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LeMond Limited Edition 1989 Road Bike Frame
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After claiming the '86 Tour atop a custom carbon fiber frame, there was no going back for LeMond. He'd proven to the world that both he and carbon fiber bicycles were there to stay in professional bicycle racing. The man responsible for building the revolutionary carbon machines for LeMond and teammate Hinault was Jean Marc Gueugneaud. At the time, Gueugneaud had recently left Look to start a custom carbon fiber manufacturing label known as TVT, where he continued building frames for LeMond. The relationship the two developed continues today, with Gueugneaud now the chief carbon engineer at French-based Time. This created the perfect partnership for LeMond's launch back into bicycle production with his Time-built, Limited Edition framesets. The series commemorates the Tours claimed by LeMond, with just 100 framesets being produced for each of the three tour-winning years. This is the "Tour '89" edition, and the graphics represent his bike and ADR team colors of the day. LeMond chose to partner with Time, as much for his longstanding relationship with Mr. Gueugneaud as for the proven engineering delivered by the French manufacturer. Time's NXS received the nod for the limited edition frame's front triangle and head tube, with the rear triangle having been designed specifically to LeMond's specifications. Time applied its RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) technology to the frame, which is a "wet" molding technique integral to its top-end carbon frames. This is an exclusive manufacturing process done in Time's French facility, and it's fairly exclusive to the bicycle industry both in terms of in-house production and the actual techniques applied. The majority of carbon frames are manufactured with a pre-preg technique, in which woven carbon fiber sheets have been pre-impregnated with a resin. The sheets are then cut, arranged, and layered in a mold, with an inflatable bladder serving to shape the carbon under the forces of heat and pressure. RTM, on the other han...