Just Landed: The aerodynamic Lapierre Aircode is the bike of choice for the French FDJ team.
Having just arrived at Cycling Weekly towers, we will be doing a full review once we have had a chance to ride it, but for now, let's take a look at this beautiful looking machine It was this frame, the Lapierre Aircode, that carried Tibault Pinot to third overall in the general classification of the 2014 Tour de France.
Under this exotic’s hood is a twin-turbo V12 thumping out a mountain-moving 670 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. AMG claims a sub-four-second zero-to-100-km/h time and a top speed of 320 km/h.
Regardless, there was plenty of grip when negotiating tight hairpins.
We in turn are excited to have developed a special look for some of the stars of the FDJ team!
” Our test bike is in the standard red, white and blue FDJ livery. Too many bikes are matte black these days, so it is nice to see colour, and even nicer to see it used in a tasteful way.
Our test bike has come with a mid compact 52-36t chainset, an ideal all round option, that will suit most terrain, and the cassette is available as either 11-25t (as pictured on our test bike) or 11-28t. The rear is a standard Shimano Ultegra calliper, while the front is an Ultegra direct mount calliper.
Having used direct mount brakes on several bikes, including the Merida Reacto Team E and Canyon Aeroad, we much prefer the superior modulation and power they offer.