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We’ve been testing the Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate. The spec sheet for this E-Mountainbike is promising – 160/150mm travel, a carbon frame, fully integrated battery and a sensationally low weight of 18kg. How does the brand new eZesty hold up on the trail though? We’ve found out!
Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate
|Area of Use||All-Mountain, Enduro|
|Travel||160 mm/150 mm|
|Battery Capacity||252 Wh|
|Weight (w/o Pedals)||18.2 kg|
The Lapierre eZesty was designed to be a capable E-Trailbike and clearly takes its design cues from its unmotorised siblings. The pretty carbon frame offers 160 mm travel up front and 150 mm at the rear and is furnished with the fully-integrated Fazua system. The compact dimensions of the motor allow this E-Enduro a very sleek design. If you didn’t know, you could easily mistake the eZesty for a completely normal mountain bike.
The Ultimate version that we tested here doesn’t only have a carbon frame but is also fitted with durable 27.5” carbon wheels. That all helps keep the weight down, meaning that this is one of the lightest e-bikes that we have ever encountered. Our large model weighs in at an astounding 18.2 kg. For an E-MTB with this much travel that has to be a record.
The Lapierre eZesty AM is available in two components specs – the top-end model we’ve tested here costs € 7599 and the slightly cheaper AM 9.0 Ultimate costs € 5999.
You can find other E-Mountainbike news, reviews and comparisons here.
Lapierre did everything it could to develop an E-MTB that handles just as well as its unmotorised MTB siblings. With 470 mm reach, 612 mm stack (Size L), and short 435 mm chainstays, the eZesty promises quick laps and excellent handling on the trails.
Available sizes: M, L, XL
Measured standover: 750 mm (Size L)
Weight: 18,2 kg (Size L)
|Bodysize||Körpergröße||170-180 cm||178-188 cm||>186 cm|
|Seat Tube Length||Sitzrohrlänge||430 mm||460 mm||500 mm|
|Top Tube Length||Oberrohrlänge||606 mm||636 mm||666 mm|
|Head Tube Length||Steuerrohrlänge||130 mm||145 mm||160 mm|
|Reach||Reach||445 mm||470 mm||495 mm|
|Stack||Stack||607 mm||621 mm||635 mm|
|Head Tube Angle||Lenkwinkel||65,5°||65,5°||65,5°|
|Seat Tube Angle||Sitzwinkel||75°||75°||75°|
|Chainstay Length||Kettenstrebenlänge||435 mm||435 mm||435 mm|
|Wheelbase||Radstand||1194 mm||1227 mm||1259 mm|
The Lapierre eZesty is available in two models. Both feature the same modern-looking, high-quality carbon frame. The model we tested – the eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate – is fitted with lots of carbon components. For example, both the carbon rims and dropper post help keep the weight of this Ebike down. The bike is furnished with Fox suspension – up front a Fox 36 fork offers 160 mm travel whilst a Fox Float DPS shock controls 150 mm of travel at the rear. A mixed SRAM GX and XO Eagle drivetrain takes care of gear changes and offers 12 gears.
|Frame||Rahmen||eZesty AM full carbon ULTIMATE 150 mm travel, boost|
|Fork||Gabel||Fox 36 float Factory Kashima BOOST / 15 x 110 / 160 mm|
|Shock||Dämpfer||Fox Float DPS Factory Kashima|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||SRAM X01 Eagle|
|Cassette||Kassette||SRAM PG1230 Eagle 11-50 12SPD|
|Cranks||Kurbel||FSA Carbon / 170 mm / 32 T|
|Brakes||Bremse||SRAM Guide RE|
|Wheels||Laufräder||LP eAM+ Carbon 584 x 33 BOOST, Tubeless Ready|
|Tires||Reifen||Maxxis High Roller II Wide Trail 27,2 x 2,5 Maxxterra EXO front & rear|
|Seat||Sattel||Lapierre by Velo|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||Lapierre Carbon-Dropper / Hub: 125 mm (size M); 150 mm (size L, XL)|
|Bar||Lenker||Race Face SIXC Carbon / 20 mm x 785 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Lapierre FULL CNC 0° Rise: 35 mm (M, L), 45 mm (XL)|
|Motor||Motor||Fazua evation 1.0|
|Weight||Gewicht||18,2 kg (size L)|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||7.599 €|
Motor & Battery
The compact Fazua Evation 1.0 motor weighs just 2 kg and is neatly integrated into the down tube thanks to its compact dimensions. The 252 Wh battery and lightweight motor are packaged into a cylindrical unit, which – if desired – can be completely removed from the E-Bike. Unlike the other torque-monsters on the market, the Fazua produces only a nominal 60 Nm of torque, which is noticeable out on the trail. The motor engages smoothly, works silently and is not intrusive on your riding at all. Sporty riders will love how this motor behaves – eBikes have never felt so natural. Over the 25km/h assistance limit this motor continues to be a joy to ride, with no pedalling resistance at all. The capacity of the 252 Wh battery is relatively small, though it does only weigh just under 1.5 kg. That lets you carry a spare battery in your rucksack easily.
The handlebar mounted remote is easy to actuate and the assistance mode is identified by its corresponding colour. Green – lowest assistance level (75%, 125W), Blue – mid-level assistance (150%, 250W), Pink – highest assistance mode (240%, 400W), White – no assistance.
The Fazua Evation 1.0 system is very smart, but also unique and unlike traditional E-Bikes. The motor often doesn’t have enough grunt to get up the steepest slopes and the small 252 Wh battery means this isn’t an endurance machine. If you’re usually rolling along the trails on unmotorised mountain bikes, you will find a great partner in the Fazua system. However, if you mostly ride eMTBs, you might be expecting more and could reach your physical limits quickly – compared with the Fazua motor, other systems just fly up the hills.
- Motor: Fazua evation 1.0
- Battery: 252 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Max. torque: 60 Nm
- Display: no display fitted
You can find more information about current E-Bike motors here.
26 km / 498 metres vertical
1 h 26 min
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 26 km and 498 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing. Instead, they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.
You can find the exact details of our test ride with the Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate here.
On the trail
There’s no uphill flow to be found here!
Riding uphill – we have to admit – we quickly felt we had to question “Is that all?” There’s no doubt that the compact Fazua motor makes both the Lapierre eZesty’s sleek design and unique character possible, but its uphill performance feels somewhat different to what we are used to. The motor always provides some degree of assistance, but that pales in comparison to all the competitors on the market. The power provided to this E-Enduro is more akin to grinding your way to the top of a climb on a road bike, where you get a final gentle push of assistance from a team mate. Unfortunately, there’s not much more there to give.
Accept the lower amount of power on offer, and the eZesty actually climbs very well. The front wheel stays planted on the ground and the roomy geometry allows you to shift positions easily to get enough power into the pedals. The Maxxis tyres offered more than enough grip, with reliable handling even on muddy terrain.
Capable geometry is held back by the suspension kinematics.
Within the first few meters of riding we quickly noticed that the eZesty has pleasantly quick handling. The low 18kg weight means the bike is easy to throw into corners, can be manoeuvred fluidly through rough sections and – when necessary – line corrections or changes can be made quickly. The Fox 36 fork is unquestionably capable, swallowing up the largest shocks and impacts. Sadly, that performance potential is damped by the suspension kinematics at the rear. The linearly actuated shock is very plush, but quickly reaches its limits when riding fast. The Ebike blows through its travel and correspondingly, also provides very little feedback to the rider. Riding quickly the rear wallows and feels a little lifeless. Increase the pressure in the shock and sacrifice some sensitivity, and you’ll be rewarded with an E-Enduro with a capable, stable ride and lots of performance on offer.
As things get quicker and braking distances get shorter, we always found the power of the SRAM Guide RE brakes and their 200 mm rotors reliable.
However, we were a bit concerned about a clattering noise whilst riding through particularly rough terrain with the suspension working hard. Some investigation revealed the culprit: the chainstay protector. Our shoe kept on getting caught on it, leading to the noise. Not a huge problem, but a bit annoying.
Out on the trail, this E-Enduro rides almost like a unmotorised Enduro bike. We have to hark on about the low weight again, because it’s exactly this that gives this bike its lively, sprightly character on the trail. We fleetly carve through corners, pedal effortlessly over curving paths and stomp and sprint up inclines. This is where the small motor is in its element, making the most of the power it has and giving the eZesty its true purpose: quick, agile and lively riding.
The 12-speed SRAM Eagle gearing means it’s always easy to choose the right gear, and each gear change is confirmed by the gentle click of the shifter – that’s how we like it.
- Linear kinematics The rear is sensitive and plush, but when riding fast it tends to blow through its travel without providing much support. We think Lapierre should tune the shock to better match the suspension kinematics.
- Uncomfortable saddle Saddles are admittedly individual, but we found the saddle fitted on the eZesty a pain on longer rides and with uncomfortable pressure points.
- Chainstay guard The chainstay guard is made from rigid plastic and has a tendency to clatter when riding. Our shoes got caught every now and then, causing some noise. In all honesty, that gets a bit annoying whilst riding out on the trails. Whilst it doesn’t look quite as good, we’d prefer a neoprene guard without these problems.
- Battery can only be charged outside the bike There’s no charging port here. Unfortunately, the battery can only be charged when it’s removed from the bike. That means you’ll always have to carry the key with you to remove the battery.
- Remote unit Aesthetics can be a matter of personal preference, but the ergonomics here leave something to be desired. The mode buttons don’t have a defined actuation point and offer next to no feedback as to whether you’ve managed to change mode or not. We would like to see some improvement here.
Summary: Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate
„Lighter E-Bikes? Yes please!
But with power!“
The Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate, short eZesty, goes in a new direction and is an E-Enduro bike that scores with its low weight, agile handling and composed riding. The integration of the system is masterfully achieved, the design is modern and it looks very appealing. The eZesty is a hybrid between the worlds of unpowered mountain bikes and that of E-Bikes. It clearly can’t keep up with other E-MTBs, but will do well for active and ambitious riders, with its capable handling, smooth ride, calm motor and the ability to ride above 25km/h without any resistance. The linear suspension kinematics offer a lot of comfort but aren’t suitable for faster riding. We would tune the shock to increase the progression in the rear.
One more important note. If you want to ride in a group of unpowered mountain bikers, then the eZesty could be perfect, because the lack of power doesn’t impact negatively here. However, if you move more amongst dedicated E-Bikers, you’ll quickly reach the limits of this bike and will likely be unhappy as you trail up the hill at the back of the group.
- light & agile
- high-quality finishing
- attractive design
- no 29" wheels
- battery can only be charged off the bike
- no traditional E-Bike-feeling
What do you think of this 18 kg E-Enduro? Does this mark a move in the right direction?
About the test
On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.
Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long gravel trails up- and downhill
E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the Lapierre eZesty here:
- Bamber/Bad Kreuznach, Germany: The riding provides narrow and tight trails with rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.
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I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
- Fahrstil / Riding style
- Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
- Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
- E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
- Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
- Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
- Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars
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Lapierre eZesty AM Ltd Ultimate
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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