Lapierre Pulsium 500 road bike review

The mid-range option in Lapierre's latest offering of road bikes, the 500 is a comfortable ride that will suit racers and sportive riders alike

Cycling Weekly Verdict

What the Pulsium does well can’t be read on a geometry sheet or measured on a set of scales. It’s a real rider’s bike, and for that reason we love it. Comfort and performance, it would seem, aren’t mutually exclusive.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable bike for long rides and tough races

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    Shimano Ultegra equipped for smooth transmission and confident braking

Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly slower than a pure race machine

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    Entry-level wheels on a mid-range bike

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The latest addition to Lapierre’s 13-strong endurance road bike range, the Pulsium comes in three different flavours. Starting with the £1,699.99, Shimano 105-equipped 300 through to the tasty £3,100 Shimano Ultegra Di2-equipped 700, the range is comprehensive, and the 500 sits slap-bang in the middle, in terms of price and specification.

One for the race fans, the patriotic team replica paintjob suits the frame well and leaves no one in any doubt as to the Pulsium’s country of origin. The frameset itself is new and, having been developed by a squad of hard-riding pros that includes Classics specialist Arnaud Démare, it is clear that a lot of work has gone into the striking design to ensure that light work is made of rough roads and cobbles.

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