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First Look: 2024 Lapierre Zesty - All New, All Mountain

May 29, 2024 at 4:21
by Seb Stott  
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We haven't seen a whole lot from Lapierre recently, but the French brand has completely refreshed their mid-travel platform, the Zesty. They're calling it a "pure All Mountain" bike that "erodes the boundaries of MTB". It's got 150 mm of travel at each end and can accommodate either a full 29" wheel setup or mixed wheels thanks to a flip chip that allows the same frame to run either option.

Lapierre wanted to make the new bike lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, using to a blend of three types of unidirectional carbon fibre in the frame. Lapierre say that both the front and rear triangles are stiffer than before, which makes it "more precise, more dynamic and more efficient in accelerations."
Lapierre Zesty Details
• Full-carbon frame
• 150 mm travel f&r
• 29" wheels or mullet, with flip-chip
• Sizes S-XL, reach: 435, 460, 480, 505 mm
• 64.5° head angle, 77° seat angle
• Tool Box located at the bottom of the down tube.
• 2,470 g claimed bare frame weight
• 14.6 kg / 32.1 lb claimed bike weight (9.9 model)
• Price: 4,499€ - 9,299€ / £3,999 - £8,999
lapierrebikes.com

Could this be the least informative product launch video yet?

Details are a little thin for now, but the 150 mm of travel is generated by a four-bar layout, which is said to be more progressive than before for added sensitivity at the start of the stroke and bottom-out resistance at the end. The shock tunnel has been made wider to accommodate modern high-volume shocks and to make space for the RockShox Flight Attendant system, which is fitted to the top-spec model.

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The storage compartment door is a replaceable part that bears the brunt of rock strikes.
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Cables run through the headset only.
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Raw carbon finish on the 8.9 model - also note the flip chip for swapping wheel sizes.

There is in-frame storage underneath the downtube, with a cover that doubles as a frame protector. Inside there is a liner to prevent tools from ratting.

Other frame details to note include a UDH, press-fit BB, headset-only cable routing, plenty of room for a water bottle and a tool mount under the top tube. There are fork bumper under the downtube, and a block lock in the Across Aheadset.



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Geometry

The Zesty has been thoroughly modernised, with reach figures growing by 20 mm and wheelbase growing by 30 mm compared to the old Zesty, while seat angles are 3.7 degrees steeper. The chainstay length (RC) is size-specific, growing by 5 mm between medium and large, and again between large and XL, to help balance the weight distribution in the big sizes.



Models and pricing

Four out of five models are equipped with 35-36 mm stanchion forks and four-pot brakes, while the lightweight CF 9.9 spec has a 140 mm travel Fox 34 fork paired with a shorter-stroke shock delivering 140 mm of travel at the rear.

Lapierre have provided us with claimed full-build weights for two of the models: 14.6 kg (32.1 lb) for the lightest 9.9 build and 15.2 kg (33.5 lb) for 7.9.

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102 Comments
  • 156 4
 press fit bb and headset cable tourism. well done!
  • 6 1
 Noooooooo!
  • 35 0
 From the bike looks I can tell that they will soon sell out to a chinese corpo which will try to fire their CEO Razz This is what happens when you use cable tourism and promote e-bikeish look simultaneously. It's inevitable, this is how the Universe works.
  • 12 0
 Plus the seat post insertion depth looks really small. All easily avoided design choices surely.
  • 10 1
 Fox 36 FIT 4 cartridge, Argh... !
  • 5 4
 I just saw it and went to the comments to say this, take your upvote dude.
  • 6 0
 Lapierre once again knowing exactly which little details customers like to see......
  • 73 2
 Actually I'm quite happy about haedset routing, it saves me a lot of money. I'm not going to buy a new bike untill this trend is over
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: e-bikeish looks usually come down to increasing in frame storage, not sure it’s an aesthetic choice.
  • 1 0
 @mahargetan:

That, and hiding the shock, which makes it much harder to clea...er...I mean, safe from the elements.
  • 2 3
 most ppl would probably over tighten and crack their bottom bracket if it was threaded. Sad there isnt an alloy version of this..
  • 1 1
 Hope whoever buys one likes replacing lower shock bushings... Right in the firing line from the rear wheel.
  • 77 1
 nice looking bike, maybe not much inf…

oh it’s got headset cable routing, never mind
  • 71 7
 Congratulations. You've made a Stumpjumper Evo with a worse suspension layout, pressfit, and headset cable routing. Pass. Get a Stumpy.
  • 3 5
 I thought exactly the same.
  • 7 1
 Just wait until the Stumpy gets refreshed with cable tourism. Game set match!
  • 3 19
flag tempnoo1 FL (May 29, 2024 at 7:39) (Below Threshold)
 And it's funny because an SJ Evo is just a regular SJ with a shock that's too long for it. How have Lapierre messed up this badly?
  • 10 1
 @tempnoo1: did you miss the whole recent generation of sj/sj evo? very different bikes
  • 3 0
 Plus a slack actual STA, expensive for Deore, with sub-Deore Cues hubs, "not great" suspension and 150mm dropper in a large! And looks like an eeb. Apart from that, yeah, amazing...
  • 3 9
flag tempnoo1 FL (May 29, 2024 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Upduro: Nah unless there's been an update since 2021 I stand by what I say.
  • 12 1
 @tempnoo1: the bikes have two different suspension designs, so you probably want to re-evaluate your "opinion".
  • 2 0
 Don't forget it is heavier than a stumpy too!
  • 1 1
 DAM, that was harsh... but yea
  • 58 0
 Prioritizing headset routing over seat post insertion… interesting design choice. Good luck with that.
  • 3 0
 They're still living in the 20-teens
  • 5 0
 Love the pictures with 4 inches of post below the collar sticking out and yet they fail to list max insertion depth on their geometry chart. I pity the fool who sees the short seat tube and thinks, oooh this will work great for me, then installs the 200mm dropper in and realizes the 436mm seat tube is effectively 536mm long.
  • 2 0
 @Caddz: Came here to say the same thing. What an epic fail on their part!
  • 1 0
 Adequate seatpost insertion depth is missed by so many bike companies these days. Reeb is the best in the biz with their Steezl… the cable port is just a few mm above the bb whereas this one is probably 200mm up from the bb.
  • 13 0
 ability to run a long dropper and have it slammed is surely a massive feature on a modern mtb.
  • 6 0
 The touristic route the dropper cable takes is also really nice
  • 11 2
 Funny how things change. In early 2010s, lapierre had some of the best bikes on the market, and they had a mix of experienced, cool, promising and legendary riders in all mtb disciplines. Now LP is a joke
  • 7 1
 Doesn't Isabeau Courdurier ride for them? And Adrian Dailly?
  • 10 1
 Thanks for letting me know right away that it has through headset cable routing. No need to read anything else.
  • 9 0
 Lost me at headset routing. Just stop. Can you a*sholes PLEASE listen to the customers? We hate this.
  • 3 0
 I dont understand what they are smoking over at lapierre. For years the bikes were super ugly due to that hunchback. Now they get rid of the hunchback, only to introduce a knockblock & the bikes have this awful pass through of the seat tube. Maybe europeans really have different taste when it comes to bikes.
  • 1 0
 pass through shock makes it like my 93 GT RTS
  • 6 0
 the spec sheets say fit4 damper, surely not?
  • 14 0
 They got a REALLY good deal on Fit4 dampers hahaha
  • 1 0
 @90sMTBEnjoyer: Can't imagine why? Wink
  • 3 5
 @noapathy: I personally think it's slept on as a damper, I have a factory 38 with a fit4 and I really like it. I can run my fork enduro soft and lock it out when I want to do a flow trail
  • 3 1
 @90sMTBEnjoyer: Problem is that it's worse than a GRIP1 for most people, and the lockout for that one is also one lever. It's not bad per se (better than MoCo lol) but it's still worse than a Marzocchi or anything RS make.

I say that and now I think about it, it's probably easier to set up than GRIP2 and I don't think the damper's used that much on Fox products, it's all airspring and rebound damping (which is top tier).
  • 2 0
 @tempnoo1: it has the added bonus of being gold though. I see what you mean, too, I think the new GripX will be an improvement on the Fit4 and I'll be looking for one to replace mine.
  • 2 0
 @90sMTBEnjoyer: Gold and not having to service it as much, makes it worth it alone lol
  • 3 0
 Honest question for the PB crowd. Are they really popular in Europe or other parts of the glove???? I have never seen a Lapierre here in the eastern USA, I have also been to utah and Colorado and not a single sight of one.
  • 3 1
 In this part of Europe ie where France, Switzerland and Germany meet, I can't remember the last time I saw one in the flesh
  • 2 0
 They were popular in Europe for a while - late 2000's early 2010's - used to see lots of them around the PdS
  • 3 0
 In Pinky, not so much. But I do seem a fair few over in thumb and pointer. Never been to ring though.
  • 5 0
 At least the Hump back is gone.
  • 3 2
 Lapierre say that both the front and rear triangles are stiffer than before, which makes it "more precise, more dynamic and more efficient in accelerations."

Isn't stiffer inherently less dynamic?

It sounds cool in the marketing and thats all that matters.
  • 1 1
 Referring to the meaning of dynamic being full of energy, I guess that’s what they are saying, stiffer, more energetic on the climbs
  • 8 0
 People were having their tyres rubbing paint off the chainstays on the old zesty/spicy so this is likely an improvement.
  • 3 0
 Door for the storage compartment is on the bottom of the downtube, so whenever you open it everything inside dumps onto the groud, and it's a pain in the neck to fill. Smart.
  • 1 0
 Stand the bike on its bars and saddle - solved. Sure you scratch the bars and controls and get your saddle dirty but your PB&J sandwich isnt in the cow pat.
  • 3 2
 funny how PB posters slam everything!! "headset routing, no way", "split seat tube, no way", "clevis shock, no way", "too heavy", "looks like an e-bike with that storage in the downtime", " No down tube storage"..... It goes on and on, no wonder the bike industry is in trouble!!
  • 1 0
 i'm happy to see the well deserved shitstorm,
headset cable routing,
stupid damper in the forks (fit4)
stupid build kits ( xt deralieur but cheap out on a deore cassette and chain that will last 5 rides before being 0.75 )
no seatpost insertion
actual seat tube angle off the charts
press fit bottom braket
and the lower part of the shaft getting all the shit from the tyre
I’m wondering what else they could've done wrong
  • 9 5
 Looks too much like a Mountain Moped (e-bike)
  • 1 0
 The Next SL crank must be a typo. Pretty sure running that on a bike with more than 120mm of travel voids the warranty. But also, if you're gonna go high end put the damn Era on there.
  • 1 0
 Dunno about warranty but the RF website says its for XC and Trail - not All Mountain and this bike is ALL mountain.
  • 2 0
 Next SL and a PF BB...you won't know where the creaks are coming from and it won't be a 5 minute fix. But every model has a bottle opener so you can drink your problems away.
  • 1 0
 a shock fender that doesn't fully cover the stanchion that is so close to wheel debris path... whaaaa??? don't they have mud in France?! (it's a rhetorical question... I know full well they do).
  • 3 0
 How to make e-bikes blend in. step 1: make non-e-bikes look like e-bikes. step 2: ???
  • 3 0
 The launch video made me want to ride the trails in the video - I'll take my own bike but the trails look nice.
  • 1 0
 That's got to be one of the worst launch videos I've ever seen
  • 2 2
 The amount of bikes being released with incredibly poor dropper post-insertion blows my mind. I'm 5'8" and if I can't run at least 180mm post, there's zero chance I'm choosing that bike. My last 5 bikes have all been capable of running longer travel posts. 2016 Trek Slash with a 180mm Oneup, 2020 Knolly Fugitive LT and 2022 Chilcotin with 200mm SDG's, 2020 Ibis Ripmo with a 210mm Oneup, and 2023 GT Force Carbon with a 210mm Oneup (all in size mediums). Seeing press release shots with 50+mm exposed posts turns me off faster than cable tourism. To be fair to LP, it is a good-looking frame and the weight is respectable, especially considering the tool storage.
  • 1 0
 It’s so lazy of bike companies! And as bikes size up, seatpost insertion depth should increase, then seatpost length shouldn’t have to change as much. XL bikes could easily have 440mm seat tubes
  • 2 0
 problem is the Rockshox AXS reverb as is the spec on the main photo'ed bike - it comes in a max 170mm which is specced on the L and XL. And I guess they dont want the lower spec models to have a longer drop so they all top out at 170mm too. We can't actually tell if a longer drop post will fit or if its insertion-limited.
  • 1 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: that’s a good point, I just replaced the 150 AXS post on my force with a 210 Oneup and the Oneup still has a significantly lower compressed stack height when slammed. The part that kills me about the AXS is that even if the post is able to be slammed (ie straight seat tube), the stack height from the massive collar and clamp mechanism adds like 40mm to what a Oneup or similar would have
  • 4 0
 hard pass...
  • 4 0
 I like it raw.
  • 1 0
 I feel like with a frame weight under 5.5lbs and the build of that 9.9 model it shouldn't come out to be 32lbs. What am I missing?
  • 1 0
 I had the same question, the build kit doesn't look especially heavy. If I was guessing I would have said closer to 30
  • 2 0
 Missed opportunity if they don't make an alloy version and call it "Zesty AF"
  • 1 1
 Had a 2019 Zesty Aluminium and the thing was bomb proof. Great to see the brace on the seatstays though, had a bit of flex on the last gen
  • 1 0
 Also the 9.9 has only 140mm of fork travel on a 150 frame? They need a proofreader.
  • 2 4
 Finally! Maybe we are moving away from the enduro monsters that only 1% of riders can actually put through their paces? Still too heavy, but with a 2.5 pounds frame only weight on can go much lower than 32 pounds.

And thank you for another day without motored-bicycles!
  • 1 0
 Cables run through the headset only...(shits pants in anger.) no need to read any further.
  • 4 2
 Zesty indeed
  • 2 1
 Looks quite zesty
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  • 2 0
 Looks like a E-MTB.
  • 1 0
 How are these guys still in business?
  • 1 0
 They sell very well in Europe and they have very good relationships with dealers
  • 1 0
 Not #ONCOIL enough... Brah.
  • 1 2
 Despite the design flaws noted above, I think it looks effin brilliant! The only thing I'd pick up on is the huge jump between reach on the S and M.
  • 1 0
 Well the bike is definitley Zesty.
  • 1 0
 My wife has the old E-Zesty, seat post insertion is the worst.
  • 1 0
 saddest bike ever released!
  • 1 0
 This bike would go well with some tight capri pants and an fff jersey
  • 1 0
 what a fitting name
  • 1 1
 euro af
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