Revolutionary LeMond 8 Carbon Aero Road Bike Finally Arrives
The LeMond 8 carbon road and gravel bikes are finally here, unveiling that revolutionary American-made carbon technology they’ve been teasing us with for years. This first came to life in a series of ultra-stealth e-bikes, but now LeMond is returning to his own road racing roots. Although they’ve hinted at more efficient carbon fiber production processes since 2016, these new road bikes are all about premium lightweight performance and come with premium price tags to match…
Unique LeMond 8 Carbon Aero Road Bike
Greg LeMond’s 8-second Tour de France victory was life-changing, not only to the obvious point of making him the winner of the world’s greatest road race, but also making him realize the power of a simple but transformative change. Admittedly, it was his adoption of new aerobar technology that really won this race, so 8 began to symbolize breakthrough technology for him.
Now it’s called the LeMond 8″ road bikethe most transformative change in carbon fiber frame construction” since the first carbon bicycle frames of the 1980s and 90s.
Revolutionary carbon fiber bike technology
In 2016, we were invited to Knoxville, Tennessee to get a glimpse of what LeMond promised would be their carbon fiber future. Not just carbon fiber, but locally produced carbon fiber that had the potential to revolutionize industries outside of the bicycle world. Of course, the next generation of carbon bikes was also always on the menu.
Having partnered with Oakridge National Laboratories, LeMond initially set out to develop “the holy grail of carbon fiber,” or carbon that could be produced at $5 a pound. At this price, carbon fiber would actually be cheaper to produce than aluminum.
Since then, LeMond has moved bike operations to a new facility in West Knoxville, where these new road bikes will apparently be manufactured in the future.
Carbon innovation made in the USA
Now, on the outside, the new LeMond 8 road bike looks pretty much like many modern aero road bikes we’ve seen in recent years. But inside is a unique LeMond 8 MatrixCore combining a carbon sandwich with ultralight Xenecore expanding foam. This promises more even internal pressure when casting the carbon (compared to removable chucks or inflatable bladders) and also stays inside the finished bike to further dampen vibrations.
Along with the foam core, LeMond incorporates internal reinforced carbon lattice structures that add strength and stiffness at key frame junctions, while maintaining light and thin carbon wall sections that resist external damage. The resulting LeMond 8 framesets are said to be “some of the strongest and safest frames in the world” without adding unnecessary weight.
With more control over individual fiber placement and targeted support of key components, the LeMond 8 was able to be built without any metal inserts. Even water bottle threaded bosses and bottom bracket threads are lighter and stronger in carbon, with just steel bolts, the only metal that attaches to the carbon bike. It even gets a carbon fiber direct mount derailleur hanger.
The T47 carbon bottom bracket itself is unique, encasing a precise threaded carbon lattice cylinder by co-molding it into the frame during final production. Classically modern threaded BB with no weight penalty.
Attached to the front of the frame, a monocoque carbon handlebar + stem and integrated fork share a similar construction with internal structural ribs and MatrixCore foam in the fork case. Again, heavy metal inserts that risk galvanic oxidation are virtually eliminated, and riders are left with fully internal cable routing integration and even a system to ensure the bars and fork are always perfectly aligned.
Technical details and geometry
The geometry of the LeMond 8 is described as “True Road Feel”, with a wide range of eight stock sizes (47-62cm). Each size gets matched tube sizes, chainstays, head tube angles and size-specific fork offsets to give similar Trail numbers for all riders. “Every rider benefits from the same optimal setup… for a consistent ride and feel of quality down the line, regardless of size.”
The LeMond 8 is an aero road bike and incorporates a reduced frontal profile and aerodynamic Kamm tail tube profiles. It also doesn’t hurt that all cables are routed entirely internally, despite the bikes having hydraulic disc brakes AND electronic shifting only.
The bike features a proprietary aero seatpost and channel clamp designed to distribute clamping force over a wider 66mm section of the post. A side benefit is that accessories like a taillight and/or pannier can also be attached via the channel.
The LeMond 8 has a generous 32mm off-road tire clearance (with complete builds offering 25/28/30mm tire options) and features 12mm thru axles, flat mount disc brakes , an option for a conventionally integrated 2-piece bar and stem setup, and is offered in Tour Blue with silver graphics or Classics gray with yellow Maillot Jaune logos.
What is the LeMond team?
The debut of the LeMond 8 also brings the Team LeMond virtual cycling club, and the tease of that gravel bike too. Included in your LeMond 8 purchase is club membership which will also allow you to be invited to events with Greg LeMond, such as the 4-day driving experience this summer in Châtel for the finish of the 8th stage of the Tour of France.
You also get early access to new LeMond products, as well as the club’s annual cycling kit and members-only quarterly Town Hall Zoom calls with Greg. Oh, and there’s a Team LeMond Pro offer. Once you own a LeMond 8 as a member of the LeMond team, you get a 50% discount on the next LeMond carbon frames, axles and new carbon fiber components you purchase within the next 3 – next 4 years (limited number).
At that time, there will be a LeMond 8 Aero Gravel frame, a second-generation LeMond 8 road bike by 2025, two sets of carbon wheels, and more “new LeMond carbon fiber components.”
LeMond 8 Bikes – Prices, Options and Availability
The new LeMond 8 is available for pre-order with a large deposit now in one of two options. For a down payment of $6,000 and a final total price of $8,500 / €9,500, you’ll get a LeMond 8 carbon road bike frame, fork, one-piece handlebar/stem, seatpost and pair. 47mm deep wheels. You will need to provide the component construction kit.
Or for a whopping $9500 deposit on the way to a final total price of $12,500 / €13,900, you’ll get a complete LeMond 8 carbon road bike built with a complete Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 12 groupset.
Worldwide deliveries to North America and most EU countries from today’s pre-orders are expected to begin in July 2022 on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to complete bikes.