- 2012 Lapierre Zesty 714 Carbon Frame Breakage
I wanted to gauge how many riders have experienced a crack in near the bottom bracket on a 2012 Zesty 714 Carbon Frame.
Bike has been ridden for about 6 months after being purchased in March 2012 and was a crack has appeared just above the bottom bracket.
It is a weird position and looks like it must have been down to a stress fracture at a weak position on the frame. The crack is at a place that is well protected by the swing arms, so unsure how else it could have happened.
I was informed by a bike shop that they have seen problems in the same place and it may have been a manufacturing fault.
Expect it will be replaced by Lapierre, but would like to gain some feedback.Posted 5 years agocheers_driveMember
The Lapierre forum gets little traffic so you’re more likely to get an answer on here. I’ve had 3 warranty claims on my 09 Alu version, 2 were done in a week the other 2 months.Posted 5 years ago
They are probably the most popular FS bike in the UK so it’s hard to gauge whether the amount of failures you here about are just due to that popularity or whether they really do deserve to be called snapierre.
Ok, just had a look. My 2012 714 is full of cracks! 😯
Several obvious cracks in the filet areas around where the chain stays attach to the main triangle above the bottom bracket, and also where the shock swing link attaches to the underside of the top tube.
But, how deep are these cracks? It looks very much to me that the “filler” material used to make nice radii between the carbon parts is cracking as the frame flexes? Because of the black gloss finish it’s easy to see these cracks, but impossible to tell how deep they go!
Will be keeping an eye on the length of these cracks and see if they propogate……..Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Lapierre changed their production factory in 2011 (part way through the 2012 build run) to the detriment of build quality/structural integrity and they are aware of issues with certain frames and how/where they break – the warranty with regard to this issue is usually top notch and without hassle. If they don’t have a replacement 2012 frame (none left any where as far as i know) then they may/will offer you a 2013 model.
You could argue it shouldn’t have happened in the first place but to be fair to Lapierre they have honoured all breakages i the known areas in have had experience of.Posted 5 years ago
Thank you to everyone for the feedback. Its good to know that they honor their commitments and about the production line changes.
The shop I took it to said that they had seen a few problems on the 2012 frames and this seems to verify it.
Maxtorque I would get that frame into a shop so they can check it out you don’t want your frame disintegrating on a hard fast decent.Posted 5 years ago
Looks like I’ve just succumbed to exactly the same malady; I’ve hardly ridden the bike really so when I noticed it I was rather surprised.
However, is heartening to know it’s a result of manufacturing issues (which I did wonder)…
Will be nice if I ended up with a 2013 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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