Lapierre announce 2009 mountain bike range

Brand new downhill bike, freeride bike and updates to the Zesty and Spicy

Lapierre have been busy developing their mountain bikes for 2009 which include a brand new downhill bike - the DH-920 which has been created in collaboration with Nicolas Vouilloz (ten times World downhill Champion and sixteen times World Cup winner) and the Lapierre downhill team.

There’s also a new freeride platform, the Froggy, with 180mm of rear travel and compatible with 160mm or 180mm of travel at the front. The Spicy and Zesty all mountain/cross country bikes have also lost weight and gained a carbon back end.

DH-920 downhill bike

The DH-920 downhill bike has been developed over two years by downhill maestro Nicolas Vouilloz, and the riders from Team Lapierre powered by Saab-Solomon. It’s a lighter (17.2kg), more robust offering than its predecessor and with new compact geometry, lower bottom bracket and componentry from the likes of Fox and Shimano, it’s set to open a few eyes on a downhill course near you.

Froggy

The Froggy is another brand new bike from Lapierre, this time aimed at the freeride market. Using the same OST (Optimised Suspension Technology) suspension system as the Spicy and ZestyAllMountain bikes, the Froggy is compatible with 160mm and 180mm forks, and is available in two guises – the 318 and the 518.

The 518 is (predictably) the higher spec of the two, weighs 15.7kg, and comes with a Fox DHX Air 4.0 240 rear shock, Fox 36 RC2 forks, Shimano Saint Shadow rear derailleur and other highlights including Formula Oro K18 brakes and Synchos cockpit. For full specs see below.

Spicy and Zesty new back-ends

The top end Spicy (916) and Zesty (914) models have both shed weight through the addition of carbon rear ends. They’ve also both got carbon seatstays and chainstays, thus bringing their overall weight down even further. The Spicy 916 weighs in at 12.2kg and the Zesty 914 hits the scales at a mere 11.1kg.

We’ll update you with prices as soon as we get them, and sister magazine MBUK  will have the first review of the Lapierre range soon. Here are full spec lists for the new range:

DH-920 

  • New frame with FPS2 suspension platform and 200mm travel
  • FOX 40 RC2 fork with improved hydraulics (1 year of development with Nico and 1 year with Team Lapierre powered by Saab-Salomon)
  • Carbon rear shock cover
  • 2 top tube lengths available: 585 or 600mm
  • More compact frame
  • Hydroformed tubes
  • New 2009 Shimano Saint drivetrain
  • Hutchinson Barracuda 2.5 UST Low/Medium tyres
  • Formula The One brakes
  • Specific E-13 chain guide
  • New geometry approved by Nico Vouilloz and Team Lapierre Saab Salomon

Froggy 318 

  • New Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (180mm travel)
  • FOX Van R 240 rear shock
  • RockShox Domain 302 CL 180mm fork
  • Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur
  • E-13 chain guide
  • Truvativ Hussefelt crankset and bash guard (24x36)
  • Formula Oro K18 brakes (200/200)
  • Special LP wheels
  • Continental Rubber Queen 2.4 tyres
  • Syncros handlebars and stem
  • Syncros FL saddle with cromoly rails
  • Weight: 16.9 kg 

Froggy 518 

  • New Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (180mm travel)
  • FOX DHX Air 4.0 240 rear shock
  • 2009 FOX 36 Van RC2 fork (160mm)
  • New Shimano Saint Shadow rear derailleur
  • E-13 chain guide
  • New Shimano Saint crankset (22x36)
  • Formula Oro K18 brakes (200/200)
  • Special LP wheels
  • Continental Rubber Queen 2.4 tyres
  • Syncros handlebars, stem and seat post
  • Syncros FL saddle with cromoly rails
  • Weight: 15.7 kg

Spicy 316 

  • Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (160mm travel)
  • Shimano integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX Float R XV 216 rear shock
  • FOX 36 Van R fork
  • Shimano SLX rear derailleur
  • Shimano FCM 542 crankset (2 pieces)
  • Formula Oro K18 brakes (special white for LP) 180/180)
  • Continental Mountain King
  • Sport TS 2.4 tyres
  • LP by San Marco saddle
  • Weight: 14.3 kg

Spicy 516 

  • Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (160mm travel)
  • Shimano integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX RP2 XV 216 rear shock
  • 2009 FOX 36 Talas R fork
  • Shimano XT derailleurs and crankset
  • Formula K24 brakes (white), R1 discs (180/180)
  • Shimano Tubeless XT wheels, 20mm through-axle
  • Continental Mountain King UST 2.4 tyres
  • Thomson stem and seat post
  • Easton EA 70 handlebars
  • Weight: 13.1 kg

Spicy 916 

  • Alloy SL front triangle, carbone seatstay and chainstay (-300g), OST suspension platform (160mm travel)
  • Shimano integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX RP2 XV 216 rear shock
  • 2009 FOX 36 Talas RC2 fork
  • Shimano XTR Shadow rear derailleur and crankset
  • Formula R1 brakes (180/180)
  • Mavic Crossmax SX wheels with 20mm through-axle
  • Continental Mountain King UST 2.4 tyres
  • Easton Monkeylite XC High handlebars
  • Fizik Gobi titanium saddle
  • Weight: 12.2 kg

Zesty 314 

  • Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (140mm travel)
  • Integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX Float R 200mm rear shock
  • FOX Float 140 RL fork
  • Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur
  • Shimano FCM 542 crankset (2 pieces)
  • Formula Oro K18 special white LP brakes (160/180)
  • Mavic Crossride wheels
  • Continental Race King 2.2 TS tyres
  • LP by San Marco saddle
  • Weight: 12.8 kg

Zesty 514 

  • Alloy SL frame with OST suspension platform (140mm travel)
  • Integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX Float R 200mm rear shock
  • FOX Float RL 140 fork with 15mm through-axle system
  • Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur
  • Shimano XT front derailleur and crankset
  • Formula Oro K18 brakes (160/180)
  • New Shimano XT Tubeless wheels with 15mm through-axle
  • Continental Race King UST 2.2 tyres
  • New Shimano SLX shifters
  • LP Pro Light seat post and stem
  • Weight: 12.2 kg

Zesty 714 

  • Alloy SL front triangle, carbon seatstay and chainstay (-300g), OST suspension platform (140mm travel) Integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX Float RP2 200mm rear shock
  • EX34 7EG FOX Float RLC 140 fork with 15mm through-axle system
  • Shimano XTR Shadow rear derailleur
  • Shimano XT front derailleur
  • Shimano XTR crankset
  • Formula Oro K24 brakes (white), R1 discs (160/180)
  • New Shimano XT Tubeless wheels with 15mm through-axle
  • Continental Race King 2.2 UST tyres
  • Thomson stem and seat post
  • Easton Monkeylite XC Carbon High handlebars
  • Weight: 11.7 kg

Zesty 914 

  • Alloy SL front triangle, carbon seatstay and chainstay (-300g), OST suspension platform (140mm travel)
  • Integrated bottom bracket (-50g)
  • FOX Float RP2 200mm rear shock
  • FOX Float RLC 140 fork with 15mm throughaxle system
  • Shimano XTR Shadow rear derailleur
  • Shimano XTR front derailleur, crankset and cassette
  • New Formula R1 brakes (160/180)
  • New Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels with 15mm through-axle
  • Continental Race King UST 2.2 tyres
  • Fizik Gobi carbon saddle
  • Weight: 11.1 kg

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