Dave’s just returned from the Lapierre 2014 launch in Chatel, here’s what’s new from Nico’s favourite bike company…
The first thing that’s hardly going to be surprising for anyone who’s not been living under a rock for the past few months is that there’s been another move to adopt 27.5 with the Lapierre Spicy and Zesty AM now being designed around the new wheel size.
For now downhill and freeride bikes remain 26″, enduro and all mountain oriented bikes go 27.5″, while XC and trail bikes up to 120mm travel will be 29″.
Suspension has been tweaked with input from Mr Vouillez, OST (Optimised Suspension Technology) now becomes OST+ , a virtual pivot point system, which has been optimised to deal with 1x and 2x gearing and remove pedal input. Equipped on top models, and lower down the range available as an optional extra, is the Lapierre/Sram collaborative E:i electronic intelligence suspension system. This uses three sensors on the fork, stem and in the bottom bracket area to monitor bump input and cadence to activate and lockout the rear shock with three settings open/platform and lockout out. It’s possible to change the sensitivity of the system via the bike computer mounted on the stem.
Other tweaks and changes include a new linkage, 142x12mm dropout, ISCG05 tabs, BB92 press fit BB, tapered head tube, internal routing for all cables and carbon frames now feature a carbon downtube protector.
Lapierre is introducing a wider range of carbon models and introducing the use of Supreme 6 alloy which is a claimed 12% stronger than 7005 whilst still being 1.5% lighter and offering a better lifetime due to it’s microstructure.
Lapierre Spicy 927 Team Carbon
The Spicy is now 27.5 and offers 160mm travel up front and 150mm at the rear. The bike is available in 4 sizes, with an XL being offered for the first time. The frame has a longer top tube than older models, the large is 10mm longer and has a 10mm lower BB height.
The evolution in frame design has led to stiffness gains of +16% in the rear triangle, 28% at the BB and 8% at the head tube.
The Spicy now has a 66.5 head angle and comes equipped from stock with a shorter stem and wider bars. All frames have internal routing for all cables including a dropper post.
The Spicy team comes equipped with e:i as standard, it’s available on the Spicy 527 as an addition to the supplied spec.
Rockshox freshly re-released Pike has been specced for the Spicy Team, Spicy 527 and 327 (both Supreme 6 frames) are specced with Fox 34’s.
The Spicy has been redesigned for shorter chain stays at 430mm and the chain stay is Supreme 6 across the range including the Team carbon.
There’s an adjustment on the shock linkage if you really want to run 26″ wheels still.
Next page the Lapierre Zesty AM…
Lapierre Zesty AM 527
The Zesty AM features the same frame as the Spicy but with 150mm/150mm travel with translates to a slightly steeper headtube angle of 67°. 6 models are available; 927 e:i,727 and 527 which all have carbon frames (chain stays Supreme 6) and the 427 and 327 which are Supreme 6 throughout.
Next page the Lapierre Zesty Trail
Lapierre Zesty 929 Trail
The Zesty Trail similarly comes in carbon at 929 e:i, 729, 529 levels while the 429 and 329 are both Supreme 6.
Lapierre Zesty Trail 529
Next page for the gallery of the full range