Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 10

Pros:

  • Great ride quality
  • Good looks
  • Decent component spec

Cons:

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

Product:

Lapierre Audacio 400 CP

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£899.99

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.

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.

Full Specification

Supplier:
www.hotlines-uk.com
Wheels:
Shimano R500

Weight:
20.5lb/9.3kg
Tyres:
Michelin Dynamic 23c

Stem:
Ritchey Logic
Size Tested:
49cm

Size Range:
46, 49, 52, 55, 58cm
Seat Post:
Ritchey Logic

Saddle:
Selle Italia X1
Group Set:
Shimano Tiagra

Frame:
Aluminium 7005 DB with carbon forks
Bars:
Ritchey Road Comp

  • katiejane75

    I’ve had my Lapierre Audacio for nearly a year and I love it. The weight is noticeable compared to other bikes but once you get moving you can really go for it. It is a smooth ride and had pretty good components for the price. The tyres it comes with need changing to better quality ones but apart from that I can’t complain so far. I have ridden well over 1,000 on it and never been uncomfortable.