More shiny new bikes: Lapierre Crosshill 2017

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Lapierre today launches the Crosshill – a gravel bike – and the Cross Carbon – a cyclocross bike. Hannah was out at the press launch a couple weeks ago, so here’s a closer look at the Crosshill.
Lapierre Crosshill
This is the Crosshill 500 – there’s also a lower specced Crosshill 300. Excuse the flat pedals – Hannah had gone out to test mountain bikes and discovered this while she was there.
Lapierre Crosshill
It’s an alloy frame with carbon fork.
Lapierre Crosshill
Clearance for up to 50mm tyres is claimed.
Lapierre Crosshill
Oh these Shwalbe tyres are pretty.
Lapierre Crosshill
Quite a long stem – Hannah tested the medium, and felt that she’d probably shorten the stem if she was going to ride it for any length of time.
Lapierre Crosshill
That hoverfly came into land. So, gratuitous arty photo.
Lapierre Crosshill
There are thru axles both ends for increased stiffness when carrying luggage, and there’s all the eyelets you could need to carry that luggage.
Lapierre Crosshill
The chainstays are slightly longer than the Cross Carbon, although the overall wheelbase is very similar.
Lapierre Crosshill
 
So, it’s good looking, it’s well equipped, what’s it like to ride? Well I only had time for a quick spin out on it between mountain bikes, but it was so much fun I made time to take it out again. It rolls well and feels fun off road. I felt well balanced, confident – straight away I was seeking out more technical trails between the vineyards and wondering where else I could take it. Prices are yet to be confirmed but the bike will be available through Hotlines once it is released. Our name’s on the list for a proper test run in due course.

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