LeMond Fitness Announces the Next Generation of Bike Trainers: The LeMond Revolution(TM), Featuring All-new Direct-Drive Technology

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LeMond Fitness today announced its groundbreaking LeMond Revolution™ indoor bike trainer, technology that solves the "connection and feel" problems associated with traditional bike trainers. A direct drive, progressive resistance trainer that integrates with a bike's drive train, the LeMond Revolution creates a real-road experience and eliminates inconsistent and difficult tire-to-roller connections with a design that requires a user to simply remove a bike's rear wheel and slip the bike onto the trainer.

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“This is a gigantic leap forward for indoor trainers," said LeMond Fitness founder Greg LeMond and three-time Tour de France champion.

LeMond Fitness today announced its groundbreaking LeMond Revolution™ indoor bike trainer, technology that solves the "connection and feel" problems associated with traditional bike trainers. A direct drive, progressive resistance trainer that integrates with a bike's drive train, the LeMond Revolution creates a real-road experience and eliminates inconsistent and difficult tire-to-roller connections with a design that requires a user to simply remove a bike's rear wheel and slip the bike onto the trainer.

"This is a gigantic leap forward for indoor trainers," said LeMond Fitness founder Greg LeMond and three-time Tour de France champion. "The LeMond Revolution's direct drive technology gives the experience that riders have on the road, only now you can get it in the convenience of your living room. Our new trainer features a highly-engineered, weighted flywheel that is designed to replicate the inertia of a rolling bicycle, something we call High-Inertia Technology (HIT). Just like when riding on the road, the LeMond Revolution permits you to coast or freewheel, while its HIT delivers progressive wind resistance just like in real-world outdoor conditions. The design creates a smooth, natural feel while pedaling and eliminates inertia lag when the rider slows down or changes gears."

For people who are serious about cycling or who want to recreate the unique feeling of outdoor cycling indoors, the LeMond Revolution's High-Inertia Technology provides the solution to better, more realistic, more enjoyable indoor training and riding, making traditional roller-based trainers obsolete.

"Compared to traditional roller-based trainers, the Revolution represents the difference between riding on the road, on a great bike, on a great day and riding your bike with a flat tire, uphill, in sand. Who wants to ride in those conditions?" said LeMond.

The initial concept for the Revolution dates back to 1978. Intrigued by LeMond winning the Junior National Road Race Championship that year at the age of 16, one of Greg's neighbors, Larry Brown, a physicist and inventor, collaborated with Greg to build a trainer that would contribute to Greg's training. In 1981, when Greg turned professional at the age of 19, he moved to Belgium and took the garage-built trainer with him. Living in Belgium, with its cold and rainy weather, Greg was able to train as effectively indoors as outdoors and as a result never missed out on training ride. Greg capitalized on that ability and his aggressive training schedule to become in 1986 the first American to win the Tour de France, and Greg remains today one of the few riders to win the Tour de France three times.

Features and Benefits -- Why Choose the LeMond Revolution?

  • Direct-Drive Technology – Direct-drive technology permits a user simply to remove the back wheel and attach the rear dropouts to the trainer, eliminating inconsistent and difficult tire-to-roller connections.
  • High-Inertia Technology - A highly-engineered, weighted flywheel replicates the inertia of a rolling bicycle by letting the bike coast or freewheel naturally with a wider range of resistance, creating a smoother, more natural feel.
  • Versatility – The LeMond Revolution works with all road, mountain or cyclocross bikes using Shimano or SRAM 8, 9 or 10 speed dérailleurs (Campagnolo adaptor also available).
  • Equipment and Rider Friendly – By eliminating the need for a rear wheel, the LeMond Revolution saves wear and tear on the user's bike, including waste associated with blown inner tubes and worn tires. The Revolution's stable platform reduces bike flex and allows cyclists to ride out of the saddle without fear of unduly stressing their bike frame.
  • Validation – The LeMond Revolution is the official trainer for the Garmin-Transitions Professional Men's Racing Team.
  • Performance Data – Beginning in late Fall 2010, cyclists will be able to purchase a Power Pilot for the LeMond Revolution and record, upload and download watts, cadence, heart rate, calories, speed and distance, creating the most advanced trainer available today.High Inertia Technology (HIT) – large, weighted flywheel adds inertia and lets bike freewheel naturally with a wider range of resistance

Starting at $499, the LeMond Revolution™ will be exclusively available through LeMond Fitness beginning in late September 2010. See a preview of the Revolution Bike Trainer.

About LeMond Fitness
LeMond Fitness was formed in 2002 by Greg LeMond with a mission to help individuals achieve their fitness goals and train more effectively. As the first American to win the Tour de France, Greg transformed the world of cycling. LeMond Fitness bikes reflect Greg's same passion for cycling products that break out of the mold. Tired of indoor training and exercise bikes that had nothing to do with cycling, Greg reinvented the product category – making LeMond Fitness the industry gold standard for high quality and exceptional performance in stationary cycles. Designed like great road bikes, all LeMond Fitness exercise and training bikes offer user-friendly adjustments and innovative cycling programs to make a workout and training program more effective.

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