We have been developing and producing frames for nearly 70 years. In 2003 we took our first steps in commercializing carbon frames with our famous 0.9C road bike, the first monocoque carbon road frame. Thanks to its revolutionary conception for the era, this frame had a record weight of 900g in size 52, and shone on the roads of the Tour de France.
Since 2004, these innovations have impacted on our MTB range with the development of the X-Control Ultimate. Carbon technology rapidly became standard on our XC models, with both the ProRace and the X-Control available in carbon. These bikes quickly took their place on the podiums of the XC circuit.
For over 10 years, our engineers, pro riders and the very best carbon producers have worked in close collaboration to develop and improve the construction of our carbon frames. To make them lighter, more reliable and give our riders the very best performance possible.
From the very first idea through to the production, each new carbon MTB project follows the same process established by our engineers in our R&D department in Dijon. From the final 3D model to defining the fabrication process, passing by determining the layup of the different types of fibres, nothing is left to chance.
Which fibres for which MTB ?
Each Lapierre frame is made using several different types of fibres, of which the proportions are very carefully studied.
- Spicy, Zesty AM, Zesty TR & X-Control :
24t fibres for the resistance and strength against shocks and 40t fibres for stiffness.
- XR & ProRace :
24t and 30t fibres for resistance against shocks, absorption of vibrations and comfort and 40t fibres for power transfer.
Find further information on the fabrication of carbon frames and the different types of fibres used by Lapierre in the carbon technology page.