Updates, Pricing Announced for Lemond Fitness Revolution Trainer

The LeMond Revolution fitness trainer, first announced at the end of July, has just given up it’s pricing and added a bit of depth to the initial info burst. Starting at $499, it’ll be available only through LeMond Fitness in late September, and later this year will have an add-on Power Pilot computer that’ll display and record your performance data and let you upload it to your computer.

“This is a gigantic leap forward for indoor trainers,” said Greg LeMond, 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.

“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?”

More after the break…

From the press release:

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 to 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 cyclecross 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.

Comments

cms - 09/13/10 - 6:01pm

I’m not convinced of the validity of this statement “…stable platform reduces bike flex and allows cyclists to ride out of the saddle without fear of unduly stressing their bike frame.” So the load from the cyclist leveraging on the bars and cranks disappears? No it gets transferred to the point of attachment, the dropouts, and especially in front of the drive side dropout, one of the most highly stressed points on a bike frame. I think this is a great device but this is an incorrect claim.

zombieweekly - 09/14/10 - 6:53am

I really want one, just started road biking but never really liked the idea of having have to prepare a training wheel. This looks like my solution.

Robb - 09/14/10 - 10:46am

Explain to me how “Validation” equals paying a team to ride your product. Especially a team that has no issue changing sponsors at any time of the year. Any consumer input on how this thing rides? Specifically NOT from someone who was compensated to ride it?

Tyler (Editor) - 09/14/10 - 11:53am

Robb, all of their review units are shipping out after Interbike, and we’re on the list to test one out. So, you probably won’t see real (ie. long-term) reviews from anyone for a bit, but they will have demo units at the show that we’ll hop on and report from.

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