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New Bike Day! 2015 LaPierre Pulsium 500 FdJ

Old 06-02-16, 07:05 PM
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New Bike Day! 2015 LaPierre Pulsium 500 FdJ

Finally pulled the trigger on my first "serious" road bike! I've been riding an Iron Horse Triumph V for the last eight years on and off. After a bit of a hiatus, I took my bike out again this year and rediscovered how much I enjoy riding, and decided to upgrade. I was originally looking for a more rugged gravel bike with disc brakes, but I came across this beauty through my work discount. The bike has a full carbon fiber frame and fork, with an elastomer insert in the top tube to help with bumps. You definitely feel the give over the rough Northeast roads! The bike is built with Ultegra shifters, derailleurs and brakes, and finished with Zipp components and a Fizik saddle. The weakest link are the Aksium wheels which weigh in at almost 1900g. The full bike, with eggbeater pedals, weigh in around 18.1 lb (around 17.4 without).




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Old 06-02-16, 07:17 PM
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Dude, that's pretty cool. Never saw one of those.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Dude, that's pretty cool. Never saw one of those.
Thanks! I think LaPierre is still trying to make their way into the American market. It's owned by Accell Group which also owns Diamondback and Raleigh.
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Nice bike. It's not often you see a bike spec'ed out with Zipp stem, bars and Fizik tape and saddle. Interesting top tube design as well, kind of reminds me of a BMC, but reversed.
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Lapierre bikes are pretty cool. Congrats!
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Grats, that's a great looking bike. Love the colors on it.
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Really like that bike, hardly see these at all. Congrats
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Originally Posted by Xherion View Post
Nice bike. It's not often you see a bike spec'ed out with Zipp stem, bars and Fizik tape and saddle. Interesting top tube design as well, kind of reminds me of a BMC, but reversed.
I really like the top tube design. The bike is definitely very complaint over rough surfaces; it almost feels like it has suspension. I don't know how much to trust their marketing, but they claim that the frame is designed so that you don't lose any efficiency in pedaling even with the elastomer insert.

The Fizik and Zipp finishing kit really helped seal the deal. Even though they're the cheapest offerings from Fizik and Zipp, it's still a nice touch. The only LaPierre branded parts on this bike are the frame, and seatpost. It has a FSA headset, and I have no idea what BB they used.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Dude, that's pretty cool. Never saw one of those.
coming from someone who seems to hate all carbon bikes that's saying something!

The LBS I use is a Lapierre dealer. They make some really nice bikes and unique because you don't see many on the road
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Right on, brother. I've got a 2012 FDJ-BigMat Xelius and 2014 FDJ.FR Aircode. Upgrade from the Aksiums and you'll be good-to-go. I love my Lapierre's!
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Love the red white and blue color scheme of the 2014/2015 bikes! I had the option of choosing between the 2015 or 2016 model and went with the older one because of the color scheme. The new one has a much less attractive matte black color.
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Bike looks awesome!
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Love the red white and blue color scheme of the 2014/2015 bikes! I had the option of choosing between the 2015 or 2016 model and went with the older one because of the color scheme. The new one has a much less attractive matte black color.
Is the red actually red, or slightly orange like the photo looks. I thought France's national color red was a deeper darker red?
I like the color scheme either way; and to OP's mention that Lapierre is trying to break into the USA market, the Red/White/Blue motif can't hurt

My only niggle is their apparent love of their own logo.. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think I calculate that there are 15 LAPIERRE logos on this bike?
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Congrats, that bike looks great! I'm on my beginner bike. Would love a new one of course but it works.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Is the red actually red, or slightly orange like the photo looks. I thought France's national color red was a deeper darker red?
I like the color scheme either way; and to OP's mention that Lapierre is trying to break into the USA market, the Red/White/Blue motif can't hurt

My only niggle is their apparent love of their own logo.. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think I calculate that there are 15 LAPIERRE logos on this bike?
It's a vibrant red, very red, white, and blue. The orange is a lighting effect, at some point I will need to take better pictures.

You're probably right about the logos. But that's almost every manufacturer now.
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Congrats, beautiful bike!
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Génial!
I was scrolling through, drowsily, then this woke me up.
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I think they could have left off about 2/3rds of those decals but other than that very nice!
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Congrats on the new bike man. Its real sharp looking! I've never heard of them before.
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I have one too! Stoked to see another one. Like most bikes, it comes with wheels that aren't as nice as the rest of the components. I got a used set of RS-81s and really like them.
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LaPierre bailed out of the US last year, are they once again available?
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LaPierre bailed out of the US last year, are they once again available?
If so, Accell needs to update their website
Accell Group - The Premier Cycle And Fitness Group - Accell Group,Accell,Koga,Batavus,Lapierre,Seattle Bike Supply,Loekie,Sparta // Contact > Resellers > Accell North America Inc.
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Texas Cyclesport liquidated their inventory. La Pierre moved to Canada. They may have re-established dealers in the US, but the last I heard, from a dealer in Coral Gables, was they're gone.
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A Google search shows no US dealers. My guess is the OP bought a used, or close-out bike.
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A Google search shows no US dealers. My guess is the OP bought a used, or close-out bike.
I got mine new direct from LaPierre through a work promotion, which is stocked mostly with Accell bikes (Diamondback, Raleigh, Redline, etc). They still have 2015/2016 stock, but I don't know if they are updating it with 2017 stock.
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