Lapierre’s new Aircode aero road bike

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

by Mat Brett   January 24, 2014  

Lapierre Aircode 002

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

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That's a very pretty bicycle.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [295 posts]
24th January 2014 - 21:08

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The front end just doesn't quit look right but I can't figure out why

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
24th January 2014 - 21:32

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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.

posted by ajmarshal1 [218 posts]
24th January 2014 - 21:43

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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.

posted by Welsh boy [102 posts]
24th January 2014 - 22:15

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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 .

posted by racyrich [112 posts]
25th January 2014 - 0:26

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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.

posted by ajmarshal1 [218 posts]
25th January 2014 - 1:03

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Lovely looking steed! Just needs a different paint job!

posted by Flying Heron [27 posts]
25th January 2014 - 8:34

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Just looks like a TCR to me.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
25th January 2014 - 10:29

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unslammed stem, nuff said

posted by usernameforme [43 posts]
25th January 2014 - 11:58

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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.

posted by ajmarshal1 [218 posts]
25th January 2014 - 12:45

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Tasty little number! Never usually pay much attention to Lapierre, I will now

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posted by Miles253 [188 posts]
25th January 2014 - 13:20

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Sorry but that's a bloody ugly looking bike

posted by VeloPeo [209 posts]
25th January 2014 - 13:32

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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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posted by mikroos [175 posts]
25th January 2014 - 14:46

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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.

posted by ajmarshal1 [218 posts]
25th January 2014 - 16:59

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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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posted by mikroos [175 posts]
25th January 2014 - 17:34

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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.

posted by Mat Brett [1804 posts]
25th January 2014 - 20:27

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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.

posted by nuzzle [7 posts]
26th January 2014 - 12:55

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Second picture has no bottles or pedals fixed, so looks very different to the first one.

posted by jash [7 posts]
29th January 2014 - 13:38

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