Lapierre Zesty XM 327 2016
The Lapierre Zesty XM 327 is a big deal! This is no update; the XM is an all-new platform, a short travel trail bike running on 650b hoops! The Lapierre Zesty XM 327 is the perfect companion for riders looking not only to rip apart the trail but also cover long distances, where XC style efficiency is as important as downhill performance.
The comparatively steeper geometry of the XM and shorter travel compared to the AM, make the XM a better option for more XC orientated trail riding. The head-angle of the XM is 67-deg, while suspension travel is 130mm front, and 120mm rear; which all sounds like a recipe for a good time up or downhill!
The new frame uses a toptube-mounted shock, which has allowed for weight reduction without sacrificing strength. The shock itself uses a shorter stroke than previous bikes to prevent heat build up, thus preventing deterioration of shock performance over the duration of the ride.
Building on feedback from its customers the 2016 Zesty’s feature 10mm extra tyre clearance, but also slimmed-down chainstay’s, which increases heel clearance when pedalling.
The Lapierre Zest XM 327 shares the same frame as the 427, but features a more affordable set of components. Gearing is a 2x10 set-up that utilizes Shimano’s excellent value Deore groupset, with an upgraded ‘XT Shadow plus’ rear derailleur for added chain control. Mavic rims and formula hubs form a tough dependable wheelset at a reasonable weight. Once rolling the wheels are slowed by Shimano’s highly acclaimed Deore hydraulic brakes. A highlight of the Lapierre Zesty XM 327 is the suspension. The Fox 32 performance fork uses the new Fit4 damping which reviewers have praised for its supple and controlled stroke, with performance being noticeably improved over the previous ‘ctd’ damping.
The monarch shock from Rockshox also keeps the rear-end smooth and composed. Unlike many rival bikes at this price Lapierre provide the bike with a proper dropper seatpost, a KD Cruxi. The ability to raise or drop the saddle for climbs and descends is invaluable on a bike such as this, and it’s all controlled via a handlebar-mounted lever. With an SDG Duster saddle to keep you comfy there’s no reason you can’t thrash the trails all-day long with the Lapierre Zesty XM 327.
|BRAKE||SHIMANO HYDRAULIC BRM506 BLACK|
|Bottom Bracket||SHIMANO SMBB7141A PRESSFIT|
|Cassette||SHIMANO CSHG5010136 11X36 10-SPEED|
|CRANK SET||SHIMANO DEORE FCM617CX62L 36X22 170MM (S) / 175MM (M, L, XL)|
|Frame||ZESTY XM 27.5" ALLOY SUPREME 6 OST+ 120MM REAR TRAVEL|
|FRONT TYRE||SCHWALBE TOUGH TOM K-GUARD 27.5X2.25|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||SHIMANO DEORE FDM618E6X E-TYPE|
|FORK||FOX FLOAT 32 PERFORMANCE 3POS 27.5" 130MM 15QR|
|HANDLEBAR||LAPIERRE NICO VOUILLOZ SIGNATURE ALU6061 W: 740MM R: 15MM Ø: 31.8MM|
|HEADSET||FSA ORBIT 1.5E ZS NO.57E + 8MM TOP CAP|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SHIMANO XT RDM786GSL 10-SPEED|
|REAR TYRE||SCHWALBE TOUGH TOM K-GUARD 27.5X2.25|
|SADDLE||SDG DUSTER LP CUSTOM|
|SEATPOST||KIND SHOCK CRUXI Ø: 31.6MM L: 420MM TRAVEL: 100MM|
|SHIFTERS||SHIMANO DEORE SLM610 2X10-SPEED ISPEC|
|STEM||EASTON EA50 8° Ø: 31.8MM L: 60MM (S, M, L) / 75MM (XL)|
|WHEEL||MAVIC EN321 21C 27.5" 32H - FORMULA DC51 15QR 32H - FORMULA DHT14232H BLACK 12X142MM + LAQR-12-E THRU AXLE|