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.
6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 27.5. Rear wheel travel: 165.
|Monocoque/6061-T6 Custom Butted Aluminium tubing|
|Seat Tube Length||15"||17"||18"||19"||20"|
|A. Head Angle||64°||64°||64°||64°||64°|
|B. Seat Angle (Actual)||72°||72°||72°||72°||72°|
|B. Seat Angle (Effective)||74°||74°||74°||74°||74°|
|C. Top Tube||582||601||619||641||658|
|D. Top Tube (effective)||605||625||645||665||685|
|E. BB Height (from ground)||337||337||337||337||337|
|BB height (from axles||-17||-17||-17||-17||-17|
|G. Head Tube||100||120||120||125||130|
|H. Wheel base||1208||1231||1251||1272||1293|
|T. Rear Travel||165||165||165||165||165|
|Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm. Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height measured from ground with 708 mm Ø tyre.|
|Shock Length||230 x 65 mm|
|Rear Hub||12 x 148mm Boost|
|Fork Offset||46 mm|
|Seatpost Ø||30.9 mm|
|Seatclamp Ø||34.9 mm|
|BB Shell||73 mm ISCG05|
|Tapered Headset||Upper: ZS49/28.6
Please note: This is for guidance only. You may be taller or shorter, it doesn't mean our bikes will not fit you. The best way to determine the correct bike size for you is to try one. We've added some more explanation on sizing theory here: What size frame do I need?
Lesser bikes can wash out easily, but the Alpine holds its line admirably.What Mountain Bike
In the right hands, this’ll be a monster.Singletrack
Fast, balanced and above all else, stable on or over whatever I pointed it at, it felt like a steam roller.PinkBike
We loved the crisp new look of the 2017 line-up and feel Orange are now making bigger advancements in 2017 than ever beforeEnduro MTB
One of our all-time favourite bikes just got better.Dirt Magazine
We think the best way to find out what an Orange Bike really has to offer is to ride one. So don't just take our word for it, get out there and give one a go.
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