As a bit of cycling history, Greg Lemond first tested his new carbon bike, the one he would later ride in ’91 Tour de France, on the Col d’Eze. Lemond and his entire Team Z had refused to ride their TVT carbon bikes — they were too flexy.
But by chance, Lemond had discovered a small carbon pioneer named Craig Calfee and his small shop in San Francisco. After faxing specs, Calfee built a frame in four days and shipped it to France. Lemond went nuts and insisted Calfee fly out immediately to be there for the Paris-Nice test.
He loved the way the bike climbed but informed Calfee at the top of the mountain that the real test was the descent because “all carbon bikes descend like shit.” Lemond then bombed the descent back down to Nice and raved about the performance — the bike “descended like a demon.”
Calfee filled a big purchase order from Greg who wanted 18 frames for Team Z. Carbonframes relocated to Reno after entering an exclusive licensing agreement with LeMond Bicycles. LeMond rode in the leader's yellow jersey on his Carbonframe.
- cranks: Mavic 631 Starfish
- chainrings: Mavic
- bottom bracket: Mavic 610 SSC
- brakes: Mavic 440 SSC
- shifters: Mavic ZAP ZMS 8000
- derailleur - front: Mavic 860
- derailleur - rear: Mavic ZAP ZMS 8000
- chain: Sachs
- cassette: Mavic 571
- wheels: Mavic 501 / 571/2 / Open GL
- tires: Challenge Criterium
- handlebar: Scott Drop-in
- bar tape: Cinelli Cork
- stem: 3T Pro Titanium
- headset: Stronglight Needle Bearing
- seatpost: Selcof Titanio
- saddle: Selle Italia Turbomatic