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||RockShox Lyrik RC2 170mm 27.5 (black)|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float DPX2 Performance 230x65|
|Headset||Cane Creek 49mm For Tapered Steerer|
|Rear Axle||Hidden Tool Free QR Lever (Boost 148mm Hub)|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheelset||Race Face Arc 30 27.5 (Grey) + Hope Pro 4 (Black)|
|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 GX1 Eagle|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RE 200/180|
|Stem||Hope M35 x 35mm Black|
|Handlebar||Renthal FatBar M35 800mm|
|Grips||Strange 130 Lock - On Grips Black|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb 150mm with 1x Remote|
|Saddle||SDG Radar Steel Rail Black/Black|
|Seat Clamp||Strange QR|