Lapierre Audacio 400 CP review

Lapierre Audacio 400 CP
Cycling Weekly Verdict

It's well turned out in regard to looks and componentry, and the ride is surprisingly good at such an affordable price point. Chapeau Lapierre - top marks all round.

For
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    Great ride quality

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    Good looks

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    Decent component spec

Against
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    Little bit weighty, but that didn't affect the ride

The Audacio 400 CP sits in what Lapierre refers to as its ‘Sport' category. It uses similar geometry to the bikes higher up the range, which, tagged Performance and Race, give you an idea as to the Audacio's DNA, albeit with a slightly less racy orientation.

The alloy 7005 frame has been teamed with an alloy/carbon fork. The tallish head tube - 180mm for a 56.5 top tube - and coming with either a compact (as ours did) or a triple chainset, also leans toward comfort.

What we did notice was that almost all the kit is Shimano. OK, so it's entry-level Tiagra, but sub-grand bikes are often a mishmash of known and unknown parts, so getting that in for the price is impressive. As is the ride.

The 9.3kg Audacio 400 CP is not exactly light, and the weight is noticeable on the climbs and pulling away from stationary starts. But get the bike rolling and it sure does move.

The small amount of flex does its job, soaking up road buzz, which alloy frames can be known for, helping with the planted feeling and finding me quite happy on it for a good few hours. In fact, this is a lovely little bike.

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Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.


Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.


For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 


She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.