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Lapierre X-Control Marathon/XC Bike Adds Carbon Versions for 2015

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2015 Lapierre X-Control XC full suspension mountain bike

Designed as a very capable XC full suspension bike way back in 2001, Lapierre’s X-Control range has evolved for 2015 to better take advantage of modern specs like 27.5″ wheels and the new Side Swing XTR group. Three new alloy models debuted this summer, and now the top of the range fills in with carbon fiber options.

The other change appears to be an elimination of the 29er models that were available as late as MY2014. The entire range is now showing as 650B only, with three alloy models and two carbon ones.

Shown above, the X-Control 727 rules the roost with a full XTR mechanical build. It’s paired with a Rockshox SID/Monarch setup and Schwalbe tires. We don’t have full spec info for the rest of it yet, but we do have more pics and frame info…

2015 Lapierre X-Control XC full suspension mountain bike

Multiple cable routing options allow for dropper posts. External front shift cable run positions it for the new XTR group here.

2015 Lapierre X-Control XC full suspension mountain bike

Alternate routing keeps it clean for standard front derailleurs, too, as shown on the 527. It gets an XT group and keeps the Rockshox parts for bump absorption.

Both use a carbon fiber front triangle, but share the same shape alloy rear triangle and FPS+ suspension design to get 100mm in the rear. Forks are set at 120mm on all X-Control models.

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Compared to the 2014 model, the 2015 version introduced a dropped downtube that puts the bottom shock mount a bit more forward. The upper rocker and wishbone are all a little beefier and more refined looking, too. The X-Control 327 is the top alloy model.

At the moment, the X-Control doesn’t look like it’s coming stateside, so you’ll have to hit up Lapierre’s French site for more info. Interestingly, the classification there puts them in the “trail bike” range, but the descriptions are more XC and marathon.

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Stewart
Stewart
8 years ago

Uhh….27.5/650b models only? Good luck with that.

Who in their right mind buys a 650b/27.5 XC MARATHON race bike? Unless your are short, maybe. But killing your whole line seems like model suicide.

josh
8 years ago

These aren’t available in the US anyways, and I would consider it a trail bike rather than xc with 120mm in the front.

Jw
Jw
8 years ago

I’m 6’1″ and have a FS 100mm bike with 27.5 wheels. I don’t really care what you call the riding style (XC, Marathon, Trail…), but the bike rides great. A good bike makes you forget all about wheel size. Riding a bike is the only way to determine if the company has built it right.

Sam
Sam
8 years ago

Lapierre are now available in the US

Marcassin
Marcassin
8 years ago

Not sure if this one will be available in the US. The bike uses a vpp suspension design. Not sure if they can legally bring it to merika.

Sure fact is that this bike is really popular in its country. The first range of x control was launched around 2000-2001 and was a hit since day one. It is to lapierre what the 911 is to Porsche- No matter what new models they come with, the xcontrol fan base doesn’t care.

Jeff
Jeff
8 years ago

I think that’s great, Giant and now Lapierre knowing the fact that 650b/ 27.5 makes great XC bikes against all the 29ers, thought it was crap that 27.5 was label as longer travel only.

I’ve been racing a 27.5″ XC bike since 2012, even though I’m 6′ tall, and I do not give up anything to my 29er riding competitors and riding buddies, as a matter of fact, I feel the 27.5ers are faster in most cases……I have sold my 29ers and now ride 27.5 exclusively off road.

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