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Greg LeMond reveals new LeMond Prolog urban e-bike

12 Jan 2021
Verdict:

The three time Tour de France champion has returned to the bicycle game with a new, high-end e-bike

Price: 
From £4,350

Briefly hark your mind back to the halcyon days of January 2020. You may remember that three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond announced he was returning to the bike market with a new bike made of ‘revolutionary’ carbon fibre.

A year later and it looks as if that bike has arrived. However, it may not be what you were expecting. That’s because this latest bicycle to come branded with the iconic name of LeMond is an e-bike.

The brand new LeMond Prolog is a high performance, carbon fibre e-bike that comes with flat handlebars, integrated lights and a 250W rear hub motor.

Purists among us may be weeping into our double espressos right now lamenting the lack of round steel tubes and 19T cassettes but from what we can see, there could be an awful lot to love about this new bike.

The fact a three-time Tour winner is investing in e-bikes can only be a good thing. One of the most successful cyclists of all time associating themselves with an e-bike is hard proof that it's not cheating.

After all, e-bikes are the future and can help the green revolution.

As for this particular e-bike, it follows a pretty standard path. The LeMond Prolog relies upon a 3.49kg Mahle X35+ motor system that integrates a 250W-hour battery – which annoyingly is non-removable – into the bike’s downtube to power the 250W, 36v rear hub motor.

Controlled by a button on the toptube, it will assist a rider up to 32kmh (which is actaully above the current UK and EU legal limit of 25kmh) before cutting out and can offer around 70km of range to one charge.

At first, we thought that the Mahle X35+ was a motor system that we are yet to get familiar with. However, on closer inspection, it appears that the X35+ is an update of the previous Ebikemotion X35 system which has slowly begun to find itself being used in various different e-bikes – notably the Orbea Gain.

Keeping the bike's weight in check

Weighing 3.49kg for the complete system, the motor system helps keep the overall weight of the Prolog down to 11.8kg. But the biggest driving factor where weight is concerned is the frame itself.

The LeMond Prolog is fully carbon. The frame, fork, custom integrated mudguards, seatpost and one-piece monocoque handlebar-stem cockpit have all be formed from the black stuff on the request of LeMond himself and in collaboration with German specialist Munich Composites.

And if you want to take things even further, you can even upgrade the bike with a set of LeMond LC30 carbon wheels. Again, developed with Munich Composites, they are a low weight wheelset with a tubeless-ready 21mm internal rim width.

While the carbon frame, wheels and one-piece cockpit are tell-tale signs of a bike that is all about performance, LeMond has been sure to remember the practical stuff that every flat-handlebar e-bike needs.

Firstly, the aforementioned mudguards (although they're not present on the photos provided by the brand...). Integrated into the frame and made of carbon, the mudgards – when present – are as practical as they are fancy.

Then we have the sensible integrated rear and front lights. Powered by the motor system’s battery, you are provided with 500 lumens in the front and 70 lumens of either static or strobe light in the rear.

Furthermore, the spec of the bike is also just as sensible. LeMond is fitting the Prolog e-bike with a 1x Shimano GRX disc groupset – which can be upgraded to Di2 – that has a 40T single chainring on the front and an 11-speed 11-40t cassette on the rear: 1-to-1 gear ratios, sensible.

The bike also comes specced with 38mm Panaracer Gravelking Slick+ tyres so you can run lower pressures and ride in better comfort, too. There are even provisions for a front and rear rack and a bell for alerting those around you.

The LeMond Prolog will come in three colours – black & silver, white & black and pink & red. All three will retail from £4,350 and shipping of the bike is promised to begin in February 2021. And of course, the bike has LeMond’s name on it.