Lapierre’s Ultimate system is an online bike builder that allows you to specify the equipment and finish of your chosen bike, which means selecting your colour choice, wheels, components, drivetrain and gearing.

For our review sample, we asked Lapierre to use the Ultimate system to build a bike that’s as close to FDJ’s pro tour Pulsium – ridden by Thibaut Pinot, a podium hopeful until his mechnical-fuelled meltdown on the Stage 4 pavé – as possible.

  • Highs: Fabulously smooth ride matched to brilliant handling
  • Lows: Tall gearing is for the very, very best climbers only
  • Buy if: You want the pro-bike experience with the smoothness and comfort of a class leading endurance bike

That means a full complement of Easton finishing kit, from the brilliant EC90 SLX3 bar with its semi-ovalised top section, mid-compact drop and a stiffness that encourages hard out-of-saddle sprint efforts but doesn’t transmit

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