Fresh Product: Next Generation e:i Shock on 2015 Lapierre

Bonjour, from the disgustingly scenic French Alps, where Flow has been invited to lift the lid on the 2015 Lapierre range.

For 2015 the Lapierre XR, Zesty and Spicy models will use e:i Auto, the next generation of e:i Shock. Frame construction and geometries remain the same as 2014 but a few spec changes will surely please those interested in these fine steeds. A full review will follow shortly, but first up let’s take a closer look at what e:i Auto is all about.

The main focus for Lapierre in 2015 is to improve on the whole e:i Shock system, their very successful electronically and automatically adjusted suspension system. e:i Auto is simpler, more discreet and from what we can gather the changes made will certainly iron out any of the issues that stopped the current e:i system from functioning correctly 100% of the time.


Electronic bits and pieces on mountain bikes are a hard sell to consumers. What’s the need, right? Well, let’s start by saying that there can be no hiding the fact that here are Flow we’ve been long fans of Lapierre bikes, we always seem to hang onto them for longer than usual. They tick so many of the most important boxes, especially when it comes to their very balanced and efficient rear suspension platform and ideal frame geometry for shredding trails with confidence.

Our most loved model – the Zesty – is a bloody kick arse bike for Australian terrain, it seems just right. But in truth we’ve had our fair share of issues with a few of the e:i bikes we’ve had on test. All the issues have been caused by two things; the computer connection, and the wiring inside the frame. We’re often asked how the Lapierre’s perform with the e:i Shock. We love it, when it works.

What is e:i Shock anyhow?

The system uses inputs from two different sensors – one at the front wheel/fork, one in the cranks – to determine the optimum setting for the rear suspension at any given moment. If you’re riding rough terrain, the system opens the rear suspension damping right up for the best bump absorption. If you’re pedalling along on undulating terrain, a moderate level of low-speed compression is activated. If you’re riding smooth terrain, the rear suspension is made firmer again. And all of this happens in 0.1 seconds. 

It’s also able to be controlled manually – as did the original system – via the easily accessed button on the side of the system. An LED light changes from green, to orange and red to communicate what setting the shock is in.

[divider]What’s new with 2015 e:i Auto[/divider]

[divider]What’s new with the 2015 Zesty and Spicy range[/divider]

The new computer is tiny and out of the way, mounted just off the left side of the stem.
Hardly visible at all from the other side.
The battery is also a lot smaller, sitting off the left side of the down tube to allow the use of the bottle cage bolts. A big thumbs up for this.
The outgoing 2013 and 2014 e:i Shock bikes had a remote manual control button and a computer, no more for 2015.
The outgoing 2013 and 2014 e:i Shock bikes had a remote manual control button and a computer. No more for 2015.
The short-travel, and race-oriented Lapierre XR also uses the e:i Shock Auto system.
The enduro-ready Spicy receives the new modifications to bolster and simplify the electronic system.
The popular 150mm travel Zesty AM (27.5″ wheels) and 120mm Zesty TR (120mm) receives the updated e:i Shock.

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We spent good time on the Zesty AM and Spicy, stay tuned for a full evaluation on the updated system.

We can’t help wishing Lapierre had refined the e:i Shock system just a little bit more in 2013, these improvements we see now will surely future-proof the electronic system from the incidental problems that were experienced. The concept is flawless, it works remarkably well. Now it’s time to put some time on the new rigs to deliver our verdict.

Au revior for now.



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