Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France winner and the only American to win the race, is set to launch a range of signature road bikes at the Interbike show in Las Vegas next week.
The new range will initially feature three models based on colours from his Tour victories in 1986, 1988 and 1990. LeMond has collaborated with Time Sport International to manufacture the carbon road bikes.
Details are few and far between at this stage, we’ll know more once they’re officially unveiled at the show. Time manufactue their frames in-house using their own carbon weaving technique, which Mat had a good look at when he paid the factory a visit earlier this year. With Campagnolo supplying its 80th Anniversary Record groupset for the range, we can expect some very high-end builds.
“My interest in the bicycle as a machine, with its design, details and innovative possibilities, never went away after I retired from racing in late 1994," said LeMond. "For a time I lost my creative outlet, but like form coming back to a rider who was weakened, I have rediscovered my creativity and passion for the bike.
“I’ve travelled the world, observing carbon fabrication in more detail than ever before, and I’ve refined my ideas. When I landed in Vaulx-Milieu, France to meet with Jean Marc Gueugneaud and Roland Cattin of TIME Sport International earlier this year, I had done my due diligence. I spent countless hours traveling, sitting in meetings and standing on factory floors, but I saved TIME for last for a reason: I would now be able to view everything they were doing through a discerning eye."
There is history between LeMond and Time. In 1985 Jean Marc Gueugneaud built a carbon bike for him when he was racing with Bernard Hinault on the La Vie Claire team. The partnership continued: when Gueugneaud left Time he set up TVT, a custom carbon frame company, and provided bikes for LeMond which he rode to his three Tour victories and the World Championships in 1983.
Clearly this history between the two has been pivotal in the news of the relaunched LeMond brand. “I’m very fond of my history with Jean Marc and his bikes, but I needed to see what he and Roland had accomplished since the early ‘90s; I needed to see how they were doing it now,” LeMond added. “The level of design and craftsmanship poured into their products today is unsurpassed. The balance of strength, weight, durability and ride quality in what they build puts them atop the podium as the premiere carbon constructor.:
Watch this space, we'll bring you more news on the bikes as soon as we get it.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.