The Challenge: How do we endeavour to update a bike whose legion of fans don't want us to change anything?
The answer? Like everything we do, is with great care, passion and a stack of test feedback.
The new Alpine 6 Factory has been through possibly the most extensive prototyping programs we've ever undertaken – the result is truly 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 provide increased smoothness over small bumps, flirting with that fine line that keeps wallow at bay and gives the Alpine 6 Factory all the control it needs.
We've also thrown geometry under the microscope and refined it to match the new suspension performance, resulting in superb agility, stability and confident speed.
When you are lucky enough to come upon one of those unholy beasts of a trail, the Alpine 6 Factory is the bike to take it on with everything you've got and tame it.
- 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
- Bike Builder: Component upgrades available and a choice of
- 6 custom colour options
Frame - 6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 27.5. Rear wheel travel: 165.
Swingarm - Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 148mm Hub)
Rear Shock - Fox Float X2 Factory 230x65
Headset - Hope Black - 44mm for Tapered Steerer
Fork - Fox Factory 38 Float 170mm 27.5 (black)
Shifter - Shimano SLX 12spd
Cassette - Shimano XT 10-51T
Chain Device - OneUp Chain Guide
Bottom Bracket - Hope 30mm Black
Chainset - Sram Descendant Carbon Eagle 32T
Rear Mech - Shimano XT 12spd
Chain - KMC 12spd
Rim Decals - Standard Rim Decals
Wheelset - Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 27
Tyre - Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO TR / DHR II 2.4 EXO TR 27.5
Brakes - Shimano XT Trail 203/180
Seatposts - Fox Factory Transfer 1750mm Drop
Seat Clamps - Strange
Stems - Hope M35 x 35mm Black
Saddles - SDG Strangs Bel Air III
Handlebars - Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm
Grips - Strange 130 Single Lock-On Black