Orange hit on a bit of a snag with the new Alpine 6. How do they appease a legion of fans who don't want it to be changed, but update it to keep in line with modern trends and developments? Well, they've untied the Gordian knot of their own making with the most intensive prototyping program they have ever run to create the new Alpine 6.
While it sticks with a classic Orange silhouette, every tube on this bike is totally new, apart from the seat tube. This has allowed Orange to make a bike with more travel, a revised suspension curve and new geometry. Check it out in action in the edit below:
The new Alpine six grows to 165mm of rear travel with the introduction of a 230mm metric shock. There's also a revised shock tune to go with it that Orange claim will, "be more progressive to retain a bottomless feel and improve small bump smoothness". Up front, a 170mm fork keeps things under control.
The geometry of the Alpine has also been under the microscope and is claimed to result in more "agility, stability and confidence at speed". As always, it's a case of evolution not revolution for Orange, but they're hoping some incremental changes will add up to big performance benefits. The head angle is now half a degree slacker than its predecessor, the BB is 5mm lower and they’ve added 6mm to the reach (Size L). In addition, Orange have added 11mm to the chainstays, which will help centralize the rider's weight on the bike.
The model pictured here is the second from top-spec Factory, which comes with Fox suspension and seatpost, a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain and Hope brakes. It retails at £5,800.
2020 Orange Alpine 6 Details
• Intended use: enduro
• Brand new monocoque 6061-T6 aluminium frame built in Britain
• Five year frame warranty
• Single Pivot suspension design
• Reworked longer and slacker geometry
• 170mm front/165mm rear travel
• Boost 148 rear hub spacing
• Four spec levels
• Prices from: £4,000 ($5,275.12USD)
The Alpine 6 will be available in four model specifications from today:Alpine 6
Pro starting at £4,000Alpine 6
RS starting at £4,950Alpine 6
Factory (above) starting at £5,800.Alpine 6
XTR at £6,500.
Each of these bikes is available in a choice of 10 colours. Orange and black are always free, with the other eight costing an additional £100. There are also three decal options to choose from.
As usual, all other upgrade options are also available. Please see the Orange website