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Bike Check: Adrien Dailly's Beefed-Up, DH-Ready Lapierre Spicy

Aug 4, 2020
by Matt Wragg  

Since we lasted looked at Adrien Dailly's Lapierre Spicy last year it has take a turn for the burly. It is a bigger bike in every single way. For a start he has moved up from a 445mm reach medium, to a 468mm reach large. Alongside that he has gone from the short chainstay setting to the longer one, then beyond that as the custom link for his shock also extends the chainstay a little. Out front the wheel has gone up to 29, although he prefers to stay at 27.5 out back. In fact, about the only place that isn't a wild as before is the angle-adjust headset, coming down from 2 degrees to just 0.5 degrees with the larger wheel and bigger fork. This is the bike he rode to victory at the regional DH in Isola 2000 this weekend, just ahead of a certain Loic Bruni...

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Height 5'8" / 172cm
Weight 145 lb / 66kg
Hometown Nice, France
Model Lapierre Spicy
Frame Size Large
Wheel Size 29/27.5"
Suspension Rockshox Zeb & Super Deluxe Coil
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM Guide G2
Cockpit Tag Metals
Tyre pressures 1.3 + 1.7bar / 19 + 24psi

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Away from the races, Adrien is one of the few riders who retains his mechanic, Craig, full-time through the year so they can continually work on improving the bike (Loic is one of the few others who does this too). Most racers contract their mechanics to support them at the races and key events, but the mechanic needs to find other work for the rest of the year to support themselves. In fact, the topic opens many cans of worms as to how race teams are setup - after all F1 and MotoGP mechanics don't need to find a second job once the chequered flag drops and it is clear that to achieve the best possible setup it takes far more time than is available at race weekends and a couple of carefully curated test sessions per year. The tape on the fork leg is a giveaway of the datalogging kit that has been mounted at some point, evidence of all the preparation that goes on away from the public eye.

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg

Travel 185mm
Spring 325lb Super Alloy Racing
Compression Medium
Rebound Light

Travel 180mm
Pressure 60PSI
Tokens 2 tokens
LSC 5 clicks
HSC fully open
Rebound 10 clicks

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
That is not the standard linkage on this bike - this custom-machined piece allows him to run a longer stroke shock and increase the progression enough to run a coil, although he finds the upcoming EWS in Zermatt quite pedally, so will probably go back to the standard link and an air shock for that. That gives him 185mm out back, up from the stock 170mm. Up front he has kept the fork to 180mm, not pushing it out to the maximum 190mm as the link raises the BB already, so keeping the fork a touch lower keeps the BB at a more manageable height.

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
The bar is a 20mm rise, 35mm diameter Tag Metals carbon bar, mated to 35mm stem. It may be a DH race, but Adrien is still running Guide G2s over Codes as he prefers a lighter brake - in fact he is only running a 200mm disc at the front because the Zeb won't accept a 180mm. At the rear it's a 180mm disc all the way. Naturally the dropper post is gone for DH racing.

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
For a DH race he has gone up slightly in chainring size to 36t - when we last looked at his bike he was racing enduro with a 34t.
Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Come Zermatt he will back running Eagle, but for this weekend it's a 7-speed X01 DH transmission.

Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Challenge 06 Descente. Isola 2000 France. Photo by Matt Wragg
For our last bike check there was still much secrecy around the Zipp wheels, but now they are out in the open and he's comfortable racing DH on them (although it's worth remembering that as fast as Adrien may be, he is incredibly smooth and precise rider and they probably wouldn't encourage you to bounce off every rock on your local Dh with them). Those wheels are shod with his regular choice of Michelin Wild Enduros, just with the burlier front tyre on both front and rear. For an EWS he would run something faster rolling and in fact has spent some considerable time this winter testing different tyre combinations ready for race day.

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  • 45 3
 Them abs!
  • 69 5
 @viatch: straight as an arrow here and I'm impressed by those abs too. A guy complimenting another guy's physique doesn't imply anything about their sexuality.
  • 83 7
 @viatch: leave your homophobia in 2005, friend
  • 47 2
 @viatch: yikes dude. grow up. Dude is ripped.
  • 5 2
 @viatch: edgy
  • 52 6
 @viatch: Look at the homophobe trying to dehumanize another and attempting to assert his masculinity. Has your therapist explained your construction of heterosexual masculinity is based in part on not being seen as gay? Bigotry is an ugly color and rainbows are beautiful.
  • 30 4
 @viatch: hey @brianpark @mikelevy @mikekazimer - this kind of comment falls under the new ban policy no?
  • 3 1
 @gnarnaimo: Nice dude!
  • 8 1
 Perfectly fine to call out sexiness whenever ya want. Respect to that hard work(outs)
  • 8 1
 @MikeyMT: ah come on - he's clearly holding the flex! Smile

  • 5 0
 @plyawn: Not to get into this rather creepy rabbithole, but I'm pretty certain he isn't. When I shot with him in May I thought he was jacked, and he's dropped 4kg since then.
  • 7 2
 @gnarnaimo: when an actual rainbow appears in the sky: "Dont look at it, dont look it, be a man, dont look at it, even though they're beautiful as fuk, dont look at it.... dammit i looked, and it truly is beautiful, oh no, what does this mean!"
  • 7 30
flag Rageingdh FL (Aug 4, 2020 at 10:11) (Below Threshold)
 @MikeyMT: Hall monitor.
  • 2 34
flag tacklingdummy (Aug 4, 2020 at 10:35) (Below Threshold)
 Who really wants to see a Chippendale on a bike website? Wrong websites. Lol.
  • 10 4
 @tacklingdummy: me. I do.
  • 4 3
 @tacklingdummy: very specific reference
  • 8 2
 @tacklingdummy: If the Chippendale can beat Loic Bruni in a DH race then I'm fine with it. It's not like this is a random male model Blue Steel-ing next to the bike.
  • 18 5
 @Rageingdh: seeing bigotry and not saying anything is just as bad as being a bigot, my friend.
  • 7 34
flag Rageingdh FL (Aug 4, 2020 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 @MikeyMT: I’m not your friend.
  • 11 4
 @Rageingdh: oh watch out everyone - internet tough guy RIGHT HERE ^
  • 12 5
 @Rageingdh: lol. I'm just a woke lib...we wouldn't get along probably 3
  • 10 30
flag weebleswobbles (Aug 4, 2020 at 12:30) (Below Threshold)
 @MikeyMT: ban this ban that can't say this can't say that. Time for people to take their balls out of their wives purses and start acting like men not like petty little bitches
  • 2 19
flag weebleswobbles (Aug 4, 2020 at 12:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Rageingdh: yuphe caught you running the hallways during class and sent you to detention son
  • 11 2
 @weebleswobbles: lol "saying homophobic shit is what men do" great f*cking take right there.
  • 15 3
 @weebleswobbles: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." Darwin
  • 1 8
flag tacklingdummy (Aug 4, 2020 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 Missed opportunity to show off his other sponsors on a jersey in a headline article on one of the biggest MTB mountain bike websites in the world.
  • 5 4
 @alexdeich: give him a break. he gets upset when people pass him while driving his pickup.
  • 6 3
 @weebleswobbles: AGREED! running down the hall and straight up bigotry are totally the same thing.
  • 2 2
 @tacklingdummy: your familiarity with chip n dale precedes you
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flag Rageingdh FL (Aug 4, 2020 at 14:39) (Below Threshold)
 @alexdeich: I’ve heard that’s what real men do, and they think it’s f*cking hilarious too.
  • 3 2
 @tacklingdummy: Instead of a jersey, he can hire a sharpie artist or print some custom temporary tattoos. Imagine the brand exposure with your logo displayed on Adrien's chest or dangerholm's quads
  • 3 2
 @Rageingdh: ooooh the double down! dont mess with this guy! internet = serious bizness LOL
  • 1 1
But it could be. Look at dem abs!
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: is that you Bill Burr?
  • 4 1
 @lutetium: Ya caught me! with the pandy, this whole standup and podcast thing just aint gonna work out! Bert's losing his mind, people driving crazy... next logical step is social commentary on a mtn bike site - makes perfect sense!
  • 3 0
 @cuban-b: awwwwww jeeezus
  • 15 2
 It's amazing to me the bikes have come full circle. I used to have a 2005 Demo 8 with a Marz. 66 up front with 180mm of travel. It's funny to see bikes going back to this style although much better geo. at that.
  • 10 1
 Yes! that was the right approach for burly riding, but the weight was unpedal-able. Tech improvements have brought us within decent weight range to pedal.. 2020 is a good time to be shredding!
  • 3 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/2458223 ...my trail bike from 2008, with a 66 up front
  • 3 1
 @rad8: Nice! After my Demo I built this up in 2007 and used it for everything: www.pinkbike.com/photo/12123379
  • 3 1
 @n8dawg82: @rad8: Oooh Ohhh here's my "Enduro" bike from ages ago. People made fun of me for the Totem, and the 'slack' head angle. m.pinkbike.com/photo/1216671
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 @mitchbike: not even that long ago i was doing this haha www.pinkbike.com/photo/10874545
it turned out the forks were actually not even 180, they were single crown 40's at 190mm. I got them back in 2013 from a guy in the US, i can only assume they were fox protos or something that never went ahead. www.pinkbike.com/photo/10479452 & www.pinkbike.com/photo/10479454 & www.pinkbike.com/photo/10479451
You can see at the bottom of them they extend below the axle the same was as 40s do (havent seen any 36s like that) and the kashima had no kashima branding on. ive tried googling it extensively but never could find any news on it. My bike then got stolen so i never really got a real chance to look into it
  • 2 0
 I rode this in 2007:
It was a commencal supreme miniDH, with a +/-1 degress of headangle adjustment, 160mm of travel in the back and a massive marzo 66 LT (long travel) that had 190mm of travel! Intrusting enough, it was not that bad at pedaling uphill
  • 2 0
 @danielstutt: Those look like 36s
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 @zyoungson: I thought so when i bought them but on measuring they were 40s. Had 200mm travel and had the extended lowers (beyond the axle) like the 40s had at the time. I got them from a guy in America, maybe i can find him on here and ask him.
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: looking back maybe they are 36, still dont understand the 200mm length. Eitherway sucked having them stolen!
  • 1 0
 @danielstutt: the 180mm 36s had different lowers & fox forks generally have 10mm or so extra stanchion showing
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: yes you are right, me getting giddy for no apparent reason????
  • 12 1
 @mattwragg Did he change his stem length after going up in frame size? Asking for a friend...
  • 2 0
 Nope, same stem length.
  • 1 0
 I loves me some cheeky Melamed. More of this.
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 @mattwragg: Interestingggg
  • 11 2
 Remember when Lapierres were some of the best-looking bikes going? Round about up to the end of 26in wheels?
Anyway, looks like they're getting their act together again now.
  • 2 0
 Yeah and they dropped both their enduro and DH teams, I don't know what went though their minds. Bruni was world champ, Vergier was already a top contender.
  • 6 1
 The Lapierre-Zipp Collective is a team to watch out for! With Nico developing all these new rigs and maintaining his spot as the team director, can't wait to watch them progress. With Issabeau and Chloe holding down the womens side, they need another male to balance the team out for points. Adrienne was pushing Hill for the overall a few years back, then smashed his elbow into pieces. A shame Lapierre no longer has an presence in North America. I'd definitely consider a new Spicy to replace my Zesty 527am.
  • 2 0
 I believe Lapierre couldn't sell their bikes in the US due to some patents feuds.
  • 2 0
 @Whipperman: I don't see where that would be since the Horst link patent expired. Having talked to a few brands about US expansion, the big hurdle is logistics - you need a certain infrastructure to be viable in the market and that takes a significant investment (Commencal, YT and Canyon all had to establish subsidiaries) and at the very least there needs to be aftersales infrastructure for spares, service, etc. I believe the tax situation is not easy either, I can't remember the details but to avoid being taxed out of the game you need a certain footprint on US soil.
  • 2 0
 @mattwragg: It was the case that they couldn't sell in the US when they were in their heyday with the Zesty & Spicy among the best and most-popular bikes in Europe.
Unfortunately they went off the boil a bit by the time the patent expired and it's quite rare to see them in the UK at least now.
I assume they are still reasonably popular on the continent though?
  • 3 0
 @chakaping: I know Raleigh handle their distribution these days, but I get the impression Haibike is their focus - in the past they were with Hotlines and I'm not sure it was a great fit for either side by the end of it. Here in France they sell a lot of bikes, whereas in Germany Accel push Ghost and Haibike much harder. I don't know about Spain and Italy, although I know they have distribution there.
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 @mattwragg: Interesting, ta. It's funny how brands can drop off like that, the Zesty was such a great bike - looked handsome and very engaging to ride (especially for a four-bar frame). Then they just went all bland and got behind the curve on geometry.
I read your recent interview with Nico with interest (and a certain amount of awe) - I wonder if his geometry preferences have held sway for Lapierre in recent years.
  • 2 0
 @chakaping: Those early Zestys and Spicys were stunning, until they cracked. Which they all did. There was the Pendbox spell afterwards, which was cool (I really liked the X-Flow, although in many ways it was simultaneously ahead of its time and behind it, and never seemed to gel), but I know the Pendbox DH bike had more production issues, so it didn't last. I actually ran in to the engineer who designed it out riding and may have said "ah, you mean the ones that all cracked." I think he appreciated it.

It's hard to tell how much influence Nico had in the past, I know it's only recently he's taken on responsibility for that side of things - but I think he wouldn't argue that he's on the conservative side of things when it comes to geo, as are most racers.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: I was lucky my Zesty and Froggy both cracked after I'd sold them. Still have a lot of affection for the brand and keen to see where they go in the coming years - if there's one guy you'd trust to get the details right it's Nico.
  • 9 1
 that mustache, its wonderful. also, only 132 pounds?!
  • 5 2
 Erk, supposed to be 145.
  • 12 1
 @mattwragg: Only 145 lbs?
  • 37 4
 @Lanebobane: We use kgs here in the civilised world and he weighs 66 of them, I have no idea what that translates to in your old world parlance. The internet said 145, which was more than 132, so I added it.

  • 25 1
 How to be good at bikes:
Be small. Be ripped. Be good at bikes. Being French I swear helps too.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: LOL at old world parlance (of our times). nice one Matt
  • 3 1
 @PHeller: you dont have to be small, just fit af. Minnaar, Peaty, Rat, Gee, Mcgarry, Rennie, Gracia, Miranda Miller, . Plenty of large framed stellar riders out there. Sure there are advantages and disadvantages to both being big and being little. While there are arguably more successful small riders its not a prerequisite.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: not to mention Richie Rude, Kyle Strait and countless others.

IMO, big and heavy riders excel more on rough straightaway type of track while small riders is better suited to tight and twisty ones, and obviously on climbs. Less body mass to be held against gravity.
  • 9 1
 I like a good Enduro-hill bike build!....Downduro?
  • 4 1
 Dont give @mikelevy any ideas.
  • 16 1
 @Trudeez: Sup
  • 8 2
 "F1 and MotoGP mechanics don't need to find a second job once the chequered flag drops ..." Once MTB has 250k fans onsite paying $300-$5000 per seat, that may change.
  • 7 1
 i just assumed the bike had dual crown forks! that Zeb makes this a freeride beast
  • 10 5
 Maybe his full time mechanic could knit him a shirt in the offseason.
  • 4 6
 At least a manly scarf.
  • 2 1
 Reminds me of the Carell/Walberg skit in 2010's "Date Night" when Carell's character, made uncomfortable by his wife's swooning of the ripped Marky Mark, can't help but make comments about how he should put on a shirt.

"Tell you what we're gonna do, first things first, we're gonna shirt it up."
"Ummm there's your shirt, no wonder you couldn't find it - it's on her."
  • 2 1
 Sex sells brother, sex sells.
  • 4 1
 @jrocksdh: coming soon. The Pinkbike "Beefcakes of Biking" calendar. Adrien, DangerHolm, Cornelius Kapfinger, Yoann Barelli, Richie.....who else ya got!?
  • 3 1
 Ya know its a sad time when I dont even get excited viewing a tricked out dope machine like this......Im tired of looking at pictures of bikes someone might ride in an event.
  • 4 2
 There’s more than just the hike that’s Beefed up...
  • 2 1
 The new spicy is much improved in the looks department over the last few generations. Much want.
  • 1 1
 Def on the small sizing scale.
  • 3 1
 Hes fleeeeexing


Richie Aprile
  • 2 1
 Looks great! But standover could have been even lower = even better looking!!
  • 1 0
 What kind of grips is he running? They look kind of Deathgrip-esque but probably aren't... Any clues?
  • 2 1
 Hopefully that custom linkage can be out for sale to the public!
  • 2 1
 Sick bike Love the color. CAn you get these in the US?
  • 2 0
 Head angle, Chainstay?
  • 23 1
 yes, it has both.
  • 1 3
 @poleczechy: How about some numbers, wouldn't that be interesting?
  • 1 0
 @thegromit: it's a joke...
  • 2 1
 holy progressive leverage! I want...
  • 2 1
 Lapierre makes some dang sweet looking bikes. well done to the french.
  • 1 0
 nice bike check, some interesting stuff in there.
  • 1 0
 i prefer abs over legs with welltrimmed balls hiding inside supershorts
  • 5 8
 I don't get it. A DH bike with a single crown fork and a puny 15 mm axle. I would gladly add a half pound and slap a Fox 40 up front.
  • 17 1
 Yea but you didnt win this race and neither did Bruni on a Ohlins Dual Crown. Daily is a small dude and probably flexes a fork less at full charge than my fat ass does just sitting on it. He doesnt need all that extra material, as evident by his win.
  • 5 1
 well, it'd have to be a boxxer... sponsors...
but in all honesty, have you ever had issues with a 15mm axle? i weigh 230 fully kitted and i feel no difference.
  • 5 6
 Personally I like single crown bikes. A dual crown can do things like oval/crack a headtube if you nosedive the bike hard, whereas a single crown is more likely to fail at the crown.

For flex, nobody here is good enough or races at a level where flex is an issue.
  • 3 1
 @phops: dual crowns are also way more difficult to turn in tight corners.
  • 1 0
 @azdog: not on a dh course, i nearly never turn my bars in a race, i don't really steer with the handlebars...
  • 1 0
 @phops: actually it is, flex is more noticeable on a dual crown then anything, it's nice to have something that doesn't bend all the time...
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: loic did crash but your point still stands...
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