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.
SIZES AND COLOURSSizes: S,M,L,XL,XXLColourFizzy Orange
Frame and Fork
6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 27.5. Rear wheel travel: 165.Swingarms: Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 148mm Hub)Rear Shocks: RockShox Super Deluxe Select + 230x65Headsets: Cane Creek 49mm For Tapered SteererForks: RockShox Yari RC 170mm 27.5
DrivetrainShifters: SRAM SX EagleCassettes: SRAM SX Eagle 1210 11-50TChain Device: Not IncludedBottom Brackets: SRAM DUBChainsets: SRAM SX Eagle 32tRear Mech: SRAM SX Eagle 12spdChains: SRAM SX Eagle
Wheel and TyresWheelsets: WTB ST Light i30 on Strange Pro 27Tyres: Maxxis DHR II 2.4 Exo TR 27.5
BrakingBrakes: Shimano MT500 203/180
Finishing KitSeatposts: KS Ragei 150mm DropSeat Clamps: Strange BoltedStems: Race Face Chester M35 x 40mmSaddles: WTB Silverado SportHandlebars: Race Face Chester Stealth 780mmGrips: Strange 130 Single Lock-On Black