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.
|Frame & Fork|
|Tubeset||6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing|
|Fork||Fox Factory 36 Float 170mm 27.5 (black)|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float X2 Factory 230x65|
|Headset||Hope 49mm Black|
|Rear Axle||SRAM Maxle Ultimate (Boost 148 Hub)|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheelset||Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 27|
|Tyres||Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO TR / DHR 2.4 EXO TR 2|
|Crankset||SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 32t|
|Chain Device||Not Included|
|Rear Mech||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle 12spd|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Brakes||Hope Tech 3 E4 Black 203/180|
|Stem||Burgtec MK2 Enduro Black 35mm|
|Handlebar||Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm|
|Grips||Strange 130 Lock - On Grips Black|
|Seatpost||Fox Factory Transfer 150mm Kashima|
|Saddle||SDG Radar Steel Rail Black/Black|
|Seat Clamp||Hope Bolted Black|