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Pro Bike Check: Nico Vouilloz's Lapierre NVProto 27.5 Enduro Bike

<b>Nicolas Vouilloz stands proud with his Lapierre NVProto at EWS 2, Val d'Allos. The bike features a carbon front end and 27.5-inch wheels.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico switched from a RockShox Monarch to a Monarch Plus for the grueling, sustained downhills of Val d'Allos stages.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Since the first Enduro World Series race in Punta Ala, Nico has also moved to Michelin tires and is running prototypes in Val d'Allos.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Using an angleset, Nico has a slacker head angle for the lift-assisted, gravity-oriented stages.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Avid X0 Trail brakes for Nico, who is one smooth stopper (remember his NWD part where he nose-wheelied around the switch back?).</b> -Sven Martin

<b>A trick carbon rotor guard keeps Nico moving, even in the event of hard crashes. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Michelin and Nico go hand-in-hand.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Aggressive prototype Michelin up front...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Less-aggressive rear tire.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Custom graphic job for the ultimate technician, who even limits his Reverb drop.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#concussionproof</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico with Jerome Clementz. Nico rocks Jerome Clementz handlebars, so he must be good!</b> -Sven Martin

Nicolas Vouilloz shows off his prototype Lapierre enduro racer at Val d'Allos, France and the second stop of the Enduro World Series. Since round one in Punta Ala, Italy, Nico has made some changes to his ride, including a carbon front triangle, RockShox Monarch Plus rear shock and the switch to Michelin tires.