French brand Lapierre is launching a new aero road bike called the Aircode.
Lapierre say that the bike has been tested by the FDJ.fr professional team riders, and they’ll be racing on it in 2014.
The Aircode comes with a Kamtail shaped down tube and an aerodynamically shaped seat tube. The seat clamp is integrated into the frame to help reduce drag although the seatpost it holds in place is a standard round profile.
The headset is slim to reduce the size of the frontal area and the bike's cable routing is internal, except for that of the direct mount front brake.
The Aircode will be available to buy from July, although we don’t have build details or prices yet. The FDJ.fr version shown here is built up with sponsors’ kit, of course: a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with C75 wheels and Schwalbe One tubs. Shimano sub-brand Pro provides the stem, bar and seatpost, and that’s a Fizik Arione saddle on there.
Here’s another version, again with a Di2 groupset but this time with C35 wheels and some 3T components. We can’t see that being a standard model because 3T don’t sponsor FDJ.fr.
For more on the Lapierre range go to www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.