A few months ago, we were teased with the rebirth of LeMond bikes. It’s not secret that Greg LeMond has been working in Oakridge Tennessee to ‘reinvent’ carbon fiber. New carbon fiber bicycles were always a part of the big picture, and it looks like that’s very close to becoming reality.

Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike
All Prolog photos c. Alonso Tal/Lemond

While the initial release gave us an idea of what was coming with some very accurate product renderings, LeMond has just released first photos of an actual bike. Of note is the fact that the initial release called this bike the Daily, it has now been changed to the Prolog. The overall design hasn’t changed though – the Prolog is an incredibly sleek, 26 lb carbon fiber e-bike with optional matching fenders. Details of the new LeMond carbon production are still slim, but Gear Junkie managed to elicit a good bit of info from Greg himself on one of their latest podcasts.

Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike front ent Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike chainstays

Thanks to the inclusion of the Mahle X35+ Smart Ebike system, the Prolog doesn’t really look like an e-bike. A 250Wh battery is embedded in the downtube, which is good for a claimed 45 miles on average. Though there is also an external range extender available which increases that range by a claimed 70%.

Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike headlight

Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike seat stays

The 250w motor is housed in the rear hub, just behind the integrated tail lights in the seat stays. Those rear lights match up with a 500 lumen light up front integrated into a one-piece carbon fiber bar/stem.

Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike stem Lemond Prolog carbon fiber e-bike downtube

What’s really impressive here is that the production model shown above looks almost identical to the product renderings. That’s great news for anyone who thought those first images looked great (they did). Hopefully, the final product rides as good as it looks (it should). Prices for the Prolog start at $4500 and they’re expected to begin shipping February, 2021.

Lemond dutch carbon fiber e-bike Lemond dutch carbon fiber e-bike basket and rack

Though it’s still a rendering, LeMond has also shown the beautifully integrated and color matched rack and basket for their Dutch e-bike. No surprise – they look great, and perfectly match the bike’s design. The Dutch also starts at $4500, but these won’t be available until March.

And after these? LeMond is already teasing a road bike on their website, and if we’re to go off of Greg’s response in the podcast linked above, a gravel bike is on the way as well. Stay tuned.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, $4.5K for a lightweight category leading carbon fiber ebike seems like a deal. At this price I’m guessing these will be distributed with a DTC business model such as Canyon, YT, etc.

    • Helps to own your own proprietary carbon manufacturing process. Some companies own their molds. Some even have factories. But only Lemons makes his own carbon.

  2. Looks great, but I’m not sure about the value prop for a commuter bike (where ebikes shine) that’s too expensive to lock up.

    • With only a 250wh battery you better hope you work really close from your home… I’m guessing this is a very low powered hub motor like a 250w nominal?

  3. Another e-bike with assist limited to 20mph, which is fine for EU and other markets that consider anything else as a moped, but in US, 28mph should be the normal assist goal and a battery with greater than 45 mile range.

    • Agreed. 20mph assist limit is a huge swing and a miss for the US market. Why is it that only specialized seems to understand this right now with the Turbo Creo? I recently had double hip surgery and I want to continue riding with my buddies who are all in phenomenal shape and average well over 20mph for long periods of time on pure meat power. The creo is about the only bike worth looking at due to the 28mph cutoff. These things are all about helping broken people like me continue in the sport they love. Something with a throttle only used for commuting is fine to be limited at 20mph.

      • Go test ride a Creo, and ride it maxed out, you will be lucky to get an hour out of that battery (less actually). Otherwise agree with your view point.

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