Mountain Biking UK - - OUT FRONT -

Lapierre’s new ‘in­te­grated’ eMTB is de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween a con­ven­tional trail bike and a pow­er­ful e-bike. Not only is the com­pact Fazua Eva­tion 1.0 mo­tor stealth­ily in­te­grated into the down tube, but it uses a 250Wh bat­tery, which only has half the ca­pac­ity of the power packs used on the French brand’s Over­volt bikes. The con­cept is that, rather than mak­ing your whole ride eas­ier or faster, the 400W mo­tor just adds a lit­tle as­sis­tance when you need it, such as when start­ing, rid­ing up­hill or into a head­wind. It’s sup­posed to feel like you’re rid­ing with the wind on your back.

The drive unit is claimed to weigh just 3.3kg (bat­tery and mo­tor) and most of it can be re­moved if you want to use pedal power alone, e ec­tively giv­ing you two bikes in one. While the mo­tor cuts out above 25kph (to en­sure that it’s classed as a bike un­der UK law, not a mo­tor­bike), it help­fully de­cou­ples from the crankshaft so as not to pro­vide any ex­tra re­sis­tance to your ped­alling.

As on the stan­dard Zesty, Lapierre have dropped their long-stand­ing ‘OST+’ sus­pen­sion plat­form in favour of an al­ter­na­tive four-bar de­sign with a ver­ti­cal­ly­mounted ‘float­ing’ shock that sits within a split in the seat tube. Spec de­tails were thin on the ground as we went to press, but we know there will be two mod­els – the top-tier eZesty AM Ltd Ul­ti­mate cost­ing 7,699 (UK pric­ing still to be con­firmed) and the AM 9.0 Ul­ti­mate at 5,999.

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