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Lapierre’s new cross-country bikes get the weight-weenie treatment

Lapierre’s new cross-country bikes get the weight-weenie treatment

Lapierre has announced an update to its XR cross-country mountain bike platform with its new XR and XRM models. First launched in 2013 as a…

Wednesday, Mar 23

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Lapierre has announced an update to its XR cross-country mountain bike platform with its new XR and XRM models.

First launched in 2013 as a lighter-weight alternative to the X-Control, this third-generation series sees refinements to its carbon construction and geometry.

There will be two frame models in the range – the XR and the XRM, that both run on 29in wheels .

The XR is the weight-weenie offering, sporting 100mm of suspension travel front and rear. It is offered in two tiers, with the Team version representing the top of the range.

The XRM ups the travel to 120mm front and 110mm rear. There is just one tier of carbon frame initially.

Pricing and availability is to be confirmed. New lightweight carbon construction

Reducing weight was a key focus with the new XR, according to Lapierre.Lapierre has refined its carbon manufacturing process and has achieved a lower weight by using a new carbon construction method it calls UD SLI (Unidirectional Superlight Innovation). Prior to this, the brand used standard pre-impregnated unidirectional carbon fibre.The brand says UD SLI involves the use of new unidirectional Torayca carbon fibres, although Lapierre has remained vague on the exact properties of this.To optimise the use of these fibres, Lapierre say it has also developed a new polypropylene rigid mandrel.The mandrel is what the fibres are wrapped around in the manufacturing process and is extracted once the carbon is cured.This is said to result in greater precision in the layup process and better compression of fibres in the mould, […]

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