In keeping with the current trend of "aero" frame designs that have been dominating the market as of late, Lapierre unveils it’s first ever aero road bike called the – ‘Aircode’.
Similar to other designs, the Aircode incorporates the use of a Kammtail shaped down tube and a teardrop shaped seat tube as well. In addition, the amount of "stack" used in the headset has been kept to a minimum for the benefit of being more aerodynamic, while the fork gets a recessed brake section using Shimano’s aerodynamic, direct-mount front brake.
The bottom bracket section uses Lapierre’s "Power Box" design in order to maximize stiffness and power transfer. Lapierre says this translates into a bike that’s "stiff and aerodynamic under all conditions".
Lapierre uses a few more "wind cheating" features such as hiding the rear brake under the chain stays, along with a hidden seat post clamp and internal cable/wire routing. However, the use of the aero seat post differs between models. According to Lapierre, only the FDJ team bikes currently feature it. And, it remains to be seen if the design will trickle down to other versions.
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