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Old 09-13-17, 06:12 PM   #1
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LeMond Gurus Please -- ID This Ride

I just purchased this LeMond MJ Classic from my LBS. It has been upgraded to full Ultegra 6800 with Mavic Open Pro wheelset.

Problem is, I can't find this frameset in any of the LeMond catalog archives.

I read in one Google search it was a "Malliot Jaune Classic" from 2004. It is Reynolds 853 and has MJ Classic written on the top tube just below the seat nose. The chains stay simply says "Reynolds". It is a "made in USA" frame.

Can anyone clue me in?

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Old 09-13-17, 06:16 PM   #2
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It no longer is what it was. The only really important thing about it is the material used to construct the frame. Beyond that, if it fits well and is enjoyable to ride it is a very nice bike
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It no longer is what it was. The only really important thing about it is the material used to construct the frame. Beyond that, if it fits well and is enjoyable to ride it is a very nice bike
I am interested in the history of the frame manufacturing, and the fact I can't find a record of it anywhere in literature, so no it's not just about what the frame is made of. When it comes to steel, we know 853 is pretty hard to beat.

To your other point, it fits well and provides a sense of old school craftsmanship, coupled with the advantages modern componentry. It is indeed a nice ride.
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Hmm, so I too found some references to it being a 2004. And the font on the tubes matches the standard 2004 MJ as well as the fork. The standard 2004 MJ was the spine type frame, steel carbon mix. In 2005 they started using True Temper. What do you want to bet your Classic was just dreamed up by trek to finish off the all steel frames they had on hand? Totally speculation on my part.
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Check out this thread, it looks like your answer is in post #10 as well as someone to contact for more info.

http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...-purchase.html
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Hmm, so I too found some references to it being a 2004. And the font on the tubes matches the standard 2004 MJ as well as the fork. The standard 2004 MJ was the spine type frame, steel carbon mix. In 2005 they started using True Temper. What do you want to bet your Classic was just dreamed up by trek to finish off the all steel frames they had on hand? Totally speculation on my part.
EXACTLY... I was wondering the same thing. You never know what scheme some mid-level manager dreams up to clear out products they want to be rid of to make room for the next models. All with the nod of upper management who say, "whatever, just get them out of here..".

That is why it might have never made the production catalogs... it was never meant to be in the first place.
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Check out this thread, it looks like your answer is in post #10 as well as someone to contact for more info.

http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...-purchase.html
Wow! Awesome! Thank you, jamesdak!

Here is a quote from User Teterider:

"Sorry, LeMond expert asleep at the wheel.

Well the junk pictures in that Craigslist post are hard to see, but it clearly has the colors, look, and font of a 2004 Malliot Jaune Classic frame. This was offered as a frameset only although some shops may have built them up and sold it as a full bike. At the time it also could be ordered with full custom paint under the LeMond custom program latter known as Project One by Trek, but the blue with yellow panels is the stock color. It is Reynolds 853 steel handmade in the US and came with a Bontrager Race X Lite fork. This frame won the 2003 Elite National Championships."

If you need geometry I can tell you that too."

This is exactly what I was looking for!
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That's a sweet bike. I'd ride the $&#* out of it.
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I love me some Lemonds! I've got two of the 853 machines and two of the earlier Billato built ones. Not a bum in the lot. Enjoy yours!
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I just purchased this LeMond MJ Classic from my LBS. It has been upgraded to full Ultegra 6800 with Mavic Open Pro wheelset.

I saw that one on CL and was wondering what it was..mystery solved I guess. Congrats! Nice ride.
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I saw that one on CL and was wondering what it was..mystery solved I guess. Congrats! Nice ride.
Thanks. Mike is a great guy to buy from. He has my repeat business.
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Nice bike with a cool story!
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