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Trek dumps LeMond

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Trek dumps LeMond

WATERLOO, Wis. (AP) -- Best-selling bicycle maker Trek Bicycle Corp. is severing its ties with three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.
Company president John Burke says there has been a "troubling pattern of inconsistent business dealings."
Trek has licensed the LeMond brand name since 1995 and made road bikes under that name.
Burke says Trek has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Madison to sever the ties.
Trek is known among cyclists for making the bikes that Lance Armstrong rode in his Tour de France victories. With brands like Trek, Gary Fisher, Klein and Greg LeMond, Trek sells 1.5 million bikes a year and does $700 million in sales.
LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France in 1986.
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Lance's last laugh?

btw - where's the link to the source?
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Bikesdirect.com or Doral?
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now they just have to sever ties with themselves.
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https://velonews.com/article/74387/tr...th-greg-lemond
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Originally Posted by botto
Lance's last laugh?

btw - where's the link to the source?
Yup.
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That's too bad, but my guess is LeMond as a bike company will soldier on.
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So when are Armstrong bikes coming out?
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No big surprise. He came to the carbon game too late and sales aren't great. I've owned two Lemonds and they were great bikes, but there just isn't anything exciting about the brand.
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If the comments attributed to Burke in Velonews ("Despite our repeated efforts to persuade Greg to focus on selling his bikes, he continued his personal attacks") are correct, it is definitely not the normal innocuous "it was time for a change" statement that usually accompanies these announcements.

It also stated that Lemond had failed to find a new partner, so I don't know about the brand being continued (well, until BikeDirect buys the rights...).
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I guess this means future LeMonds will no longer be equipped with Bontrager components. (That's not necessarily a bad thing).
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The Trek/Lemond relationship has been on the rocks for a while and I've been hearing rumors of a split for the last couple of years. This sounds pretty bad, though. The "inconsistent business dealings" talk sounds like Trek's working on a lawsuit.

I think this is a good thing for Trek. The Lemond line is stagnating, the name itself doesn't carry the kind of marketing value it did ten years ago, and GL himself doesn't seem too eager to be a bike salesman. Time to cut the brand loose.

It's doubtful that Bikesdirect will be able to pony up the coin to buy the brand, but I wouldn't be surprised if a big player like Pacific does. They might have better luck selling higher-end Lemonds than they've had selling higher-end GTs and Schwinns.
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Originally Posted by white lobster
It's doubtful that Bikesdirect will be able to pony up the coin to buy the brand....
Joking around there....

Originally Posted by white lobster
The Trek/Lemond relationship has been on the rocks for a while and I've been hearing rumors of a split for the last couple of years. This sounds pretty bad, though. The "inconsistent business dealings" talk sounds like Trek's working on a lawsuit.
The Velonews article says Lemond is suing Trek (c. March 20th) so there's definitely some legal action going on.

Maybe they just didn't want to leave all the fun to ASO and UCI....
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That Lemond is a bit whackadoo.

He should join BF.
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LeMond should go to high end steel?
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Originally Posted by LowCel
So when are Armstrong bikes coming out?
My thought exactly.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
That Lemond is a bit whackadoo.
I believe the 'a bit whackadoo' ship has sailed.
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What does this do to the value of Rad's Tete?
Will this help get if painted quicker?

Armstrong opened a shop in Austin, wonder what self named
brand he is going to carry?
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Originally Posted by voltman
LeMond should go to high end steel?
You mean "go back"? Up until only a few years ago, LeMond was cranking out some very nice steel bikes, some made of 853, which was about as good as it got.
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Wow, sad. I recall that Greg had a falling out with his Dad for a few years because of similar "business dealings" and now it seems it comes back to Greg.

To defend Lemond, he has the right to speak his mind re: doping, and I guess he figures that's a more important issue than selling a few more road bikes. Too bad his partners disagreed.
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Originally Posted by Doctor Who
You mean "go back"? Up until only a few years ago, LeMond was cranking out some very nice steel bikes, some made of 853, which was about as good as it got.
I was thinking about "go back", but I wasn't familiar with the quality of the steel frames, and if they were on par with the higher zoot bikes.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
I believe the 'a bit whackadoo' ship has sailed.
I was going to say 'around the bend' but in deference to an American Cycling Legend, I tried to be gentle.
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