cadence and speed up to 1000 times per
second to determine how much juice you
get. Bottom line, the Overvolt will help you
get up the trail, but it refuses to do all the
work by itself.
LIFE ON THE TRAIL
Right out of the box, the dialed
geometry of the Overvolt felt spot-on.
The frame sports a sloping top tube to
improve stand-over clearance, which is
always helpful when maneuvering through
technical trail sections. Thanks to air-sprung front and rear suspension, setup is
also a breeze. Simply set both the fork and
shock to 30-percent sag and hit the trails.
Cruising along the trail is an absolute
treat on the Overvolt, thanks to the
smooth and predictable power delivery
that begs the rider to just keep the cranks
turning. The motor is governed at about
20 miles per hour, so don’t expect to
win a Tour De France stage on this bike.
That said, though, the motor is capable of
keeping the speed plenty high on the flats
to keep the wind in your hair and a smile
on your face.
Climbing is where the Lapierre really
shines and will quickly put a conventional
mountain biker who tries to keep up in
the pain cave. Simply put, if you’re on the
Lapierre, you will climb faster than any
pedal-only cyclist who is even close to the
same fitness level as you. Thankfully, the
Intuvia control system does an excellent
job monitoring rider input and delivers
enough power to float uphill relatively
easy, but not so much that you spin the
All good stuff back here. We like the Michelin
Grip’R tires, the range of gearing and the
stout swingarm. The arched swingarm
avoids the chain-line hassles that some other
Bosch-drive bikes had to work around.
Bosch’s mid-drive motor system
requires that the frame be specially
made with a motor mount rather than
a bottom bracket. The motor and
battery placement aid the handling.