Bike Check: Isabeau Courdurier's Lapierre Spicy Team

Mar 12, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

A new French force has emerged in enduro this year as the Lapierre Zipp Collective combines two fast young French riders with a French brand who will both be mentored by the greatest male champion of all time who is... yep, you guessed it, French.

Isabeau Courdurier comes into the season on a 12-month unbeaten run and will be looking to extend it as part of her new team. The bike she'll be looking for strong results on is the Lapierre Spicy Team, which was revamped last year to bring it in line with the ever-rising bar for enduro race bikes. Let's take a look at the set up she'll be running once the EWS race season finally gets underway.
Rider Name // Isabeau Courdurier
Age: 25
Hometown: Gardanne, France
Height: 1m 54cm (5'1")
Weight: 52kg (113lbs)
Instagram: @isabeau_c

Lapierre Spicy Details
Frame: Lapierre Spicy Fit Team Ultimate
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe Ultimate - 95psi, 1 token
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate - 54psi, 2 tokens
Wheels: Zipp 3Zero Moto
Tires: Hutchinson Griffus - 2.5" front / 2.4" Back
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC - 200mm rotors
Cockpit: Renthal, 35mm clamps - 33mm stem, 760mm bars
Size: Small
More info:

A new headtube badge for Isabeau, but if she carries on like last year her competitors will be chasing her back tire instead. Note also the carbon brake levers.

A Nico Vouilloz developed kinematic that powers 170mm of rear-wheel travel is at the heart of the new Spicy,

Isabeau's small size frame is running a mullet set up here and the option to run either wheel size is built into the design of the Spicy. The downtube protector is called the LP Box and works similar to a SWAT system - it is watertight and you can store a tube or some food in there.

As well as the mudguard, Isabeau also runs a Slicy Smooth insert but only on the rear tire and only at Alpine race venues.

HT T1 pedals are the contact point of choice for Isabeau.

Isabeau runs 19psi front and 22 psi rear to keep her Hutchinson tires on the Zipp rims.

A lot of EWS athletes ran an AXS dropper last year, but not the drivetrain. Isabeau was running it, though, and will continue to do so in 2020.

Can anyone stop Isabeau's burning streak of form in 2020?


  • 118 6
 End of season:

For sale, like new, never raced
  • 61 0
 man, i hope u are wrong.
  • 12 0
 It already raced last week-end Wink
  • 4 1
 What she’ll be racing once the season get’s under way is a 2021 Spicy.
  • 5 0
 @savagelake: I hope so too. Would be great for some late season racing. I'll be happy as long as racers and the larger global population come out on top as best as possible
  • 45 2
 I like Isabeau. She comes over really well on camera. Skills and personality to match. I can see her becoming the face of enduro, and I welcome it.
  • 20 0
 That green color of the frame looks amazing. Sick build too.
  • 9 0
 For once, the red fork matches/compliments something.
  • 13 1
 That is one good looking bike!! Shame we have to wait another couple of months to see it in action, maybe we'll see some shred-its in the mean time.
  • 17 4
 This frame storage should be ribbed and called the scrotum
  • 5 5
 wait until some loam sprayed onto it..haaa,now its look like a filthy hairy scrotum..
  • 4 2
 Or the Gooch box
  • 4 0
 Do all ebikes come with that feature?
  • 8 0
 Really nice bike, the Spicy keeps on getting nicer each season.

Also mulet setup for Isabeau seems to make so much more sense that full 29er like on her Intense ! I'd see it will help her massively in the steep/tech, if any racing happens this season ...
  • 3 1
 Especially with 170mm of travel. That rear wheel has to go "somewhere" at full compression.
  • 5 0
 Looks like my bike ,what a great taste in colores :-))),hey Santa Cruz cycles can you spot that rear fender ,that is what you should have done instead of making a front derailleur compatible on the bronson2 ,it was that easy
  • 3 0
 The fender is there protect the shock from mud, the shock placement on the Bronson 2 means that it doesn’t need that kind of fender?
  • 3 0
 @rxsch: you're right, but the lower link needs some protection too
  • 2 0
 @rxsch: I has talking about the links obviously ;-)))
  • 8 1
 95psi in the rear shockaaaahahaha. Wild haha.
  • 7 0
  • 2 1
 Extremely Spicey!
  • 2 1
  • 5 0
 Lapierre back in the game After many shit years
  • 15 11
 Beautiful... the bike is not bad either.
  • 21 6
 Don`t you dare saying that a woman can be beautiful on a politically correct north-american website! Puritanism and holy hypocrisy will nail you on the cross of frustrations!!!
  • 8 6
 @softsteel: True, and it's highly likely all the guys your post is joking about also regularly watch porn.
  • 2 2
 @softsteel: you could say: that person is beautiful - and the bicycle too
  • 4 0
 What size are the wheels?
  • 3 0
 mullet 29f 27.5r
  • 3 0
 one of each
  • 4 0
 Isabeau power ????????????
  • 1 1
 Dear Pinkbike, what happened to the Hutchinson Griffus review? Back in April you had a first ride impression and i'm sure i'm not the only one who has been looking forward to a full review!
  • 2 2
 I’m sure you sure Maxxis or nothing
  • 3 1
 didnt she know she needs to upsize her frame to L size at least.
  • 2 0
 Lapierre back in the game After many shit years
  • 2 0
 Those hutchinson tires have become some of my favorite. I'm a big fan.
  • 1 0
 The zippy and the spicy are the same frame, just change the rear shock to have the lapierre trail bike.
  • 2 0
 is it just me, or does the lapierre website suck?
  • 2 1
 That weapon will be in the right hands
  • 1 0
 Not ???????? But some cool emoticons
  • 1 0
 Why jump to another brand after a winning season though?
  • 4 0
  • 1 0
 I like the design! 170mm travel sounds awesomeBig Grin
  • 4 3
 She is adorable! Keep shredding !!
  • 1 0
 Double take on the thumbnail. Grim donut??
  • 1 0
 Nico Vouilloz (the true GOAT) designed! You know this bike is sick!
  • 1 2
 Nice looking Bike bu I don't get the Downtube BB Protection, this thing looks like a Tumor
  • 1 0
 looks sick
  • 1 0
 "my eyes are up here"
  • 1 0
 Monkey Sauce Hat?
  • 1 1
 Nice mudguard
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 @BrutalSyl: I think they may have just taken it off for some photos, so it doesn’t block lapierre branding on the bike.
  • 1 3
 Looks like a.... Meta V2.

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