When we attended the launch of the new Lapierre Sensium Disc bike in the summer of 2016, it became clear the French brand had made the decision to adopt discs wholeheartedly – after all, at the same event the Xelius SL race bike was also being unveiled with discs. And, when a brand starts readying their pro-level bikes with rotors, it’s time to accept that this is a tide that’s turning.
However, during that launch, and the ride around the French countryside it entailed, it was the Sensium that really impressed. Interestingly, it’s not actually Lapierre’s flagship endurance bike – that honour goes to the Pulsium – yet really it was the Sensium Disc that got under our skin.
The headline was that it had received a full frame redesign, with a new carbon layup to try and provide efficient power transfer at the transmission and dampen out vibrations at the contact points, all the while ensuring a responsive front end. Sure, that’s what every brand wants to achieve with their endurance bike but our first ride revealed as much, and it was a relief to be able to tangibly feel what Lapierre had done, as opposed to having to simply swallow simple claims of “greater stiffness, more compliance” from a new layup.