If someone told you that Greg LeMond was about to launch a new line of bikes, carbon fiber e-bikes are probably not what you would expect. But then again, maybe you should. Known for being on the cutting edge of cycling technology, LeMond is embracing e-bike tech as a way to get more people out riding – and building some of the lightest, and sleek bikes in the process.

LeMond Daily e-bike

Initially available in just two models, the Daily is designed with a standard frame…

LeMond Dutch e-bike

…while the Dutch uses a step-through design.

LeMond Daily e-bike side

Both frames are manufactured from carbon fiber using “current industry standards.” That last part is important, since LeMond was hoping to create the “Holy Grail of Carbon Fiber” with Oakridge National Laboratory in 2016. But this doesn’t mean that LeMond has given up on revolutionizing carbon fiber production, stating, “we have developed new processes that will significantly reduce the cost of carbon fiber, while also improving the quality. The impact is big in that it expedites the process and results in a massive reduction of the energy required to make carbon fiber. Aside from efficiency, there’s improved quality and cost reduction. LeMond Carbon will play a major role in LeMond Bikes and has great potential to serve other industries as well.  Due to the cost, carbon fiber has been a luxury material only available to select industries and applications – but there are thousands of ways that carbon fiber can and should be used once it is more available and accessible.”

So while these bikes use standard carbon manufacturing methods, LeMond makes it sound like future LeMond bikes will eventually use their proprietary carbon tech.

LeMond Daily e-bike details

Naturally, making the bike frame, the fenders, and the integrated bar/stem out of carbon fiber reduces the weight. When paired with a MAHLE ebikemotion X35 motor and 250Wh integrated battery, you’re left with a crazy light e-bike that weighs in at a claimed 27.2 lbs for the base model! The integrated battery should be good for around 46 miles depending on the use, and the bike will be compatible with a 250Wh external add-on rage extender.

Mahle ebike motion X35.

  • 36V 250w – Max. Torque: 40N.m -Ratio: 14:1

  • Maximum Speed: 26kph

  • 40Nm max torque, optimized for speeds between 15 and 25 km

  • Battery- 250watt-hours, integrated in downtube (non-removable)

  • Compatible with 250wh extended-range external add-on battery

  • 46 mile range with integrated battery

  • Integrated Remote:

    • ON, OFF & LIGHT Control

    • Displays Battery & Assist Level via RGB LED

LeMond Dutch handlebars

LeMond Daily e-bike handlebars LeMond Dutch e-bike light

Two different bar/stem configurations are used on the two bikes, but both offer integrated lighting and internal cable routing to keep things as clean as possible.

LeMond Dutch e-bike headlight

That continues to the headtube/stem junction with a super clean look thanks to color matched spacers and a smooth transition from the frame to the stem.

LeMond Dutch e-bike front and back

The integration continues to the rear of the bike with rear lights built into the seat stays.

LeMond Daily Dutch e-bike geometry

Offered in three sizes each, both models roll on 700c x 38mm tires.

LeMond Daily e-bike Dutch colors

They’ll also be available in three colors for each model.

LeMond Daily e-bike Dutch specifications

The base model of each bike includes a 1×11 Shimano GRX drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes and even a Spurcycle bell. The base Daily and Dutch are priced at $4,500, and both have upgrade options that will include LeMond carbon fiber wheels, a Shimano Di2 drivetrain, and a Brooks England saddle.

lemond.com

14 COMMENTS

  1. I like the spirit of this. Pricey? Sure, it’s not for all users/applications, but I like seeing tech evolution targeted at utilitarian bikes. Let’s continue to make bikes appealing to a broader audience. I met Greg once and he was a very genuinely nice guy and I admire his passion for these projects.

  2. Really cool design, and I love the spec, but one thing concerns me: Lithium Ion batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, and unless that battery is only having part of its capacity used and is actively thermally managed, it *will* degrade over time. The article says it’s in the downtube and is not removable. So, what happens when that battery degrades to the point of needing replacement? Is there some provision in the frame design that makes the cells replaceable? And if so, let’s hope they’re some kind of easily sourced cell.

    Also, front light but no rear light?

    • The battery most likely can be replaced. It is not removable in the sense of many current ebikes with external battery packs. This setup is utilized by numerous ebikes. If past experience holds true, the battery pack is fished out from the frame if/when necessary…albeit, typically, it’s a project & PITA

    • @Dolan, Standard quality 1860 cell LION batteries usually get over 1K charge cycles. So if you rode and charged it everyday 1k/365 days per year = approx 3 years battery life.
      Lemond has always been on the technology tip and he may be using the higher energy density 2170 cells which you could expect even greater performance and less battery degradation.

  3. Were are the water bottle bosses and how does the extended battery attach? Carbon fiber fenders sounds cool, but I would guess expensive to replace if broken.

  4. I hope he makes an aluminum version for more affordable models. He says he wants to put more people on bikes, but not at that price point.

  5. It’s for when the owners find out there is no good way to carry anything on the bikes & are reminded each time they go for a ride 🙂

  6. building these out of aluminum and adding cargo racks seems like a no brainer. The extra weight is not a concern because it has electric assist, and lowering the price will get things more affordable for the average consumer.

  7. All batteries experience degradation over time. LiOn batteries actually “like” activity. They are healthier when used more frequently. I doubt they’re being too aggressive with BMS at the ends of the charge cycle, where wear life is accelerated, so battery life should be a non-issue.

    The Mahle e-bike motion system is used on many euro light e-bikes. The battery is removed from the BB end of the downtube. It’s not something you’d do often but it’s not a big deal to remove it.

  8. Love it! and the added battery is contained in a “bottle” that fits externally in a wb cage on the seat tube and plugs into a port at the upper BB tube cluster. See Wilier and other Mahle systems. Slick!

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