After the big news last week of the X-Flow, an all-new 120mm full-susser, Lapierre has shown the world its new Zesty and Spicy bikes for 2012.
Perhaps new is the wrong word. Updated is probably more accurate, and mildly at that. Both the 140mm Zesty and 160mm Spicy have been such popular bikes, and hits with UK mountain bikers, that the French-based company clearly decided to stay away from altering the winning formula too much.
Instead the suspension has been updated, with OST+ been refined with an improved leverage ratio curve. Coming out of development time with Nico Voullioz, the designers tweaked the shock curve to lend it increased suppleness at the beginning of the shocks stroke for better grip on smaller bumps, with a more gradual progression through the rest of the stroke.
The Zesty’s geometry has been made slacker, the head angle changing from 68 to 67, and the bottom bracket is a bit lower. The Spicy head angle is now 66 from 67 before. The chainstay length is also shorter.
Carbon has been used on both models with a new linkage, and other changes include smart internal cable routing and mount for dropper posts.
The Zesty range will including three carbon and three aluminium options, and the Spicy will now be available with a carbon frame, lopping 400g off the aluminium versions weight.