Which Zesty?

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Which Zesty?

Postby handsome devil » Mon Nov 05, 2012 19:59 pm

Have decided it`s time for a change. The trusty Stumpy has put in a good shift for the last 4 years but I now feel it`s time to sell her on and get myself a new full susser.

Budget is £3k max and have been really taken with the 2013 Zestys (particularly the 414 & 514). Edging towards the 514 at mo but am in need of a test ride so merely doing the research to narrow down the options. Also liking the Stumpy Expert Evo Carbon but £4k is just too much :(

Ride XC mainly (Quantocks, Mendips, etc) but have been enjoying Cwmcarn, Afan, Brechfa, Nant Yr Arian and most recently Coed Y Brenin recently.

I am aware that 150mm travel is probably too much for my style of riding but having an extra 30mm will no doubt come in useful as my style of riding progresses...

Anyone else riding a Zesty? Anything else I should be considering?

2013 Zesty 514;

http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/mtb/tra ... 14#onglets

Any feedback will be appreciated :)
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby lawman » Mon Nov 05, 2012 20:52 pm

If you think the zesty is too much bike, one to check out for sure is the Ibis Mojo Special blend.

http://www.moosecycles.com/m3b123s1p142 ... RS_GB/4492

Yes its only slx instead of xt and x-fusion rather than fox, but the frame is worth upgrading over time, and its cheaper than the 514, plus it looks great and rides very well.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby handsome devil » Mon Nov 05, 2012 20:58 pm

Thanks Lawman, very interesting suggestion. Looks great. Not sure about X-Fusion but some of their forks have been well received recently. Seen a few Ibis Mojos at Forest of Dean and they do look good.

Certainly worthy of consideration, price is okay too. SLX is good enough tbh anyway so I`ll look more into this...
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby lawman » Mon Nov 05, 2012 21:48 pm

They ride very well, I demo'd a few before buying my HD, one thing to note is if you are heavy then the frame is a little bit flexy, but probably not much more so than your current spesh.

For this kind of money, a whyte 146s is within budget too, but thats more extreme in geometry than both the Ibis and the zesty. For the riding you describe, moving from the 120mm spesh, the Mojo Sl would be a great bike for you.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby poppit » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:39 am

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:03 am

Zesty is pretty poor value. I would go for either the Giant Trance X0 http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/giant-trance-x0.html
Or a new Stumpjumper carbon, I'm sure if you shop around you will get one for £3k

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby jairaj » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:57 am

Any particular things you want to change from the old bike? Are you looking for lighter weight, more strength, different suspension characteristic ie more peddling efficient or soft and super plush. etc ... ??

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby lawman » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:15 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:Zesty is pretty poor value. I would go for either the Giant Trance X0 http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/giant-trance-x0.html
Or a new Stumpjumper carbon, I'm sure if you shop around you will get one for £3k


I'd say its pretty good value for a full carbon frame and mostly xt/fox kit!

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby lostboysaint » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:37 pm

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby nferrar » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:23 pm

I've had a 314 since the middle of 2009 (although heavily upgraded since, although I think I have one of the few original frames left that haven't snapped ;) ), they're great bikes but seem more over-priced as each year passes. If I were looking to buy something similar now I'd find it hard not to go with a Canyon. It's probably also worth you considering a 29er with a bit less travel (120mm-ish) and comparing with a 140/150mm 26er if you're going to be demoing lot of bikes.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:43 pm

lostboysaint wrote:Transition Bandit. http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/review-transition-bandit-2-12-46429

Rarer, stiffer, more fun to ride. Just better.


But the Trance is better spec'd, pedals better and is lighter. I used to ride a Trance on the Mendips & Quantocks and found it to be perfect, climbs like a hardtail and descends better than a 120mm bike should.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby Broken rugby player » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:55 pm

I have the Zesty 514 2011 model and I love it and have ridden all the places you have ridden and also the Alps, the bike can do it all easily and also tamer XC rides.

I also let friends I ride with have a go when then deciding what to buy and a couple then also went for Zestys

If you get one you will not be disappointed

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby lostboysaint » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:58 pm

I rode the Trance. I rode the Yeti 575 and SB66 (I was a Yetifan before switching), I rode Spec Stumpys, LP Zestys and allsorts of other stuff (Scott Spark, Scott Genius etc.etc.) and yet Transition got my money. Read into that what you will.
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby Stu Coops » Tue Nov 06, 2012 14:00 pm

I got a Zesty 514 and a Trance X0 and to be honest both awesome bikes but the better riding bike for me is the Trance however the Zesty looks much better just my opinion but you have a huge choice of decent bikes for that money also take a look at the Ghost pretty much same spec for a lot less money, my mate has a 7500 and loves it.

As for the difference in travel my Trance is 125mm will go anywhere the Zesty does but again it's just my opinion.
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby handsome devil » Wed Nov 07, 2012 00:43 am

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. The Ibis looks interesting. Even more so is the Transition - never thought of one before but this has had me thinking that perhaps a Yeti ASR5 is also worthy of consideration (although even in SRAM build price is just over £3.2k)!

As for the others, I`m not overly keen on the Giant. I realise the Maestro system is excellent but I rode a Trance around 4 years ago and it just didn`t do it for me. The Canyon is stonking value and looks the part but one of my riding buddies has one so I feel I need something different (and better) :lol:

The Transition does look very good - it`s under budget, has excellent front and rear suspension and while the drivetrain isn`t XT, X7 is perfectly okay and performs well enough (I already have X9 shifters & rear mech on the Stumpy). 130mm of travel is slightly more than I have already and is still generally XC/trail orientated so does fit the bill for my style of riding.

Just need to find a dealer near me and perhaps arrange a demo.

Still liking the Zesty though, the 514 really does "float my boat" the more I look at it,

Decisions, decisions :D
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby jairaj » Wed Nov 07, 2012 09:59 am

I tried a Bandit (26") earlier in the year and loved it so much that I will be buying one soon. If you're looking to progress your riding skills but don't have ambitions to be a full on freerider then the Bandit is probably the perfect bike. Its super tough and super stiff, I think Bike Radar's review summed it up nicely, "its a 160mm bike with 130mm of travel". I instantly felt very comfortable on it and was doing 5 foot drops that I wouldn't image doing on my normal bike.

Transition have a couple of demo bikes so find your nearest dealer and ask them to get one over for you to try out.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby handsome devil » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:36 am

jairaj

Thanks for the feedback. I really am keen to try a Bandit 26 in SRAM build. There is a dealer not too far from me (Kustom Bikes on Exmoor) although they are asking £3250. It really ticks a lot of boxes. My riding is generally XC but I am starting to hit some of the black runs at the various trail centres in Wales.

Another bike I am now leaning towards is the Yeti ASR5. This can also be had in SRAM build for £3295 from Mountain Bike Bitz in Devon. Spec is similar with the right balance of putting more of the money in the suspension platform (Fox Float 32 140mm RLC Kasmima & RP2 CTD).

Both look like good options but I did swing my leg over a Stumpy Evo carbon Expert yesterday and instantly fell in love with that (although this is £4k) so demos are required now I have narrowed the choices down :)
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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby Julesreece17 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:11 pm

Ive got the 2013 Zesty 514!!!!

Went round Afan on it this morning. And i love it. I mean, really love it. It has its own room up stairs in my house i love it so much lol

Its deadly silent, you hear nothing but the wheels on the ground. Its like three bikes in one. Locked out, its like a fully rigid bike, on 'trail' setting its stunning, and 'descend' its just so soft, and gluides over everything. Feel like im foating down the trail, without feeling too detached.

BUT.....its my first 'real' bike, so i can only compare this against my £400 GT Avalanche 1.0....but still, im really in love with it. It pretty much has everything i wanted.

But i'll be honest, the 'name whore' in me is telling me to swap the slx shifters & front mech to XT, just so it has the full XT running gear. But that can wait, there is seriously no actual need.

Jules.

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby omgimcrap » Thu Nov 08, 2012 19:52 pm

If you're riding Mendips and Quantocks i guess you're not too far from W-S-M?

Pop in to Somerset Bike Centre. They have a beautiful black and red carbon FSR Stumpy test bike @ £3000. It's not been out of the shop yet i dont think.

If you're 100% after an EVO then you have more than enough for the aluminium one. They still weigh in under 30lbs and are only 1lb 2oz heavier than the carbon........roughly give or take £100 per ounce. ;-)

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Re: Which Zesty?

Postby handsome devil » Sat Nov 10, 2012 22:04 pm

I will test one or two over the coming weeks but am leaning towards a Zesty 414 (new for 2013) and while not carbon, does have decent spec (full XT, Fox front & rear, Mavic, Thomson finishing kit, etc) and comes in under budget (in addition to any further discount I can negotiate) :wink:

Nice, slack head angle (66.5) and 140/150mm of travel ticks all the relevant boxes as far as I`m concerned. Would like to stay with Spesh as my Stumpy has been nothing short of bulletproof for the last 31/2 years but just fancy a complete change really.

Am still liking the Yeti ASR5 though... :roll:
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