Flow’s First Bite: Lapierre Zesty AM 927

The not-so-minor details


Lapierre Zesty AM 927 ei


Advance Traders






Funky, fun, yet subtle finish
Killer parts spec
Intelligent suspension
Tubeless ready


Noisy suspension motor
zeep zeeep zaap
Mega bucks

You can read the full review of this bike here.

This is quite an edgy, funky and futuristic bike. With 27.5″ wheels, a gorgeous carbon frame, 1×11 speed drivetrain and wait for it… electronic suspension! Zap!

Hey, there!
Hey, there!
Mmmmm, SRAM XX1.
Strange to see a slim 32mm legged fork on a bike capable of such burly riding, we’ll see how it holds up.
The future, baby.
The top level Zesty scores a carbon main frame, and seat stays. The tubing is big and widely set.

We’ve had a few Zesty’s between our legs over the years, check out our roundup of this year’s range, and last year’s 26″ model, the latest version of this popular trail/all-mountain bike steps it up a level. Rolling on the 27.5″ wheels, and the most delicious parts spec we could dream of, the 927 is Lapierre’s top shelf Zesty.

The cable routing, and frame finish is super cool. Everywhere you look there is something to go “oooooh” at.

150mm of travel front and back, the Zesty AM uses the ei Shock system. This trick new technology is into its second season now, with really quite a good reception across the board. In short, the sensors and computer on the bike can detect what’s going on under your tyres and will adjust the rear shock accordingly.

So, if your pedalling along hard and your fork isn’t encountering any bumps, the rear shock will be firm. Then, if you hit something, presto, your rear shock will change its setting accordingly faster than the blink of an eye. It knows…

The control centre sits neatly above the stem. Doubling as a standard computer with all the usual functions too.
A wheel sensor to determine speed, giving information to the computer constantly.

We are pretty much at the stage where we get this system, we like it and know what it’s good for. It’s definitely a major feature of the bike, but there is more to this Zesty than the beeping bits.

Let’s find out how it goes. First stop for this understated number is the Bike Buller MTB Festival, with a range of events from 50km epics to gravity runs down the finest trails around.

The thumb lever is right there for you to toggle between modes, or hit auto. Zappp.
That box on top of the rear shock is the motor that controls the rear shock’s compression tune at the speed of light, almost.
Happy to see the Avid XO Trail brakes.
The wide rear end has caused a bit of heel rubbing when pedalling for us before, let’s see how this one goes.
That gold colour says ‘smooooooth’.
So stay tuned for our review of this Zesty little shredder.
So stay tuned for our review of this Zesty little shredder.


Best charge up the batteries, it’s Buller time!


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