Davide Cimolai’s Lapierre Aircode SL 900 gallery

2018 aero race machine for Italian FDJ sprinter

This article first appeared on Cyclingnews

FDJ debuted the updated Aircode model last summer ahead of Arnaud Demare’s victory on stage 4 of the Tour de France.

At this season’s opener at the Tour Down Under, the majority of the French WorldTour team have been riding the aero specific model from Lapierre.

FDJ pair their frames with components almost entirely from Shimano or their sister company PRO components.

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series wheels are complemented with Continental Competition ALX tubular tyres and the bike is equipped with a Dura-Ace R9150 electronic groupset.

FDJ were the first WorldTour team to begin using Shimano power meters
FDJ were the first WorldTour team to begin using Shimano power meters

At the 2016 Tour de France, FDJ were the first WorldTour team to trial Shimano’s power meter. Now commercially available, FDJ are one of six WorldTour teams with the Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter at their disposal.

PRO provides all Cimolai’s cockpit including the stem, handlebars and tape, and the French team have partnered with Italian brand Prologo for their saddles in 2018.

As is common with sprint specialists, Cimolai opts to run satellite shifters on the drops of the handlebars for ease of shifting during a sprint finale.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Cimolai’s bike.

Full specification

  • Frame: Lapierre Aircode SL 900
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-30
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P, 172.5mm cranks, 53/39
  • Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, C24
  • Tyres: Continental Competition ALX, 25mm tubular
  • Handlebars: PRO Vibe Aero, 420mm
  • Stem: PRO Vibe, 105mm (measuring 110mm)
  • Tape/grips: PRO Sport Control Team
  • Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
  • Saddle: Prologo Nago C3 Nack
  • Seatpost: Lapierre Aircode
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height: 1.85m
  • Saddle height from bottom bracket (c-t): 795mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t): 550mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to handlebars: 590mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 7.28kg

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