Greg LeMond plans return to bike market

Former Tour winner reportedly intends to re-establish bike brand later this year

by Mat Brett   February 22, 2013  

Lemond Versailles

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond reportedly plans to produce bikes again before long, perhaps in time for this year’s Interbike show which takes place in Las Vegas in September.

We reported earlier in the month that LeMond has established a new venture called LeMond Inc, the initial product being the already established Lemond Revolution indoor trainer for which the company has secured the rights.

At the time, it was unclear whether LeMond Inc planned to produce bikes, although Greg LeMond reportedly obtained control over the LeMond Bicycles name following a dispute with Trek, the company that previously made bikes under the brand. (The pic up top shows a LeMond Versaille from the time when Trek built the bikes. Don't blame us for the quirky front-end set up).

Today, US website Bicycle Retailer has quoted Lemond as saying, “I've got quite a few different ideas. Ultimately I'm looking at coming back into the bicycle business, integrating some technology and stuff that I have used in my cycling career.”

The report says that LeMond wants to avoid a licensing agreement like the one he had with Trek, and work in a partnership with a manufacturer with the long-term goal of bringing manufacturing in-house.

At road.cc, we’ve been told that LeMond has spoken with at least one high-profile manufacturer about the possibility of working together, although we couldn’t tell you whether that potential venture is on-going or whether it has been shelved.

According to Bicycle Retailer, LeMond said that his company had “conceptual designs” for new bikes and that he hoped to produce a special bike to mark the 100th edition of the Tour de France which takes place this year.

www.bicycleretailer.com

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This is great news! I have a 2008 Lemond Zurich and its bloomin brilliant. Would love to get another one. Maybe the legendary poprad disc will make a comback?

posted by rockfield [68 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 17:30

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Yes, I'd love to see the Poprad come back - that was a gorgeous looking bike

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4155 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 17:36

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Good for him. Hopefully he can finally put those jerks at Trek behind him.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 18:14

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Brilliant news.

posted by andyp [1018 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 19:00

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That quirky front end set up is the least of my concerns; they've seemingly forgotten to put half the spokes on.

posted by Nick T [838 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 19:43

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I still hanker for a Lemond GLX

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [377 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 20:22

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I know it is a trek, but my Lemond Croix de Fer is a beautiful bike to ride. I am sure i could find an excuse to replace it if the new Lemonds are anything like their predecessors.

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posted by mrmo [1312 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 21:07

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That is one classy looking bike, mrmo.

Cool

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posted by Simon E [2036 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 10:28

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I had a 2007 Zurich. Just a brilliant bike. Yes, my Canyon is better. But it's 6 years younger. The Lemond was just sublime. Thankfully it's with a mate still plugging away.

posted by bendertherobot [375 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 10:31

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My 2002 Poprad with 853 frame is still going strong. Just replaced the bottom bracket for the first time last week! Unfortunately the seatpost has seized at the wrong height and the OEM Avid front brake always juddered like a washing machine on full spin until I put a cheapo replacement on instead, but apart from that it's been an amazing bike! Great to hear they're coming back. Good luck with it all Greg

posted by bikingscot [45 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 20:44

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Got a lovely 2004 LeMond (Trek) Reno that is still going strong. One of them with the Aluminium frame and carbon chainstays/forks.

Goes like the clappers when you stamp on the pedals and I've ridden it all over the place. Not sure I'll ever sell it!

posted by nottsrouleur [8 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 21:02

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TIME to bump this article. Get that road.cc? TIME to do an update? Get on it and get the scoop.

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posted by Birkie Virgin [1 posts]
26th July 2013 - 4:14

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