Range Review : Lapierre Overvolt 2018 Shimano Powered eBikes
By Martin Brown |
When Lapierre showed us the 2018 line-up for the new Shimano integrated electric mountain bikes, we were too excited not to shout about it! We take a closer look at the new Overvolts! Lapierre has been on the eMTB scene for many years now, evolving their eBikes as the industry has grown and now with popularity in it's prime, Lapierre unveils the new OVERVOLT. We've already seen the 2018 Bosch powered Overvolt eMTB models, but Lapierre has created a new range to run alongside in a 160/140mm travel offerings. Influencers have included Nico Voullioz (10 times world MTB champion) and Lapierre's in-house design team to create something special.
So What's New?
Shimano Steps E8000 Motor
This is the first time Lapierre have offered a Shimano powered bike in the range. Shimano hit the market with their new E8000 eMTB specific system recently. Lapierre has taken this to the next level with a custom built frame design and battery setup. More on that shortly.
Suspension Travel & Wheel Size
This is the first full 160mm travel range, offering a great all-around Enduro / Freeride / Trail Center setup for a one-bike-does-it-all kind of vibe. All models are available as either a 160mm travel 27.5+ wheel setup or a 29" 140mm travel set. We'll mainly be concentrating on the popular 27.5+ setup here in the UK.
Frame Design & Geometry
A whole new geometry setup has been created for the new 2018 Lapierre Overvolt eBikes. This includes a new shorter back end, the weight has been placed further down offering more agile handling and the bottom bracket has been pushed as far back as possible so the traction is on another level.
New 'SnakeTech' Battery Tech
Whilst on the frame, the battery has been contained within the down tube offering a stronger, more rigid design. The battery can be inserted via a port on the side meaning the downtube retains its rigidity without needing a long exit for the battery. The battery can be charged on or off the bike, both ways are possible due to the 'SnakeTech' design which allows the battery to bend as you insert it into the channel. A first of it's kind! What does this mean in reality? It's a better handling, looking & more nimble bike! Take a look.
New 2018 Overvolt Models
Lapierre Overvolt AM 527i / 529i 2018
Shocks: Suntour AION 35/RockShox Deluxe R | Brakes: Shimano Deore | Drivetrain: Deore Price: £4,699 | Full spec / learn more here: Lapierre Overvolt AM 527i 2018.
Lapierre Overvolt AM 627i / 629i 2018
Shocks: Fox Float 36/Fox Float DPX2 | Brakes: Shimano Deore | Drivetrain: Sram NX Price: £5,499 | Full spec / learn more here: Lapierre Overvolt AM 627i 2018.
Lapierre Overvolt AM 727i / 729i 2018
Shocks: Fox Float 36/Fox Float DPX2 | Brakes: Sram Guide RE | Drivetrain: Shimano XT Price: £5,799 | Full spec / learn more here: Lapierre Overvolt AM 727i 2018.
Lapierre Overvolt AM 827i / 829i 2018
Shocks: Fox Float 36/Fox Float DPX2 | Brakes: Sram Guide RE | Drivetrain: Shimano Di2 XT Price: £6,299 | Full spec / learn more here: Lapierre Overvolt AM 827i 2018.
Lapierre Overvolt AM 927i / 929i 2018
Shocks: Fox 36/Fox DPX2 Factory Series | Brakes: Sram Guide RE | Drivetrain: Shimano Di2 XT Price: £6,699 | Full spec / learn more here: Lapierre Overvolt AM 927i 2018.
To Conclude The Range
All of the 2018 Overvolt models are offered in either 29" 140mm travel or 27.5+ 160mm travel. All models use the same frameset, geometry & a built-in dropper post. The Shimano E8000 eMTB specific motor and the SnakeTech integrated battery come as standard. We are already taking pre-orders on these exciting new models and expect deliveries from May onwards. To find out more, or to make your reservation click → 2018 Lapierre Electric Bikes.
About Martin Brown
Martin has been in the electric bike industry for over 10 years & has helped it grow from the start. Promoting eBikes across the UK at events & offering the very best advice, tech articles, blogs & videos. In particular Martin is a major player for progressing the use of eMTB's, today owner of e-bikeshop.co.uk - The UK's largest eBike supplier specialising in Bosch & Yamaha, good quality European eBikes.