.... A few years after graduating I was fortunate enough to get one from another very tall friend who sold it to me to help fund a custom build. I kept it for the next 15+ years, then not sure why (N+1 issues?) I sold it (I believe to PL'er...). Oops -- Seller's remorse.

Now, I know these do come upfor sale every once in a while... but rarely in my size. So when this 62cm LeMond Ventoux Team Z Replica surfaced on eBay last week I thought about it for about 30 secs and hit the BIN. I probably paid a bit too much given it's the Ventoux / Cromor version, but it is Billato built and ... it's a grail/bucket list frameset for me

It arrived today in great shape... a couple minor paint chips, but other than that it's minty fresh... and WAAAAY more 90s fluorescent/neon/day-glo than in the pictures...

Hope to have it built up soon. In the meantime --
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Old 06-21-2019, 01:30 AM
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Dude...........love it

And love hearing stories behind the reason why people buy certain frames.

Whats the plan for build ?
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:19 AM
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Sweet!!!!!!!!!

One of these days I'll have a Team Z replica in my collection too. I do have one of these Ventoux though, just an earlier one. Mines a nice metallic grey but without the internal top cable. Rides great thought. Just had it out Wednesday for 25 miles. If it's like mine it's got a fairly decent amount of tire clearance. I'm running 700 x 27 tubulars on it right now.


This is how it looks except for the tubular setup I'm running on it now. Fast and comfortable.



Can't wait to see what you do with the build.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:22 AM
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How'd I miss that?

Congrats. What's the build plan?
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:40 PM
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Regarding build plan... Not sure.

I want it to be neo-retro 10s or 11s.

For my other neo-retro builds of steel frames (early / mid90s MX Leaders and a 91 Zullo TVT Team bike) I've gone almost entirely with silver alloy groupsets... For this one I'm thinking maybe some black components in the mix ...

I have an NOS campy record carbon square taper crankset waiting to be used... Is it wrong to base a build around just a crankset?

Open to suggestions on this one....
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:48 PM
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Well, like you I normally go for silver components. That said, with the bold colors of this a black groupset would look good in my opinion. It would stand out well in contrast to the colors.

Silver can tend to get lost against a bold color. Just your decision on if that's what you want or not.



Where as Black does tend to stand out.

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Old 06-21-2019, 03:03 PM
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I'd love to get my hands on a 58cm Team Z.

Definitely go black, and that carbon crank will look great.


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Old 06-26-2019, 08:56 PM
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yup. I think that's the ticket. Just no 4 spoke crankset... I haven't grown accustomed to that look yet
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:07 PM
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Definitely go black
+1 Works well with those colors
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Old 06-28-2019, 07:03 PM
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Nice frame OP!
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:15 PM
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there is a carbonframes (now Calfee) 56 cm Lemond frame here for sale that is on my list but I am finding it hard to N+1 with so many bikes already.
It offers nothing that my current bikes don't do better but man I lusted after one of these so much 29 years ago. Seller describes it as no noticeable scratches or blemishes.
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:38 PM
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JamesDak, do you have one of these yet?

I'm a fan of Lemond frames myself...but for some reason this doesn't appeal to me much. I'm thinking those gussets look a little Batman-like. However, would like to know more about it? What material, who made them and were the gussets added for extra strength?
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