Lapierre launched the Xelius SL in May as their super-light climbing bike and FDJ.fr’s Thibaut Pinot gave the French firm’s latest machine a winning debut at the Tour de France, triumphing atop Alpe d’Huez on the penultimate stage.
But the Xelius SL is just one of Lapierre’s road bikes for 2016, as part of a collection which starts at £679.99 rises to £3,499.99, and looks to cover all bases from the super-light, to the aerodynamic, through comfort, and down to a line-up of entry-level bikes.
The Dijon-based company’s road range is split into three categories, with Race incorporating the Xelius SL and the Aircode SL, another new frame for 2016 and launched alongside the Xelius SL, albeit being a lighter version of the existing Aircode, Lapierre’s aerodynamic road bike.
Meanwhile, the Endurance category is made up of the Pulsium and the Sensium, and the Sport category covers Lapierre’s entry-level aluminium bike, the Audacio.
All in all, Lapierre’s 2016 road range includes 24 bikes and we’ll run through each frame, and the key models, right here. If a Lapierre is on your new bike shortlist, or you just want to see what’s new for 2016, then buckle up…
Lapierre Xelius SL
While the Xelius has been a part of the Lapierre range for some time, the Xelius SL isn’t only an update of an old model, but an entirely new frame. It’s Lapierre’s lightest, with a claimed weight of 850g, but one which also seeks to combine that low weight with comfort.
Take a look at the Xelius SL and your eye is immediately drawn to the junction of the seatstays, seattube and toptube – or, rather, the lack of it. The seatstays completely bypass the seattube and join the toptube in a design which allows the seattube to do its job of bearing the load of the rider, and giving the seatstays more license to flex as they’re relieved of their load bearing duty. The skinny 27.2mm seatpost and integrated clamp, which leaves more of the post exposed to flex, are also a nod to comfort.