Rolling Wonders

LeMond Chambery

Apr 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
LeMond Chambery

LeMond Chambery    Photo: Mark Weiss

LEMOND CHAMBERY / $2,100, 18.9 lbs
Why It's Cool: Traditional geometry and classic European styling with less weight, thanks to the aluminum-carbon-hybrid frame.
The Ride: Coming from a company that built its reputation on steel, the Chambery—with teardrop-shaped aluminum tubing mated to a carbon-fiber fork and stays—could be seen as treason. But this bike preserves LeMond's signature long cockpit and easy-on-the-back riding position, while updating its road feel with the lively crackle of aluminum. The Chambery comes with Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and brakes, rounding out a solid-steering, stable platform that still feels peppy. Stomp on the pedals and the bike immediately surges forward, even on steep hills. But the Chambery seemed happiest on the wide-open road, smoothing out the miles and nearly putting testers to sleep with its hypnotic hum. That makes it the perfect choice for epic outings.
Right Bike If: You measure your rides in hours, not miles. Sizes: 49, 51, 53, 55, 57 (tested), 59, and 61 cm;