LeMond Bicycles Prolog e-bike first ride review

A racy carbon-fibre city bike that happens to have electric assist

What is a hands on review?
LeMond Prolog review
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Early Verdict

Lightweight, fast, and nimble with a barely noticeable electric assist. The LeMond Prolog feels like the perfect companion on a busy urban street


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    Eye-catching design

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    Unrecognisable as an e-bike


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    Non-removable battery

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If you saw the Lemond Prolog bike resting against a wall you'd never guess it was an e-bike. Walk up to it and look around and there's a lot to notice but none of it revolves around the electric assist. It looks like the kind of cool urban commuter I vaguely understand young people in San Francisco, London and New York might ride. The kind of thing curated by a stylist for the perfect picture of cool and matched with a great sling bag. There's very little exposed cabling and most of all there's no clunky battery. 

There's no way you'll notice the chunky downtube but if you look closely, you might notice the big rear hub and the power button on the top tube. The look is a promise of good design and a certain kind of subtlety. The rest of the experience follows through. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.