I've recently bought an old Lemond frameset and am having trouble founding out just what it is. Its features most resemble a pre-Trek Lemond but don't match any particular frame that I can track down, either pre Trek or later. The overall paint scheme is very similar to the Lemond Team Gan replicas and the GL/GLXs but has a deeper blue and glossier lacquer, cheapish-looking surface-mounted decals and no Gan, GL or GLX logos.
The BB is Italian and lugged but no other joints are lugged. They are, however, very well finished. The seat post/stay junction seems different to other Lemonds. The brake bridge has no "hand made" or Silv stamping to indicate Bilato bros origin.
The top tube has internal brake cable routing.
The frame material is Excell Ultra. I can't find any reference to this type. The Gans and others of the period were Excell GLX. Excell appears to have been a rather eccentric small company that specced and sourced its steel tubing from Mannesman. It marketed a number of tubing variants but I can't find an Ultra one.
I did find references to team Lemonds having some lugged and some tig-welded frames but there's no mount for a team number and the logo finish is fairly cheap. The frame weight excluding forks is 1.96kgs, so it is neither particularly heavy nor light. I did find a reference to Lemond making a number of odds and sods from remaining components before Trek took over - perhaps it was a frame for evaluation that was built up and sold on?
Any opinion appreciated - thanks.