When cycling legend and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond announced he was launching a pair of new e-bike models last year, we knew these weren’t going to be ordinary e-bikes.
With deliveries set to begin next month, LeMond Cycles releases the first official photos of one of the new e-bikes.
The new model, known as the LeMond Prolog, is made entirely from carbon fiber – not only in the frame but also in the fork, mudguards, stem and handlebars. This helps the bike achieve its super light weight of just 11.7 kg (26 lbs).
Despite Greg LeMond’s elite-level sporting background, the LeMond Prolog is designed as an everyday e-bike designed for both fitness riding and urban commuting.
New photos from photographer Alonso Tal show off the bike’s ultra-sleek design. And if pink isn’t your thing, it also comes in white and black.
The bike features a hidden internal battery, minimalist rear hub motor, seamlessly integrated LED lighting and hidden wiring.
In fact, it takes a trained eye to even spot that they are e-bikes.
But once you spot the Mahle X35+ Smart Ebike system, the jig is in place. It’s a 20mph (32kph) assist system that adds 250W of power and delivers 40Nm of torque.
The built-in 36V battery isn’t too big at just 250Wh. That’s less than half the average battery capacity found on most throttle e-bikes today. But as a light and efficient pedal-assist e-bike, the LeMond Prolog is still capable of a claimed range of 45 miles (72 km) in the lowest assist setting.
There’s also an external battery option (sold separately) that can add 70% more runtime.
Such a high range is probably more than any casual rider will need, but can be appealing to anyone embarking on an extra-long trail ride.
The sophisticated spec sheet includes quality components like a Shimano GRX Hydraulic 1×11 drivetrain and a tubeless-ready aluminum wheelset. There’s even a Spurcycle bell included – a part that can cost $50 or more on its own!
The LeMond Prolog doesn’t come cheap at its starting price of $4,500. But that’s not unreasonable for a carbon fiber e-bike like this and matches carbon e-bikes of similar specification. Plus, that price is practically a song compared to some of the even higher-end e-bikes we’ve seen.
Can you picture yourself on one of the many new carbon fiber e-bikes from this new wave of interesting fitness/commuting e-bikes we’ve been seeing lately? Let us know in the comment section below!
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