Sunday, July 14, 2024

First look at the new LeMond Prolog ultra-light 26 lb electric bike

Last year, a cycling legend and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond launched a pair of new electric bike models. Now, the LeMond bicycle brand, reborn as a manufacturer of e-bikes, released photos of its lightweight LeMond Prolog flat-bar electric road bike, designed for everyday use – for both sports riding and urban transport.

As expected, it is an e-bike that stands out in the first place for its design, but not everything is beauty, but it also has excellent characteristics. The new model is made entirely of carbon fiber – not only inside the chassis but also in the forks, fenders, body, and handlebars. This helps the bike reach its super light weight of just 26 lb (11.7 kg).

First look at the new LeMond Prolog ultra-light 26 lb electric bike.

Previously named the Daily, the renamed Prolog has a hidden internal battery, minimalist rear hub motor, seamlessly integrated front, and rear lights are powered by a lightweight battery housed in the downtube. In fact, even realizing that these are electric bikes requires a trained eye.

A 250 watt rear hub motor powers Prolog up to 20 mph (32 km/h) and is part of the Mahle X35+ smart e-bike system embedded throughout the frame. The Mahle X35+ Smart Ebike System provides all of the features and characteristics required for a quick, lightweight, and elegantly designed e-bike. At just 7.7 pounds, it is one of the lightest systems on the market.

The motor is powered by a down-tube-integrated non-removable 36V/250-Wh lithium battery. As a lightweight and efficient pedal-assisted e-bike, the LeMond Prolog still has the claimed 45 miles (72 km) range capability at the lowest assist setting. There is also an external battery option (sold separately) that can add 70% more range. Such a high range is probably more than a casual biker would need, but it can be attractive to anyone taking an extra-long ride.

The fancy spec sheet includes quality components such as the Shimano GRX Hydraulic 1 × 11 drivetrains, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes; internally routed cables, wires, and hoses; a tubeless-compatible aluminum wheelset; a Spurcycle bell. In addition, an always-on integrated 500-lumen headlight within the monocoque handlebar-stem provides visibility for the road ahead.

The LeMond Prolog’s market launch is scheduled for the end of February in three colors, priced at $4,500.