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2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 19:13 pm

New Bike

Where to start? Caught the mountain biking bug this time last year when i purchased my lowly Kona Four, but come January time i felt rather than pour money into fixing/upgrading it i set about buying a new bike. I'd been looking around for a good few months before i went ahead and got my Lapierre, loved the older ones but thought i'd wait and get the new 2014 650b model. Got it for a good price since Wheelbase were doing a trade in offer so got £500 knocked off RRP, so thought i'd take a little bit of that spare money and stop by Evan's Cycle's in Kendal on my way back for these

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Having a ride the next day thought i'd better get them on double quick, loving the Saint's now i removed the washers on the pins

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And the obligatory 'recently purchased bike in the front room' pictures

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Got a few things i've done to it since then (given it was 5 months ago now) and got a few things planned for this summer, such as a 1X drivetrain, Hope Pro 2's laced to Stans rims, Hope 50mm stem and Hope E4's

Current Spec, will update as things change:

Frame: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427 Large
Forks: Fox Float 32 CTD
Shock: Fox CTD

Chainset: Race Face Turbine Double 36/22T
Gear Shifters: Shimano SLX 2X10
Front Mech: SRAM X7
Rear Mech: Shimano XT Shadow Plus 10spd
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-34
Chain: Shimano XT HG95
Pedals: Shimano Saints

Brakes: Formula R0 F+R
Handlebars: Funn Nico Vuilloz 740mm, 15mm Rise
Headset: FSA Orbit
Grips: SDG Hansolo Lock-On
Stem: Hope FR 50mm, 0deg rise
Seatpost: KS Lev Integra Dropper
Seatpost Clamp: Hope QR
Saddle: SDG Duster, LP custom

Hubs: Race Face Turbine 12x142mm rear, 15mm front
Rims: Race Face Turbine F+R
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 F+R
Rotors: Formula Rotors 180 mm Front and 160mm Rear
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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 08:02 am

Seat Post Clamp And Grips

So first thing first, put a lot of miles into the bike and it rides a dream, not had any issues that other people seem to have with the wide chain/seat stays thankfully, although first ride out at Gisburn back in February was dead muddy, resulting in me not seeing a covered up stone and this happened :(

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Not much and only cosmetic, but enough to annoy me on my new bike! Wanted a theme of purple running through the bike, so got onto Wiggle and ordered a Hope QR seat clamp as they were the only people stocking it at the time, and this turned up:

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Not only is it a non-QR version, it's also a 31.8mm, not the 36.4mm i ordered. So with that, a swift return and contact my ever reliable CRC, and had these sent out to me

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The proper QR version and in the right size, along with new SDG Hansolo Lock-on's which are a good little upgrade from the standard (shite) Zesty ones

It was at this point though that I noticed the fundamental problem with all factory KS Lev's, they don't work and need to be sent back (Whatever you've heard about Jungle is true, they take FOREVER to replace them, never cost me a penny though so can't complain).

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They look a little out of place atm, but they will tie in nicely soon once my other parts arrive and i can fit them.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby Thewaylander » Thu Jun 12, 2014 09:07 am

Nice bike, the frenchies make a pretty bike!

Just don't rail road yourself purely into hope there are alot of good parts out there, on the wheel front yup they are are solid and affordable. but with the brakes they really arent all that at all have a test a round and make a really informed choice alot of people will say shimano here, im personally a fan of formula and sram trail brakes try them. but the honest thing i can say hope have been the worst and least reliable brakes i've seen.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 09:39 am

Thewaylander wrote:Nice bike, the frenchies make a pretty bike!

Just don't rail road yourself purely into hope there are alot of good parts out there, on the wheel front yup they are are solid and affordable. but with the brakes they really arent all that at all have a test a round and make a really informed choice alot of people will say shimano here, im personally a fan of formula and sram trail brakes try them. but the honest thing i can say hope have been the worst and least reliable brakes i've seen.


I personally love Hope stuff, factory's only about 20 miles from me and a couple of my mates run the E4's and i've tried them out and love them. Personally don't enjoy Formula's, i think they fade pretty easily and don't have the best stopping power, the new SRAM Guide is tempting like but other than that i fancy the Hope's but thats a little bit down the line

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 09:29 am

Slik Graphics

After seeing a few builds on here having custom made decals I thought i'd better order a set, and how glad I am that I did, the quality is superb and really ties in the front end now. To anyone wondering how to apply them I found removing the old ones and then cleaning up the residual glue with alcohol wipes, then applying soapy water to the forks and applying the decals works really well

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Really top quality and fast delivery considering they were from Sweden

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Just need to get either my drivetrain or seat and stem combo ordered but it's coming up to the girlfriend's birthday and I think if my bikes takes precedence over her present i'll get a swift kick in the balls so might have to delay it until July

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby razorrazoo » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:22 am

Before spending out on anything else I'd swap the tyres out (in fact I did). The OEM NN's are a horrible hard compound and you'll get a decent boost in grip.

Here's mine;

Changes to stock;

X-Fusion Sweep 160mm forks (would have liked Pikes but cost was an issue - maybe later)
Hans Dampf front (Trailstar) & rear (Pacestar)
Reverb Stealh (Lev arrived broken, replaced and sold the warrantied lev)
Renthal Fatbars @ 760mm
Renthal Duo stem
RF N/W 30T chainring
DMR Vault pedals

Next step is a replacement rear shock at some point. Would've swapped the seat for a Gobi but the SDG one is actually pretty comfy.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:51 am

Yeah the NN's will be going and probably replaced by 2.35 Hans Dampfs but while they've still got some life in them they will do for now, not the worst grip in the world from them so can't really justify the money to get rid of brand new tyres. Was eyeing up a set of Renthal Lite bars but i'm just undecided on the colour, might look for a set of carbon bars eventually, maybe up the width to 760mm to compensate for the 50mm stem.

What made you go for the X-fusion forks can i ask? Personally i don't mind the 32's, (but that might be down to the fact my old bike had a set of Rockshox Reba's which were awful) and would only swap them out for a set of Pike's

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby welshkev » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:03 am

just out of interest, why do people buy a brand ne bike and then change nearly all the parts on there?

doesn't make sense to me. :?

and why put 160mm forks on a zesty? why not just buy a spicy? lapierres have had a bad enough reputation for cracking anyway without adding more strain to the angles

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:08 am

welshkev wrote:just out of interest, why do people buy a brand ne bike and then change nearly all the parts on there?

doesn't make sense to me. :?

and why put 160mm forks on a zesty? why not just buy a spicy? lapierres have had a bad enough reputation for cracking anyway without adding more strain to the angles


Why not? Making the bike my own, and generally improving it with better parts rather than just changing stuff for the sake of it for equal quality bits

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby welshkev » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:13 am

I wasn't necessarily talking about you mate.

but my LBS will build a bike to spec. if you buy a brand new bike and you don't want ABC, you'd rather XYZ on there instead, they'll swap it for you before you even ride it.

I meant more the other guy who'd changed the forks etc. why not just buy the bike you want in the first place? I appreciate things like bar width or stem length may not be ideal so may need changing to suit, but not wholesale changes....as I said, it just doesn't make sense to me.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:17 am

welshkev wrote:I wasn't necessarily talking about you mate.

but my LBS will build a bike to spec. if you buy a brand new bike and you don't want ABC, you'd rather XYZ on there instead, they'll swap it for you before you even ride it.

I meant more the other guy who'd changed the forks etc. why not just buy the bike you want in the first place? I appreciate things like bar width or stem length may not be ideal so may need changing to suit, but not wholesale changes....as I said, it just doesn't make sense to me.


Fully get you pal, like i said i don't want massive changes just more suiting the bike around me, not sure about the other lad but in my case at the time dropping over 2.5k on a bike was expensive enough, wouldn't have been about to afford a higher spec at the time but can get it there over time

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby razorrazoo » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:46 pm

welshkev wrote:just out of interest, why do people buy a brand ne bike and then change nearly all the parts on there?

doesn't make sense to me. :?

and why put 160mm forks on a zesty? why not just buy a spicy? lapierres have had a bad enough reputation for cracking anyway without adding more strain to the angles


Bike was an insurance replacement, I have never bought an off the peg bike before, always custom build. I had vouchers to spend at Wheelies (my max cash offer was less so decided to take the vouchers after assessing options), so after lengthy consideration of all the options available the way to get what I wanted was to get the bike and upgrade with the leftover vouchers. Took off all the parts new and sold them so effectively got some cashback too.

Zesty & Spicy share the same frame for 2014 so no problem running 160mm, historically cracking has always been on the stays anyway and as I was intending to swap most of the parts that differ between Zesty and Spicy anyway (and the fact that the Spicy was not in stock) there was no reason not to go for the Zesty.

Parts changed because;

Bars & stem - personal choice, wider bars & shorter stem, if it had come with what I like I would not have changed this
Seatpost - swapped as Lev was back for fixing, wanted a dropper and preferred the Reverb, would have kept the lev if it wowrked out of the box
Forks - Evo CTD forks have basic internals (read any reviews about them as OEM) so was always going to upgrade immediately - I can reduce the travel on the sweeps if I wanted but no point for the sake of 10mm.
Pedals - not supplied with the bike
Narrow wide - prefer 1x10, lighter, leaves space for the reverb button.
Tyres - most tyres on new bikes are a cost saving area, best upgrade for most new bikes is tyres.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby razorrazoo » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:50 pm

AshW92 wrote:What made you go for the X-fusion forks can i ask? Personally i don't mind the 32's, (but that might be down to the fact my old bike had a set of Rockshox Reba's which were awful) and would only swap them out for a set of Pike's


Would have gone for Pikes but as the insurance replacement parts are at RRP so out of budget, the X-Fusions are about 40% cheaper and get great reviews (and they are really nice).

Fox 32s are not that stiff and damping is basic on the Evo versions so upgraded because I had the budget to.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 15:06 pm

razorrazoo wrote: Fox 32s are not that stiff and damping is basic on the Evo versions so upgraded because I had the budget to.


Fair play mate, 32's are relatively basic but do the job now for me, never tested a set of X-fusions so don't know how they ride

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby paul.skibum » Fri Jun 13, 2014 18:12 pm

AshW92 wrote:
Not only is it a non-QR version, it's also a 31.8mm, not the 36.4mm i ordered. So with that, a swift return and contact my ever reliable CRC, and had these sent out to me

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The proper QR version and in the right size,


Why put a QR seatpost clamp on a bike with a dropper? You never need to use it. The bolt version (albeit in the wrong size) made more sense.
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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby BigStu2 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 19:45 pm

Looking good, where did you get the new fork decals from ??
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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:20 am

paul.skibum wrote: Why put a QR seatpost clamp on a bike with a dropper? You never need to use it. The bolt version (albeit in the wrong size) made more sense.


Cause i got the QR version for a massively discounted price, so was saving money


BigStu2 wrote:Looking good, where did you get the new fork decals from ??


Slik Graphics mate, give them a google. Really good quality and have a bit of give in them for novices (me). I cocked putting them on a bit, had then on and off three times i think. Just used soapy water on the forks each time i went to apply and stuck them back on, wait for them to dry and you're done

EDIT: Just seen you're from Sweden, so are they so you will get free delivery aswell

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby ej2320 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:27 am

Got some rim decals from slik, haven't used them but they seemed decent quality

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby jamesh72 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:47 am

I've got one of these, its brilliant.

I've also changed the tyres to hans dampfs, TS front, PS rear.

Also, even though it wasn't a major problem for me, I have had the new narrower seat stays put on - I was occasionally catching my heels until I found that was riding 'toes in'.

This was organised through the LBS I bought it from who were brilliant. No more riding knock knee'd, and there don't appear to be any downsides to them being narrower.

Off to some welsh bike parks in a couple of weeks, can't wait.

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Re: 2014 Lapierre Zesty 427

Postby AshW92 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 17:06 pm

Thought i'd treat myself, so i've just ordered this from CRC

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50mm, 20mm shorter than my current Easton and with a 0deg rise


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