Bike Check: Comparing Isabeau Courdurier and Adrien Dailly's Lapierre Spicys - EWS Zermatt 2020

Aug 28, 2020
by Ross Bell  
After a much longer than anticipated "off season" we are finally ready to go racing in Zermatt for round one of the EWS. Over the winter one of the big moves was reigning champ Isabeau Courdurier joining forces with Lapierre to create the ultimate French superteam alongside the equally rapid Adrien Dailly. We've checked out both Isabeau's and Adrien's Lapierre Spicy Teams, but how do they compare when sat next to one another? Our man on the ground Matt DeLorme headed to the Lapierre pits in Zermatt to find out just that.


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Details
Height 154cm / 5'1"
Weight 52kg / 115 lb
Model Lapierre Spicy Team
Frame Size Small
Wheel Size 29/27.5" Mullet
Suspension RockShox Zeb and Super Deluxe Coil
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM Code
Cockpit Renthal
Wheels & Rubber Zipp & Hutchinson

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Details
Height 172cm / 5'8"
Weight 65kg / 143 lb
Model Lapierre Spicy Team
Frame Size Large
Wheel Size 29/27.5" Mullet
Suspension RockShox Zeb and Super Deluxe Air
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM Guide G2
Cockpit TAG Metals
Wheels & Rubber Zipp & Michelin

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Isabeau runs a small size frame with a mullet configuration.

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Adrien recently moved up to a large frame, he is also running a mullet setup.

bigquotesWe've kind of got 2 setups, the prototype link which we're working on which is still in development just now, just trying different progression. So this one is slightly more progressive than the stock link, but the stock link is considerably lighter and for a more pedally race it's his preferred choice.Craig Miller - Team Mechanic

EWS Zermatt bike check
EWS Zermatt bike check
Lapierre are coming into 2020 with 2 of the sport's heavy hitters leading their chase for glory.

bigquotesAdrien is on a large frame now, he spent last year on a medium but over the winter he stepped it up to get a bigger wheelbase and a bit more stability to stop him moving around on the bike so much. It's more the front centre size that changed when we did that, it took a little while but he seems to be happier on it now than he was on the medium, it just gives him that extra stability and control at high speeds and a bit less fatiguing as you're not getting moved around by the bike as much.Craig Miller - Team Mechanic

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Both Isa and Adrien's Spicys are ran in "mullet" mode, something which is familiar to them - they both ran the mis-matched wheel sizes at some point last season.

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The new RockShox Zeb leads the charge for both with 170mm of travel up front. Team mechanic Craig Miller says they have the option to switch between the Lyrik and the Zeb depending on whether they want the stiffer chassis of the Zeb or the slightly lighter Lyrik option.

bigquotesShock wise we run both air and coil, he'll choose what he wants depending on the terrain. Here in Zermatt we are looking more at an air shock to try and deal with the flatter and more pedally sections so to carry a bit less weight. Isabeau is on the coil, we found a really nice setup for Isa on the coil, the spring is so light anyway because she weighs so little so there's not a massive weight penalty.Craig Miller - Team Mechanic

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Isabeau has opted for a coil shock and is fairly set on that platform...
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... whilst Adrien has gone for air this weekend, he does chop and change though.

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Adrien switches between 2 links, the one in the picture is more progressive than the stock option but is also heavier.

bigquotesFork wise both the Lyrik and the Zeb are good forks. The damper in them is the same, now they have the C1 air spring in the Lyrik it behaves very similar to the Zeb, then it's down to the overall stiffness. They're both good forks and he's got the option of both. Where it's really rough and the bike is getting pushed about, obviously the Zeb comes out on top just because it's stiffer whereas the Lyrik has a slight weight advantage. Again we're in a nice situation where there's not a downside.

On the Zeb he's on 2 tokens and 55PSI, on the Lyrik he's on 1 token and 62PSI, both with 170mm of travel. The air shock he is running around 130-140PSI with 2 tokens, obviously you've got to balance that out with the shock heating up on the long stages. We'll find a nice point for that in practice and go from there. If he chooses a coil he'll be between 325 and 350 spring. Fork rebound is 10 clicks from fully closed, LSC is 6 clicks from fully closed and HSC is 3 clicks from fully closed, on Isabeau's it's 41PSI with 2 tokens, 9 clicks from fully closes on LSC and her rebound is 11 clicks and HSC is fully open.
Craig Miller - Team Mechanic

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Both will be running a remote lockout this weekend with a lot of flat physical sections on the cards where pedalling efficiency will be put to the test.

bigquotesIt's the first year I'm on a coil shock, I was always on an air before. It's the first season I've also chosen to run a lockout on the bar, I feel like it's quite useful when it gets really pedally.Isabeau Courdurier

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Isabeau runs a Renthal cockpit, her bars are cut at 760mm and are anchored to a 33 stem.
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Adrien runs 780mm wide Tag Metals Carbon bars in 35mm diameter and a 20mm rise, they are clamped onto a 35mm T1 stem.

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Both riders run Zipp carbon wheels and are big advocates for them. Carbon wheels are far from commonplace on EWS race machines, but the Lapierre team are more than sold on theirs by the sounds of it.

bigquotesIt's been really good for me, it allows the tires to have a different shape than on other rims and I've really found that I have much more grip and much more contact with the ground, and also they work super well on little bumps and stuff like that. You really feel the wheel working. There's a bit of flex but it's also really dynamic with the carbon, it's just the perfect balance for me and I'm really super happy about that.Isabeau Courdurier

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EWS Zermatt bike check
Interestingly, they run different tires with Isa using Hutchinson rubber and Adrien on Michelin.

bigquotesHe's running Michelin tires whereas Isabeau is on Hutchinson, Adrien has been on Michelin for a long time and we're really happy with the tires. He'll tend to go for the Wild Enduro tires instead of the DH22 that a few other boys run, he just likes the profile of the tire and we'll use the Wild Enduro rear just as a faster rolling tire to deal with the long flat sections that there are here. We won't be using any inserts, the Zipp wheels are a bit more puncture resistant than other wheels just with the way they're designed which is pretty good, you don't have to carry the weight of an insert.Craig Miller - Team Mechanic

EWS Zermatt bike check
EWS Zermatt bike check
SRAM drivetrains are paired with HT pedals.

EWS Zermatt bike check
Isabeau mentioned that she'd recently gone to a 52T cassette which has allowed her to go from a 32T chainring to a 34T.

EWS Zermatt bike check
EWS Zermatt bike check
Brake choice is another area where Isabeau and Adrien's choice vary. Isabeau opts for Codes whilst Adrien prefers the lighters Guide G2s.

EWS Zermatt bike check
EWS Zermatt bike check
Different Fabric saddle choices. Isabeau chooses a Line (left) whilst Adrien runs a Scoop (right).

EWS Zermatt bike check
EWS Zermatt bike check
Isabeau near enough maximising her potential saddle drop.

bigquotesSpecifically for this weekend we're going to look at a lockout shock with a remote for the flat sections, otherwise he runs quite short cranks at 165mm which just keeps the ground clearance nice, especially with the amount of rocks here which is quite good. The Spicy we've got set in mullet, Adrien has been on that since round 3 last year so we've been working on that for a wee while. There's a half degree angleset which comes stock in all the Spicys. He'll run a 180mm rotor on the back instead of a 200mm.Craig Miller - Team Mechanic



52 Comments

  • 20 3
 Guide + 180 rotor, he does not like to brake! Freiner c'est tricher.
  • 7 0
 G2 =/= Guide, fwiw. My G2s have outperformed every Guide I've ever owned so far.
  • 8 6
 @seraph: so they are now actually braking? cool.
  • 8 1
 Amateurs brake, pros scrub speed.

We haven’t even got proper mountains where I live and everyone thinks they need 200mm and 4-pistons.
  • 5 1
 @Mondbiker: I've actually not had any issues with G2 or Guide, but the G2s have a little bit better braking performance overall. As a mechanic, the only Guides I've had to warranty have been OEM models, and I've only ever bought my Guides aftermarket.
  • 2 7
flag Jcolis1904 (Aug 28, 2020 at 23:42) (Below Threshold)
 I ran G2 RSCs and everyone I know likes saints and codes yet I'm one of the faster ones in the group . Everyone thinks locking up a rear wheel is braking. All that does is shred tires and blows out trails. There's a reason ABS on cars don't lock up wheels
  • 2 0
 @seraph: how many of the warrantied and bought ones were R, RS or RSC?
  • 4 2
 @Jcolis1904: There´s also reason why rally/rallycross cars indeed do lock up wheels. But if you only ride on the road, sure, locking up wheels is not needed.
  • 3 2
 @Mondbiker:
Yeah locking up your back tire is really effective in MTB, nothing like breaking a tire loose to show that corner or steep descent whose boss.
  • 1 0
 Probably a 203mm in the front, and 180mm in the back.
  • 6 0
 I've been running the 2019 Team version of the bike this season and I do think that the stock link is really progressive with a super Deluxe coil while still being super pedel friendly, hardly any bobble when peddling seated. So I can't even imagine how progressive the link Adrien is running would be like. Good read coming from an Lapierre fan!
  • 2 0
 Im still a huge fan of Lapierre.

Their DH bikes (Had the 722) ride insanely good.

I bet their other bikes do aswell
  • 1 0
 @NotNamed: I want a 727 so bad, I think it's such a great looking DH bike. I'll have one one day. I'd easily own a Lapierre trail/enduro bike if they offered them in Canada.
  • 5 0
 The 29/27.5 flip chip is cool and the seamless seatpost clamp looks so clean.
  • 5 0
 That stem cap bolt being off kilter on Isa's bike has my OCD in overdrive. ????
  • 3 0
 How about the tire labels not being lined up with the valve stems!?
  • 2 0
 Ya it's too bad they printed something on the actual bolt because you have to go with torque specs and so are left without a choice where that ends up. I'd replace with a blank bolt for sure.
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: yep it would be switched out no question.
  • 10 4
 52kg rider on a 38mm fork, surely that's not optimal.
  • 23 0
 Looking at her riding, she likely needs the Zeb more than I do at 90kg...
  • 5 0
 Great article, the detail is appreciated.
  • 5 0
 AXS valve stem, is that some sort of TPMS?
  • 2 0
 Yes
  • 4 0
 I like those fabric sadles with the poop canal so you dont have to stop to drop a duece it just runs out the poo gutters.
  • 1 0
 This!
  • 6 3
 Remote Lockout for Enduro Racing - BOOM! Mind Blown - Not just for the spandex people any more...
  • 3 0
 For the WC DH race in South Africa and maybe also for the 2009 World Championships in Australia, racers were experimenting with dropper posts and I think there also were lockouts. Not sure when they dropped spandex for World Championships DH though. First racers were obliged to wear it at the Worlds, then it was banned altogether. So maybe spandex and lockout actually swapped places in DH. First skin suit obligatory at the Worlds but no lockout in sight. Then suddenly quite the opposite. I actually think the remote thing makes sense. If you're going to use the lockout, rather have the possibility to switch it off when you realize just before that rockgarden than to reach down when you'd rather have your hands on your grips.
  • 10 0
 Do you wake up from a 10 years rest?
  • 1 0
 I think it does make a lot of sense in some situations. I had heard, though, that the early TwistLoc was pretty unreliable. Is that still the case? (asking for a friend)
  • 1 0
 Actually, to my knowledge Shaun Palmer had a remote lockout on his Intense M1 coil shock back in the late 90s.
  • 2 0
 Still waiting for fox to give me a X2 lockout on bars ... hint hint
  • 1 0
 if you follow EWS since the start, Jerome Clementz used remote lock out on every Cannondale he used since 2013 in Punta Ala...boom...there you have
  • 1 0
 @elyari: had a lot of time of the Jekyll with lefty during some demo’s
fantastic bike, crazy light & agile
  • 1 0
 The GT Sanction (Dan Atherton and a young Martin Maes) initially came out with a Fox DPX with a remote lockout.
  • 1 0
 Every time I put my shock in "climb", I regret it and always put it back. Unless you are standing up the pedal bob is minimal. Only time I do standing climbing is in a tech section when I really don't want the rear end locked.

Of course, my XC bike is the total opposite, with a remote lock on the fork, and no suspension in the back at all.
  • 1 0
 These Wild enduros in DH casing, also unicorns.. Not available to mortals. And if these weight as the dh34 or dh22, of course these don't need inserts, these are 1.4 kg tires in 27.5...
  • 2 0
 Is that a device for measuring and recording tyre pressure in real time? - checkout the device on the tyre valves. Both bikes have it front and rear.
  • 2 0
 Yes. It can pair to your head unit and then all of that data is connected with the RockShox AXS app which gives insight on time in gears, power output, tire pressure, etc.
  • 2 0
 Best looking Lapierres I've seen since I sold my Froggy a couple of years ago. That was a bad decision....
  • 2 0
 Cool that Isabeau has such a winning formula and still isn't afraid to keep making changes
  • 2 0
 "Hi, I'm Craig Miller." --Craig Miller
  • 1 0
 Isabeau's bar height is something else... is that seat as max height? I think is is...
  • 1 0
 This was a nice bike chek. From now on, you should always talk and interview the mechanic too.
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