When the best young rider from the 2014 Tour de France is riding the Lapierre Aircode, it gets noticed. Not only did Thibaut Pinot win the Best Young Rider classification, but he took third overall. One of the primary weapons that he uses is the Lapierre Aircode aero road bike.
The Aircode Ultimate is the decked-out version of this all-around aero player and comes in a Ferrari red color that just plain pops. In a sea of black frames, a little splash of color makes this wind-cheating racer stand out. But, if you’re putting the heat on your local group ride or race, you better have the legs and lungs to match the style.
The geometry isn’t as racy as you’d think, so the Aircode will fit a wider range of riders without requiring supreme yoga skills. It’s still built for ultimate race day performance to eke out every second.
I find it interesting that the wheelset uses standard-depth rims instead of deeper designs. Overall, that’s about the only miss I’m seeing. I’d be interested to hear why those particular wheels were chosen.
One major change for 2015 is that they moved the rear brake from the underside of the chainstays to a more traditional location — presumably for ease-of-maintenance. The front brake remains direct-mount.
As far as specs go on the Ultimate, here are some highlights for the 2015 Aircode Ultimate:
- Revised carbon layup
- Semi-integrated stem
- Integrated seatpost clamp
- Internal cable routing
- Kamm tail profile down tube and seat tube
- Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical drivetrain
- Mavic R-Sys SLR WTS wheels
- Zipp cockpit
- Weight: 1000 grams (medium frame), 360 grams (fork)
- Price: $10,000
The Bottom Line
Aero road bikes are a dime-a-dozen these days, so the Aircode has to stand out somehow. The red color is a great start and the winning pedigree adds to the luster when you are laying down the law in your next race.