We can’t wait to get this bike out on the trails. The revised X-Flow 712 looks, quite simply, superb, and promises to ride just as well thanks to technology developed in conjunction with the brand’s team of super-fast young downhill racers and Nicolas Vouilloz (ten times World Champion in case you’d forgotten) who has a major and instrumental part in the company’s entire range of bikes.
Notable changes from 2012 include a longer front-center, slightly slacker head-angle (to 67.5degrees) and the fork travel is increased to 130mm from 120mm.
For now, here’s a quick glance over the bike. This one is in fact UK distributor Hotlines’ Martin Astley’s personal steed (hence several small component changes – tyres, bar/stem and dropper post), but we’ve got one of our own to test out so keep your eyes peeled for a full write-up very soon.
According to Martin Astley, it’s a Nicolas Vouilloz design and therefore “the suspension is unreal”. Vouilloz is famed for his tinkering and attention to detail where suspension is concerned so you can bet that he aint lying. The spec list is drool-worthy with such highlights as: XTR crankset, Kashima coated fork and shock, Mavic Crosstrail wheels and XTR Shadow rear mech.
The kit-list probably ought to be high-end stuff though as the retail price is set at £4, 299.99.
You can find more information about the X-Flow 712 at: www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk
If you like the look of it, come back soon! for the full review.
All photos © Andy Lloyd.