The wind-cheating benefit of some – but not all – aero road bikes can come with a compromise. Some fall short in the stiffness stakes, others rattle the rider into submission. Lapierre have sought to avoid both by combining the handling and stiffness of the Xelius EFI with the aerodynamic efficiency of the Aerostorm time trial bike in their latest machine – the Lapierre Aircode.
The key is Lapierre’s ‘Power Box’ concept, whereby the bottom half of the frame (the headtube, downtube, bottom bracket and chainstays) have been designed to offer maximum power transfer, while the top half (the toptube, seattube and seatstays) have been crafted to provide comfort. Add in a series of sculpted, wind tunnel-tested tube profiles, a semi-integrated stem, an integrated seatpost clamp and direct mount brakes and you have the Aircode. The Lapierre Aircode is available in six builds from £2,399.99 to £3,549.99, while our model is an a la carte machine from the Lapierre Ultimate bike builder programme worth £5,530.