High pivot and low pivot, in one bike

Plus, a mountain bike chest protector with a built-in air bag and a new, lightweight YT e-enduro bike.

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Lapierre Spicy CF is high pivot or low pivot

The new Lapierre Spicy CF is an enduro race bike that features an optional high pivot design. Riders can choose to run the upper pulley, or not, to change the kinematics of the bike. A three-position flip chip allows the bike to morph from 29er to mixed-wheel, and to account for the switch from high to low pivot mode. The carbon fiber Spicy CF frame also features in-frame storage accessible on the underside of the down tube near the bottom bracket.

Full geometry and build kit details are available in the press release linked above.

  • Price: Unknown
  • Buy from Lapierre bike dealers
Provided photo.

Airbag chest protector

Athletes at last week’s UCI DH in Les Gets tested prototypes of the Dainese D-air Bike chest protector. The D-air includes a microfilament airbag and sensors designed to detect a crash and inflate on impact to give riders additional protection. The brand’s technology is already being used in motorsports and snowsports where airbags are or will soon be required.

  • Price: Unknown
  • Not available for purchase yet
Photo: YT Industries

YT Decoy SN

The YT Decoy SN enduro bike is designed to deliver a “Supernatural ride feel” with a 60Nm Fazua motor and mid-size 430Wh battery for an overall bike weight that’s about 45lb. The mixed wheel bike offers 170/160mm of travel front/rear and all three builds utilize the same carbon frame with a 63.9° head tube angle and 78° seat tube angle.

  • Price: $6,499 – $8,499
  • Buy from yt-industries.com

Leatt launches component line

At Eurobike last week, Leatt introduced a mountain bike component line featuring flat and clipless pedals, handlebars, and stems. No official information has been shared on the Leatt website yet, but the brand did share the video above on their official Instagram channel providing a glimpse of the new products.

  • Price: Unknown
  • Availability unknown

Salsa Cutthroat goes UDH, improves frame protection

The Salsa Cutthroat adventure bike has been updated to feature UDH dropouts and has added frame protection in new places on the frame and fork. Speaking of the fork, all models now ship with Salsa’s own full-carbon fork featuring built-in accessory mounts.

  • Price: $2,499 frame. SRAM AXS builds from $5,499
  • Buy from Salsa dealers