Lapierre Overvolt Carbon eBikes Win Design & Innovation Award
By Martin Brown |
We blogged about the Lapierre Overvolt Carbon 2017 eBikes on release when they won the Eurobike award. Now the models receive the prestigious Design & Innovation Award 2017.
What Makes Lapierre?
For over 70 years, Lapierre has combined technological innovation, aesthetics, attention to detail and its experience in racing to offer the most beautiful and efficient bikes. Whatever your ride, road or MTB, competition, leisure, sport or fitness, you will find the bike of your dreams in the Lapierre collection, be it a mountain bike, road bike, city or all-road bike, designed and created in France. Already the leader in high-end MTB on the French market, the Lapierre brand is conquering the rest of the world. For 2017 Lapierre completely went back to the drawing board with the Carbon Overvolt eBike range. Rather than adapt a MTB to be an eMTB, they decided to start again and built an electric mountain bike around its heart - The Bosch Performance CX system. Developed in-house by 10 times world champion Nico Vouilloz to offer a Bosch eBike 500Wh battery at the lowest possible point in the centre of the Overvolt frame. Lapierre's GLP (Gravity Logic Project) centralises the mass in the eBike frame and allows for greater manoeuvrability and handling. Also now on an even lighter full carbon chassis for 2017! Following on from the Eurobike Award received in late August 2016, the Lapierre Overvolt AM Carbon 900+ has once again been recognised as an outstanding innovative E-Bike.
Design & Innovation Award 2017
This time by the 40 leading industry experts, journalists and engineers who gathered in San Vigilio, Dolomites to put outstanding products through their paces. Some of those products that rise above are awarded the Design & Innovation Award. The judges said:-
When Lapierre set about developing the Overvolt AM Carbon, they were adamant: no compromises. Consequently, as a bike’s centre of gravity is a decisive parameter on how it handles, the French brand took a radical, new approach with their carbon lay-up to create a wholly unique frame. They were able to split the downtube and house the battery between the two sides, essentially directly above the motor, which has knocked off a full 600 g whencompared to its predecessor.
In its fifth year, the Design & Innovation Award brought together over 40 industry experts, journalists & engineers to celebrate the most groundbreaking innovations within the industry.
This year the Design & Innovation Award returned to Kronplatz/San Vigilio – Dolomites, and was bigger, better, more exciting and more varied than ever. With new categories and a pioneering industry congress with decision- makers and opinion leaders from within the world of cycling, it’s actively shaping the future.
Lapierre Awarded Design & Innovation
The judges concluded:-
The battery is removable, but can also be charged while on the bike. The Overvolt’s geometry is bang on point, allowing the bike to hurl confidently down trails with composure and great suspension. While the aesthetics did split opinion, the spec list reads promisingly and doesn’t disappoint when riding, making it a win-win for functionality.
Following an interview with Gilles Lapierre (CEO of Lapierre Bikes), he stated:-
We are delighted to receive another award for the Overvolt Carbon, especially from the rigorous judges of the D&I Award. This recognises the hard work put in by our R&D team to develop an electric bike that stands out from the competition. By rethinking the design around the Bosch motor we have revolutionised the ride feel and the judges recognised that.
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.