The Sensium, Lapierre’s endurance road machine, has looked a poor cousin in recent times. Thanks to an update to the Xelius SL and Aircode race bikes last year, and the introduction of Pulsium, Lapierre’s flagship endurance machine, in 2014, the Sensium looked somewhat dated. Now, however, that’s been remedied.
It’s had a complete redesign as part of a revamped 2017 range (which also includes the Xelius SL Disc, a new cyclo-cross bike and a new gravel machine), with the frame receiving an overhaul for improved comfort and stiffness. In order to achieve this, Lapierre have ported over thinking from last year’s Xelius SL and Aircode, with features like tri-zone carbon layup within the frame to provide efficient power transfer at the transmission and dampen out vibrations at the contact points, all the while enduring a responsive front end.
Throw Lapierre’s Power Box and Trap Door technologies into the mix, with the former another measure to improve the rigidity of the frame and the latter designed for Di2-equipped models, and it’s clear Lapierre have thrown the kitchen sink at this all-day road bike.
But can this bike really be all things to all roadies? We got down to the Cote d’Or region, home of Lapierre, to find out.