TECH TALK R&D / FDJ

A PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
Lapierre carbon road bikes are all developed in close partnership with the FDJ cycling team.


ENGINEERING PROCESS
Lapierre engineers work closely with the FDJ R&D department at the University of Besançon.
The FDJ team put forward their needs and brief to Lapierre’s R&D team, who study it and develop
the brief in conjunction with them. Lapierre then work on the product development with the FDJ
technicians involved at every step.


TESTING PROCESS
Dedicated test sessions are organized firstly with test members of the FDJ R&D department and then
selected team riders. Training camps are often used to test the bikes with further riders.


END RESULTS
The finished product is then used on UCI World Tour races prior to arriving in shops.
 

This process has resulted in :

  • The Aerostorm DRS riding to the first ever FDJ Time Trial victories in its first few months of use in early 2016
  • The Xelius SL taking Arnaud Demare to victory in Milan-San Remo in 2016, and Thibaut Pinot to stage victory in the 2015 Tour de France
  • The Aircode taking Thibaut Pinot to third place and best young rider in the 2014 Tour de France
  • The Pulisum finishing 10th in its very first UCI race, the 2015 Paris Roubaix in the hands of Arnaud Demare
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