First Ride: Lapierre's New Overvolt GLP 2

Mar 4, 2020
by Ralf Hauser  



When Lapierre gave ten-time Downhill World Champion Nicolas Vouilloz free reign to design an e-bike about four years ago, the result was a chassis that prioritized having a low center of gravity for better handling. For 2020, Lapierre and Nico have updated the Overvolt GLP (Gravity Logic Project) - enter the GLP 2.

With the arrival of Bosch’s Gen 4 engine, they were able to take it another step further, shedding plenty of weight and bundling it with brand new geometry, kinematics and bigger front wheel.
Overvolt GLP 2 Team
Intended use: Enduro
Travel: 160mm
Wheel size: 29" front / 27.5" rear
Frame construction: carbon fiber
Head angle: 65-degrees
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Color: Red/black
Weight: 21.3kg / 46.8lbs. (verified)
Price: €8,499
More info: www.lapierrebikes.com

There are two models, the Overvolt GLP 2 Team and Elite, which share the same frame and electronic equipment. The Team features a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RCT3 fork, Super Deluxe Select+ RT shock, Lapierre eAM+ Carbon wheels (30mm inside width front, 35mm rear), SRAM AXS 12-speed group, G2 brakes and Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5” front with Minion DHR II 27.5 x 2.8” rear tire with EXO+ casing. The Team version also comes with an extra 300Wh battery with a slimmer housing to swap out and extend the ride on a long day. The price amounts to €8.499. We weighed the Team at an impressively low 21.3kg (46.8 lb) for a size L without pedals.

The Elite is equipped with a RockShox Lyrik RC fork, SRAM GX Eagle shifting, Guide RE brakes and Lapierre eAM+ Alloy wheels, coming to €5.999 at a weight of 22.3kg (49.2 lb) for a size L.

Lapierre also features a lineup of e-bikes with Bosch motor and integrated batteries with the Overvolt AM and the Fazua-equipped Ezesty AM range. At the moment, Lapierre's e-bike models are not available in North America.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0


Frame Details

The new full carbon frame saves about 500g over the previous generation by implementing new quality carbon fibers in a layup that doesn’t compromise overall rigidity and reliability, bringing the frame weight to 3.2kg (without motor and battery). It was important for Nico to find the right balance between stiffness and forgiving handling characteristics. Every frame size uses a different carbon fiber layup. For the GLP 2, Nico tested four versions to decide on the best overall layup solution.

The Bosch Powerpack battery can easily be accessed from the left-hand side due to a slight asymmetric construction - there's no connecting strut between the motor mount and seat tube on that side. The battery is locked in place by an Abus key lock, sitting slightly underneath the battery at the front. However, it is possible to just leave the key inside the lock at all times, hidden in a recessed area so that the key cannot be damaged during rides.

There’s an integrated upper chainguide to keep the chain from falling off and an integrated fender to protect the battery.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0
Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0


Geometry & Sizing

Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0

Compared to the geometry of the first GLP, the frames have grown considerably in length, by around 40mm or more in reach for each size. Plus, there’s now an XL frame added to the mix. The seat angle has been steepened to 76-degrees for better pedaling efficiency, the head angle slackened to 65-degrees for more stability, and chainstays shortened to 440mm. All that was combined with a 29” front wheel and 27.5” rear wheel.

The smaller engine allowed Lapierre to place the motor slightly lower in the frame and they also reduced the bottom bracket height to 345mm from the ground while equipping shorter crank arms (160mm for S/M, 165mm for L/XL).

The GLP 2 comes in four frame sizes from S to XL.

Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0
Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0


Suspension Design


The GLP 2 uses a longer 205 x 60mm stroke shock (compared to 210 x 50mm on the GLP), reducing the average leverage ratio for the 160mm travel rear end to 2.67 : 1. This should put less stress on the shock by being able to run lower air pressure as well as delivering a more controlled shock function throughout the travel. Looking at the leverage ratio’s curve, it shows a continuous arc that slightly tapers off towards the end of the travel.

Anti-squat is set at a balanced value to remain active on rough terrain for higher traction, adjusted to work well with the forces of the engine.

Tinkerers will be interested to hear that the RockShox fork can be cheaply upgraded to a maximum travel of 180mm aftermarket, and the bike could even be equipped with a 205 x 62.5mm stroke shock that would bring the rear wheel travel to about 166mm.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0
Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0

Motor Details


By selecting Bosch’s Performance CX Gen 4 motor, Lapierre was able to lose about another 1,000g in weight. The reason for sticking to an external battery, rather than the more popular fully integrated batteries these days, comes down to weight as well. The 500Wh Powerpack battery used in the GLP 2 saves 400g over a 500Wh Powertube battery. The difference to a 625Wh battery would result in a difference of 1,000g.

The sensor for the motor is attached to the side of the left chainstay, with a magnet sitting in the spokes with a rather large arm to keep it from twisting. At the time of the bike’s design process, the hub located sensor wasn’t available yet, but there are already plans to integrate the newer design into updated versions.

Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0
The €8.499 Overvolt GLP Team...
Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0
And the €5.999 Overvolt Elite.




You’re not just helping Lapierre with testing. What exactly is your position there?

At this point, I am mainly responsible for the geometry and kinematics of the entire mountain bike range. I am also involved in the overall design of the bikes, working closely with the engineers, giving them feedback. Apart from that I also take care of the enduro team and help the product manager with testing certain parts.

What does your work process look like for you, when designing a new bike?

Sometimes it is easy to put together the kinematics on a computer, but when you add the tubes and all the parts it just doesn’t look good as a whole. What I usually do first is do a kinematic drawing by myself with my possibilities. When I come up with something nice, I know for sure that it will be looking really good in the end, finishing it with the engineers and doing small adaptations.

When you are testing new geometries, do you also build test mules with extreme measurements or rather work in small incremental steps?

I usually don’t go for extreme settings. Sometimes, when I want to test more extreme values, I ride larger size frames. So, I don’t build a test mule in size M with XL values. Generally, I don’t want measurements to be too extreme, except the head angle maybe, because I like it slack. But I keep adjusting it for the production bikes to try to cater to a wider range of riders that are not just racing or only riding steep things. Maybe I will change that in the future on certain models, though. When I was testing the mullet concept, for example, I only had two versions with about 10mm difference to decide where I was going. The most different versions I try are linkages. With the new Spicy I was testing eight different linkages with slightly different ratios to help decide on the best one.

What was the reason for not integrating the new Kiox display?

We didn’t push for it because I think for one, the Purion display is better to read with its bigger numbers, which especially helps in racing situations and it’s easy to adjust. Having the exact percentage of battery power on the Kiox is better, but the unit is also difficult to integrate well on the bike. It’s held in place with a magnet, so you can lose the display in a crash for example, and if you put a bolt in, there’s a chance of breaking the mount. So it’s not perfect as well.

Will you be racing this season aboard the GLP 2?

Yeah, I really plan to do the full EWS-E race series. It will be my main target in July and I will try to be in shape for that. I was already winning the Enduro Electro Portes du Mercantour last season, which wasn’t an EWS-E race, but was a challenging race with very good riders.





Talking about the benefits of the GLP 2’s uncommon design is one thing, but the moment you throw a leg over the frame and tug at the front end you understand why going a different route sometimes makes a lot of sense. Lifting the front end comes easier and more natural compared to almost every other full-scale enduro e-MTB on the market at the moment due to where the bike's mass is centered.

As far as looks go, of course an integrated battery allows for a cleaner silhouette, but having seen and spent a few days with the bike in real life, it never felt as if the Overvolt GLP 2 was an optically disruptive bike. In the end, you’ll have to make up your own mind as to if you like it or not.

While the chainstays are on the shorter side - especially for an e-bike - the GLP 2 still is a very capable climber. Nico's home trails near Nice, France gave us plenty of opportunities for testing over multiple days. In certain situations, when encountering silly-steep inclines, you have to tuck in a bit lower to add a bit more pressure to the front wheel due to its lightweight front end, but never to the point where your body position feels forced unnaturally low over the bars. Most of the time you’ll be able to stay relaxed and trust the rear suspension, which kept tracking the ground nicely, even under higher chain torque from the motor while running over roots and rocks. However, it never felt squishy either, providing proper feedback to the ground when placing the tire and looking for traction in loose terrain.

It felt like the industry was steering away again from 2.8” wide plus tires, but after having spent plenty of time trying to crawl up ridiculously steep and technical sections, I’m giving it the thumbs up on the rear wheel. Its wider surface patch finds traction on rocks, roots and loose gravel, when most other tire widths spin out, unless they’re using a real sticky rubber compound which wouldn’t score high in regards to rolling resistance. In order to run lower pressures with the EXO+ equipped tires mounting a tire insert might be a good idea, something that Lapierre thought of for the launch as well. Mounted on a wide rim, like Lapierre’s 35mm wide eAM+ rim, tire roll isn’t really noticeable and you don’t have to fight with rather undefined steering precision, as you’d have to on the front. Since a 29 x 2.5” wide tire is responsible for traction on that end, that’s not an issue.

As far as power delivery from the Bosch engine goes, it’s very smooth and feels natural if you apply the correct amount of pressure to the pedals. However, Bosch also seemed to have added a bit more punch to the acceleration response, sometimes resulting in unwanted wheel spin in its E-MTB or Turbo mode when crunching the pedals a bit too eagerly.

Regarding battery reach, the GLP 2 is more limited in how far you can get with its 500Wh battery compared to some other options out there. Again, this is an area where Lapierre was able to save weight considerably in order to maximize the bike’s handling, and to be fair there are still a lot of competitors out there that are using the same capacity. The rather low overall weight might actually take you a few kilometers further than a bike with some extra weight on its hips. The extra 300Wh battery that comes with the Team version is nice to have for swapping out at a quick pit stop at your car or home but I still can’t wrap my head around carrying it around in my backpack.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0


The GLP 2’s geometry might not be the most aggressive on the market by today’s standards but definitely falls into the modern category, reflecting Nico Vouilloz’s mindset to design a bike that’s attractive to a wide range of riders. In that regard, he probably hit a sweet spot in terms of overall handling with the GLP 2.

The bike quickly follows rider input, snaking through tight turns with ease and delivering an overall sensation closer to that of a heavier regular bike than that of a heavy e-bike. Again, the centered weight adds to the GLP 2’s playful character, constantly inviting the rider to pop it off natural lips and other obstacles on the trail. The bike remains planted to the ground nicely at a variety of speeds, if you want it to, putting the rider in charge of the chassis. I dropped the stem all the way down to get maximum pressure on the front tire and still didn’t get the feeling that the bike’s cockpit felt uncomfortably low while going down steeper chutes and rock faces.

As a smaller rider, I highly appreciate the mullet setup with a 27.5” sized rear wheel, giving me more room to go lower over the rear wheel in really steep sections without my ass touching the rear wheel in the heat of battle. There are a few bikes out there that deliver a bit more stability at high speeds with slacker head angles and longer chainstays, but at the cost of agility.

Going down is also the part where the kinematics of the bike really come into play. In case of the GLP 2, it was a matter of set and forget. After the initial setup of 32% sag on the rear end, I didn’t touch the air pressure anymore - that setup delivered pretty much the exact feeling that I’m looking for in a bike. With two volume spacers installed in the shock (the bike is shipped with the maximum of three spacers), the beginning of the stroke feels supple, turning into an ample ramp-up through the mid and end progression of the travel. I assume that the bike’s shock tune helps with the overall feel.

Even though I used most or all of the travel on many runs, it rarely felt like I was hitting the end of the travel, even when purposely slamming the rear end into a rocky ledge at speed. I finally managed to bottom out the rear end hard on a decent-sized drop to flat after a few days of riding, but feel safe to say that it was an isolated riding moment. Ultimately, I can see myself adding the extra token if I spent more days in the saddle, which is easy to do with the RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ air shock. The same goes for having the option to remove all tokens for a more linear tune, so adjusting the rear end to your personal preference should be easy.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2


Component Notes

One of the drawbacks of the bike’s design is its limited insertion depth of the dropper post due to the location of the battery. While the seat tube length is relatively low for each frame size, Lapierre's 150mm dropper post was too long for me, so I had to stick with the 125mm drop that comes stock with the size M frame. While it might not necessarily be a deal breaker for most riders - especially taller ones than myself at 168 cm size - it's something to keep in mind. If this were my bike, I'd seriously consider swapping out the stock post for a longer travel option from OneUp, or another company with posts that have a lower overall height. As for the size S frame, the 100mm dropper post that comes stock sounds like a compromise for an enduro bike.

Unfortunately, Bosch’s new Gen 4 motor suffers from a noise that comes from the freewheel of the chainring. When the suspension cycles through its travel it unloads the mechanism, and as soon as the teeth connect again there is a mechanical noise, not unlike that of a loud chainslap. Unsurprisingly, this becomes annoying quickly. From what I understand, Bosch is working on a solution. Hopefully they find one rather sooner than later.

Speaking of personal preferences, I would have preferred to see a handlebar wider than 760mm as the stock spec. Cutting them down is easy, adding on, not so much. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the selection of a short 35mm stem (45mm lengths on L and XL frames).

However you look at it, SRAM’s G2 brakes simply seem out of place and should have been upgraded to Codes or something similar. Even with a 220mm rotor up front, the brake may be considered acceptable, but definitely not an excellent choice for the type of riding this bike is intended for. After long descents and especially at higher speeds the brake power faded noticeably, and the more time I spent riding them, the less power they seemed to deliver. Swapping to sintered pads seemed to help a bit, but not to the point of getting excited over them.


Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2.0


Summing it up, the lightweight Lapierre GLP 2 might counter the trend of full battery integration and put function before form in some regard, but in return delivers a nimble ride quality that will cater to a lot of different riders. Just because Nico Vouilloz had free reign in designing the bike doesn’t mean that it’s only made for racing. As a matter of fact, the bike's strong suit is its easy-to-handle nature, which enables you to ride it at whatever speed you feel most comfortable. Like any e-bike out there, it’s not perfect, but it sure is fun to ride.








108 Comments

  • 54 3
 What a fantastic piece of engineering. Bike with low centre of gravity with an inexplicable hole next to the motor and a battery high up above the motor.
It's probably because air weighs more than batteries?
  • 3 1
 Yes, the battery should go lower if possible.The motor could also be a structure element of the frame like but i assume this is to reduce production cost and have interchangeable motor?
  • 12 0
 It could be a banana hole? I see your point though, stick the battery in the banana hole and free up some space for a water bottle.
  • 24 0
 Because Lithium weighs less than Nitrogen and Oxygen... It's simple chemistry bro
  • 9 2
 Most bikes put it on the downtube shifting the weight forward. I personally think the Lapierre has a much better place. That being said, it would do much better putting it diagonally from right in front of the motor to just above it, at least I would have thought.
  • 1 2
 @FRKA: Most of it is marketing: to have a beautiful bike. For the behavior, apparently it is enough for Voullioz to ride faster than anyone who would buy it would go with any other e-bike...
  • 15 0
 Glory Hole?
  • 6 1
 "Most of it is marketing: to have a beautiful bike."

They forgot one very important part of their plan....
  • 4 1
 Moving the weight farther back might make it a bit easier to get the front end up contributing to that relatively poopy, playful feel Ralf noted in his ride impressions.
  • 3 0
 @froman82: Gotta go for the hole to get the glory!!
  • 3 0
 I would fill that hole up with lead to improve stability.
  • 2 0
 They're called speed holes. Makes your car/bike go faster.
  • 1 0
 @froman82: glory cage, circa 2008
  • 2 0
 The weight is central to the bike, so it's easyer to pop a wheelie/stopie. Either way, the battery is and stays lower than if it occupied all the downtube. Other bikes get the battery above the motor either way, so this is totally lower than other batteries, central to the bike.
  • 4 2
 Its French engineering what did you expect? Maybe its a handle for when it breaks you can throw it over your shoulder. On a plus side it has all of the cheater lines pre programmed.
  • 1 2
 Everyone is critic despite having never created anything better if at all
  • 39 3
 I feel like the way forwards with ebikes is lighter, smaller batteries and looks closer to conventional bikes.. not ugly behemoths that we continue to see
  • 16 19
 Depends, if you are after making the best electric moped this is a better design, taking some cues from actual dirtbikes (centered mass, differentiated wheel/tires). Now I think if you keep this in mind, this bike makes a lot of sense, more than trying by every mean to hide the truth like most bike companies are doing (Hey SC, looking at you). And if you want to make MTB slightly easier Lapierre also offers the eZesty which I think is the way forward. But question is, how many of the eBike customers really want to do MTB ? And how many are just delighted they found a way to play dirtbike while still saying they are MTBiking ? Most of them should just get a dirtbike and embrace what they actually desired and drop the BS.
  • 1 0
 Check out the Fazua system of eBike drive systems. This is exactly what they are aiming for.
  • 4 2
 I'm not looking to buy an ebike anytime soon but as far as getting one that looks like a traditional bike id go the new commencals
  • 1 0
 @steflund: Lapierre were one of the first companies to launch a bike with the Fazua system, the E-Zesty, back in 2019, one of the better looking e-bikes.
  • 4 3
 More bike companies will follow the platform of the Levo SL. 37lbs. Lighter, more nimble, with some assistance.
  • 17 2
 @Balgaroth: except they dont ride or act like dirtbikes pretty much in any way.
Have you ridden both?

Completely different acceleration completely different power
Completely different weight.
Pegs vs pedals pedals vs twist throttle...

Oh wait I've just wasted my breath..
  • 4 0
 @Gavalar66: I agree, the EZesty started a new trend (lightweight & good looking EMTB's). It looks like Specialized took some of these cues coming out with the new Levo SL. I understand Lapierre trying to center the battery weight more on the Overvolt, but they could have tried to put it lower? This design caused a big strange hole and not the best looking bike either. Again, they forgot a place for a water bottle...

It kind of looks like they built the Overvolt after looking at the Grey P bike battery location, but a bit better and lighter design: www.greyp.com

Will be interesting to see if Lapierre comes up with a new improved 2020 EZesty LTD Ultimate and if they decide to come back to America?
  • 8 2
 @Balgaroth: If you really think E-bikes and dirt bikes are similar then you have not ridden either and have no clue what you are talking about, both are great fun and apart from both having two wheels are totally different experiences, and I suggest you go and talk shit elsewhere
  • 1 0
 @reverend27: they also jump very differently!
  • 2 0
 @RowdyAirTime: You lost me at "good looking EMTB's"
  • 2 2
 @metaam: ha, ha. I agree ebikes are not really "good looking", but the EZesty AM Ultimate & the SWorks Levo SL almost looks like regular pedal bikes and most people (even non-sayers) will probably agree, these 2 bikes are at least "not bad looking" for EMTB's.

However, the "Lapierre OVERBUILT" is way too bulky and can I say fugly, thus could never be considered not bad looking...Hey maybe that is a "grab handle" on the bottom of the frame under the battery so you easily carry this ebike "upside down" when travelling...
  • 1 0
 @RowdyAirTime: I agree they are starting to look better, still some way to go though, before they could meet my definition of good looking. I'm not in any way a hater, I can see the attraction. I'd probably consider one myself if I lived somewhere with lots of steep terrain.
  • 1 1
 @reverend27: I have a dirtbike and I had the opportunity to try some Moustache, Motera and Levo. For the moment they still feel more like bicycles than dirtbike but they are starting to put double crown forks, small diam/big tire rear wheel setup and considering that all companies keep trying to get more power, more autonomy and so on instead of focusing on making these things behave more like real MTB it seems that they are slowly but surely going towards those "cake bike" things. If all we could see was eBike companies going toward Levo SL/e-Spicy setups I would not have made such comparison but all these riders constantly asking for more power and more battery are simply lying to themselves, deep down they want to do some motorsport.
  • 1 1
 @MickT13: I have extensively ridden both, own one of them and MTBs obviously. If you can't see that those people that buy eMtb and constantly try to get more power, remove the 25kph limit, ask for bigger batteries and put double crowns to their eMtb are basically in deny that they want to play dirtbike then I feel sorry for you. I like my MTBs to feel like ones and aside from eZesty and LevoSL I firmly believe that the eBike industry is loosing themselves into the motor side of thing. Once Yam, KTM and Husky will start to really invest in this history will repeat itself and frame makers will be left in the dust as motors will be everything. by doing eMtb that still feel like Mtbs this would be harder and much less interesting for the motorsport brands.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: I agree, if you want a huge battery and motor power, triple clamp forks, etc, then the weight just keeps increasing, and it can never feel like a mountain bike. If this is the case, just get a dirt bike... I used to have quite a few motocross bikes back in the day and loved them. However, not as easy to ride them anywhere these days though.

The SWorks Levo SL and E-Zesty LTD Ultimate (under 38lbs) are what I think EMTB's should be about, as they are light for ebikes and feel and look almost like regular pedals bikes. I live near some very steep mountains, so I do have an EMTB in my stable, along with 2 regular pedal bikes. I like a workout, and usually ride my regular pedal bikes, but sometimes I just want that little bit of extra help to get up those very steep climbs, so I can be refreshed and have even more fun coming down.

To me, a well made EMTB should be light and almost feel like a regular pedal bike. It should make you think that you eat all your wheaties and drank that "special Lance Armstrong drink", and make you think that you suddenly feel stronger than you ever have before...
  • 28 5
 I rented the older 2019 model of this bike for one day in Finale Ligure in November and was one of the most amazing days in my life riding MTB since 1989. It was my first full day on an e-bike and after that day I rented the new Merida and also a Mustache. I have to admit that I prefer "standard" MTBs. Going up to Rollercoaster I see half of the bikers that I pass looking at me with that anger in the eyes and the other half look at the bike and smile showing curiosity. This bike is incredible feels really light on the trail you almost forget you are on an e-bike. Engine power works perfect and the geometry makes the bike very stable. I have 5 Mountain Bikes and at the age of 50 I start to desire a lot an e-bike for that days of laziness. I think people that don't like e-bikes are loosing time showing hate for them since it's obvious that they will keep coming on all MTB websites. You don't like e-bikes? Good for you! I love them as an alternative to ride trails and I also love MX.
  • 32 7
 9 months pregnant, with wheels
  • 3 4
 Wearing black to hide its belly?
  • 2 3
 Holy Christ, she's ready to burst...
  • 49 36
 Burn it with fire
  • 24 5
 that could have serious eco side effects. Just throw it in outer space with the next Spacex spaceship and let it float through the abyss!
  • 1 3
 What else should I burn it with than fire? Acid?
  • 9 5
 I’ve yet to try an e Mtb. I complained about these cross over suv for a long time and now I own one and it’s pretty nice actually. Times are changing. Maybe as I get older the practical side of me gets stronger. I just need a chronic injury, 40 pounds of blubber and 10 more years and I’ll be ready for one.
  • 2 0
 In some ways an apt comparison. My brother swapped his SUV for a crossover and is now afraid to ever go off road again after the cost of replacing the factory rim that dented and ripping off some of the plastic undercarriage...
  • 1 0
 @stiingya: you get it! i had an 2010 outback. what a joke... out and back to the grocery store. its a heavy car not an suv. i just bought a 2007 mitsubishi outlander. Its the same. its a tall car. but has more ground clearance than the subaru. and selectable awd and a lock out. i wouldn't trust it on a back road but a trip to town is pretty nice!
  • 9 1
 Pinkbike users be like: tHaT HeCkLeR is sO UgLy

Lapierre: Hold my beer
  • 4 1
 i don't get why they more expensive model comes with a small extra battery instead of a 400wh or 500wh extra PowerPak. The form factor of all powerpaks is the same. 300wh really don't get you far....it maybe will last for 20km on turbo...
  • 1 1
 800Wh should be enough for everything if you don't ride in turbo or weigh 100kg.
  • 3 0
 @KalkhoffKiller: Not if you have to carry it in your back pack.

An e-mtb needs at least the 625wh of bosch or better still the 700wh of specialized.
  • 3 0
 @KalkhoffKiller: yeah it's enough, but the weigth difference between the 400 and the 300 is zero and btw 300/400 and 500 it is 100gr. Hence if i'm already carrying around 2,6 kg of battery i could also carry around the one with more capacity.
  • 1 0
 @Eduardoramundo: depends on the rider. Personally I never needed the full 500wh battery capacity even when doing 1500hm of climbing
  • 5 2
 We don’t have the latest sensor tech, the frame design limits dropper choice, the weight distribution may be too far rearward if you like to go up and the motor isn’t optimally designed for rear suspended MTB applications... but hey, we have an e-bike, please buy it!
  • 2 0
 "when encountering silly-steep inclines, you have to tuck in a bit lower to add a bit more pressure to the front wheel due to its lightweight front end" or is it just about getting your gravity center further ahead of the rear axle where all the torque is applied up to the point the bike will wheelie?
  • 1 0
 Sorta sounds like if they would have put the battery in the down tube so the bike wasn't so ugly/off the shelf parts looking/obviously an ebike/and NO WATER BOTTLE...

that the weight would be a little more forward and you wouldn't have to worry about climb wheelies...
  • 2 1
 Great looking bike and great concept. Mass centralisation is one of the main principles of Motocross bike design (not just Low center of gravity) as it helps the bikes feel more balanced and agile. Also applies to eebs. I want one.
  • 5 0
 It is safe to say ebikes are definitely a thing. Every company has one.
  • 4 1
 I'm correct in thinking the hole in the frame is for storing a slice of mid ride pizza right?
  • 1 0
 You'd think they'd have made a SWAT box kind of option for that? But I guess if you don't have a place for a water bottle on your bike there isn't much point in carrying tubes/tools/etc...? Smile
  • 1 0
 500wh battery? Wow for those prices your spending a lot to go less. It’s either you ride a full EBike above the 47lb range or a regular bike nothing in between like the specialized SL
  • 1 0
 500wh + 300wh
  • 1 1
 The more I look at it the more I like it... however I really don’t ever like being able to see the battery not to mention I still believe smaller batteries and lighter weight bikes are the future... thinking more like the Focus Jam2 bikes with a 375Watt battery????????
  • 10 6
 Re (volt) ing
  • 6 4
 Maybe first ebike that doesn't look line pregnant cow. Nice design to keep low tube normal width.
  • 8 6
 Awesome that even blind people are able to ride a mountainbike these days!
  • 2 3
 @ThrillPhil46: best comment
  • 2 1
 @ThrillPhil46: what's wrong? It's quite clear that putting battery not in frame tube but more like water bottle make bike silhouette lighter
  • 2 0
 @Sirflyingv: Just kidding...beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Imho this thing still looks like a pregnant cow and something is seriously wrong with that baby belly.
  • 1 0
 @ThrillPhil46: most of other ebikes I saw, their fat bottom tube make them look absolutely ugly for me, and here is different solution. Still don't like ebikes thou.
  • 2 0
 "Still don't like ebikes thou."
@Sirflyingv: Most important that everybody agrees on that! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @ThrillPhil46: the other cringy point is electric derailers and seatposts. While ebikes are honestly motored, electric components of normal driven bikes from certain point of view enhance performance by using other power source... aint it dope?
  • 5 2
 They designed a bike that looks like a pregnant stingray
  • 1 2
 Load of wank less power less weight wankers, did a lesurelakes demo day and test ridden all the best e bikes,on various occasions, all had shit range, about 45 mins unless you piss Potter about.top out on the flat at about 15mph,now for 8 grand thay want you to carry a battery in your bag, .. The novelty would ware of for me after a few weeks of owning one, if your really desperate to shed a shit load of money, get last years specialized levo it was slightly better than the rest....
  • 2 2
 how can lapierre continuously produce such ugly bikes? do the French actually like them or just buy because theyre French? Who is in the design department, children?! I have so many questions. f*cking yuck
  • 1 2
 I used to filter E-bike content, but missed heckling all the lame new E-bikes and arguing with lazy f*cks that tell me to try it before I knock it- it's way more entertaining hearing lame justifications for how cool and "light" the new bikes are getting.
  • 1 0
 Still fugly, and I still don't get how these even have a place in the day of saving the planet, another battery another hole in the planet.
  • 1 0
 I don't understand, why did you test a L size if you are 168 cms tall?
I'm 168 cms and always using S or M size.
Do you know the wheelbase measure for these bikes? Thanks!
  • 5 2
 Underwhelm
  • 1 0
 The E ews series just got a whole lot more interesting with the arrival of the goat.
  • 1 0
 I really hate that photo of him not climbing up that small tilted rock face.
  • 2 2
 This is going to sound really mean but...it seems Lapierre goes out of their way to make some pretty ugly bikes. Maybe they ride well but man...they don't look good.
  • 1 0
 For the small market and individuals looking for this bikes. What’s with all this posts. It’s an Ebike big deal!
  • 1 0
 Still waiting for someone to do a full review of the Spicy and Zesty cuz those bikes looks badass!
  • 2 3
 This is what happens when...

"Alright mate, what are your design credentials?"

"I ride bikes really fast."

"SOLD! Alright Jony Ive, we've got an eBike for you to design."
  • 7 1
 Nico has has credentials well above just being able to ride fast...
  • 4 0
 @lumpy873: I'm sure he does, this is just the internet and I'm being silly.
  • 1 0
 why air shocks on such heavy bikes?
  • 3 0
 Air is easier to set up initially, and ebikes are all about making things easy.
  • 1 0
 @scottzg: i see that. strange that this logic isnt used with dh bikes then. guessing dh bikes are even more niche so mfg assumes rider will buy sep coils
  • 1 0
 Looks like an angry scorpion.
  • 1 0
 Tbh, i think it looks 2 years out of date!
  • 1 0
 This bike looks pregnant.
  • 1 0
 Looks like it could also iron your clothes, very clever.
  • 11 11
 just ugly... born from hell, send it back
  • 1 0
 Diabolical!
  • 2 3
 Actually doesn't look that bad. Looks better than the Marin Enduro bikes that look disgusting
  • 1 1
 Can hardly tell it’s a ebike
  • 17 19
 Seriously can we just have one big article with all the e-bikes once every make release theirs and be done with it.
  • 12 1
 Set your filters and stop whining.
  • 3 6
 Sure is an E-bike motorcycle, but why would you even climb a 50lbs machine up a hill when you can do it in a 20lbs non-motorized bicyle?
  • 2 3
 AAARRGGHHHH!!!!! MY EYESSSS!!!!! TAKE THEM OUT OF MY SKULL!!!!
  • 1 3
 I clicked on this article solely to announce that no one cares about e-bikes
  • 1 1
 this is ugly Af..????
  • 1 3
 Summing it, 46 lbs is lightweight, GTFO!! You have no credibility!
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