First Impression: LeMond Poprad Disc

The LeMond Poprad Disc is labeled as a cyclocross bike, however they are often a great choice for the daily commute. And the folks at LeMond know this as well… they speculate that half of the Poprads they sell are specifically for commuting use. This is the first time the bike has ever been reviewed from a commuting perspective.

The frame is made of True Temper OX Platinum steel. I do know that “steel is real” and offers a very smooth ride, however the “True Temper OX Platinum” part was new to me so I did some googling and read about it here, here and here. Apparently the way they make it allows it to be lighter and stronger than other forms of steel, however the part that stood out to me was this:

OX Platinum is highly temper-resistant, resulting in an 11% increase in fatigue life and a 20% increase in impact strength over the competition.

That’s a great increase in two areas of strength that I’m looking for in a commuter bike.

Moving on from the frame, they’ve added carbon into the mix, which is also well known for dampening low level vibrations. Both the forks and seatpost are carbon which gives you a huge weight savings and adds more comfort to the bike.

The “Disc” in the name obviously refers to the Avid BB7 disc brakes. While this gives it cool points and is perfect for the cross racing the bike is built for, it’s a bit of overkill in my opinion for a commuter bike if you stay on paved roads for the majority of the time.

The drivetrain is all Shimano 105 except for the Bontrager Race Cross GXP crankset. The rear cassette is 9-speed with cogs going from 12 to 27 teeth. Up front you have two chainrings, 46 and 38 teeth.

The last component I’ll mention is the Bontrager Bzzzkill Vibration Dampeners. These are the little handlebar plugs… click here to read about them. Fascinating.

The first thing I noticed, and that still stands out to me after 9 days of commuting, is how much this bike smooths out the road chatter. Most of my ride into work is done in the wide shoulder lane… the part of the road that isn’t very well maintained. There’s lots of cracks, bumps, etc on the ride and the Poprad does a great job sucking up a large amount of the vibrations. You can tell one of the goals of this bike was to smooth out the road.

One thing I’ll be switching out soon is the stock tires. These, again, are made specifically for cross bikes so I can feel the extra tread slowing me down.

After a week and a half of riding I’m pretty happy with the bike. More updates in the near future.

CLICK HERE if you’d like to see the bike on LeMond’s website and see full specs. Also check out both the Shimano and Bontrager websites to learn more about the components on the bike.

Now for the pictures…

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