First Look: Lapierre Spicy 2016

Aug 25, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Lapierre Spicy 2016


Earlier this year Lapierre released the new version of the well-loved Zesty: a completely re-worked platform for 2016. Sharing the same OST+ suspension system, a new Spicy was also on the cards, and it will be shown to the public for the first time at Eurobike and become available in October. A brand new and beefed up Spicy, with progressive race geometry developed by Nicolas Vouilloz, this latest version of the Spicy is an enduro race machine that Lapierre says is ready to tackle the toughest of descents. Prices range from 3199 - 6999 EUR.

MTB legend and Lapierre R&D team member, Nico Vouilloz was integral to the Spicy’s development. He said: ''We knew from the start that we wanted to increase the travel but keep it efficient when pedalling. To do this we kept the OST+ suspension system, but played around with different settings. We adjusted the pivot point position for a better suspension curve. We also adjusted the geometry and the longer reach and shorter seat tube really improve the handling. This new version is a real enduro machine that's perfected to win races.''
2016 Spicy Details

• OST+ suspension system, revised pivot placements for an improved suspension curve
• Longer travel: 165mm rear travel and 160mm front
• Adapted geometry: slack, long and low. A longer reach and shorter seat tube. Shorter and wider cockpit, and slackened head angle.
• Longer Reach: S+18mm, M+16mm, L+20mm, XL +18mm
• Shorter ST: S and M -10mm, L and XL -20mm
• Cockpit: 45mm stem and 780mm bars
• Oversized pivot axles: increased stiffness, better reliability and easy maintenance
• Tyre clearance improved by 10mm.
• e:i Shock Auto compatible
• Hydration: more space has been added for a larger bottle



Lapierre Spicy 2016


Lapierre Spicy 2016

Lapierre Spicy 2016
Lapierre Spicy 2016

Lapierre Spicy 2016



MENTIONS: @Lapierre-Bikes




89 Comments

  • 170 28
 It's only me, or it looks horrible?
  • 94 13
 That top tube is hideous.
  • 94 10
 that's what I thought...looks like it has scoliosis
  • 25 6
 Good way to smash your fragile bits: curve your top tube upwards.
  • 21 7
 You may not like the top tube, but it looks like you have enough clearance to use a shock with a piggyback now. Good job Lapierre!
  • 6 3
 I think with different colors, it would look much better.
  • 6 3
 Saw this at the hotlines show at the beginning of the month but in yellow. First thing I told the rep when he showed me was how ugly it was.
  • 4 0
 @Saving-Jones1013 Couldn't they get away with a visually pleasing straight top tube if the piggyback faced downwards? It would swing away from the downtube through the travel so no problem there.
Stand-over improves also, may struggle for water bottle but can always do something creative to get it low on the downtube- a la mojo HD3.
I guess for reasons unknown that lapierre had a mandate to make it look different to the zesty.
  • 15 1
 I like it! Looks like an old Nomad (not a Session).
  • 1 0
 @Legalaze@tlilly@preach@whilgenb,

all of your comments - priceless!! at work right now and needed a good laugh, thanks!

looks like the designer took his queue's the Foes hydro prototype-maybe?

all in all I don't think its that bad looking...

at least the geo is up to date.
  • 9 0
 Just say no to upwards-curved top tubes
  • 7 1
 Is the top tube shaped like that so there's room for the piggy back shock and a water bottle. Here's a thought, bike industry...RESHAPE THE WATER BOTTLE
  • 10 0
 @whilgenb - if you've fallen off your seat and are crashing into your bike, do you think it'll make any difference what curve the tube has? 'Oh gee, I fell into this rock but thankfully it has a concave shape so I'm unharmed' said no one. Ever.
  • 5 0
 It looks like either the bike is hunched over and taking a painful bladder-stone piss or it just crashed into a tree way too hard in its younger years and now has a permanent hunchback. Reference Mondraker for how to make that bent top tube look amazing and not hideous.
  • 5 0
 the hunchback of notre dame is back.
  • 4 1
 Nomad's hunchback cousin...
  • 1 0
 @cwatt
Crashing forward onto the toptube, you are correct, it makes no difference. I'm thinking more of the low-speed technical situations where if you stall, you have to put your foot down in a hurry and find that your top tube is a good 20-40mm taller than your inseam. I suppose you could just fall over instead of catching yourself and solve that problem.

I think it looks good but from a practicality standpoint, I don't like it as much. Everyone's a critic right?
  • 1 0
 I like it. I'd ride the piss out of that bike.
  • 2 1
 You're right, looks like shit.
  • 71 16
 I dont mind what all people say here. That thing looks beautiful!
  • 12 11
 agreed! LP's are so hott
  • 11 14
 First thing I said was damn that is a sexy bike and i scroll down and a ton of people are hating on it
  • 7 10
 Looks super sleek. Love it.
  • 27 3
 what's up with that dropper post? it seems like the rider would have to be nine feet tall and mostly legs when that thing extends
  • 12 0
 would guess its cause its fresh out of the box for the show and they have not had time to do a proper build so its got a stock length hose, so either run it real high or have a massive cable out front. not 100% but just my guess
  • 1 0
 i think sometimes companies will put their posts up really high for display. even on downhill bikes. it just kind of looks nicer
  • 3 0
 @Jack-T-Media does it though?
  • 1 0
 i dont know.... @nvranka
  • 23 4
 Was created for riders with bent penises
  • 8 1
 This comment offends me
  • 18 3
 can u get one without all the electric bullshit?
  • 7 0
 I guess so, it says "e:i Shock Auto compatible" no "e:i Shock Auto compulsory"
  • 9 0
 The top tube looks like a dog when it's about to take a dump
  • 3 0
 Hahaha, best comment here! Gotta be different frame design. Looks like it was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Where can you place the water bottles? Taped to your helmet?
  • 8 0
 Old Nomad/Mondy impregnation = new Zesty
  • 9 2
 It looks like a Titus El Guappo. Not a good idea.
  • 5 0
 The El Guappo was a lovely bike, nine years ago.
  • 3 0
 EG has the shock driving off the TT, & the rocker pivoting off the DT, this is the opposite. & those frames are pretty damn good considering they're about half the price of comparable bikes.
  • 2 1
 Front triangle is very similar. And performance isn't the issue. The El Guappo looked like a dog parking its lunch.
  • 7 0
 Strange that 165 bikes aren't being specd with a 170 fork.
  • 1 0
 It may seem odd but if the fork is good enough and the shock tuned well enough it can work brilliantly, a good example is the specialized pitch, 140 fork and 150 frame and yet seemed completely balanced and I never really needed more fork.
  • 6 1
 I hear the Lyrik comes in a 170...just sayin....
  • 8 1
 great geo, but that top tube bends the wrong way
  • 6 3
 That is ugly. I was hoping for 65,5 HA, longer reach, better cable routing for the rear derailleur and a tiny adjustment for the shockmounts so you could fit a piggybag shock and maybe even the new Lyrik or Fox 36. I'll keep my sexy 2015 Spicy for now and check back for the 2017 models.
  • 7 0
 I wish it looked more like a Session
  • 3 0
 Would NEVER buy a Lapierre again. They took 12 months to replace a faulty carbon chainstay on my £5k 916.
Great bike but the worsed customer service I've ever experienced. Totally hid behind Hotlines (distributor), no compensation, no apology, no offer of a replacement frame. Not even matching decals for the replacement part and cited their T&C's meant they do not have to match decals.
They make good (and pretty) bikes (save the above) but be very careful indeed, if you think they'll fix an issue.
  • 4 0
 They have gone backwards with that one, loved the older models but that looks terrible
  • 2 0
 looks like those 90's experiments ( some were good, others.... )... I'd like to ride it before to just say it looks horrible ( it looks weird and ill as f*ck ).
But all the E-parts, it sucks.
  • 4 0
 Just like I tell my picky friends at the bar: she may not be hot, but definitely hot enough.
  • 5 0
 Never thought a top tube could be a deal- breaker...
  • 5 1
 They used to have the best looking frame around IMO. Used to.
  • 2 1
 At lest they have got rid of the in board rear brake, every Zesty / spicy I saw out had massive heal rub & owners were complaining, LP might of listened there. 3 cracked Zesty's made me go else where
  • 3 0
 More travel out back than in the front, different..
  • 3 13
flag Rockmonkey (Aug 25, 2015 at 13:05) (Below Threshold)
 Fairly normal set up. My Transition has 140 front 125 rear and you never notice the difference. Loads of bikes have more at the front than the back (Nukeproof Mega, Mandrake Foxy, Giant Reign, Transition Scout and Patrol)
  • 11 0
 Read again @Rockmonkey
  • 3 0
 It's missing Boost! #saidnooneever
  • 4 1
 It looks like they are trying to sell more Zestys.
  • 2 1
 ie auto is a really awesome set up and looks much cleaner then fox electric set up. I wanted to hate it. didn't want it, still don't need it. but love having it!
  • 3 1
 Looks like a girl who doesn't know that arching her back up during doggy style is very unsexy
  • 2 1
 Hmmm i really liked the 2013 model design then frame for me was ugly and now this new frame looks promising ! It reminds me the old SC Jackal or Mondraker. Nice
  • 3 1
 That looks like the old style ei battery...
  • 3 1
 That sure is a funky frame design look.
  • 3 1
 I like that it looks different, I just don't like how it looks :/
  • 2 0
 Must be a great bike to ride, but the frame design is undeniably ugly.
  • 1 0
 sick bike frenchies, To bad the importation of thoes bikes in the USA is no longer... Dummies.
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure that's the ugliest fucking bike I've ever seen. Colors, Ok.. Functional, yes... But the lines.. ECK
  • 1 0
 They all say the ugly bikes ride best.......
  • 2 0
 LO! BEHOLD! THE HUNCHBACK OF LAPIERRE!
  • 2 1
 Like an odd version off the old nomad. Still sweet doe
  • 3 1
 No. Just no.
  • 4 2
 Fugly French Shit. Fail.
  • 1 0
 To much going on in that frame.. dunno.. not a fan!
  • 1 0
 Is it just me, or why again the old battery pack?
  • 2 2
 My goodness she looks expensive... But I like it...
  • 3 2
 Pretty tasty, I want one
  • 4 3
 Love all Lapierre bikes
  • 3 2
 What an ugly bike!
  • 1 0
 ugly!
  • 1 0
 R.I.P. balls...
  • 1 0
 It's a real Froggie!
  • 2 3
 Quite capable looking, loving the color scheme too - very artistic
  • 2 2
 Why i need +20 mm reach?
  • 4 6
 Looks like a Newmad.
  • 24 2
 Looks like Quasimodo
  • 11 1
 Looks like your mom last night, with the way the top tube is arched...

(Time to get neg props)
  • 2 1
 looks like the 2008 nomad
  • 2 4
 Stunning looking machine
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