New Lapierre Downhill Bike Launches At Fort William

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On the eve of Fort William World Cup, Lapierre chose to launch its new downhill bike. It’s been completely redesigned and the prototype will be raced this weekend under Emmeline Ragot. The other riders of Team Lapierre Gravity Republic will also be equipped with their new machine shortly.

The DH Team in blue and the DH727 in red will be available at Lapierre dealers from October.

In the meantime, let’s have a quick look at the spec, before the World Cup frenzy begins…

The bike has been redesigned around Lapierre’s new SLT (Supra Link Technology) and perhaps unsurprisingly, now runs 27.5in wheels. At its heart, the aluminium frame is a 210mm single pivot design. The clever suspension linkage makes it supple on the little bits and ‘ultra progressive’ as it gets to the end of the travel.

New Lapierre downhill bike.
It’s more complicated than it looks
Plenty of mud clearance
SRAM’s XO DH groupset
Seven speed, race bike.

 

Head angle is 63.7°, adjustable +/- a degree.

That trail in the background looks familiar…
Lapierre makes no apologies for saying it was inspired by motocross bike design

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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