Like many companies, Lapierre had already given us a glimpse of their new products at their pre-EUROBIKE press conference. However, unable to resist a wander to the French team’s stand, we were rewarded with a closer look at the new Spicy.

The Lapierre Spicy has changed much more than just its image since last year, as its rear travel has been increased to 165 mm and the bike now boasts a truly enduro-race nature. The two top-of-the-range models come with a carbon frame, while the most affordable has an aluminium frame. The chainstays and rocker arms on all of the models remain in aluminium.

Das LAPIERRE Spicy hat sich optisch wie technisch seit letztem Jahr verändert.
Both aesthetical and technically, the Spicy has gone to the next level.
Auch kleine Details wie der Schaltwerk-Schutz aus Carbon wurden nicht vergessen.
Small details such as the carbon derailleur protector haven’t gone unnoticed.
This is where the Magic happens: Der Akku liefert dem  e:i-System Strom. In der Serie sorgt ein länglicher, seitlich platzierter Akku für ausreichend Platz, damit auf den Flaschenhalter nicht verzichtet werden muss.
This is where the magic happens: the battery powers the e:i system. The off-the-peg bike will feature a lengthways, side-placed battery to ensure that there’s still space for the bottle cage.

The Spicy’s USP remains its e:i system, which Lapierre developed alongside RockShox to ensure that the rear shock is permanently in the optimal and most effective mode. The Spicy Team, Lapierre’s top model for 2016, exclusively features the e:i shock with the electronically controlled suspension system. While the mid-range model, the Spicy 527, allows the customer the choice of opting for the e:i system, the budget model, the Spicy 327, does not offer the technology.

Alle Komplettbike-Varianten des Spicy kommen dieses Jahr mit 1x11-fach-Antrieben.
All of the Spicy models come with a 1×11 drivetrain.
Am Steuerrohr kann das e:i-System auf die Vorlieben des Fahrers eingestellt oder eine Automatik gewählt werden.
The e:i system can be tuned to the rider’s preferences from the headtube, or automatically selected.
Der Dämpfer wird durch das e:i-System permanent an die Gegebenheiten angepasst.
The e:i system means the rear shock is permanently tuned to the occasion.

Specification LAPIERRE Spicy Team e:i

Fork: RockShox PIKE RCT3 Solo Air, 160 mm
Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3 E:i
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1/X01-Mix
Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
Wheelset: SRAM Rail 50
Weight: 13,8 kg

Specification LAPIERRE Spicy 527

Fork: RockShox PIKE RC Solo Air, 160 mm
Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3 E:i/FOX FLOAT Performance
Drivetrain: SRAM GX/X01-Mix
Brakes: SRAM Guide R
Wheelset: Mavic EN423-Rims/Formula-Hubs
Weight: 13,4 kg (w/ e:i)/13,5 kg (w/o e:i)

Specification LAPIERRE Spicy 327

Fork: FOX 34 FLOAT Performance
Shock: FOX FLOAT Performance
Drivetrain: SRAM GX
Brakes: Shimano BR-M615
Wheelset: Mavic EN323-Rims/Formula-Hubs
Weight: 14,4 kg

Das Spicy 327 ist die günstigste Modellvariante und verfügt über einen Aluhauptrahmen.
Featuring an aluminium frame, the Spicy 327 is the most affordable of the three models.
Das Spicy 327 gibt es nur ohne e:i-System, der Dämpfer muss also noch analog gelockt werden.
The Spicy 327 does not come with the e:i system, and the rear shock has to be locked-out by hand.
Nicht so neumodisch: Die Zugverlegung erfolgt bei LAPIERRE auch im Jahr 2016 extern.
Not so on trend: Lapierre have kept the cables on the outside.
Anscheinend hat Nico Vouilloz nicht nur bei der Entwicklung des Rahmens mitgewirkt.
Clearly Nico Vouilloz helped to develop more than just the frame.

All the models are kitted out with a 1×11 drivetrain and front derailleurs can be mounted on each. Coming in four sizes, the Spicy boasts revised geometry for 2016 with both the frame and the rear now longer than the previous year’s model. This should ensure that the bike rides comfortably along the ever-faster enduro racetracks.


Size S M L XL
Chainstay Length 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm
Headtube Angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seattube Angle 75° 75° 75° 75°
Seattube Length 390 mm 430 mm 460 mm 500 mm
Reach 421 mm 444 mm 461 mm 484 mm
Stack 593 mm 602 mm 611 mm 620 mm
Mit diesem Schaubild wurde die genaue Funktionsweise des e:i am LAPIERRE-Stand erklärt.
The e:i system’s inner workings are outlined on this sign at the Lapierre stand.

All the models are expected to be out for delivery from the end of October onwards.

Further information can be found at

Words: Martin Stöckl Pictures: Klaus Kneist

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