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Spotted: New Lapierre Aircode Disc at Opening Weekend

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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

The all-new 'prototype' Lapierre Aircode Disc (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

The bike was spotted atop the roof of a team car after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

It uses Shimano's 12mm thru-axles with quick release (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

The rear uses the same 12mm bolt through standard and internal cabling (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

The bike is currently fitted with Pro components (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

Küng is using the Pro Vibe Superlight handlebars and Vibe stem (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

The shape of the spacers suggests there could be an integrated bar/stem in the worksan integrated handlebar could (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

Shimano's Di2 junction box is currently situated under the stem (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

The slightly oval seatpost was fitted with Küng's race number ahead of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

The frame features aerodynamic profiling throughout (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

The frame also features what looks to be compliance boosting seat junction (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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Lapierre Aircode Disc

Küng is using a Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 groupset (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

The fork and frame codes confirm that this is indeed the new Lapierre Aircode (Image credit: Josh Croxton)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

Küng's groupset uses Shimano's Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter chainset (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

Küng's saddle uses carbon rails, it's unclear whether a different clamp is needed for round rails (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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New Lapierre Aircode Disc

For race day, Küng is using Elite Custom Race Plus cages with Elite Fly bottles (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

An all-new Lapierre Aircode Disc has been spotted at Opening Weekend. The disc brake-equipped aero bike was seen atop the roof of a Groupama-FDJ team car in Ninove, at the finish line of Saturday's Belgian Classic, and was then ridden by Stefan Küng on Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Despite having ridden the new bike at his recent outing at Volta ao Algarve, the Swiss rider returned to his team-issue Lapierre Xelius for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, however, Küng was back aboard the new bike for Sunday's 200km UCI 1.Pro race in Kuurne.

A new model called Aircode Disque has been present on the UCI's list of approved frames and forks since July 2019, and our initial assumptions were confirmed when cross-referencing the frame code LAP-AIR3-RD with the UCI sticker attached to the bike. 

The new bike, conspicuous by its absence of any logos or branding, is finished in a brilliant-white matt effect and is most noticeably equipped with disc brakes - something that was missing from the former Aircode's line-up. The new bike features updated aero tubing throughout, with a truncated head tube and what looks to be a compliance-boosting seatpost junction. 

There's also part-integrated cabling at the headset, so while this model is fitted with a Pro handlebar and stem, the shape of the spacers suggests there might be a proprietary integrated bar-stem combo when the bike is made available for purchase. 

Küng was tight-lipped about details, but told Cyclingnews that the bike is still unfinished and that he and his team were working with Lapierre to develop the new aero bike. Groupama-FDJ's press officer elaborated, stating they were hoping to have a finished product ahead of Paris-Nice, which starts on Sunday 8th March. 

Josh Croxton

Originally from Bude but now based out of Exeter, Josh is the former eCommerce manager of the Bike Shed in Devon. After racing cross-country with friends as a youth, he soon turned to road cycling. Nowadays, 27-year-old Josh is a Cat 1 road racer for Team Tor 2000. While he enjoys a good long road race, he's much more at home in a local criterium. He dabbles in fair-weather cyclocross and will happily slog out a century if you reward him with cake. Oh, and in his spare time, he writes about tech and deals for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect. Rides: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL6 Disc, Trek Emonda ALR, Specialized Crux.