The rider’s ride

Lapierre Pul­sium 600 FDJ CP, £2,150, hot­

Cyclist - - Tenerife -

I ad­mit I was slightly per­turbed by the French colour scheme on this bike, which is in hon­our of the Française des Jeux pro cy­cling team. Then I told my­self that the Union Jack is red, white and blue too and my na­tional pride was soothed. But on to more im­por­tant mat­ters: cy­clists come to Tener­ife to climb, and this bike – which comes equipped with Shi­mano Ul­te­gra com­po­nents – is light and stiff enough to han­dle the Teide vol­cano, and its 11-32 cas­sette means you’ll never have to pedal pen­ta­gons to get home. Equally adept on the rougher roads, it is built with Shock Ab­sorp­tion Tech­nol­ogy – es­sen­tially an elas­tomer built into the frame – that helps to ab­sorb bumps while re­tain­ing the bike’s all-im­por­tant lat­eral rigid­ity. The slightly raised head tube and shorter top tube give a for­giv­ing geom­e­try for long days in the sad­dle, while the over­sized head tube and down tube de­liver added stiff­ness to en­sure you don’t lack power when you want to open it up.

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