A premium carbon fiber cruiser with artful design and advanced technology.
With its sculpted carbon fiber frame, the LeMond Dutch offers a relaxed and comfortable ride for those seeking a premium cycling experience. We explore and explain the bike’s real-world performance through the eyes of the testers here at Electric Bike Report in this LeMond Dutch review!
After we previously reviewed the brand’s performance-oriented commuter e-bike, the Prolog, we learned to identify LeMond’s signature. Like its counterpart, the Dutch infuses a traditional cycling experience – elevated with high-end technology – into a sleek, lightweight, and shapely carbon fiber shell. In many ways, it’s like riding a piece of art; where many e-bikes are simply assemblies of various components, the Dutch is more gestalt, having been custom-designed from the ground up.
The Dutch places a focus on comfort and leisure with its upright riding position and ergonomic, swept back handlebars. We found that the bike felt incredibly natural and comfortable to ride, elements that were only enhanced by its responsiveness and handling.
Powered by the MAHLE X35 drive system – which includes the Dutch’s motor, battery, and single-button interface – the bike includes advanced technology that integrates seamlessly with its contoured frame. This system maintains LeMond’s minimal aesthetic while providing a functional, enhanced riding experience. Like the Prolog, the Dutch is made for those who enjoy pedaling, just with the added boost of a subtle motor.
Read our full LeMond Dutch review below for all the details on the bike’s unique technology, ride feel, and performance!
Bike Category: Cruiser/Commuter
Class 1 E-Bike:Pedal assist up to 20 mph
LeMond Dutch Video Review
It’s got style! The Dutch’s gorgeous and lightweight carbon fiber frame undoubtedly makes a statement.
A comfortable and relaxed ride thanks to the upright positioning and Dutch-style handlebars.
High-end tech with a classic feel. The Mahle X35 drive system gives a boost without overpowering the ride.
Did I say it was lightweight? The Dutch weighs a jaw-dropping 27 lbs, making it incredibly easy to transport and fun to ride.
Responsive and customizable shifting from the optional Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system.
Accessibility. Mount and dismount without lifting a leg over the saddle thanks to the step-thru frame design.
Handles like a dream! The lightweight frame and relaxed steering combine for an excellent overall ride feel.
Great stopping power from the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
The single-button interface looks great, but it’s hard to adjust while moving. LeMond sells a remote that can be added to the handlebars, but we’d also like to see the option for the compatible PulsarONE display.
Tires: LeMond / Panaracer Gravelking Slick+ 700 x 38mm
With the X35 drive system and the optional Di2 shifting system, riding the Dutch was a thoroughly pleasant and refreshing experience.
The monocoque stem and handlebar design integrates a custom headlight.
The MAHLE X35 drive system is operated through the single-button iWoc remote on the down tube.
LeMond Dutch Review: Speed Test
In our Speed Test, we recorded our maximum speeds when riding the Dutch with no assistance from its motor, and also when using each of its three pedal assist system (PAS) settings. These settings are shown and adjusted through the iWoc remote interface on the bike’s down tube: a white ring around the button indicates no assistance, while a green ring is used for Eco Mode, an orange ring represents Tour Mode, and a red ring indicates Turbo Mode.
The true beauty of the bike’s lightweight carbon fiber frame came to the forefront during this test; not only is its weight of 31 lbs feather-light for an e-bike, it’s also relatively slim for an analog bike. We were able to reach 13.1 miles per hour with a moderate level of effort, which is notably faster than most of the e-bikes we’ve tested. This showed us that the bike could enjoyably be ridden without pedal assistance, whether by choice or in the event that the battery expires while on a ride.
With the PAS activated, we measured maximum speeds of 15.5 miles per hour in Eco Mode, 18.2 mph in Tour Mode, and 19.4 mph in Turbo mode. By feel, there wasn’t much difference between Tour and Turbo modes, with the latter providing a minimal increase in power over the former. But Eco Mode and Tour Mode both provided impactful and noticeable boosts in power when moving up through the PAS settings from no motor assistance.
As a Class 1 e-bike, the X35 motor can add a boost up to 20 mph. The 250W rear-hub motor used by the X35 system is subtle, allowing the Dutch to feel much like an analog bike. Its power feels more impactful with the lightweight frame than it would on a heavier e-bike, but the Dutch still maintains a traditional cycling experience where the rider’s input matters.
LeMond advised us that the default motor output is set to 100W in Eco mode, 175W in Tour Mode, and 250W in Turbo mode. Based on that even distribution of power, we would expect to see more of a boost in speed in Turbo mode than we measured, though the motor is limited at 20 regardless.
With its sleek frame and Dutch styling, the bike somehow looks classic and futuristic at the same time.
The X35 drive system incorporates a 250W rear-hub motor with 40 Nm of torque.
The fully internal 36V, 250 Wh battery is sealed in the carbon fiber frame.
This pattern is identical to what we experienced when testing the LeMond Prolog, which shares the MAHLE X35 drive system. This establishes consistency in the system’s performance, providing measured increases in pedal assistance that make it easy to select the amount of power that the rider wants/needs.
It’s also worth noting that, by using the Motor Map menu in the MAHLE MySmartBike App, riders can quickly and easily alter the power of each PAS setting. There are three standard settings to choose from (Eco, Urban, and Sport modes), but a custom setting is also available. Each of these settings will provide different maximum speeds dictated by the wattage output of the motor, the rider’s weight, etc.
Based on our data, we were satisfied with the power distribution between each of the Dutch’s default PAS settings, as well as the speeds that the bike could reach. Its power level felt appropriate for the bike, offering a lively but leisurely ride.
LeMond Dutch Review: Range Test
Using the process described in the graphic above, we evaluated the distance that the LeMond Dutch could travel on a single charge of its 36V, 250 Wh battery. The distances we measured differed significantly from LeMond’s advertised range of 40-70 miles, but they did meet our expectations based on the bike’s motor output and its battery capacity.
Using the bike’s default settings, our testers measured distances of 17.5 miles in Turbo Mode and 41.9 miles in Eco Mode. Knowing that their average speeds were roughly 15 and 13 miles per hour respectively, we can compare the real-world results from our test with the theoretical results we expected.
The Dutch’s nominal motor wattage and its battery’s watt-hour rating are important figures; using the formula explained in our article on calculating e-bike range, we expected its Turbo Mode test to last an hour – and with its max speed in this setting, we anticipated a range of roughly 19 miles. Similarly, with the motor giving 100W of nominal power in Eco Mode, we expected the duration of that test to be roughly 2.5 hours and cover a distance of about 40 miles.
In truth, our results were very close to these estimates, though the motor actually proved to be more efficient than expected. We achieved a slightly greater distance in Eco Mode, but our tester rode for an hour longer than anticipated. And while our results in Turbo Mode were slightly under the estimated range, we also gained over 700 feet of elevation. When climbing hills, the motor used more power, which the aforementioned formula did not take into account.
Based on these figures, the Dutch’s performance was almost perfectly in line with its theoretical range. In comparison, LeMond’s advertised range seems lofty – and is likely unattainable without significantly reducing the motor output or pedaling over the power level of the motor.
We were pleased with the bike’s performance, however, and we consider its real-world range to be practical and appropriate. Riders who might desire more range can take advantage of the optional, external range extender battery that is available for purchase through LeMond’s website.
LeMond Dutch Review: Hill Test
To evaluate the LeMond Dutch’s hill climbing ability, we subjected it to our standard Hill test – explained in the graphic above. Since the Dutch does not include a throttle, we tested it only with its maximum pedal assist setting, Turbo Mode.
The bike reached the end of the challenging climb in 2 minutes and 14 seconds, maintaining an average speed of 8.1 miles per hour. This result is decidedly slow in comparison to similar e-bikes we tested previously (including the LeMond Prolog) though not unexpectedly so.
Many of those similar bikes (in terms of motor wattage and weight) featured more performance-oriented geometry instead of the relaxed upright positioning of the Dutch. Not only does this positioning encourage more leisurely pedaling, it is less aerodynamic, making hill-climbing somewhat less effective overall.
Regardless of positioning, any e-bike with a 250W motor is going to require at least a moderate level of human input when tackling steep hills. The bike’s motor can – and will – dispense additional power to assist the rider in these situations, but even then, it is limited in its ability when compared to a more powerful 500W or 750W motor.
The X35 drive system that the Dutch uses has a maximum torque output of 40 Newton-meters (Nm), which is relatively low when compared to the 50-90 Nm average that we often see on e-bikes with stronger motors. Considering the Dutch’s casual spirit, we wouldn’t mind seeing a motor with higher torque output to make pedaling uphill easier for the riders we believe are likely to be drawn to it.
That said, we appreciated the bike’s analog-bike feel; its motor is powerful enough to assist the rider in pedaling uphill and preventing exhaustion without fully taking over. Users should expect to put in some effort (as one might expect from a Class 1 e-bike with no throttle), but we’re confident they’ll appreciate the added power from the motor.
The Dutch has a huge comfort factor that’s appropriate for its casual ride style.
An 11-speed Shimano GRX drivetrain with optional Shimano Di2 shifting system delivers responsive and smooth gear changes.
The Dutch uses Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 160 mm rotors.
LeMond Dutch Review: Brake Test
The Dutch uses a Shimano hydraulic disc brake system with two-piston calipers on 160-mm rotors. With this setup, we measured an average stopping distance of 22’-5”, which is right in line with the average performance of the other city/urban and cruiser-style e-bikes we have tested with hydraulic disc brake systems (currently 22’-6”).
We noticed that, in spite of its weight and relatively narrow tires, the bike remained remarkably straight and stable while braking. We liked the overall feel of the brakes; they responded quickly with an effective amount of bite to slow the bike properly.
Based on its feel and performance, we can conclude that the Dutch is appropriately specced with quality brakes that are safe and effective.
As you might expect, the handlebar shape is Dutch-styled for comfortable and ergonomic wrist positioning.
The optional Shimano Di2 display includes a battery readout for the shifting system and pairs with the E-TUBE app.
Taillights are seamlessly integrated into the Dutch’s carbon fiber seat stays.
The 700c x 38mm Panaracer Gravelking tires are lightweight but grippy.
LeMond Dutch Review: Ride Quality
When examining all of the elements that contribute to the LeMond Dutch’s excellent ride quality, there is much to discuss.
Though the bike lacks any sort of suspension, we found that it provided a remarkably comfortable ride. The carbon fiber frame seemed to absorb some of the vibrations that would otherwise become bothersome on a steel or aluminum frame.
We appreciated the comfort of all of the bike’s contact points; the rubberized pedals were large and accommodating, the saddle was well-shaped and comfortable (though fans of larger cruiser-style seats may find it small), and the grips were lightweight and minimal but effective. The natural hand position of the grips and curved handlebars was incredibly natural-feeling and comfortable. LeMond offers ergonomic rubber grips, but personally, I don’t think they’re necessary in this case – and I usually prefer that style.
The overall handling and ride feel of the Dutch was superb; its lightweight frame allowed it to maneuver and respond quickly to changes in pedaling. I learned that I needed to be careful of my leg position when turning at slower speeds to prevent it from being in the way of the handlebar, but this was something I adapted to quickly. The bike could accelerate quickly with just a moderate level of effort, and – while the frame never quite seemed to disappear beneath me as I experienced on the LeMond Prolog – its featherweight shell did add an airy, energetic quality to the ride.
The cockpit was expectedly sparse, with little aside from the grips, brake levers, and shifter. Our test bike included the optional Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system paired with a small LCD to indicate the current gear. Otherwise, the Dutch itself does not include a display of any sort, but instead relies on the color of the ring around its single-button interface to communicate PAS setting, charge level, bluetooth connection with the MAHLE MySmartBike app, and more.
We found that the X35 interface had a learning curve, but after some practice, it became second nature. It seemed intuitive, with the default light ring displaying battery charge, and PAS adjustment and light activation/deactivation possible with a button press to activate the system and then another press or hold to change settings. The charge level was easy to understand as well, with a progression from white to green, then orange, red, flashing red, and pink as the charge approached 0%.
Despite the system’s functionality, we would appreciate seeing the option for a display at purchase; this would remove the learning curve and make the bike easier to operate and understand. LeMond offers the optional K-EDGE Garmin Stem Mount, which allows riders to use their phone as a display and interface, but we’d also like to see the MAHLE PulsarONE display offered. This small wireless unit is made specifically for the X35 system, so we think it just makes sense.
Credit where credit is due, however – LeMond offers the optional iWoc trio remote to allow users to control the Dutch’s pedal assist system without having to use the down-tube mounted button. Even with practice, we found the standard interface fairly difficult to operate while moving, as doing so required taking a hand off the bar and taking our eyes off the road. For this reason, we highly recommend adding the iWoc trio remote if you’re considering the Dutch!
We also thoroughly endorse the optional Di2 shifting system. While it might seem more at home on a performance-oriented road bike, the quality and responsiveness of its shifting was superb. Users can pair the system with the E-TUBE app to adjust the speed of the shifting, reverse the buttons, or limit the number of gear changes that can be made while holding one of the levers. The benefits are exponential, and while owners will need to make sure the battery is charged for shifting to work, it’s otherwise a low-maintenance system that adds greatly to the premium experience of the Dutch.
In short, our entire team of testers and reviewers were highly impressed. There are simply a ton of features (included and optional) that combine to give the Dutch an elevated ride quality we think is sure to satisfy discerning riders.
We found the Selle Royal Essenza saddle to be comfortable for long rides.
The Union SP-880 pedals feature a rubberized surface that won’t bang up your shins.
The lightweight foam grips were comfortable and fitting for the bike.
Stylish LeMond branding is displayed in many locations on the Dutch.
LeMond Dutch Review: Summary / Where to Buy
It was clear from the start of this LeMond Dutch review that a great deal of time and care went into the design of the bike. From its overall aesthetic to its thoughtful ergonomics to its standard components and optional accessories, it presents a top-notch experience for those who enjoy pedaling in style.
When discussing the Dutch with our other reviewers, I found it difficult to find anything to critique aside from the limitations of the single-button interface. We were pleased to note that LeMond offers the compatible iWoc trio button pad for easier operation from the handlebars, but we’d also like to see the option for the MAHLE PulsarONE wireless display.
Otherwise, the Dutch delivered a thoroughly enjoyable and remarkably comfortable ride. It performed well in our testing by providing well-distributed and appropriate speeds, effective stopping power, a reserved but appreciated amount of uphill pedal assistance, and a respectable amount of range on a single charge.
With its unique, memorable appearance and advanced technology, we highly recommend the LeMond Dutch for those planning leisurely evening rides through their neighborhood or looking to turn heads while cruising the boardwalk!
Happy Riding! Make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our comments section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the LeMond Dutch.