Bike Check: Thomas Lapeyrie's Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017

Jul 28, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
Thomas Lapeyrie and his Sunn Kern LT—one of the few all aluminum bikes in the EWS.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
Psychedelic leopard wrap.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
Bridgeless seatstays for maximum clearance.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
The French theme continues with Mavic wheels and Hutchinson tires.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
HT T-1 pedals that have seen a lot of rocks.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
Thomas sets his brake levers high.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
RockShox Lyrik forks may be the most underrated slider on the EWS circuit.

Thomas Lapeyrie s Sunn Kern LT - EWS Aspen 2017
Sunn's swingarm mounts the shock from behind the bottom bracket, through a tunnel.



MENTIONS: @sunnofficiel



46 Comments

  • 53 1
 Who's underrating Lyrik's????
  • 10 28
flag scary1 (Jul 29, 2017 at 0:26) (Below Threshold)
 Its hard to underrate garbage.
  • 6 16
flag editor (Jul 29, 2017 at 1:38) (Below Threshold)
 @scary1: right!
  • 2 0
 @scary1: love my lyrik with luftkappe. Can't fault it.
  • 5 1
 If Lyrik is garbage, then what is Sektor? Or Epicon?
  • 5 0
 Lmfao literally every fucking enduro bike is specced with Rock Shox Lyrik
  • 16 0
 Sunn are like the walking dead of mtb. Their soul was taken by Commençal at the turn of the millennium and nobody apart from marmots in obscure parts of the Alps has seen one on a trail since 2008 (Kern LT from that era was a superb bike to be fair). They pop back every couple of years when you thought they were history. Anybody have a Sunn round here?
  • 2 0
 To be honest, i liked the Charger back when it was still a prototype, it was something i was wishing to buy. But i was both broke at the time and Sunn also went broke, the company got sold, started again, the charger was made, but too late, after which the company died again, if i'm not mistaken?

The question to me is where do they get the money from?
  • 1 0
 @Primoz: MFDC aka French intersport it is.
  • 1 0
 @Primoz: I had the same question...
  • 2 0
 I was riding a Sunn Radical in 2012 and had my best race result on it. It was a fun bike but it had temper and needed you to ride active all the time. All bearings were completely broken after one season though. Frame quality in general was quite shitty.
  • 1 0
 I own a Sunn and its the best bike I've owned and still own. It doesn't ride better than my expensive enduro bike but it has proved to be more bombproof and reliable. I've a lot of respect for the Sunn brand and their bikes don't get enough praise. I've never seen another Sunn at UK trail centres although I'm scared I'm going to take the wrong bike home with my expensive enduro bike (which I also love) as there are so many about!
  • 1 0
 I Thought Sunn ripped their own soul out when they got rid of the creator of the brand, he then started Commencal.
  • 7 1
 Based on the pics from other sites the shock's bottom eyelet is mounted to te main pivot of the chainstay. So it's not driven from behind the bottom bracket, just by the rocker on the top.
  • 8 0
 Few alu bikes in EWS?
Ravanel, Maes ... and their teams. Perform pretty well also..
  • 4 0
 Exactly, many alloy ones..
  • 3 0
 Good point, there are many more than is given credit, like RC is underrating them and their existence in EWS!
  • 4 1
 Sam Hill
  • 4 0
 @bridgermurray: pretty sure he's riding a Proto carbon these days
  • 3 0
 Indeed he is. But yeah, i fail to see the point of carbon for MTB frames, aluminium is hardly any heavier, unless you do weird frame shapes, then carbon will be the better choice. But that means you were going wild with the design, which isn't the smartest decision in the beginning in my opinion.
  • 7 0
 Not sure how you're defining the Lyrik as "underrated." They're super popular everwhere I go and have yet to hear a bad review about one of them. . .
  • 2 2
 Ive got 3. And thats just from me.
  • 3 1
 @scary1: yes when speaking with "I" that means you are talking about yourself. Thanks for making it clear
  • 5 0
 @scary1: earlier you claimed they are garbage, yet you own three?
  • 1 1
 @MrFogg: i have 3 bad reviews on different aspects on the fork for the masses
  • 6 0
 Thomas looks like a tanned Steve-O....the leopard rap looks like something Peggy Bundy would wear....white socks ain't dead
  • 1 0
 The leopard wrap also looks like something Ratboy or Warner would spec.
  • 3 1
 I remember the Sunn Supertzar hardtail that had a rear triangle that was steel and could be unbolted. I was intrigued by the idea of a carbon front end with a steel rear triangle bolt on. It'd be pretty cool if a manufacturer did something similar, allowing the consumer to update the rear triangle depending on what type of wheel diameter, tire width, rear axle, singlespeed or not.
  • 1 0
 is he running 170 mm air shafts in his 160 mm fork ? the sag gradient marks are way above dust wipers.
  • 1 1
 He's most likely running a coil
  • 1 0
 But they don't want you to know it so the f*cking turd buying it thinks "eh if it's good enough for EWS it's good enough for me!"
  • 3 1
 "All aluminium", except for those carbon chainstays...
  • 1 0
 that leopard rap ????????????
  • 1 0
 All mountain style - or - AMS, I believe. Really cool protective frame tape.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: nope !
  • 2 0
 White socks.
  • 1 0
 i have an old school sunn Kern LT and it still hits the trails hard
  • 1 0
 Creepy
  • 1 1
 20160919_110053
  • 3 5
 Gah, SRAM crap everywhere. This bike craves for BOS fork and shock.
  • 2 1
 I thought BOS is done? Isnt that why polygon switched to suntour?
  • 1 0
 @mhoshal: just googled them and they seem to be alive and kicking - www.facebook.com/BOSsuspension (even like some new products coming Smile )
  • 1 0
 Oui Monsieur, I completely agree!!! In order to make it more "frenchy", they should have given that bike some proper suspensions such as a BOS set up.... But on the other hand: come on : SRAM/Rockshox arent't too bad about suspensions, even I really prefer BOS, not only because of the components'quality; no plastic bullshits if you see what I mean.. ;-)
BTW, it's rather odd not to see a Sunn/BOS couple for the occasion, because:
- BOS is based in Toulouse, where I live, south-west of France.
- Sunn was historically based in Saint-Gaudens, 50km from Toulouse. After all their up and downs, probably only a group such as Intersport could save the boat from sinking, and once again, our most famous french living-dead brand is back, and I think there are also Antidotes Solutions' designers behind the technological renewal, hyper-active bike designers working for plenty of brands and based in... Toulouse, S-O!!!!

BOS is evething except dead now!!!!!!!
and Sunn is back to life... until when???
  • 2 0
 Bos costs loads more and the performance ain't much better if at all. I had deviles on my Capra and the Kirk. Both had issues and spares are a nightmare.
  • 1 4
 20160919_110053.jpg

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2020. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.013169
Mobile Version of Website