Lapierre didn't hesitate to get their top racers on a prototype 650B version of their downhill rig, with Loic Bruni racing a version of the bike
during his 2013 World Cup campaign. That effort has continued into the new year, with kiwi speed demon Sam Blenkinsop racing aboard a similar machine at the recent New Zealand Championships. The bike sports a very finished appearance that wouldn't look out of place on the showroom floor, making it clear that the French brand is either ready or very close to being ready to offer a production version in the near future. The front triangle is constructed out of aluminum, just like the current 26" wheeled bike, and the swing arm uses the same carbon main section combined with bolt-on aluminum dropouts and bonded aluminum forward section, although it's safe to assume that it varies slightly from what is currently available to the public.
While the non-drive side crank is blocking us from seeing any of the bike's suspension linkage detail, it obviously employs the same floating bottom bracket Pendbox suspension design as is found on the production bike. There are no details concerning geometry at this point, but it likely features slightly more bottom bracket drop compared to the 26" wheeled version.