First Ride: Lapierre Spicy 2016

Oct 19, 2015
by Paul Aston  



Lapierre launched their revamped Spicy platform back at Eurobike in August. After spending a few weeks aboard its predecessor earlier this year, along with Nico Voullioz's heavily modified bike at the EWS in New Zealand, I was eager to jump aboard the latest iteration of this popular enduro machine. Thankfully I didn't have to wait long, and with the dust and dirt of the final Enduro World Series event barely settled, we headed into the hills and on to the trails of Finale Ligure, Italy, to see what the new 2016 Lapierre Spicy is all about.

Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride


Three years of meticulous fettling from Nico on the Enduro World Series circuit has lead to a few improvements that follow current trends for longer, lower and slacker geometry. As well as more travel the new Spicy offers more progression, improved durability and stiffness. The proprietary E:i system remains along with the OST+ suspension platform with four sizes and either carbon or aluminum versions, at varying price points, within the range. We took a ride on the Spicy Team, which is an all-carbon affair bar the alloy chain stay and is chock-full of SRAM components and tops out the range at €6999 or $8599 USD.

Details
• 27.5" wheels
• 165mm travel
• E:i Suspension System
• 66° head angle with a 160mm fork
• 435mm chainstay length
• ISCG 05 tabs
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 29.8 lb / 13.5 kg (size medium, claimed)
• MSRP: €6999 / $8599 USD
www.www.lapierrebikes.com



Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
The new Spicy still has an integrated chainstay protector and the small carbon derailleur deflector.



Geometry wise the Spicy has been modernized, gaining an extra 1.5 degrees of angle in the seat tube and while top tubes retain the same dimensions as before, the reach grows by around 19mm (S+18mm, M +16, L +20, XL +18mm) per size. The head angle slackens half a degree to 66°, and there is a 10mm spacer at the bottom of the headtube that can be removed if you want to upgrade to a 170mm travel fork and retain the same geometry.

What Changed?
• Reach numbers grow by 19mm per size
• Head angle loses half a degree down to 66°
• Seat angle steepens 1.5° to 75°
• Chainstays grow by 5mm to 435mm
• Suspension travel increases 15mm to 165mm
• Wider bars as standard, now 780mm
• Shorter stems as standard, now 45mm


Lapierre Spicy 2016

Why would you want a longer travel fork? Rear suspension travel has gained an extra 15mm of travel to 165mm so why not get a few more millimeters up front? The chainstay also grows a little to 435mm from 430mm to increase stability and give better weight distribution between the wheels. The bottom bracket stays at a static height of -5mm, but with the increased rear travel it should sit about 5mm lower at the recommended 35% sag position.

Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
I'm a big fan of the E:i system, it just gets on with the job at hand.
Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride

As far a componentry goes, there are a couple of changes. The 750mm carbon handlebar changes to a wider 780mm NV Signature alloy bar, which should suit a wider variety of tastes with the option to cut them down should that length be too wide. The 50mm stems found on its predecessor have been shortened to 45mm across the range to work alongside the geometric improvements and further helping to increase stability. The large E:i battery comes as standard, but the 'tube shaped' battery that allows the use of a bottle cage should be available on request from your dealer, they offer the same amount of power reserve and charging times.

Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
Dat top tube though...

I can't help but mention the looks - I know this is purely opinion and a bit of a 'Marmite' thing, but I think that the flowing lines of the old bike have been lost to the humped top tube, but this was necessary to gain room to safely fit piggy back shocks.

Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
Good clearance for the Michelin rubber.
Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
Clean, internal cable routing.
Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
Lapierre's own lock-on grips and Guide RSC brakes.
Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
I would opt for the tube shapes battery which compatible with a bottle cage.


Issues

The new shock linkage does away with the direct mount shock. Unfortunately this creates a huge amount of rotation at the lower shock pivot, which causes a lot of friction at the DU bush shock eyelet. The team riders were using a needle-roller bearing here to alleviate this issue, and there was a noticeable difference in sensitivity between their bikes and mine. This can be fixed easily for around $14USD with a shock needle bearing from Enduro Bearings. A couple of other things that caught my attention were the 125mm Reverb droppers on all sizes - a 150mm option would be nice for the larger sizes and the front end was a little low for me with the 25mm rise handlebar. Finally, for such a hybrid race machine, a small top chain guide would improve peace of mind. All of the above are merely minor points of contention and easy to remedy, which we discussed with the team at Lapierre who said they are going to look in to implementing the changes.

Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride
Heritage: Adrien Dailly won the overall EWS Junior title in his first year, plus Nico finished in 5th overall with a couple of podiums - not bad for a 39-year-old.


Lapierre Spicy 2016 First Ride


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAll in all, there isn't a vast difference between new and old, but in no way is this a bad thing as the previous bike was a star. Multiple, incremental improvements are keeping this classic up to date and although there are a few niggles as mentioned above, they are fairly easy fixes, which Lapierre say they are looking into.

The recommended 35% sag means the back wheel can get out of the way of all the small stuff and carry good speed while the added travel and progression eats up the big impacts - highly advantageous when you're enduroing the hell out of a 20-minute trail and your line choice starts to lose precision. As soon as you get back on the pedals, the E:i system is right there and helps you put the power down - I'm a huge fan of the E:i system as it just does its job. You're only aware of it from the whirring noise of it switching modes, but you will never need to reach down for the compression lever for a climb, or head into a descent only to realize you're nearly locked out, and then perform the classic one-handed, wild bull ride to get the damper moving.

The Spicy is a bike that drives you forward when you pump, sits up well to pedal and is stiff and responsive in all the right places. Well balanced, well sized and well specced.
- Paul Aston


Visit the high-res gallery for more images from the test day.



MENTIONS: @Lapierre-Bikes, @SramMedia,




113 Comments

  • + 112
 $8.6K for a hump like nicki minaj
  • + 14
 So this is what the Black Eyed Peas were singing about.
  • + 7
 Ah, you don't look at the mantle peice when yer humping the fire.
  • + 18
 Lapierre Spicy..... Camel Back Edition
  • + 3
 greater possibility of nutting it on awkward landings...no bueno
  • - 5
flag shakeyakey (Oct 19, 2015 at 14:56) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah but now it's got an LED that lights up when the frame cracks..... But it does still come with a press fit BB Frown
  • - 8
flag RedBurn (Oct 19, 2015 at 15:21) (Below Threshold)
 THAT ASS (nicki) worth it !!!
  • - 8
flag bradhuber (Oct 19, 2015 at 15:58) (Below Threshold)
 I'm posting here so people can see it, but just have to say... those are obviously the guide rsc...not the guide ultimates as they say under the pic. lol just my ocd
  • + 6
 are bike companies really that desperate right now to mangle the frames' shapes ??? keep it nice, simple, elegant-which leads to lightness !
  • + 11
 Years of evolution, they became a Nomad MK1.
  • + 20
 Looks like a Nomad that smashed into wall.
  • + 1
 It always takes some time for the eye to adjust. New aesthetic will always yield critique, but the design is starting to grow on me. The shock mount has a very nice treatment. I think the size small looks the best due to the shorter seattube... Respect @Lapierre-Bikes for defying convention.
  • + 1
 hahahaha @eatridegrow you dont wanna make a nutshot with that frame hahaha
  • + 1
 I personally love the shape of this bike, I find it very appealing - the lines are nice to follow, it looks aggressive, and well balanced - the shape and size of all of the components fit together well. I don't see why people are hating on the hump. I find it 100% better than the limp, wet-spaghetti looking frames like the following put out recently:

www.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-canfield-brothers-epo-hardtail-2015.html
  • + 54
 Thats one ugly son of a bitch.
  • + 4
 Was gonna say, there are plenty of bikes out there that could compare in the way they ride or better and aren't ugly
  • + 39
 2006 Nomad right there, give or take a pivot location
  • + 6
 Only 10X the price.
  • + 3
 Great bike for the colorblind
  • + 5
 Looks like it got kicked in the nuts
  • + 2
 Absolutely. Same silhouette as the first gen Nomad.
  • + 30
 Hunch back of notre dame
  • + 13
 Hunch-snap* of notre dame
  • - 1
 Hunch back of Notre Vom
  • + 27
 Looks like a dog dropping a duece.
  • + 16
 Dear Lapierre, please spec the correct bearings and add the 14 dollars to the price tag. Why make us do the work?
  • + 0
 Exactly, don't just "look into it," make it happen.
  • + 1
 Do you happen to know what eyelet there talking about? Or do you have the part number or size?
  • + 18
 Damn, top tube got back.
  • + 9
 I'm only here for the hump jokes.
  • + 6
 Sorry to say it but Spicy 2011 was the most beatifull Spicy. From then on 2013 was also good and then it just gets worse every year....
  • + 2
 Yeah, I just saw a pic of the older spicys and they look sleek and FAST. Welcome to 2015 and its morphed into a crooked inchworm. I don't buy the 'needs room for the piggyback shock' excuse at all. There's plenty of space for it above and below.
  • + 47
 I put the Hunchback through Photoshop and straightened out his top tube:

s10.postimg.org/8ckv0rps9/lapierre.jpg
  • + 1
 Blackthorne - maybe that is how it actually looks, but the top tube snapped during review and they fillered it so they didn't have to shell out 9k!!!
  • + 1
 Good job blackthorne! What were they thinking!?
  • + 2
 Nice one, now it looks awesome!
  • + 1
 it's gone from this www.pinkbike.com/photo/12606383 to that^^^^^ not good!!
This is for sale by the way....
  • + 5
 Nice plug, @nickd1979
  • + 1
 haha that made my day! you should start a morphing ugly bicycle design blog
  • + 1
 @blackthorne good job dude! try do the same to the stupid looking downtube too and you should be chief bike design fixer at lapierre.
  • + 1
 completely agree, old spicy was waaaay better looking
  • + 7
 I like it
  • + 3
 and now seriously ?
  • + 5
 How thoughtful of Lapierre to crash test the frame before sending it out to Paul.
  • + 4
 Perhaps they smashed the prototype and said hey lets just ship it
  • + 2
 Some of the French riders have for while been on michelin prototype versions of the wild Rock r and wild grip r. Showing them without mentioning them is a good teaser advertising strategy.... I take it that they will be lighter than the current production versions. If so I might give them a go. I'm a bit of a maxxis fanboy, but it's always worth looking at alternatives.
  • + 3
 I don't care how the top tube looks but do the controls smash it?
And how about that bolt you can't check without dis assembling some of the suspension linkage? Did they change that?
  • + 2
 Fantastic bike, but don't get the tube battery, unless they've changed the set up, as it gathers water in the bottom despite the o-ring and knackers the connection. If it was me, I'd have the open end of the tube facing downwards, with secure battery lockout, so water wouldn't tend to gather in it. I have the last model and Hotlines very nicely upgraded me to the 2015 system when the battery bracket broke (poor design in my opinion). Much cleaner on the bars but the new battery had connection issues pretty quickly and Hotlines changed it back to the new "old style" battery with the new bracket design as seen above.
  • + 2
 With E:i, if your battery runs out (or something shorts out in Pac NW winter rain/muck), is your suspension stuck in whatever mode (locked out or wide open) it was in at that time, or is there some sort of manual override? I'd hate to spend that much money on a system that has the potential to ruin the downhill you've climbed and worked so hard for. I've got the same issue with electronic shifting. Yes, convenience is great and all - but I really like bikes to be as bullet proof as can reasonably be achieved without adding too much weight or making them ride like dogs.
  • + 3
 When the battery runs out, it just stays in open mode. The LED's on the steerer tube mounted control unit flash to warn you when the battery is getting low. I used a Spicy earlier this year for ten long days in the saddle before it needed a recharge.

For those who haven't used it before the E:i is always open. It switches to a firmer compression mode when you pedal, if you hit a bump with the front wheel or stop pedalling it unlocks.

You can adjust the 'unlocking' sensitivity of the fork between three modes. So, for XC racing you could make it less sensitive, or more sensitive for downhill.
  • + 1
 No manualing up rocks or logs then?
  • + 1
 actually! when the battery runs out (that if you haven't charged it as it last over 20 over of aggressive trail use. you can manually switch the shock mode to trail or locked out. the shock will remain in the mode the EI system was in at the time of the loss of power!
  • + 1
 Well, the "Marmite" expression just nails it, as basically every post above shows.
@vpfree2009: those are sixsixone pads. Don't know the model.
Still, I'm glad i got the 2015 frame on sale. Easy on a tour, performs perfectly at Enduro racing and all of that with a stright upper tube ;P
  • + 3
 I really don't care what you guys say, I believe this bike is beautiful in its own element. *bursts out in laughter*
  • + 2
 "or head into a descent only to realize you're nearly locked out, and then perform the classic one-handed, wild bull ride to get the damper moving" - story of my mtb life.
  • - 1
 Buy a cannondale.
  • + 3
 Lots of "first rides" lately. I was wondering If those bikes really deserve a second one as well?
  • + 2
 For that kind of money I want something lighter. My Xprezo Adhoc is built heavier than that bike with a bigger fork and the weight is the same. hmm....
  • + 4
 Kim Kardashian would be proud of that hump right there
  • + 1
 Hey, don't reference our pop culture! Play with your own!
  • + 9
 If you think the cultural export of Kim Kardashian is something to be proud of that's really depressing.
  • - 3
 @blackthorne the Kardashians epitomize just about everything that is American pop culture. That this guy from the UK referenced her on a PinkBike site about a French bike really shows how pervasive the Kardashians are from a social aspect.
  • + 3
 The only thing it means is that Kim Kardashian is world renowned for her ass.
  • + 1
 Look at the rear derailleur cable next to BB - that looks nice...

I don't like the electronic suspension but that bike has a little bit of charm despite its overall ugliness Smile
  • + 3
 Still looks better than Polygon, Orange and Ellsworth.
  • + 4
 At least Polygon innovates. Orange prefers bridge girders for chainstays and Ellsworth has got the dentist market covered.
  • + 2
 i'd say orange bikes look better, polygon's are similar looks wise and yeah finding a bike that actually looks worse than Ellsworth is hard so...
  • + 1
 If the relative acceptance of the boost standard that Uzzi brings on, this could be master piece if Mr Intense were to pen it...
  • + 3
 I like it, looks aggressive. Down vote away! Wink
  • + 1
 Paul, how tall are you and what size did you ride? I can't wait for these to become available. It is THE bike on top of my list.
  • + 1
 Still better looking than Orange. I know everyone hates this frame...But I love it. Minus the stupid electronic suspension I think its great. But I'm weird.
  • + 0
 FUGGGLY! Funny, saw first photo, scrolled down to write Fugly quickly, and everyone has beaten me to it. What a rank looking bike. Looks like someone has already wrapped it around a tree.
  • + 1
 Don't get the top tube hate. Modernize a bit, looks way smoother and "racier" than most bikes on the market. Never been traditional though
  • + 3
 best thing about riding one is not having to look at it?
  • + 3
 I like humped back whales.
  • + 1
 let me know when Ei is bluetooth or some type of near field communication to control shift and shock functions. Its still using cable.
  • + 1
 lapierre exhumed tchaikovsky's corpse and had him design a frame (nutcracker reference).
  • + 0
 That constipated dog with scoliosis taking a dump in the backyard has returned! Hail Ex Lax!
By the way, almost 30Lbs for a $8600 27.5 bike??? WTH?
  • + 1
 now my buddies cant ride faster then me!!! i will always carry a wire cutter in my pocket...
  • + 1
 Would sell these but, our source here in U S A, doesn't look they're moving FWD with them for 2016...

:-/
  • + 1
 8k, really? I see guys pull up in f*cking crap ass cars, but the bike's...mmmmm...delicious. No thanks.
  • + 1
 And It looks like it wont be available in the US. Was really looking forward to this bike being available here...
  • + 2
 The bike needs a name change from Spicy to Hunchie! Wink
  • + 1
 What eyelet bushing are they referring to? Does anyone know the size, or have a link were I can find it?
  • + 1
 nice design, improved rear end imo as well not in the market for this kind of bike, but this would be on my shortlist
  • + 1
 people hate moondraker for their top tube SO PLEASE LAPIERRE EXPLAIN WHY YOU DO THAT
  • + 3
 it said so it can clear piggy back shocks.
  • + 1
 Mondraker top tube is just straight compared to that thing.
  • + 3
 Horrible !!!
  • + 1
 Ugliest top tube ever. Zesty looks way better
  • + 1
 I like the bike but dont like this coloração are old need to change it
  • + 1
 Sorry, but this is fugly!
  • + 4
 you don't have to be sorry, it really is!
  • + 1
 i scrolled down just to read the comments on how ugly this bike is
  • + 1
 Anyone know what knee pads they got on?
  • + 1
 Jesus Lapierre. What happened?
  • + 0
 Snappierre, have a look at the Canfield EPO - that's how you do curves in Carbon....
  • + 1
 That rear brakeline hose looks ready to snap!
  • + 2
 Looks like a 2012 nomad
  • + 1
 That hunch back top tube is killing me. But the rest is nice.
  • + 1
 Well that's my breakfast ruined.
  • + 1
 Dear god, what an ugly bike.
  • + 2
 #CASIMODO
  • + 2
 I still like it.
  • + 0
 Only idiot can buy this... Btw I've got 2011 zesty and it's perfect
  • + 1
 hunchback of lapierre
  • + 0
 I'd shred it! Nico Vouilloz is a boss and a legend! STFU!
  • + 0
 UBOY ? (ugliest bike of the year ?)
  • - 1
 Blimy, Nico is looking a bit worse for wear these days!
  • + 2
 How so? He looks like any other 40-something year old. Sadly his hair was not blessed with the same longevity as his career.
  • + 1
 Male pattern baldness is often a result of high testosterone. Not sure why MY hair fell out, but just sayin.
  • + 0
 Les Horrible

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