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2007 Lapierre FDJ team bike (xlite)

Old 02-04-09, 06:47 PM
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2007 Lapierre FDJ team bike (xlite)

I've searched on here and roadbikereviews forums with little success. I'm looking for people that have first hand experience with lapierre bikes, specifically the 2007 fdj team bike. I found a great deal on one but there isn't a lot of information available and i don't want to purchase without knowing all the facts. If anyone owns or knows much about this lapierre bike i would really appreciate what you can tell me about it. thanks.

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Old 02-05-09, 09:53 AM
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maybe if i put pcad in the title people would respond
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Old 02-05-09, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by zerocool5468 View Post
maybe if i put pcad in the title people would respond
nah, I've only been here a couple years and can remember seeing only one or two Lapierres around here. Obviously, I've never ridden one, but the X-lite 400 was kind of my lust bike until they f'ed it up for 2009. I can't believe it's not a very high quality bike. If it fits, has a suitable geometry for you, and is a good deal, why not? but as previously stated, no personal experience on one.
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Old 02-05-09, 01:37 PM
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Looks like a legitimate bicycle, what with all the derailleur thingies, and bars and wheels and stuff. I imagine if you pedal it pretty hard, it'd go pretty fast. Outght to stop pretty good too, seeing as how it's got those brake gizmos.

I say buy it.

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They are much more popular in Europe. Never been a market for them here.
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Yes, they are indeed less popular here stateside. I owned a Lapierre 971Team Scandium, great handling frameset. Definitely for the crit-monster, not in me. To responsive for my style of riding, never felt comfortable on it as it responded very quickly to rider input. Buddy I sold it to uses it as his crit bike, and still praises me for giving him dibs on it.

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Old 02-05-09, 01:58 PM
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LaPierre makes amazing frames - get it.
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It's not meant as a slight that so few people have responded. Simply put, I don't know the demographics, but I would bet this board is 80% US based, and we just don't see many LaPierre's. I've seen some good reviews in Cycling+ though.
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I had an alu. fdj team frame loved it.
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thanks guys, gonna buy it tonight.
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I have the 2007 FDJ w/ same components. Love it. Acceleration is great. Took a couple of rides to get used to the responsiveness. First ride was in 18+ MPH winds because I couldn't wait and I really hated it... but after that I quickly fell in love with it. I got a really great deal too (on a demo), probably because it is not that est. a brand in the US. I have yet to see another similar Lapierre in my area.

I find that it creaks loudly enough to distract other riders if any bolt gets loose, or if the back skewer is not perfectly tightened.
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My wife and I both have Lapierre Cyclocross frames. They are simply amazing. The HM X-lite carbon bikes that we got last fall are basically beefed up version of their road frames.... stiff, comfy, light as hell. I'm sure their road frames are first rate as well. My wife also has a Scandium CX frameset from them as well. Couldn't' ask for better bikes.
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