If you believe the opinion of many self-made forum experts, the Lapierre Spicy Team, with its compact geometry, should be virtually unrideable. Nevertheless, it was one of the fastest bikes in our review – how can that be?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: Let’s go Racing! – The 10 fastest enduro bikes in test

Lapierre Spicy Team
Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate | 170/170 mm (front/rear) | € 5,299

Just standing there, the Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate exudes a racy attitude. The blue-red-black paint job with white lettering is reminiscent of a racing car, and the components on the Lapierre underline its racy character. The RockShox suspension consists of a Lyrik RCT3 suspension fork as well as a Super Deluxe shock with 170 mm of travel, with colours matching the red cage of the SRAM X01 Eagle. As a French bike brand, Lapierre relies on Michelin Wild Grip’R tires mounted on 29 mm-wide DT Swiss EX 1501 SPLINE ONE rims. Where in the past our shoes often rubbed the wide rear swing arm, this is no longer an issue. Damage done to the paint by chain slap is a thing of the past as Lapierre has installed two thick plastic protectors – although they’re not very pretty.

Lapierre Spicy Team

Long and slack is the big trend in bike geometry. However the 66° head angle of the Lapierre Spicy isn’t that slack, the BB drop of just 5 mm is rather shallow, and the reach of 461 mm (size L) is quite average by today’s standards. Nevertheless, the bike amazes with its outstanding handling! One of the reasons for this is the finely tuned rear suspension, which absorbs even the smallest hits. At the same time, it provides very good feedback, does not wallow, and generates a lot of traction when braking.

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Lapierre Spicy Team
Helmet Troy Lee D3 | Goggle Oakley O-Frame | Shirt ION SEEK | Shorts ION SEEK Shorts | Shoes ION RASCAL

The Spicy is very direct and light-footed, but unlike other bikes, it’s not demanding or energy-consuming. The balance is brilliant, which becomes especially noticeable through corners. Direction changes are engaged easily, and the bike behaves very predictably. The Spicy refuses to lose its calm over the roughest rock gardens or the meanest of roots – even at high speeds, the Spicy will stay on course. The bike accelerates willingly, though here it couldn’t keep up with the best bikes on test. The Michelin Wild Grip’R tires managed to convince us with a lot of grip and acceptable rolling resistance on the dry, hard test track.

The Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate in Detail

Fork RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170 mm
Rear shock RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 170 mm
Brakes SRAM Guide Ultimate
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seat post RockShox Reverb Stealth
Stem Lapierre Nico Voullioz
Handlebar Lapierre Nico Voullioz
Tires* Michelin Wild Grip’R2
Wheels DT Swiss EX 1501 Spline One
Price € 5,299

Lapierre Spicy Team
The suspension on the Lapierre is one of the best. The bike excels with its sensitivity off the top, a lot of support in the middle, and a good amount of progression towards the end. This provides a lot of traction as well as direct handling.
Lapierre Spicy Team
The hump in the top tube couldn’t convince us visually, but we fell in love with the edgy cable ports right away.
Lapierre Spicy Team
The Michelin Wild Grip’R already convinced us in our tire comparison, and as expected performed well on the rough trails in Finale!
Lapierre Spicy Team
Nice and narrow
The times of rubbing your heels against the chainstays of the Spicy are over, as the chainstays have become significantly narrower.

The geometry of the Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 390 mm 430 mm 460 mm 500 mm
Top tube 580 mm 605 mm 625 mm 650 mm
Head angle 66° 66° 66° 66°
Seat angle 75° 75° 75° 75°
Chainstay 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm
BB Drop 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm
Wheelbase n/a
Reach 421 mm 444 mm 461 mm 484 mm
Stack 593 mm 602 mm 611 mm 620 mm
Wheelsize 27.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″
Lapierre Spicy Team
Forget what you knew about geometry! This bike rocks despite a “steep” head angle!


The Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate puts to rest all geometry theorists, winning us over with its outstanding suspension performance and balanced handling despite the rather steep geometry. If you are looking for an agile bike with enough reserves to go big, you will find it here! Oh, and it’s really fast too!


– plush, yet at the same time very defined rear suspension
– it will eat up turns
– great value for money


– it creaked when pedalling
– the looks aren’t for everyone

For more information head to bikes-lapierre.de

The test fleet

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: Let’s go Racing! – The 10 fastest enduro bikes in test

All bikes in test: Canyon Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Team | Giant Reign Advanced 0 | Nukeproof Mega 275 RS | Pole EVOLINK 140 29 | Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90 | Santa Cruz Hightower LT | SCOTT Genius 900 Tuned 2018 | Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 | YT JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race

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