Lapierre, always in advance on E-MTB segment
Innovation, performance, design, three words that have characterized Lapierre’s electric mountain bikes since the very beginning.
2019 : Lapierre launch the e-Zesty, the first e-MTB Light assist of the market and create a new range and segment in light assist.
The number of e-light assist models on the market proves that we were right!
Lapierre pioneered light assist in the AM category (150 mm travel) with the 2-in-1 concept offered by the Fazua Ride 50 removable drive/battery unit.
The first E-Zesty was already build with complete carbonUD SL frame for saving weight
150 mm with 27.5’’ wheelset, the trend with 2.6 tyres.
Our ambition ?
Stay the reference on light assit E-MTB
Redefine our vision of E-MTB Light
Choose the best drive unit of the moment, adapt the geometry and kinematic to retain the riding pleasure of a pure All Mountain
Keep E-Zesty’s DNA with a strong, easily identifiable visual identity
Design : the LAPIERRE’ signature
We’ve developed the frame to match the Fazua Ride 60’s performance. While retaining the Zesty and E-Zesty signature, we’ve completely redesigned the frame, integrating the motor/battery unit, for a sleeker, more discreet design, as well as the cables and brake hoses.
Development : further field tests
To develop this new E-Zesty, we have reviewed the way we test and analyse results.
Our R&D department set up new test protocols to compare the performance of the different carbon lay-ups, as well as the different motorisations and settings of the Fazua engine.
Carbon, the perfect material
The very first e-Zesty was one of the first VTTAEs with a 100% carbon frame for lightness and responsiveness.
The new frame is also made entirely of carbon, but to improve weight, efficiency and precision on descents, we’ve optimised the carbon lay-up by using more HM and VHM fibre.
Our UD SLI technology has enabled us to lighten the frame (around 2.630 kg for M size) without compromising the location and efficiency of the suspension, and by integrating the battery into the frame.
The carbon construction also makes it easier to integrate, position and angle the motor to improve weight distribution and create a bike that’s even more playful and closer to the feel of a non-electric mountain bike.
A new kinematic
The design work and the switch to 29-inch wheels meant that we had to rethink the kinematics and the suspension work to make it more progressive at the end of the stroke and more supportive in the middle, with a SAG of 30% for the shock and 20% for the fork.
Although designed for 29-inch wheels, we’ve added the ‘flipchip’, a small part that allows you to change the shock anchorage so that you can mount your E-Zesty in a Mullet version (27’5-inch rear wheel) for those looking for a bike that’s even livelier from the rear.
The visual signature of the E-Zesty, with the shock absorber located between the seat tube, remains unchanged. We’ve improved its protection with a longer mudguard.
Above all, the new locations of the 4 Bar Linkage suspension pivot points further improve the anti-kickback and anti-squat system for optimum pedalling efficiency and improved shock sensitivity.
The short, asymmetrical chainstays give the rider a lively, dynamic feel, with the impression that they simply have more travel
A sensation of maximum lightness
it’s not the whole story.
We know more than anyone, thanks to our GLP concept, that it’s the way the weight is distributed that also gives the feeling of lightness. But that didn’t stop us from wanting to make our model lighter !
That’s why we opted for the Fazua Ride 60 motor. At just 1.96 kg, the compact drive unit is ultra-light and has a low impact on inertia thanks to its location closer to the ground. As for the new 430 Wh battery, it weighs no more than 2.3 kg.
That’s why we opted for a fixed battery, but the additional 210 Wh battery, placed on the downtube, provides an immediate solution for prolonging the pleasure of riding.
The Fazua Ride 60 package weighs just 4.26 kg, compared with 4.61 kg for the old system, a saving of almost 400 grams and a 72% increase in range.
As a result, the E-Zesty LTD is one of the lightest in its class, weighing just 18 kg in M size, almost 1.3 kg less than the E-Zesty 9.2 X.
More natural sensations
No compromises! Ever since the first E-Zesty, we’ve wanted the bike to feel as natural as a non-electric mountain bike, both in terms of handling and pedalling.
At Lapierre, we attach great importance to maintaining this balance between kinematics, weight, stiffness and responsiveness. The new E-Zesty delivers the feeling you’d expect from an All Mountain bike, with a more upright position of the rider in relation to the crankset axle when climbing.
Easy to ride uphill, comfortable and playful downhill, stable and reassuring on technical sections.
The new Fazua Ride 60 drive unit offers greater performance and power thanks to its 60Nm torque and 350 watt peak (the best in its category). Its silent operation and frictionless drive unit make for a natural pedalling experience.
The “light assist” concept is completely forgotten, for total pleasure. This new E-Zesty gives you all the benefits of assistance, without compromising on feel.
Fazua, The current reference
From the first Ride 50 with its 250 Wh battery, to the slightly boosted BlackPepper version, the arrival of the Ride 60, with its 60 Nm, 430 Wh drive unit/battery block system, takes light-assist mountain bikes into a whole new world. Our E-Zesty frame is already compatible with an additional external battery.
As easy to use as ever with its three assistance modes - Breeze, River and Rocket - Fazua has also improved the ergonomics of its mode change wheel. Ring Control offers a host of possibilities, including new walking assistance.
Last but not least, the hub mount that shows the battery level is now integrated into the top tube of the frame. More ergonomic and as easy to read as ever, it also features a USB C port for recharging your GPS or smartphone.
Finally, let’s not forget the interactivity of the Fazua Smartphone application, which is the only one to date to allow you to customise the engine settings to suit your needs.