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Nico and Lapierre roll out a 27.5 Spicy for the Enduro World Series

Nico and Lapierre roll out a 27.5 Spicy for the Enduro World Series

Just days before the first round of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala and Nico Vouilloz reveals that he’s going to be running 27.5 (or 650b if you like) wheels on this new prototype Lapierre Spicy Team.


We can’t wait to see which rider is going to take the win at this first ever Enduro World Series race, and it’ll be very interesting to see what size wheels they’re running. Fabien Barel showed the other week that it’s still more than possible to win a race like this on 26″ wheels, but with the strong possibility of some extremely close racing maybe choice of wheel size will become a deciding factor.

Anyway, here’s the official press release on this new bike…

Spicy Team 27.5 … En route for Punta Ala !

The first round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala offers a teaser of what to expect from Lapierre in 2014. Nico Vouilloz will be using his new steed for the first time : the Spicy Team.

A honed race machine specced to perfection : e:i shock with the new Monarch Relay, the new 160mm Pike, straight out of the BlackBox programme, SRAM XX1 groupset, new SRAM wheels… in 27.5 !

This bike gives a little taster of the Lapierre 2014 range…

Like all Enduro racers, Nico Vouilloz is impatient to attack the Enduro World Series. He will be joined by the Team Lapierre Gravity Republic riders (Loic Bruni, Sam Blenkinsop, Emmeline Ragot), who are taking part as a preparation for the coming DH season.


Nico will also be wearing his new race kit, specially produced by Troy Lee Designs.

Troy Lee Design Nico

So what do you lot think, is wheel size going to make a difference to the results? Or would you just be shitting yourself about racing against the legend that is Nico no matter what size wheels he’s running?

  1. Joe

    Looks v nice.. but why such a small front chainring?

  2. terrid

    Best-looking Lapierre to date by far. Hope they stick with that paint job.

  3. Christopher Day

    The chainring is XX1 hence being so small.
    Paint job looks sick, much nicer than the 2013 range.

    1. Leon

      Are they only available in such useless sizes or some thing ??

      1. Steven

        you can get them in larger sizes, however because the smallest gear on the cassette has 10 teeth rather than the more normal 11, a 32 tooth chainring in top gear with a xx1 cassette would feel like a 35.2 (not that such a thing exists but almost 36) tooth chainring with a normal cassette

      2. Steven

        also, because it has 27.5 inch rear wheels that will make the gearing effectively higher, the combination of 10 tooth gear plus larger wheels would make its 32 tooth chainring feel like a 37 tooth chainring on a conventional bike

  4. robbonzo

    First Lapierre I like the look of. very nice indeed.

  5. Olly

    That’s a lovely looking thing! Giving those Pikes the black box treatment makes them into Marzocchis at first glance though.

  6. unleash

    i beg to differ i think the the 516 and 916 spicys for 2013 are far better looking

  7. Cyrus

    Lets hope they have a decent length top tube on the mediums…..this isn’t 2003, people want to run short stems and wide bars on 160mm bikes. And while they’re at it maybe they could sort the linkage/shock tune so that it’s plush and stable over rough ground as opposed to skipping around like a kangaroo on a trampoline. Thanks

  8. gee

    Decent length top tube? It’s 590 on the medium – SC Nomad is 57.8, Spec Enduro 58.8, Trek Slash 58.5 – it’s one of the longer bikes in it’s class. And they do get the short stem – comes stock with a 55mm. As for the shock, I’d say you either can’t set up a shock, or can’t ride a bike.

    1. Cyrus

      Thanks for that Gee, I can read from a manufacturers website too. I’ll use my actual bike, and other actual bikes to come to my conclusions.
      The Spicy comes with a 55mm stem compounding the short tt length, despite having exactly the same frame as the zesty, which comes with a 70mm stem and is better balanced because of it. And thanks, I can set up a shock, I probably just ride at a much higher level than you where these little quirks manifest themselves.

      1. WAKi

        Gee – I recommend you to take look at Yeti SB66 which is a bike with geometrical balls, not made for a brake burner, yet no so extreme as Mondraker RX. Most pros choose a bike the size larger than the chart says for their height, for the sole purpose of havign longer TT. They don’t give a shit about the longer seat tube, because unlike poor riders, they ride with quite high saddles. Long TT favours aggressive riding stance and makes it harder to ride in a sloppy way and hang on too far back. Nomads are at least an inch to short.

  9. Fred Dibner

    Cyrus, everyone who talks like you is shit on a bike. Including all the journalists who insist on filling the mags with pictures of themselves these days.

    Most of us get the bike we like and set it up for ourselves properly and adapt to any slight changes from our last bike……. by actually riding it rather than sitting in a trail centre cafe/Internet forum talking complete bollocks

    Compared to Nico we are almost all shit on a bike, I’ll take his design ideas and R&D and work with them over your gobshite any day.

    1. Cyrus

      Fred I’ll try not to cry into the internet since your words cut so deeply, but I think what you’re basically saying is that myself, and every journalist, and people who are generally analytical or particular about their bike set up are shit on bikes?. I don’t know that many journalists, but I know some who I consider to be pretty fast, and if they’re shit, then that’s good enough for me.

      You on the other hand just swing a leg over your bike and go, and you’re happy that Nico V has done all the R&D for you. That’s cool too. It’s not like the bike you ride is some sort of piss poor cheaply specced derivation a million miles away from a pros bike I mean…..I’m sure you know that Nico is known as just about the most analytical rider to ever compete. The man with the most anally retentive attention to detail bordering on OCD. A person who does anything but just “adapt to the bike by riding it”. And I’m sure the fact that Nico has more often than not raced on a large Spicy/Zesty doesn’t totally re-inforce my point and make you look like a tit now does it? or the fact that he changes shocks and tyres more often that he changes socks? That doesn’t totally back up what I was saying does it?

      1. WAKi

        Large frame, and the fact that Nico isn’t exactly the tallest man you ever met Fred…

        Im so full of internet hate todaaaay!
        Punta ALLAAAAA!

  10. Fred+Dibner

    Nope not what I said or meant…

    Your talking like you’re Nico one minute, then some punter who can’t change a stem or tune a shock the next.


  11. Gogzee

    Lets hope they have ironed out the cracks in their frames. Mind you Nico probably gets one per race so it might just about last!

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