Team Dream Recently Acquired Éric Boyer’s Team Z LeMond 1992 Tour Bike

We’re all fanboys of cycling and our heroes depend on accolades ranging from athletic prowess to straight up style. My guess is, Sean from Team Dream looks at the early 90’s era of Lemond’s Team Z with a bit of the latter. Their bright, tri-tone fade bikes caught the eyes of everyone tuning into the Tour in that era. Fluoro was and still is, all the rage in pro cycling. Sean loved the Team Z livery so much that he even painted his Stinner roadie as an homage to its design, hoping one day to finally add an actual Team Z bike to his stable.

Last month, magic happened. Our good friends Mick and Ave were at the Encino Swap meet when low and behold, Éric Boyer’s Team Z LeMond 1992 Tour Bike sat there with a price tag on it. Unbelievably, it was in Sean’s size and within his budget, even after opening the new Cub House space drained almost all of his assets. Hey, retail spaces cost real money to open up.

As for the bike itself, it came from a renown collector who apparently had too many classics piling up and decided to let this bike go. He claimed that this is the bike Éric actually raced during the 1992 Tour and for the most part, it remains as-raced. For Sean, this was a dream come true and for me, getting to document such a pristine example of a Team Z was a pleasure.

If you find yourself at the new Cub House, you can catch this bike hangin’ up in the rafters, next to that Motorola Merckx I documented as well.

  • Dave Pelletier
    • Richard

      Well played.

    • 300 Homestead

      not a LeMond fan, but now I am!

    • Exact same bike. Didn’t wanna reference the photo though…

      • Dave Pelletier

        Sorry, John. I actually regretted posting afterward. I appreciate your site very much and the standards you keep. Feel free to delete my post. best, Dave

  • Dylan Buffington

    Oh man I want to see the two side by side. Great way to round up the story. What a rad bike, to know that it hasn’t been touched since race day is incredible!

    • Dave Pelletier

      excellent to see it rolling. And the shoes and socks are OUTSTANDING!

  • Wizzo

    Loved it until “hanging up in the rafters”

    • Sean Talkington
      • jtbadge

        Care to offer any thoughts on ride comparison between this & the Motorola Merckx?

        • Sean Talkington

          I have yet to ride the Merckx because it has a brand new 25th Anniversary DA group on it, but I can say that the LeMond fits perfecto and rides like a dream…

          • jtbadge

            Word. I have an MX Leader with Record 10, but can’t stop checking out this Team Z. Love to see it crushing that killer grav grav.

    • Sean just displays it while it’s not being ridden. What’s the harm in that?

  • Scott Sattler

    Can anyone review the details of this frame’s construction for me – builder, tubing etc – thanks !

    • It’s a Lemond, made by Lemond Bikes. Not sure on the tubing spec, though.

      • Scott Sattler

        Got it – was wondering if Lemond bikes was using a contract builder or if frames made in house

        • Nick Blades

          So, those Team Z frames were primarily made by the Billato Brothers in Italy and would have been made from Columbus tubing. Roland Della Santa did make frames for Greg himself, but mostly earlier in his career and only a few later on for Greg.
          Hope that Helps!

      • Medium Rick

        I had a LeMond from the same year, but a different model (Tourmalet), it was Columbus SL tubing.

    • John B.

      Builder likely Bilato Brothers (Italian) Columbus tubing (not sure which flavor). This was the pinnacle of steel used at the pro level, just prior to Lemond switching to Titanium frames made by Clark Kent and Calfee carbon frames.

      • james

        Agree

      • Sean Coffey

        If it was a TdF team bike it’s almost certainly TSX, the slightly fancier version of SLX. I rode and sold LeMond’s back in that era and it was just when TSX was rolling out. Good stuff. Wish I still had mine!

  • Sascha

    I think that rear derailleur cable housing needs a bit more length… ;)

    • John B.

      Oh no, It’s due to a serious case of the dreaded Cross-Chaining!