SOC 14: Lapierre Shows off Aircode and Pulsium Road Bikes, Introduced Overvolt MTB
After introducing both the Aircode aero road bike and Pulsium endurance road bike earlier this year, we finally got a chance to see both bikes up close and personal. Of course, one of the biggest things we wanted to check out was the elastomer “suspension” on the Pulsium and find out just how it worked.
While the mountain bike line up will see a few changes to their OST and IE platforms for easier use, the big news on the mountain side is the new Overvolt line. Just what are the Overvolt bikes? Well as a hint it has something to do with volt, and nothing to do with my last name…
After talking with the frame experts from Lapierre, they confirmed that the black piece on the Pulsium frame is just an elastomer. There is nothing inside, no support structures, just an elastomer that is captured on each end by carbon fiber. The design offers 3mm of rearward flex at the seat that should take the edge off harsh impacts and road buzz. Since the elastomer is captured in the frame it is not replaceable.
This Pulsium was set up with long reach brake calipers and running the biggest 28mm tires we’ve seen. We had it a bit backwards on the initial post – the frame includes an adapter to run standard reach brakes for the rear as it drops the caliper down closer to the wheel.
As the new aero road bike in the line up, this Aircode was equipped with a dual post mount front brake and rear brake mounted on the seat stays instead of the chainstays. There will be a number of trim versions including the FDJ team versions which are all straight off the shelf. Bonus trivia answer – Lapierre and FDJ have the longest relationship as bike-team sponsorship in the pro peloton.
By introducing the 27.5″ Overvolt line, Lapierre is getting in on the increasing amount of e-bikes in the states. Offered in the 140mm full suspension FS 900 and hard tail HT 900, each bike offers Lapierre’s take on a 400w Bosch Power drive equipped mountain bike. Limited to 20 mph, range will vary between 30-85 miles on a single charge. Each bike will be available around September/October and will retail for $4500 or $5500 for the FS 900.