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So here she is - had her for about a month, been busy with work and travel so only been out riding 3 times so far.

First impressions are good. Its just an easy bike to ride. 140mm of travel, nice component list, quite light at 26bs (even with 2.4 mountain king UST tires) and very 'flickable'.

I am lucky enough to have a couple of other full suss bikes which are also great rigs. One of the major differences I notice is the acceleration on this thing... it rockets and its plenty plush on the rough stuff. Its certainly no nomad on the gnarly decending but my nomad comes in about 7-8lbs heavier so its a bit taxing on longer rides - Im not fit so it all adds up.

Some of the nice touches... sag indicator on the seatsay, carbon rear D protector, 15mm TA Fox float fork with XT wheelset.

Anyway its early days so I'll write a more comprehensive review once I have more riding time on it.
 

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Ah, the Zesty would make sense for me... spent some time wrestling my "big bike" around rocks and stuff yesterday... should be easier on a lighter bike.

The mud I found was thicker :p Plenty of pine and fir needles too.

I don't remember if anyone has comented on the lateral rigidity of the Zesty rear. No complaints there?
 

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Lapierre are hot right now, well in Europe anyway. Every 'trail bike' test I've read lately has a Lapierre at the top. I haven't ridden one personally but have seen a few on the trails and they are good looking machines. With great specs, attention to detail and good looks they've hit a winning combination.

Enjoy your ride. Looks good dirty!
 

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Cheers gfunk - I got a smoking deal from evans cycles in the UK. In the last 6 months the singapore dollar has gone from 3 to 1 down to 2 to 1 against the pound... and they shipped it for free.

Bit of a risk as there are no Lapierre dealers/distributors here - could be interesting if it breaks! Anyway its all good so far... l
 

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Lapierres seem to have those guards on other models too, even though they spec derailers that are pretty well out of the way anyway.
 

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Very nice!:thumbsup:

I've ridden a few Zesty's and I was looking at the 09 714 just last week, it's a seriously nice bike. Lapierre has a really amazing knack for attention to detail and making a bike ride like no other.:cool:

All the Zesty's and Spicy's I've ridden have been very stiff BTW...

And the derailleur guard works, I've seen scratches and gouges on them.:D
 

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I have read that the Lapierre's accelerate well.

I wonder if it is because the design of the Horst link, and it's placement, appears to be similar to the old Giant NRS?

The NRS was a Horst link, but pivot placement on it made it act like a high pivot bike so that chain torque extended the rear suspension, making it lively under power, but not as active while pedaling across bumps. The Lapierre looks very similar.

How have you found the small bump compliance to be? Also how does it respond to bumps while under power and under braking? It certainly is a nice looking bike, and I did read a good review of it in a UK mag.
 

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Hi guys

I too have just received my Zesty 714:thumbsup:

Last weekend was my first time out on the new bike and it was a great ride:D





benzology i have a question did you change the tyres from it's original ones it was supplied with?? and if so how do they compare to the Racekings??

Many thanks

Kevin
 

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Kevin - mine came with the race king tires also. Not well suited to the conditions I ride in tropical asia. The race king 2.2 seems an odd choice for a 140mm trailbike, cant quite work out why they would spec with that tire.

Anyway I run the 2.4 mountain kings on another one of my bikes so it was a no brainer - the are super grippy, predictable and shed mud well which is important for me. I fitted them and put a measure of stan fluid in each tires just in case - as you can see the mountain kings are a tubeless UST tire also.

On the downside is they are heavier so it adds some rotational weight which is not ideal and Ive also heard they wear pretty quick if your riding on the road..

I changed the grips and the seat also - bit too much white for my liking.

BTW what size is yours and what is your height? I found them to run large in size and although I have 2 santa cruz bikes in large size I went with the medium (46cm) zesty which fits nice...
 

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Zesty714 said:
Hi guys

I too have just received my Zesty 714:thumbsup:

Last weekend was my first time out on the new bike and it was a great ride:D





benzology i have a question did you change the tyres from it's original ones it was supplied with?? and if so how do they compare to the Racekings??

Many thanks

Kevin
I've always been a big fan of Lapierre bikes, so I couldn't resist alittle Lapierre bike porn in the morning, ;) While I was admiring (ok drooling) over your Zestys, I instantly recognized the landscape (and the bench) in your picture Kevin
It's good to see a fellow rider from Jersey on this forum.
Ok I'm done hijacking this thread.

BTW NICE BIKES

Cheers:thumbsup:
 

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Just ordered a 514 from Evans's, should be here by the end of the week.

Did not dare risk the carbom rear end after the problems I've had with my 08
Sworks stumpy recently....but that is another story.

Also love the white colour of the 514.
Will post some pics when it arrives.

If you search on the web about these its amazing how much love they get.I can't wait.
 

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Diamondhead said:
I've always been a big fan of Lapierre bikes, so I couldn't resist alittle Lapierre bike porn in the morning, ;) While I was admiring (ok drooling) over your Zestys, I instantly recognized the landscape (and the bench) in your picture Kevin
It's good to see a fellow rider from Jersey on this forum.
Ok I'm done hijacking this thread.

BTW NICE BIKES

Cheers:thumbsup:
Hi Diamondhead

Yes the Zesty 714 is just pure porn:ihih: and yes you are right it is Jersey :thumbsup

Now all I have to do is sell my other bike.

Maybe I will see you on the cliff paths one day.

Cheers

Kevin
 

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Interesting, this is the first bike Ive owned with a part carbon frame. I've always steered clear. I guess time will tell...

Let us know how you like it borderair! Havent seen much info on supension setup and tuning for the lapierre bikes, would be good to share experiences.

On that note, Kevin - could you let us know your weight and suspension setup?? ie air pressures, rebound, compression damping, propedal???
 

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Must admit i really like the look of Lapierre bikes and was thinking about one myself,until i went out with the owner of a LBS who's just started dealing in Lapierre.He was on their carbon HT and after a loop around Ladybower,Peak District UK we were shocked to see that the Chain-stay had snapped just above the rear calliper mount:eek: It had also cracked on the bottom arm of the chain-stay near the drop-out.I know the FS swinger will be beefier but i'm not sure about carbon on MTBs now.
 

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Just brought my Zesty 514 home today! =)

It took about 2 hours of testing to choose between the Large and the Medium but I finally bought the Large. It just felt better riding standing up, felt like I was very centered in the bike, on the medium it felt like I was to much above the front wheel. The fact that Lapierre recomends Large and James Blabkwell from MBUK mag aswell made it an easier choise.
However I do believe that it basicly comes down to personal preference.

Very happy with the bike so far and very impressed with the quality of the Lapierre components, saddle, bar, stem seatpost etc. Very good finish, black anodized with lazer etched logos and torque numbers.

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