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  1. Nick

    Review: Lapierre XR 729

    The Frame The XR 729 frame is all carbon and is designed to run 29 inch wheels. Lapierre use a linkage driven single pivot suspension design. Most of Lapierre’s longer travel bikes make use of a chainstay pivot, on the XR 729 however the pivots are replaced with flexible carbon stays. The seat tube is interrupted by a wedge which supports the suspension linkage and houses the rear shock. The design raises some eyebrows in terms of aesthetic tastes. Personally, I like it. There are far too many curvy carbon masterpieces out there. I find the brash design on the XR 729 refreshing. And, when you take the bike out on the trails, it's clear that the design is not only for cosmetic purposes. Component check The Lapierre XR 729 as tested was built up from a frame with a custom parts. With the exception of the wheelset, none of these components come on the full factory build.Fork: We’ve harped on about the excellence of the Pike in a number of bike reviews but never have we had one on a full blown cross country bike. Despite my initial skepticism it turned out to be an excellent choice and matched the feel of the rear suspension surprisingly well. Shock: I have had mixed experiences with Fox Float CTD shocks while testing other bikes. The XR 729, however, managed to awaken the Fox shock and it was a pleasure to ride on the Lapierre.Wheelset: The DT Swiss Spline X1700 wheelset proved to be up to the challenge. Despite being a bit narrow for current trends, the wheels performed flawlessly. Even with some hard bashing they remained predictable and sturdy throughout testing. Tyres: While the Schwalbe tyres rolled excellently on farm roads, the Thunder Burt on the rear was ill-equipped for the dry Cape trails and farm road turns.Drivetrain: The drive train was a bit of a mix and match. Shimano’s XT 11-speed shifter, derailleur and cassette were driven by an older XTR crank fitted with a Wolf Tooth chainring. The combination shifted well and proved to be reliable. Seatpost: The XR 729 arrived with a RockShox Reverb adjustable seatpost. While not yet widely adopted by endurance races, from my observations at least, there are many riders (and medical insurers) who would reap benefit from the use of a telescopic seatpost. On the trail Although the Lapierre XR 729 arrived dressed with some components you would expect to see on a trail bike, it remained a very capable cross-country weapon.Going up the hills, the XR 729 did a good job transferring pedalling energy into forward motion. In full lockout, I found myself occasionally spinning out the Thunder Burt tyre on steeper, loose trails. I favoured the Trail setting for just the right amount of pedalling platform while still giving enough compliance to maintain grip and comfort. The efficiency of the rear suspension continues on the flat open road with a direct feel of pedalling effort translating into forward motion. The Lapierre XR 729 climbs and covers distance like a cross-country bike but on the descents it outshines the competition. The 100 mm rear travel felt deep with good support from the mid-stroke onward. There was a firmness at the end of suspension range that gave the XR 729 an almost bottomless feel. The bike felt composed through rocky sections and punchy on faster smooth trails. The full carbon frame felt nimble, stiff and responsive throughout testing. The sturdy Pike in a 120 mm configuration matched well with the capable rear suspension. It provide the added assurance needed to explore the unexpectedly broad boundaries of the XR 729. The unique shock position proved to have its advantages and disadvantages. While it may sound trivial, the position of the shock in the frame was perfect for easily adjusting and checking the damper switch position. The downside, there is no space for a second bottle cage on the seat tube. It also makes it a bit tricky to measure sag with the shock tucked into the frame. Unfortunately, despite trying, I was unable to source a 100 mm cross-country fork in time to put it on the XR 729. It would have been interesting to see how a shorter race inspired fork would have sharpen the geometry and impacted the feel and balance of the XR 729. Verdict The Lapierre XR 729 is a decent marathon and cross country race bike with the ability to push harder than most on technical terrain. It will climb with the best, cover distance with ease, and slap a big confident smile on your face on the descents. If you are looking for a race bike with some trail personality, you won’t go wrong with a Lapierre XR 729 like this. Pricing and availability XR 529: R49,725 XR 729 with electronic suspension: R85,150 XR 729 as specced in the review: R65,000 XR 929: R104,000Frame only: Sorry, you will have to contact them for pricing.
  2. The Lapierre XR 729 is the French manufacturer's cross country race offering. There is a option to have an electronically controlled shock, which is rather intriguing, but a story for another day as we tested the mechanical shock model. Checking out the stock component specification for the bike online, I expected a traditional lean and mean cross country bike. I was pleasantly surprised when the custom built bike arrived from Durban. Click here to view the article
  3. With the curved top tube, black and yellow colour scheme, and skin wall tyres, the XR 729 draws attention wherever it goes. A bike this distinct is bound to divide opinions and generate some strong reactions. I enjoy the highly engineered appearance, and after three weeks with the bike, I can say it is not just a pretty face. The Frame The frame has seen some tweaks from the 2016 model (which we reviewed here). The geometry has been updated significantly: the chainstay is 5 millimetres shorter, the reach is 20 millimetres longer, and it has been specced with a shorter 70 mm stem. These changes aim to provide more responsive steering and a more agile ride.Other features include internal dropper post routing, and trap door technology which offers Di2 battery mounting inside the frame above the bottom bracket, or the option to store the e:i suspension battery out of sight. Components The XR 729 is the second from the top of the XR range, and is well kitted out.Fork: I got on well with the Rockshox SID RL. I find the travel very smooth and the fork easy to set up. Shock: The Rockshox Monarch e:i RT3 feels super plush. Lapierre recommend running it at 30% sag which I did. I felt that there was a bit of a mismatch between fork and shock. The shock felt very plush, while the fork is a hardcore cross country fork and handles like one. I tried pumping up the shock to just over 25% sag, and this felt a little more balanced but meant I wasn't using the full travel on the rear. I think time, and some more tweaking of the suspension setup might have resolved this. Wheels: The Mavic Crossmax Elite wheelset features boost front and rear hubs. The wheels felt reassuringly stiff and engagement time on the hubs was good.Tyres: The Maxxis Skinwall tyres are a nice peacocky touch and are one of the reasons the bike stands out so well from the crowd. The 2.25" Ardent on the front offers acres of grip, and the 2.2" Ikon on the rear serves its purpose well, as a fast rolling, lightweight cross country tyre. Drivetrain: Lapierre opted for a 2x11 drivetrain on this bike, with an 11-40 SLX cassette and an XT crankset with 26- 36 chainrings. Only their top of the range offering, the XR 929 Ultimate comes with a 1x drivetrain: SRAM's 12 speed Eagle. Although from an aesthetic and simplicity point of view, I prefer a 1x drive train, the reality is that my legs do love the granny gear on a 2x system. I find it a lot more comfortable covering distance, and dealing with punchy climbs with the aid of the 26 tooth chainring. So while I think this bike would look even sleeker and more dangerous with a 1x setup, and losing the extra cabling and weight wouldn't hurt: from a functional point of view the drivetrain does the job admirably. Brakes: The Shimano XT brakes, as always, offered firm reliable braking. Contact points: I used the Lapierre VL-1743 by Velo saddle for the three week test period without issues. It was comfortable, although it was noticeably too narrow for my super wide sit bones. I liked that it didn't feel cheap and slippery like stock saddles often do. The grips offered good cushioning and the 720mm handlebars with a 70mm stem were a good fit for me on the medium frame. E:i Shock The e:i Shock is the intelligent suspension system pioneered by Lapierre and is the reason for the somewhat space age appearance of the XR 729. The system is composed of a rechargeable battery, mounted to the down tube, a control & display unit on the headset including an accelerometer, a servo motor mounted to the shock, an accelerometer on the fork lowers and a cadence sensor on the crank axle. The entire system has a claimed weight of 350 grams.The motor shifts the compression damping of the shock between three modes: open, medium and closed based on input from the sensors which change depending on the terrain. The compression mode is indicated by the display LED which is solid in automatic mode. Green indicates open, yellow the medium setting and red is fully locked out. When freewheeling or not pedalling the suspension automatically moves to the open setting: this is useful for descending and jumps or drops where the fork may not register a hit before the shock needs to open. It is possible to adjust the sensitivity of the system by pressing and holding the button on the control unit for 4 seconds. The green light indicates maximum sensitivity to bumps, the yellow light is the medium (and most commonly used setting) and the red light indicates minimum sensitivity ie. the firmest suspension setting.The system can easily be switched to manual mode by simply pressing the control button once. When the display LED is solid it indicates automatic (electronic control) mode. A flashing LED indicates a manual setting, where green = open, yellow = medium, red = closed. On the trail, the e:i Shock system is pretty handy. Much like the Specialized Brain, it lets you get on with the business of riding, without having to fiddle with suspension settings. It can feel rather weird as it switches between modes: the change is noticeable as it firms up on flat ground, or opens on rough terrain, along with the characteristic buzz of the servo motors. Once you get cracking on a fun piece of trail, it is easy to forget about it, but I found myself watching the light and trying to predict when the mode would change whenever I was slogging along jeep track. To give you a rough idea: the e:i shock locks out on tar, flat jeep track and sand, while choppier jeep track with small stones and roots would cause it to switch to medium, and finally any bigger hits or baby head sized stones would open up the suspension completely. The battery provides 24 hours of riding time. I was none too pleased at having yet another battery to think about and sure enough: after riding the bike for two weeks without charging the battery I was caught out by the flashing green and red- indicating low battery. The shock defaults to open when the battery dies, and thankfully I was able to continue riding. Geometry & Sizing Specifications FrameXR 29’’ CARBON 100mm Rear Travel BOOST 148ForkROCKSHOX SID RL 29’’ SOLO AIR BOOST 15x110 / Mechanical: SID RL + ONELOC REMOTERear shockROCKSHOX MONARCH e:i RT3 190x40mm / Mechanical: DELUXE RL 190x40mmHeadsetFSA ORBIT 1.5E ZS + 8mm Top CapBottom bracketSHIMANO SMBB7141A PRESS FITCranksetSHIMANO XT FCM8000 BOOST HOLLOWTECH II 36x26 FOR 11-Speed 170mm (S) / 175mm (M, L, XL)StemRACE FACE EVOLVE 6° Ø: 31.8mm L: 70mm (S, M, L) / 90mm (XL)SeatpostRACE FACE EVOLVE Ø: 31.6mm L: 400mmHandlebarLAPIERRE HB-FB21L TOP FLAT W: 720mm R: 15mm Ø: 31.8mmFront derailleurSHIMANO XT FDM8020E6XRear derailleurSHIMANO XT RDM8000GS 11-SpeedBrakesSHIMANO HYDRAULIC XT BRM8000 BLACK - SHIMANO SMRT76 180mm / 160mm 6 Bolt TypeShiftersSHIMANO XT SLM8000 I-Spec 11-SpeedSaddleLAPIERRE VL-1743 BY VELOWheelset CROSSMAX ELITE UST 29’’ 15x110 / 12x148 BOOST + LAQR12-E Thru AxleCassetteSHIMANO SLX CSM7000 11x40 11-SpeedTyresMAXXIS ARDENT Tubeless READY 29x2.25 / IKON Tubeless READY 29x2.20 SKINWALLSizeS,M,L,XLPriceR85,000.00 On the trail Jumping on the XR 729 initially felt like piloting a space ship. The “bzzzz” of the servo motor as the shock changes modes can be disconcerting, and the nest of cables around the cockpit feels cluttered and excessive.Once you hit the trail you forget about it all. The bike eats up climbs, the more technical the better. I love the challenge of a steep, loose and rocky climb, and this bike feeds that: powering straight over rocks that I would usually try threading my way around and motoring through thick sand. As long as you put in the power, the bike finds a way. It made me feel like a superhero. On the flip side, when my legs weren’t in the game it felt like a lot of bike to be pushing around. The XR 729 comes alive in the rocky sections. Photo credit: Theo Bruwer. Point it downhill and it feels like a trail bike, the 69 degree head angle lends confidence, and the shortened chain stays give it unexpected agility. It is the sort of bike that has you looking for rocks, roots and bumps in the trail to boost off. There is no better way to test an XC bike, than in cross country race. Fortunately for me, and the purposes of this review, the test period coincided with the first SA Cup XCO series event at Rhebokskloof and the Cape Town Cycle Tour 55km MTB marathon race the following weekend, so I was able to get a feel for the bike in its natural habitat. The XR 729 delivered on both occasions. The slack head angle translated into heaps of confidence, and forgiveness through the rock gardens on the XCO course. Drop offs that would otherwise have given me the horrors, were barely noticeable. Weighing in at 12.8 kilograms without pedals, but with plenty of sealant in the tyres, the bike is not the lightest on the climbs, nor does it feel ultra stiff, but it eats up ground in response to power through the pedals, and absolutely destroys technical sections. It really feels like it looks after you when you make a mistake. I came to appreciate the e:i suspension more and more, especially towards the end of the marathon race: it was just one less thing to fiddle with. I could focus on eating and drinking, and most importantly, keep my attention on the racing at hand. Where normally I would have ended up leaving my shock in trail mode for short bits of open jeep track and punchy climbs, the e:i system flipped modes for me so that the bike was always pedalling as efficiently as possible. Most importantly, the bike had a smile on my face during, and after every ride: it was fun, capable, and for lack of a better phrase: powerful. Business and party somehow in one package. In short If you are looking for a do-it-all cross country ripper, that will allow you to cover ground, and invite you to get involved, and enjoy the descents then the XR 729 is well worth a look. It's a bike that comes alive when ridden hard, both up and down, and will have you looking for a new tiger line to try on every ride. ProsFast Fun No fiddling with suspension ConsLots of cabling Remembering to charge the battery Not super light
  4. Lapierre XR Lapierre XR 729 ei.Frame geometry is heavily reworked around shorter, stiffer stems, with a reach that’s a full 20mm longer. The head angle is a degree slacker at 69 degrees, and the combined result is a front axle that’s further forward for improved stability on descents and less lift on climbs. The seat tube has been steepened significantly to 74.5 degrees to keep weight over the front and boost steering accuracy, while the chainstays are 5mm shorter to keep manoeuvrability high. Suspension performance is also improved, with full-carbon pivots representing a lightweight adaptation of our OST+ system. OST+ is our highly-evolved virtual pivot point design that has itself seen further development this year to adapt to race usage. Maintenance access across the frame is deliberately easy, plus the XR benefits from Trap Door Technology. TDT brings integrated Di2 fitting, and tucks batteries inside the downtube away from the elements – while allowing instant access for charging. TDT is sited very low, right alongside the bottom bracket, to centralise and lower the mass, and minimise its effects on handling. The full-carbon frame is also compatible with internally-routed dropper posts, and for 2017 it’s stiffer for its weight. Wheels are now stiffer and stronger too thanks to Boost axle spacing (148mm/110mm), while the shocks also gain lateral stiffness thanks to the greater bushing overlap afforded by RockShox’s new metric-sized Deluxe RL. The shock’s redesigned body also benefits from longer wiper seals for extended service times, reduced friction for more supple movement and space for significant internal upgrades. They’re built to ride high in their travel to maintain controlled, predictable geometry and excellent pedalling manners – ideal for the XR. Lapierre XR 929 Ultimate. Still super-lightweight with its unidirectional carbon frame and rocker, the XR is now faster everywhere on the hill. The range-topping XR 929 makes the utmost of all this new technology with more of the latest developments – specifically, SRAM’s new 12-speed Eagle drivetrain, RockShox’s super-stiff RS-1 inverted fork, and our renowned e:i electronic rear suspension. Lapierre XR 629 ei. There are four models in four sizes (S-XL), with the XR 929 Ultimate representing the absolute pinnacle of current XC/marathon race development. XR 929 RockShox RS1 fork RockShox Monarch e:i RT3 SRAM Eagle XX1 12-speed drivetrain, carbon cranks and rear mech SRAM Level Ultimate carbon brakes DT Swiss XR 1501 UST wheelset XR 729 / 729 e:i RockShox SID RL fork RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock / e:i RT3 shock Shimano XT 2x11 drivetrain (11-40T cassette) Shimano XT brakes Mavic Crossmax Elite UST wheelset XR 629 RockShox Reba RL fork RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock Shimano XT 2x11 drivetrain (11-40T cassette) with SLX front mech Shimano BRM 506 hydraulic brakes DT Swiss rims and Formula hubs XR 529 RockShox Recon Silver fork RockShox Deluxe RT3 shock Shimano Deore 2x10 drivetrain with SLX rear mech Shimano BRM 365 hydraulic brakes Lapierre Xelius SL As successful and popular as the Xelius is – it’s won l’Alpe d’Huez on the Tour de France and Race Bike of the Year in the specialist press – we’re not ones to rest on our laurels. Hence not just this new disc-equipped model, but a ground-up redesign of the frame to make the very best of new braking technology.The full-carbon frame and fork are disc-specific, and use Shimano’s popular Flat Mount standard (since adopted by companies including SRAM) for easy compatibility. Both ends hold 12mm hollow axles, which seriously boost rigidity across the fork tips and dropouts. These help resist the twisting forces of powerful discs, and increase wheel security at the same time. Front axle spacing is 100mm, while the rear is up from 135mm to 142mm for greater triangulation and stiffness. The chainstays are 10mm longer at 415mm to accommodate the wider wheel. Shimano hydraulic calipers feature Icetech finned pads for extra cooling, and bite down on lightweight 140mm discs. Being further from road spray and the oil and diesel it contains, disc brakes are far more consistent and powerful in the wet. Also, going disc-specific allows weight to be removed from the rims, and the centralisation of mass reduces rotational weight for gains in acceleration and manoeuvrability at speed. Greater braking power means greater heat, so the carbon fibre is special. For the Xelius SL Disc we use a High TG resin that protects against temperatures up to 190C, whereas non-disc frames only require a TG point of 140C. The TG point, also known as the glass transition temperature, is where a polymer turns from a solid to liquid. It’s not quite the same as the melting point, but it’s still absolutely vital to understand when you’re designing a frame. The unidirectional carbon fibre frame retains the successful Superlight layup, and features internal routing for slippery-clean aero lines. 3D Tubular technology means the seatstays connect directly to the toptube for reduced weight and mechanical stress – plus increased comfort – while Power Box sees the tapered headtube, downtube, bottom bracket shell and chainstays forming one extremely stiff structure. New sandwich-type dropouts generate higher rigidity for crisper acceleration and shifting. The result? An extremely light frame with world-level pedalling manners that’s all-day comfortable, loves descents as much as climbs, and stops on a dime. Or perhaps more accurately, a Euro. The six sizes range from XS to XXL, while crank length, stem length and handlebar dimensions are tailored to each one. All sizes and models feature 2x11 Mid Compact drivetrains, with 52x36T rings and 11-28T cassettes. The three models range from the accessible 500 to the exceptionally-specced Ultimate. Model highlights include: Lapierre Sensium The Sensium has been redesigned for 2017, with a lightweight new frame that makes long-distance riding even sweeter. The layup and construction of the unidirectional carbon is finely tuned across three key zones – the result is a bike that gets all your power to the ground, yet doesn’t beat you up in the process.We’ve focused on a stiff and responsive front end for accurate handling, compliant upper tubing for fatigue-reducing comfort, and a very stiff, Power Box-enhanced lower spine for instant and highly efficient power transfer. Curved seatstays arc into a similarly curved toptube for spring-like flex under road shocks, and are formed with High Resistance fibres, the most ductile of our four fibre types. It has a very high capacity for controlled deformation, so gives the best absorption and damping. This combines with a skinny 27.2mm seatpost to isolate the rider from vibration and impacts. The headtube, downtube, bottom bracket shell, and long 412mm chainstays are built from stiffer fibre for superior handling and power transfer. Our Power Box design combines all these parts as one single, complex shape, and it’s this engineered-in stiffness that allows us to use Intermediate Modulus carbon fibre in its construction. IM carbon represents the ultimate balance of efficiency and compliance – it’s more suited to endurance use than the ultra-stiff, High Modulus fibre a less developed design might require. The tapered headtube (1 1/8in - 1 1/4in) offers stiffness gains for little extra weight and unaffected compatibility, and length is size- specific to maximise strength and rider fit. It varies by a full 100mm across the six sizes, which range from XS to XXL. Crank length, stem length and handlebar dimensions are also tailored to each size. All forks are carbon, with carbon steerers. The Triple features 50x39x30T chainrings and a 12-28T cassette. At the rear, new sandwich-type dropouts generate higher rigidity for crisper acceleration and shifting. A wide-ratio 11-32T cassette and Compact 2x11 cranks give ratios to tackle anything a big day throws up, while the Team FDJ 300 model is available in either Compact (CP) or Triple (TP) configuration. Cable routing is internal for clean aerodynamic and visual lines, and our Trap Door Technology does the same for Di2 batteries while keeping access and maintenance quick and easy. Team FDJ mechanics asked us for a solution, and TDT is the result. Of course, we haven’t fixed what isn’t broken. Handling is already a Sensium strong point. The new frame retains the classic, race- proven geometry. Sensium DiscThe Sensium Disc features a host of detail changes that, together, create a very advanced ride. Disc-specific wheels carry lightweight 140mm discs at each end, bitten by hydraulic Shimano calipers using cooling-fin equipped Icetech pads. Those fins aren’t the only protection against the extra heat more powerful brakes generate. The full-carbon Disc frame uses a special High TG resin to fully proof against it – the TG point is 190C, whereas the standard model’s is 140C. This TG point, also known as the glass transition temperature, is where a polymer turns from a solid to a liquid. It’s not actually the same as the melting point, but it’s still incredibly important! The full-carbon fork is disc-specific, and uses Shimano’s popular Flat Mount standard, since adopted by other companies such as SRAM. Axles are QR at 10x135mm rear, 9x100mm front, and chainstays are 3mm longer to accommodate the new brakes. Add these together and you have a Sensium that makes the most of its new technology.
  5. The Frame What sets the frame design apart from other bikes is the unique way the top tube and seat stays blend. The top tube thins out towards the seat tube before splitting into three. While the main tubing continues straight and connects to the seat tube, the two offshoots curve past the seat tube to form the seat stays. This was done to offer a ride that is a bit more forgiving than most race bikes on the pro circuit. The skinny 27.2 mm seat post and integrated clamp are a further nod to comfort. Lapierre engineers also looked closely at the way they constructed the carbon frame. For example, the length of the carbon layers has been reduced in the seat tube while there are fewer layers in the head tube. The carbon used in the frame also varies from 30 to 38 to 40-ton modulus. By selecting different modulus carbon throughout the frame, Lapierre’s engineers have tuned it for strength in the places where it is most necessary. Playing with the layup like this is one of the reasons Lapierre are claiming a reduced frame weight without sacrificing strength. The frame also features a rather large BB86 press-fit bottom bracket, full internal routing, a heavily sculptured tapered fork with the front brake tucked in to reduce drag. As is the norm nowadays, the frame is Di2 compatible with a "trap door" underneath the bottom bracket for easy access to the battery. This positioning also places the battery weight low and centre on the bike. Components The Xelius SL 500 CP runs a full Shimano 105 drivetrain including brakes. We've been spending quite a bit of time with this groupset across our test bikes and it never fails to get the job done. Shifting is good with a positive click between the gears. The brake set does an excellent job at stopping the bike. It was nice to see a Zipp handlebar and stem on a Shimano 105 specced bike rather than cheaper or own-brand alternatives. The 30TPI Michelin Dynamic Sport tyres fitted are the cheapest in their range and at a claimed weight of 315 grams, they are not the lightest tyres around. I changed to a set of Vee Tire Apache, with a claimed weight of 180g per tyre. They made a huge difference to the overall feel and acceleration of the bike. Although the Apache is a full on racing tyre, it did highlight the drag and heft of the Dynamic Sport tyres and something more deserving of the frame would have added value. At 8.3 kg the bike is not the lightest, but an upgrade to SRAM Red will bring that down to 7.3 kg before touching the wheels or any of the other components. The potential is there to happily start off with this build and slowly upgrade it into a pedal to the metal racing machine. Full specification: FrameXELIUS SL CARBONForkLAPIERRE XELIUS SL CARBON - Carbon SteererHeadsetFSA 1"1/8 1"1/4 FSA ORBIT C-33 44E + 15mm top coverBottom BracketSHIMANO KSMBB7141B PRESSFITCranksetSHIMANO 105 KFC5800CX26L 52x36 170mm (XS, S) / 172.5mm (M) / 175mm (L, XL, XXL)StemZIPP Service Course BLACK 6° Ø: 31.8mm L: 90mm (XS, S) / 100mm (M) / 110mm (L) / 120mm (XL) / 130mm (XXL)SeatpostLAPIERRE SPC-619 CARBON Ø: 27.2mm L: 350mmHandlebarZIPP Service Course 80 Anatomic 40mm (XS) / 42mm (S, M, L) / 44mm (XL, XXL)Front DerailleurSHIMANO 105 KFD5800FLRear DerailleurSHIMANO 105 KRD5800SSL 11-SpeedBrakesSHIMANO 105 KBR5800 / KBR5810 FRONT DIRECTMOUNTShiftersSHIMANO 105 KST5800 2x11-SpeedSaddleSELLE ITALIA X1 BLACK / WHITEWheelMAVIC AKSIUMSprocketSHIMANO 105 KCS580011128 11-Speed 11-28TTyresMICHELIN DYNAMIC SPORT 700x25Claimed Weight8,3 KgSizesXS,S,M,L,XL,XXLSuggested Retail PriceR45,000.00 On the Road Setting off on the Xelius for the first time, there's an immediate sense of comfort with a hint of steel-like flexibility in the overall feel. Despite its light frame, racy geometry, and racing heritage, the rear absorbs bumps and manages to take the edge off uneven tarmac as well as any endurance frame, without sacrificing much stiffness in the process.The Xelius SL 500 CP felt at home on climbs. It always had more to give no matter how fast I gained altitude. Smooth pedalers won't notice any give in the frame but if you're often out of the saddle to stomp on the pedals, then you will notice some initial movement. I found it best to settle into a rhythm and focus on a steady cadence. Compared to the rear, the front is completely rigid. The bike manages to blend the feel of the two ends very well. Its combination of razor-sharp handling, weight, and comfort, makes for confident handling rather than the nervous twitchiness of some race machines. Considering the compliance built into the frame, I was surprised at the feel when attacking descents and fast turn sections. The bike is superb at holding fast lines and, even with the heavier Dynamic Sport tyres, the Xelius always felt like it was begging to go faster which gave me new found confidence to push it low and hard around corners. I can only imagine how the top of the range model must feel at speed. Verdict I had a hard time letting go of the Lapierre, thanks to its seamless blend of comfort and speed. The Lapierre is happy to munch miles or lead the pack (relatively speaking for the price point of course). The fact that it is a great looking bike only helps its case. If you're looking for a comfortable head turner that is upgrade worthy, then put the Lapierre Xelius SL 500 CP on your shopping list. It's a bike that can be ridden all day long in comfort and raced on Sunday and everything in between.Pros Offers a very comfortable ride Unique Finish is top notch Good platform to upgrade from Cons Price could be a factor Deserves better tyres
  6. The Xelius SL sits at the top of Lapierre's road range alongside the Aircode SL aero frame. With a claimed frame weight of just 850g and professional rider input by the French FDJ cycling team, the Xelius is ready to fight it out with the best of them. Click here to view the article
  7. Lapierre XR 729 The Lapierre XR 729 is a carbon cross-country orientated mile cruncher. The first thing you notice on the XR 729 is that the shock is hidden in an odd protruding seat tube to accommodate the single pivot suspension design. I've grown fond of the striking look but don't expect to squeeze two water bottles within the front triangle. Expecting a full blown XC bike, we were a little stumped when a custom built XR 729 with a 120mm Pike and dropper seatpost arrived in the office. The only component that was stock (according to the Lapierre website) was the wheelset and tyres. After the first ride, however, it all made sense but I'll leave those details for the full review. Lapierre also produce the Lapierre XR 729 e:i which uses an electronic shock to adapt automatically to the terrain. This models retails for R82,995. Custom builds of the mechanical suspension bike can be arranged. You can view all the 2016 Lapierre bikes at www.lapierrebikes.co.za. LuvHandles Luvhandles was started by twin brothers late last year who were tired of paying too much for bike components such as grips. So they set out to find a high quality silicone grip to sell directly to the public at a reasonable price. A neat feature of their online offering is that it allows you to select the colour of your grips and plugs separately. They say this results in almost 50 colour combinations, perfect for the matchy-matchy builders. On first look the grips and plugs appear to be top notch but I'll have to see how well they with stand up to some abuse on my wide tree bashing handlebars. A set of Luvhandles grips and plugs currently retail for R120. Check out their online store for more details here. Thule VeloCompact The Thule VeloCompact comes in a two or three bike configuration. The VeloCompact is a relatively new addition to the line up having been released in 2015. It promises to be light weight and compact. The carrier attaches to a tow bar and has a tilt mechanism so that you can access a hatch type rear door. The VeloCompact retails for R8,999 in the two bike configuration and R11,999 for the model that can carries three bikes.
  8. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre XR 729, Luvhandles soft grips and Thule VeloCompact bike carrier. Click here to view the article
  9. Lapierre Xelius SL 500 CP road bike The Xelius SL sits at the top of Lapierre's road range alongside the Aircode SL aero frame. With a claimed frame weight of just 850g and professional rider input from the French FDJ cycling team, the Xelius is ready to fight it out with the best of them. The frame features a rather large BB86 press-fit bottom bracket, full internal routing, a heavily sculptured tapered fork with front brakes that sit tucked in to reduce drag, an integrated seatpost clamp, and unique tubing leading into the seat stays. The top tube thins out towards the seat tube before splitting into three. While the main tube runs straight through to connect with the seat tube, the two off shoots run straight passed the seat tube into what becomes the seat stays. This was done to offer a ride that is a bit more forgiving than most race bikes on the pro circuit. As is the norm nowadays, the frame is Di2 compatible with a "trap door" at the bottom of the bottom bracket for easy access to the battery. With the battery placed low, the height of the centre of gravity of the bike is reduced. Specifications: FrameXELIUS SL CARBONForkLAPIERRE XELIUS SL CARBON - Carbon SteererHeadsetFSA 1"1/8 1"1/4 FSA ORBIT C-33 44E + 15mm top coverBottom bracketSHIMANO KSMBB7141B PRESSFITCranksetSHIMANO 105 KFC5800CX26L 52x36 170mm (XS, S) / 172.5mm (M) / 175mm (L, XL, XXL)Stem ZIPP Service Course BLACK 6° Ø: 31.8mm L: 90mm (XS, S) / 100mm (M) / 110mm (L) / 120mm (XL) / 130mm (XXL)SeatpostLAPIERRE SPC-619 CARBON Ø: 27.2mm L: 350mmHandlebarZIPP Service Course 80 Anatomic 40mm (XS) / 42mm (S, M, L) / 44mm (XL, XXL)Front derailleurSHIMANO 105 KFD5800FLRear derailleurSHIMANO 105 KRD5800SSL 11-SpeedBrakesSHIMANO 105 KBR5800 / KBR5810 FRONT DIRECTMOUNTShiftersSHIMANO 105 KST5800 2x11-SpeedSaddleSELLE ITALIA X1 BLACK / WHITEWheelsMAVIC AKSIUMCassetteSHIMANO 105 KCS580011128 11-Speed 11-28TTyresMICHELIN DYNAMIC SPORT 700x25Claimed weight8,3 KgSizesXS,S,M,L,XL,XXLRecommended PricingR45,000 Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes The Specialized Women's Motodiva is billed as an all-round trail shoe. The sole is made from a nylon composite and features SlipNot rubber tread to help with added grip when off the bike. The lacing system uses a BOA dial on the upper strap with two nylon straps lower down the shoe. For added protection, the Motodiva has a molded toe area to help absorb and deflect collisions. Being a Specialized product, the Motodiva receives the Body Geometry ergonomic fit for women which promises to make the shoe comfortable for most feet. Specifications and features:Body Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. Women's contoured Standard Fit last with low collar height for ankle comfort. Injection-molded nylon composite sole with SlipNot rubber tread for moderate pedaling stiffness and phenomenal trail traction: Stiffness Index 6.0. Single Boa S2-SV dial for easy adjustment, backed by the Boa Lifetime Guarantee. Dial/lace assembly is replaceable in seconds with Snap cartridge system. Hard molded toe kick for protection and durability. Stitched synthetic and mesh upper with asymmetric strap closure for comfortable fit. Replaceable threaded toe studs. Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major pedals. Approximate weight: 335g (1/2 pair, size 39) Recommend retail price: R2,599.00 Oakley Radar EV Path Prizm Road The Oakley Radar EV is an update on the popular Radar range. The most notable change is the raised lens height which increases the upper field of view - a design feature Oakley borrowed from their Jawbreaker line up. The model we have on test sports the Prizm lens which (having the Road specific version) is said to improve road texture, painted lines, and traffic lights while also enhancing greens and blues. The frame on our test pair has undergone the recently announced hand sprayed Green Fade Collection treatment.
  10. First Look Friday is an introduction to the gear that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre Xelius SL road bike, Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes and Oakley's Radar EV sunglasses. Click here to view the article
  11. Jowetts Cycles, based in Pietermaritzburg, is celebrating its 84th year in the cycling trade this year. It is South Africa’s oldest and arguably the most well-known cycling shop in KwaZulu-Natal. Click here to view the article
  12. How does the oldest cycle brand celebrate this auspicious occasion? By adding one of the oldest bicycle brands to its stable - LAPIERRE bikes. Wally Flint and Ingrid Flint with the new Lapierre bikes. Photo credit: Quick Pix. Founded in 1946 by Gaston Lapierre, and passed down over three generations, Lapierre combines innovation, aesthetics, attention to detail, and its experience with pro riders, to offer the most efficient and beautiful bikes to cycling enthusiasts everywhere. Based out of Dijon, France, the headquarters remain the centre for development and testing. A team of engineers are dedicated to the research and innovation for every frame that is developed and actively engage in bike tests with Lapierre’s pro riders. Jowetts Cycles is proud to add a small range of LAPIERRE BIKES to its existing stable of world class brands, SCOTT, MERIDA, SILVERBACK and TITAN bikes. Photo credit: Quick Pix. Owners, Wally and Ingrid Flint, and their dedicated staff, have a reputation in the industry for always going the extra mile, which has seen them do some amazing extra-mile feats for customers in desperate times. These include, but are not limited to, opening the shop at 2am (and countless other different hours) for customers to get parts, bikes, bits and pieces; for the past 10 years travelling 4000km to Cape Town and back with about 100 bikes in tow for customers riding the Argus; and putting up a large, well-stocked mobile shop at many races around the country in good and bad weather over the past umpteen years, to ensure cyclists can ride their races safely, plus much more. The well-stocked cycle shop has seen many famous, and not so famous cyclists, from around the world, but Jowetts Cycles is most loyal to its large customer base in Pietermaritzburg and KZN, priding itself on its ability to provide world-class customer care and products for all. Photo credit: Quick Pix. Jowetts Cycles recently launched its online shop, www.jowettscycles.co.za, which is proving to be very popular already with clients from all over South Africa, and from as far afield as Finland and other European countries. We have created something very special that affords people from all over South Africa, and the occasional international customer, the ability to buy from us online from the luxury of their home, office, or wherever they may be. You would be amazed at how many bikes we sell online. I love the ease of these transactions and it makes sense that this is the future. Bikes are packed in bike boxes so they’re safe and sound and couriered using a well-known international courier that ensures our delivery service is excellent, even overnight for most orders. Our physical shop serves its purpose as a retail outlet and as a social hub where daily, cyclists and bike lovers visit to chat, browse, socialise, and do what makes bike-lovers happy, peruse over our beautiful bikes Ingrid Flint
  13. French bicycle manufacturer Lapierre will become the official equipment supplier to the new Bestmed women’s mountain bike team in South Africa. Click here to view the article
  14. “The growth in women’s mountain biking was acknowledged by our title sponsor and a decision was taken to create a standalone squad,” said Owen Botha, principal of the Bestmed-Lapierre Factory Team, after today’s announcement. “We looked at a number of brands, but Lapierre suited our goals and long-term ambitions.” Bestmed-Lapierre Factory Team riders, from left, Sabrina van Wyk, Nicolene Marais, Azulde Britz and Lynette Benson at the partnership announcement. Photo: Supplied Botha, who also manages the Bestmed-ASG women’s road team, said they had a long history of supporting mountain bike and road cycling teams in France. “Loïc Bruni won the downhill world champs on a Lapierre last year and they are also the sponsors of the UCI ProTour team FDJ.” Botha said he was blessed with riders who had the ability to race both on and off-road and that the mountain bike team was the next logical step. “As a family activity, mountain biking is also in line with Bestmed’s philosophy of a healthy lifestyle.” Good2Go, the South African distributors of Lapierre, were looking to invest in young riders as they were the future of the sport, said managing member Craig Munro. “After being approached by their business manager Annes Britz, we forwarded a sponsorship proposal to Lapierre’s head office in France. “They monitored the team’s activities for a few months, were happy and agreed to supply the team with mountain bikes for three years.” Munro said that even after 70 years, Lapierre were constantly moving forward. “It is a niche product and they are always striving to improve. “The mountain bike has an electronic rear suspension that works off a cadence and speed sensor, so the rider can concentrate on racing while the computer sorts out the rest.” He said 10-time world downhill champ Nico Vouilloz was tasked with the research and development aspect of the suspension. “Our main objective is to create a partnership that showcases the quality and reliability of the brand in South Africa,” said Munro. “We believe the Bestmed team fit our requirements perfectly and the fact that we have a three-year deal allows us to grow our brand with them.” Botha said the team’s initial focus would be the national XCO series with marathon racing being introduced from April onwards. Their support partners are: Biogen, Ftech, Rudy Project, Land Rover, Rush Sports (Onza Tyres & Praxis Works), Dirty Hippo Clothing, NavWorld, Wintergreen and Good2Go.
  15. 1. Giant Trance 2 Based on its popularity, it comes as no surprise that the Giant Trance 2 tops our list. We found the Trance 2 to represent excellent value for money while being a fast, agile and capable trail-muncher that will happily do a race (XC, Marathon or Enduro) when called upon. 2. Garmin Fenix 3 First runner up spot belongs not to Miss Columbia, but to the Garmin Fenix 3. In the conclusion we wrote "the fenix 3 is a beautifully designed, solidly built and ultra connective smart sports watch". We liked it so much the test unit stayed at Bike Hub HQ. 3. Silverback Sprada The Silverback Sprada 2 completes the podium for 2015. The Sprada is a 29er trail bike that features 120mm of fork travel and 110mm of rear suspension travel in an all alloy frame sporting Silverback's own IDS Revo suspension technology. It was our first encounter with their Advanced Riding Dynamics (ARD) philosophy of bike spec and came away impressed with the end result. 4. RockShox Revelation Updated for 2014 with a Solo Air air spring and available in a variety of wheel sizes and travel options to please most trail riders, the Revelation RCT3 is RockShox's do-it-all trail fork. Improved over the years, the Revelation has grown into a solid option for many a bike thanks to its stiffness, low weight and on-trail feel. 5. Forca SPS 400 The Forca dropper seatpost is a low tech, mechanical adjustable seatpost that is available to purchase through Cycle Factory Shop's online store. During testing we found the Forca SPS-400 is definitely a viable option in the current dropper seatpost market as it offers a reliable, easy to repair dropper seatpost at a suitably affordable price. The only chink in its armour was the need to sit down on the saddle to bring the spring into life and raise the seat again. 6. Momsen Mount Graham Tyre The Momsen Mount Graham is a collaboration between Momsen Bikes and Arisun to launch a South African specific casing under the Momsen Bikes banner, specifically designed for our XC and Marathon race conditions. For under R500 (when the review was done) Momsen gave us a tyre that is light, durable and inexpensive. 7. Lauf Trail Racer 29 Not ones to shy away from trying something new, we gave the Lauf Trail Racer 29 a good go. Not your usual suspension fork, the Lauf is inspired by leaf suspension and uses carbon shafts and twelve composite springs to suspend the front axle to offer 60mm of travel but at a weight of around 990g in the version as tested. 8. Mio Cyclo 505 HC Taking on the big guns at their game is not an easy task, but Mio did just that with the launch of the Cyclo 505 HC. After rigorous testing we found that as far as premium level bicycle GPS computers go, Mio have done an impressive job to offer a good performing and good value product. 9. American Classic Wide Lightning wheelset Although not the first to launch properly wide rims, American Classic's Wide Lightning were the first to offer extra width in a light and strong alloy rim. 10. Lapierre Zesty Rounding out the Top 10 is the Lapierre Zesty AM427. The Zesty AM we tested had Lapierre’s OST+ (Optimized Suspension Technology), a Horst-link suspension design which was first launched in 2008 with input from Nicolas Vouilloz. The bike was slightly let down by it's fork (Fox 32 Float Performance) and tyres (Schwalbe Nobby Nic front and rear) as it wanted to give more when the going got fun.
  16. Of the gear review articles that we published in 2015, these are the ten that have drawn the most attention. Click here to view the article
  17. After 8 years of partnership, 2016 will mark the end of the journey shared by Lapierre & Pure Agency, who managed Team Lapierre Gravity Republic. Both partners are launching new challenges for the next season, after climbing to the top of the world in 2015. In the paddocks, the continuous progression of Team Lapierre Gravity Republic since the very beginning has not passed unnoticed. Crowned best UCI Gravity team in 2014 with Loic Bruni, Loris Vergier, Sam Blenkinsop and Emmeline Ragot; the team claimed the ultimate title in 2015: the Elite Men’s World Championship jersey, to draw the curtains on an amazing adventure. In total: 4 overall World Cup victories, 3 World Championship titles and dozens of podiums… What a way to end! Gilles Lapierre, MD of Cycles Lapierre, reflects on this achievement: "It has been an incredible adventure at the side of talented riders and renowned staff. We can’t forget that we started from scratch! Over the years we have battled with the best MTB teams in the world. Loic Bruni’s title of World Champion has been the grand finale of this adventure, we couldn’t have hoped for better. It’s now time to move on. The end of DH sponsoring does not mean the end of Team Lapierre Gravity Republic as we are staying very active in Enduro, which continues to develop with the Enduro World Series. Nicolas Vouilloz, who we don’t need to present, & Adrien Dailly, winner of the EWS U21 in 2015 will have new teammates for 2016 … You’ll be hearing more about this soon. We are therefore staying committed to MTB competition. We are also supporting the development of e-bike competition, which is undergoing massive expansion, and for which our Overvolts are already a reference. Many new challenges lie ahead of us once again!". An incredible showpiece for Lapierre’s savoir-faire, the Team help develop their MTBs to benefit from the cutting edge technology. Our latest DH model, launched in 2014, won its first race at the Fort William round of the World Cup with Emmeline Ragot. Loris Vergier then became Junior World Champion on this machine a few months later. He was followed by Loic Bruni using it to take the ultimate title in septembre 2015 à Vallnord. The final proof, if it was needed, that this collaboration functioned in the best possible manner. Laurent Delorme, Manager of Pure Agency, looks back on the years of partnership: "Working with Lapierre for 8 years was an amazing adventure. Gilles Lapierre, the teams at his side and all the company were a reliable and efficient support, right from the start. With a strategy of developing young talents, we have pulled the performances of our riders to the highest level, thanks to the technological innovations responding to the needs of competition. Gilles, particularly involved in this project, both when we were victorious and in the hard times, always knew how to drive our performances. We are proud to have grown with Lapierre."
  18. The Zesty is available with 29" wheels with 120mm travel front and rear and 27.5" with 150mm travel front and rear. Lapierre feel that both wheel sizes offer benefits and that the compromise of making a 130mm+ 29er would be too large. The 27.5" carries an AM (All Mountain) moniker while the 120mm 29er falls under their Trail (TR) range. Click here to view the article
  19. Frame The Zesty AM we tested had Lapierre’s OST+ (Optimized Suspension Technology), Horst-link suspension design. First launched in 2008 with input from Nicolas Vouilloz, the design centres around a virtual pivot point system and is said to eliminate pedal bob while remaining fully active over bumps.Alloy Supreme 6, first introduced by Lapierre in 2011 on their DH bikes, combines the lightness and performance of scandium with exceptional reliability and resistance. Compared with the more widely used aluminium 7005, Supreme 6 offers a frame that is 12% more wear and impact resistant, 1.5% lighter and, thanks to a more homogeneous microstructure, has a longer life. It is difficult (read near impossible) to asses this during a review period so we will have to take Lapierre's word for this. The rear triangle is quite massive around the rear axle. It looks mean, but can cause your heels to rub against them while pedaling. The extra bulk does give one the confidence that it will last for years and years. A couple of clever ideas on Lapierre's part. First, there's an integrated rear derailleur guard made from carbon fibre. This will keep your derailleur safe in a crash and out of the way of flying rocks. Secondly, the Zest features a sag guide printed on the left seat stay with a rubber band and indicator on the seat tube making set up a breeze. Lastly, the frame has internal routing for a dropper post as well as their E:i suspension. Components Fork: The Zesty confirms that a Fox 32 has no place on a bike with 140mm of travel or more. It simply can't keep up when pushed hard and it's small bump sensitivity is not nearly good enough to be able to balance big hit performance with smoothing out trail clutter. On top of that it shows signs of flex quite early. Drivetrain: Gear from Shimano, SRAM and Race Face work together on the AM427. It's quite a mixed bag, but it works 100% and once up to speed you won't notice, or care, who what is from. Shifting was positive and the Turbine cranks from Race Face are stiff and spin smoothly. Brakes: Shimano XT brakes are a firm favourite and again made me realise just how far kit has come. Pushing the Zesty to the max will require a bigger than the 180mm front rotor though. Dropper Post: The KS Integra was near flawless. I say near as it needed some TLC initially to actuate it. As this was a demo bike that changes hands often, I wouldn't be too worried. Wheels: This was my first time riding Race Face wheels. They get the job done and I quite liked the understated, but good looking graphics. For the heavy hitters 28 spokes per wheel may be a concern, but without a proper long-term test there's no way of knowing. Hub engagement is average rather than snappy. Tires: Much like the fork, Nobby Nics have no place on a long travel bike that is intended to be ridden hard. I would say 120mm is it's limit unless it's on the rear or you are out XC racing your bike.The handlebar and stem are both Lapierre Nico Vouilloz Signature made by FUNN. At 740mm wide the bars are of average width, but is a good fit for the bike's overall geometry. On the Trail Usually I would look at a bike's geometry when the review is confirmed to get an idea of what's coming. The Zesty had it's top tube stretched a couple of seasons ago. The Medium we had on test felt comfortable with it's 605mm top tube and it's generous 434mm reach. The bike felt balanced and familiar from the go. What caught me off guard was how well the bike went without any tinkering and hours spent tweaking the suspension and set up. What was an even bigger surprise was just how fun the bike was out on the trail.Within the first few metres of single track, I was wondering whether I had looked at the wrong bike purely because I couldn't remember reading anything about a secret ingredient or magic geometry number. Although the numbers are spot on for current trends, maybe a little short compared to what seems to be the norm nowadays, there doesn't seem to be any one magic number. Instead the magic seems to be in the combination of it all with a 74° seat angle, 430mm chain stays, 67° head angle and decently low BB height. In fact, those numbers seem quite safe especially when looking at the head angle. The rear suspension copes well with small bumps and big hits and never felt like it was running out of steam. At the weight it shouldn't climb as good as it does, it never felt like it was holding me back. In fact I was thinking "wow" on every ride while pedaling to the top. Now, I'm not saying it's a XC whippet that will see you take KOM's in the mast challenge but, for what it is, the Zesty climbs better than most in the category. The extra weight gives the bike added stability and a solid feel when descending. This is good as chances are you will be going fast on this bike. Direction change feels natural and almost instinctive and getting the bike to do what you'd like takes very little effort.Unfortunately the fork and tires (especially on the front) run out of ability long before the frame does. Strangely enough this wasn't as a big of an irritation as on some other bikes. I'd put this down to the well-balanced geometry and trail manners of the bike. The Spicy offers the same frame with a pick of Fox 34 or Rock Shox Pike, depending on the model, and could be worth a look. Otherwise ask your LBS to look into upgrading these for you before you hit the trails. Verdict I would say skip the E:i rear suspension option and use the money to upgrade the fork and tires off the floor. And that is all I could think of that could be considered negative about this bike. Yes, it's not the lightest. Yes, it's not a plastic bike. Yes, the rear triangle is quite wide. Yes, it doesn't seem to run around chasing the latest buzz words and trends. Do I care about any of those after riding this bike? No. Not one bit. The Lapierre Zesty is like your favourite pair of jeans that just "fit".On my first ride, I was already trying to figure out how I could make it mine, as it's pure, uncomplicated fun. Like mountain biking should be. Specifications SizesS M L XL FrameZESTY AM 27.5" ALLOY SUPREME 6 OST+ 150mm Rear TravelForkROCKSHOX REVELATION RL SOLO AIR 27.5" 150mm 15QR TAPERED (MECHANICAL VERSION:FOX 32 FLOAT CTD EVOLUTION O/C 27.5" 150mm 15QR TAPERED)Rear shockROCKSHOX MONARCH E:i RT3 FAST 200x57mm (MECHANICAL VERSION: FOX FLOAT CTD EVOLUTION LV)HeadsetFSA Orbit 1.5E ZS NO.57E + 5.3mm Top capCranksRACE FACE TURBINE 36x22 170mm / 175mm (Size: M, L, XL)Bottom BracketSHIMANO PRESSFIT KSMBF. DerailleurSRAM X7 S3 36TR. DerailleurSHIMANO XT SHADOW PLUS KRDM786GSL 10-SPEEDShifterSHIMANO SLX KSLM670 ISpec 2x10 SPEEDCogsetSRAM PG 1030 10-SPEED 11-36TChainSRAM PG 1031 10-SPEEDBrakesSHIMANO HYDRAULIC XT BRM785 BLACKBrake LeversSHIMANO KSMRT66 180MM 6-BOLT TYPEWheelsetRACE FACE TURBINE 27.5" 15x100 / 12x142 + LAQR-12-E Thru AxleTiresSCHWALBE NOBBY NIC PERF 27.5x2.25 57-584HandlebarLAPIERRE Nico Vouilloz Signature by FUNN 6061DB W:740mm R:15mm ø: 31.8mmGripsLAPIERRE RUBBER GRIPS LOCK-ONStem LAPIERRE Nico Vouilloz Signature by FUNN ø: 31.8 E:55mm / 70mm (Size L, XL)SeatpostKS LEV INTEGRA TRAVEL:125mm L:385mm ø: 31.6mmSeatSDG DUSTER LP CustomColoursYellowRecommended RetailR 44,000.00 From the Manufacturer: https://vimeo.com/73727537 It rules the mountains! In the saddle of our Zesty AM, you’re all set for the greatest challenges. New designs but the spirit remains the same: thanks to OST+ 150mm-travel suspension and its dedicated geometry for 27.5” wheels, the Zesty AM offers unique performance. It’s quite simply the model offering the best compromise between uphill efficiency and downhill stability.The bike for the perfect balance of efficiency and pleasure!
  20. For over 67 years, Lapierre has combined technology, innovation, aesthetics, attention to detail and its experience with pro riders to offer the most efficient and beautiful bikes to cycling enthusiasts everywhere. Whatever your ride; road, mountain, leisure, sport, or fitness, you will find the bike of your dreams in the LAPIERRE collection. Click here to view the article
  21. Based out of Dijon, France, the headquarters still remains the centre for technological development and testing. A team of engineers is dedicated to the research and innovative for each frame that is developed and the engineers actively engage in on the bike tests with our teams and riders. At LAPIERRE, everybody rides a bike and takes part in the validation of the engineers' research. All Plug Sales invites dealers that are interested in stock and selling Lapierre in South Africa to contact them on sales@lapierrebikes.co.za. Good2Go Cycles in Pinetown are still Lapierre agents in Natal. They have all the bikes on display. We will be setting up more Dealers around the country. To view the 2015 bikes in stock visit www.lapierrebikes.co.za.
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