- To buy or not to buy – Lapierre Zesty 714 (2012)
I am looking for a new trail bike that can handle technical descents and be hard hit without crumbling.Posted 6 years ago
The zesty seems like a good choice, but I am undecided as £3.6K. Like the weight, but unsure what else is out there.
Has been 8 years since my last severe purchase so don’t want to make a mistake; can get out on a ride, but lets face it you need several rides before getting a real feel.
Advice much saught afterPawsy_BearSubscriber
Have 2010 model – would buy the same tomorrow. Very happy with it and its been all over europe nothing it cant handle. Weight is one factor but geometry is more important and how it rides as a package. I feel its pretty sorted. I have added haven bar, 55mm stem and reverb. Can I add try before you buy or else you are just buying in the dark on opinion. I see so many come on and ask which bike and dont spend the time to try demos. You can demo a bike for £40 – £50 and its money well spent.
My Bucket List:
Mach carbon 5.7
But the will have to go some to stop me jsut buying another Zesty 🙂Posted 6 years agotimmysSubscriber
I love my 2009 514, the push-fit BB is a bit of a hassle but when the standard one goes buy a decent one and a couple of tools and you’re sorted. I’d wouldn’t hesitate to have another Zesty but given the luxury of your budget, as well as a carbon Zesty, I’d want to ride a Transition Bandit, Yeti SB-66 and Ibis Mojo before finally making my mind up.Posted 6 years agoxcentricMember
Close to the same position myself a few months ago- liked the new zesty in more carbon Han the previous one, but the previous one v good too. Would have been my new bike choice, but I also kept an eye out for ex demo and s/h bikes and collected a mojo for £2k. There’s a couple of pivots for a couple of grand off in the classifieds at just over £2k each, which would probably get my vote (just) ahead of the zesty. Bt it’s a pretty bike, and seems reliable and has rave reviews from both magazines and owners and occasional riders.Posted 6 years agocheers_driveMember
matthew_h – Member
Hateful push fit bottom brackets is a deal breaker for me.
Really so if you found your perfect bike apart from you didn’t like how the BB fitted you wouldn’t buy one?!Posted 6 years ago
Yes they aren’t as easy to fit and remove without the tools but they last just as long (on average 1 year for me)maxtorqueMember
Here’s my 2012 714
The Geo changes for 2012 have really hit the spot imo, a nice blend of stability but now easier to move the bike around (manuals etc).
Th only negatives are that (in line with a lot of 2012 bikes) the components have taken a bit of a hit, and imo don’t really match the price tag. But that is easily fixed with a bit of upgradeitus when they wear out
Mine now has XTR cassetter, XTR pedals, XTR shifters, Reverb dropper and Easton carbon bars. Without the mud guards fitted, i weighed it at 11.2 kg (24.7lb) on 2x nobby nics.
No, it ain’t a cheap bike, but in the 3 months i’ve had mine i can’t think of anything else any cheaper that would be as good 😉Posted 6 years ago
Thanks MAXTORQUE; getting down to 11.2KG sounds like a good move. Understand about the specs possibly being better, bt on those I have cross checked they seem reasonablish for the cost and many of the bikes with a slightly better spec (minus frame) are heavier. So I suppoe its weight over spec?Posted 6 years ago
Like yoou say weight can be shaved off and quality enhanced as you upgrade.
How has yoour headset been? I have heard some bad reports and was thinking of negotiating the supplier to replace with hope.
Also have you hit the trails hard and felt as though it can handle the harder stuff?
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