The brand new Lapierre Downhill bike has been in development for some time now, and had already achieved a top 5 at Worlds under Sam Blenkinsop, and a 2nd place at Leogang under Loic Bruni.
With these impressive credentials, it’s hard to argue with the bikes aggressive new geometry, 27.5″ wheels, and all new suspension platform. The new suspension design utilizes a technology we all know (and love) as a linkage actuated single pivot, but the official three letter acronym is SLT, which stands for Supra Link Technology.
The new linkage has been designed around a suspension curve that maximizes small bump sensitivity and then ramps up impressively towards the end of the bikes 210mm of travel, which should help reduce harsh bottom outs.
The main pivot position has also been tuned, to limit the impact of pedaling on suspension performance.
The system makes use of ovesized axles, for better reliability, and easy maintenance. Though not pictured here, there is an optional mudguard included, which will help protect the shock and linkage from grime.
The frame has internal routing and a wider rear triangle, for improved mud clearance, and tire selection.The compact rear dropouts are removable, and new rubber chainstay and seatstay protectors have been introduced to reduce noise and chain slap. Fork bumpers have also been integrated into the frame.The frame will be available in three sizes (S, M, L) and the head angle is adjustable +/- degree from the stock 63.7. The new bike will be available in two different build kits, the top of the line DH team kit, and more budget friendly DH 727.
The top of the line model will feature a Boxxer WC, Vivid Coil, X01 drivetrain with 7 speed kit, and an assortment of Easton Havoc components. If you elect to save a little cash for lift tickets, the bike will come equipped with a Boxxer Coil, Fox Van R shock, and SRAM X01 10 speed kit, E13 LG1+ Wheels, and an Easton Havoc cockpit. Final price on both these options have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned this weekend to the World Cup race at Fort Williams to see more of the bike under Emmeline Ragot.
The new model isn’t up on the English website yet, but you can keep checking there for more info.