Bike porn: Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike

This is the bike we’ve been using to test the new SRAM XX1 kit but it’s a pretty awesome looking machine in its own right. The Lapierre Spicy is a favourite with European all-mountain/enduro riders and some tweaks for 2013 – it’s longer, lower, slacker and stiffer – mean it’s now even more desirable than ever.

This is the cream of the crop – the top-end, carbon Spicy 916 model, though the spec bears almost no relation to the bike you can buy in the shops. As well as the 11-speed XX1 kit, it sports SRAM’s new X0 Trail brakes and a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post. Check out the pics below, and try to resist the temptation to reach for your wallet!

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

This Spicy 916 has been loaned to Weavs as a test bed for the new SRAM XX1 kit. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Here’s one bit we didn’t show you in our XX1 review – the trick carbon shifter. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Touches like the custom chainstay protector and carbon mech guard set Lapierre apart. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

The metal chain suck plate is a neat touch too, defending the carbon frame from damage. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

It’s not just the frame that’s carbon – so are the cranks, shifter paddles and mech cage. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

SRAM XX1 is all about performance, but it doesn’t hurt that it looks trick as hell! Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

The 10-42t cassette provides an ample spread when paired with a 36t chainring up front. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Weavs looks uneasy in this shot. That’s because he’s itching to hit the trails on this beast! Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Lapierre Spicy 916 SRAM XX1 test bike. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Wish granted! Not sure if that expression is excitement or fear. Picture by Sebastian Schieck

Turn the page for more pictures of this very special Spicy…