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 when compared to its predecessor. 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.
Weight: 22.91 kg | Price: € 6,499 €