Greg LeMond is again within the bike enterprise once more (once more). However the bikes are maybe not what you’d anticipate from the USA’s only Tour de France winner. The brand new LeMonds are metropolis bikes with carbon frames and electrical help from a Mahle eBikeMotion hub motor.
The Dutch and the Each day
The 2 fashions are named Dutch (step-thru) and Each day (step over). If “Each day” sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of Specialized offered a city bike with that identify for a few years. Hopefully, LeMond has an settlement in place with Specialised to license the identify.
Aside from the body type, the 2 bikes are very comparable. Each roll on 700c wheels and make use of carbon frames with carbon forks. The fenders are additionally carbon, as are the one-piece bar/stem and seatpost.
Construct kits are the identical too. The “Fundamental” construct, $4,500, makes use of a Shimano GRX 1x crank (40t ring) and rear derailleur. The shifter is a flat-bar Shimano 105, which strikes the chain over a Shimano 11-40 cassette. Brakes are Shimano RS600 hydraulic disc, the bike rolls on 38c Panaracer GravelKing Slick+ tires and Token aluminum rims, and ESI grips and a Spurcycle compact bell adorn the handlebar.
An elective improve equipment provides Shimano Di2 digital shifting, LeMond carbon rims laced to Tune hubs, a Brooks Cambium saddle, and a Spurcycle Authentic bell. The value for the improve construct was not out there.
Help is offered by a Mahle eBikeMotion X35hub motor, which kicks out as much as 40Nm of torque. This method is gentle and permits a really clean-looking bike with a simple person interface: only a button on the highest tube with coloured LEDs to convey mode and battery cost. Extra performance is accessible by pairing the system with the eBikeMotion smartphone app.
Each bikes characteristic built-in lighting: a headlight constructed into the stem and taillights constructed into the seatstays.
We didn’t obtain weight info, however with carbon frames and forks, and the light-weight Mahle hub motor, they need to be fairly gentle for a metropolis e-bike.
The Dutch and Each day are every provided in three sizes (small, medium, and huge), however every bike has distinctive geometry.
The step-over Each day has an extended attain and decrease stack than the Dutch, with a shorter wheelbase and quicker-steering geometry.
The Dutch presents a extra upright place and appears extra secure with an extended wheelbase and extra path, which hints at a slower-steering really feel.
The place and How They’re Made
Greg LeMond has lately been within the information touting his LeMond Carbon company, which is separate from LeMond bicycles however shares some group members.
LeMond Carbon claims it has entry to new carbon fiber technologies and processes, which reduce the cost of carbon fiber merchandise and manufactures them in a less energy-intensive way. The corporate additionally obtained fanfare for its deliberate 65,000-square-foot facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and information that it could make investments $125 million and create 242 new jobs in the area manufacturing bicycles and different composite elements.
After a bumpy start, lots of these formidable plans seem, for the second, to be on hold. Bicycling has realized new LeMond e-bikes are made in Asia and use standard carbon-composite body applied sciences and processes. An organization spokesperson acknowledged that LeMond plans to maneuver manufacturing to Tennessee in a 12 months.
Ought to You Purchase a LeMond?
Greg LeMond, the particular person, is a captivating and humorous man and a delight to be round. He’s an incredible ambassador for biking, and we’d like to see his new bike model turn out to be successful.
As a bike-industry businessperson, nonetheless, Greg LeMond doesn’t have the most effective monitor file. By our rely, that is a minimum of the fourth iteration of LeMond bikes. Essentially the most profitable and longest-lived of these was when Trek ran the LeMond bike enterprise, a partnership that ended on a sour note.
The knowledge offered forward of the launch of the Each day and Dutch was sparse. The one photos offered had been renderings, not images of precise bikes (an organization spokesperson says prototypes exist and Greg is using one).
There was additionally no info about when the bikes can be out there or how the bikes can be bought. When reached for extra info, a LeMond spokesperson mentioned the bikes, “Must be delivery by January 2021,” and, “LeMond bikes will solely be bought direct for now, however that will change.”
These aren’t probably the most confidence-inspiring solutions. Throughout a worldwide pandemic, sparse product info and a few obvious behind-the-scenes shakiness don’t instill the best religion in a startup’s capability to ship.
The Dutch and Each day look nice: engaging traces, dependable elements, confirmed motor system. We hope this model of LeMond Bicycles delivers on its guarantees and is in enterprise for a very long time (We love you, Greg!).