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FDJ.fr pro team will race new bike that becomes available to buy in July

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.

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Jack Osbourne snr [436 posts] 2 years ago
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That's a very pretty bicycle.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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The front end just doesn't quit look right but I can't figure out why

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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Really like Lapierre bikes, lovely looking frames. This is no exception, I don't normally dig aero frames but that's gorgeous.

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Welsh boy [293 posts] 2 years ago
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The second one looks like the stem has sunk into the head tube, it looks a bit like Harry Hill's head peeping out from under his big collar. Maybe that's what is wrong.

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racyrich [253 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, the head tube looks quite long for a frame that size. Designed with an eye to the sportivistas? The pros are gonna be riding with stems right down, or on a smaller frame size .

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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racyrich wrote:

Yes, the head tube looks quite long for a frame that size. Designed with an eye to the sportivistas? The pros are gonna be riding with stems right down, or on a smaller frame size .

Looks no bigger than that of a Venge or Noah to me.

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Lovely looking steed! Just needs a different paint job!

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Shep73 [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Just looks like a TCR to me.

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usernameforme [53 posts] 2 years ago
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unslammed stem, nuff said

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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Shep73 wrote:

Just looks like a TCR to me.

I've got a TCR. If it was as pretty as that I wouldn't be looking to sell it.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Tasty little number! Never usually pay much attention to Lapierre, I will now

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VeloPeo [301 posts] 2 years ago
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Sorry but that's a bloody ugly looking bike

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mikroos [257 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice paint job, makes the bike look like its frame had a totally different shape.

By the way, what happened to the rear brake in the second picture? Is it hidden under BB or what?

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ajmarshal1 [411 posts] 2 years ago
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mikroos wrote:

By the way, what happened to the rear brake in the second picture? Is it hidden under BB or what?

Looks like it, in the second pic you can see the caliper just to the right of the 'c' on the rim decal.

Peculiar that it's positioned differently in the two pictures.

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mikroos [257 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, it's there indeed - thanks. It would be nice if there actually were two possible ways of installing the brake. Quite convenient.

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Mat Brett [624 posts] 2 years ago
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mikroos wrote:

By the way, what happened to the rear brake in the second picture? Is it hidden under BB or what?

Good spot, mikroos. It is behind the bottom bracket, yes. The production versions will have a direct mount brake here. Team bikes will have the brake on the seatstays for easier/quicker wheel changes.

The front end probably looks unusual, by the way, because the head tube is shortened so that the headset sits flush with the top tube. Lapierre call this a 'semi-integrated stem', which seems like over egging it to me, especially if, as in the top picture, you use a bunch of spacers underneath the stem.

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nuzzle [19 posts] 2 years ago
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The Aircode is really pretty bike. But I would like to know the exact aerodynamic advantage (in watts) of this frame over Xelius or over my Sensium frame at 50 km/h.

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jash [7 posts] 2 years ago
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Second picture has no bottles or pedals fixed, so looks very different to the first one.