Sneak Peek: Nico Vouilloz’s Lapierre Spicy Team 27.5

27.5 Enduro

The Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend in Punta Ala, Italy, and that means it’s prototype teaser time. The bike in question this time is the Lapierre Spicy Team 27.5 rig that will be piloted by French great Nico Vouilloz. You might remember him for his days as the world’s premier downhill racer. Between 1992 and 2002, Vouilloz won 10 world titles and 16 World Cup races. Dude was the best. Period.

Now like a lot of aging former pros (he turned 37 in February), Vouilloz has transitioned to enduro racing. And what do you know, he’s winning again. Turns out bike skills are bike skills.

Nico’s weapon of choice starting this weekend will be what looks like a full alloy prototype from Lapierre. The PR that accompanied these teaser shots says that the bike is “a honed race machine spec’d to perfection.”

That spec includes the innovative Monarch Relay shock E.I auto-adjust suspension system, which is tag-team effort between RockShox and Lapierre. The basic gist is that the shock has a built-in automatic on-the-fly adjustment system that manages compression and lock-out via an array of special sensors and accelerometers that monitor bump forces and speed. Very cool stuff, and likely a harbinger of the next frontier in mountain bike suspension technology.

Nico’s bike also has a stealthy RockShox BlackBox 160mm Pike fork with sexy black stanchions, a SRAM XX1 groupset, prototype SRAM wheels, and a set of First Ride Schwalbe prototype tires with some seriously beefy tread.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • Jerry Hazard says:

    Must trust that type II…. sick ride though!

  • Izzy says:

    Ooohhh… Zesty 650B please!

  • geotrouvetout67 says:

    Electronically controlled rear shox? This is sick but it’s too much IMO, let’s keep electronics out of bicycles (besides the speed / GPS computer), otherwise we can as well ride dirt bikes. Lapierre is a gem of the French bicycle industry in high end bikes and hope they continue developing great MTB’s and not only pro bikes but also high end amateur bikes.

  • hank glowiak says:

    I rode the bike at Interbike and was Not impressed at all. It was not all that great at climbing and it felt like it was all over the place descending. I played around with all the setting and still no dice. Even with the electronics off I thought it would be like a normal bike but No.

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