The new Lapierre Zesty 314 for 2013 arrived a few weeks ago. Then we sold what we had so got more in! Now we are finally at the stage where we can try it out so I got a ride of the Zesty a few days ago.
The first thing you notice about this bike is the sheer attention to detail. It still has the easy rear suspension set-up of old and the whole thing just makes a whole lot of sense – the simple things always work. The kit on the Zesty 314 is a whole lot better for 2013 than it has been before, with better tyres, wheels, Easton and Nico finishing kit, Formula RX brakes, Shimano XT gears and a great SDG saddle. Naturally it all matches. The through axles at both ends of the bike are actually the best part in my opinion.
I have never owned a Lapierre Zesty 314 myself or indeed any Zesty but we sell a lot of them and I ride them every year. We used to have demo bikes too and they lasted well (although they truly got abused and we got tired of people treating them with such disrespect!) but we had difficulties getting hold of them last year as they were so popular so we did not have a demo bike. However, I managed to ride a Zesty quite frequently throughout the year so know it very well.
The 2012 Lapierre Zesty 314 was a great bike. I am 15 stone so wasn’t too enamoured with the fact that I had to put a lot more pressure in the shock than I needed to on the 2011 bike but it still worked well and it did take out the smaller bumps a lot better than before (not that I was too concerned about that but I did see the advantages too!). The 2013 Zesty 314 does feel similar to be fair. It’s still planted, climbs well, descends as well as before most of the time and everything is great. However, the thing I did notice was that the rear end felt less twitchy than before, which I felt was a great benefit and I really think the through axles were doing what they should as cornering felt much more assured (and I cannot say it was the tyres as we use the same tyres).
So it is better value for money, has epic kit on it, Fox front and rear and through axles too. An amazing rear shock and even the bars are better (and wider) than ever before. Shimano gears are flawless and even the saddle was super comfy.
I do know a better bike however: the Pivot Mach 5.7. I always go on about it but it’s fantastic and the bike I almost always ride. However, the Lapierre was not too far of it (much more so than any other previous year) and to say that the Lapierre Zesty 314 is around half the price of the £4K bike I ride, I would buy the Lapierre Zesty 314 all day long (unless I’m loaded or just simply want the best OR own a bike shop and receive no salary other than the odd bike to use from the demo stock every couple of years!). The Lapierre Zesty 314 now has 10% back in goods – £240 to spend in our shop (or if you’re mail order then let us know what you would want and we can send that too). We build and check every bike we receive before sending it back out either with a customer or back in its box.