The Challenge: How do we go about updating a bike in our range whose legion of fans don't want us to change anything?
The answer, as with everything we do, is with great care and a stack of test feedback.
The new Alpine 6 has been through one of the most intensive prototyping programs we've ever done – the result is spectacular.
With the introduction of the 230mm metric shock, we have revised the suspension layout to increase the rear travel. We've also tuned the frame to be more progressive to retain a bottomless feel and improve small bump smoothness, treading that fine line that keeps wallow at bay and gives the Alpine 6 all the control it needs.
The geometry has also been under the microscope and refined to match the new suspension performance, resulting in more agility, stability and confident speed.
When you come upon one of those unholy beasts of a trail, this is the bike to take it on at full-gas and tame it.
WHY THE ALPINE 6?
- Brand New monocoque 6061-T6 aluminium frame
- Designed and built in Britain
- 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime Crash Replacement
- Unique Single-pivot suspension for optimum performance, efficiency and reliability
- New Radically revised, more progressive frame suspension layout with 230x65mm metric shock
- New Reworked Alpine geometry for confidence, speed and stability
- New 170mm Front/165mm rear travel
- New Frame Bottle Bosses
- Boost 148 rear hub spacing
- Available in 5 model specs: S, Pro, RS, Factory and XTR
- Bike Builder: Component upgrades available and a choice of
- 6 custom colour options. Excluding S spec, (Fizzy Orange only)
FRAME AND FORK
6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing.
Wheel Size: 27.5.
Rear wheel travel: 165.
Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 148mm Hub)
SRAM Maxle Ultimate (Boost 148 Hub) (£35.00)
Fox Float X2 Factory 230x65
Cane Creek 49mm for Tapered Steerer
Fox Factory 38 Float 170mm 27.5 (black)
Fox Factory 38 Float 170mm 27.5 (Orange) (£0.00)
Shimano SLX 12spd
Shimano XT 10-51T 12spd
OneUp Chain Guide
SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 32t
Shimano XT 12spd
WHEEL AND TYRES
Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 27
Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO+ / DHR II 2.4 3c EXO+ 27.5
Shimano XT Trail 203/180
Shimano XTR 203/180 (£150.00)
SDG Strange Bel Air III
Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm
Strange Grappler Lock-On
Fox Factory Transfer 175mm Drop
Hope M35 x 35mm Black