LeMond Bicycles — a company that summarizes Greg LeMond’s legendary cycling career with 3 victories in the legendary Tour de France — announces the launch of its first models: Urban e-bikes that reflect the LeMond team’s high standards of design, technology and innovation.
With the launch of the new Prolog and Dutch models, LeMond introduces e-bikes that are designed to be particularly light thanks to the extensive use of carbon: the material is used not only for the frame, but also for the seat post, handlebars and even the mudguards. This is no surprise, by the way: Greg LeMond has always been committed to new technologies in cycling, from the first aero helmet to aero bars, and in 1986 he was the first ever to win the Tour de France on a carbon fiber bicycle frame.
The comparatively light electric drive Mahle X35+, also known as Ebikemotion, fits in well with this lightweight design concept. The central component of the 3.5 kg system is a compact hub motor with 40 Nm torque for the rear wheel and a battery with 248 Wh capacity integrated fixed in the frame. The system is operated via a button on the top tube, and there is also a matching smartphone app for further settings and information. Although the motor is not controlled by a separate torque sensor, there is now a software simulation of this measurement, which should also find its way into the new LeMond bikes.
Not only are the bike designs very minimalist thanks to the slim drive system — the lighting system is also elegantly integrated into the bike to maintain the clean and clear lines of the traditional bike. The headlight is integrated in the middle of the handlebars, while the taillight is inconspicuously positioned in both seatstays.
The LeMond Prologue and Dutch Urban Bikes
Both models differ in their frame: While the Prolog corresponds to the classic Diamond frame, the Dutch refers to the classic Dutch bike with comfortable, low entry.
The configuration of both bikes is available in two versions. The basic model is equipped with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and the 11-speed gears from Shimano’s GRX series. The rims here are made of aluminum, the saddle is from Selle Royal. The weight of this basic model should be 12.3 kg. Alternatively, there is also an equipment variant with Shimano’s electronic Di2 gearshift available. In addition, these models will then roll with Brooks Cambium saddle and rims made of carbon.
The price of the basic model is expected to be around 4,500 USD, exact Euro prices and availability are not yet known. However, Prolog and Dutch will then be available in three frame sizes. More information about the bikes should be available soon on the LeMond website.