I'm saving up my pennies to buy a second hand Alpine 160. Do I need to buy a 'newish' one - or will an older version be fine. Are there key differences or things to avoid know before deciding?
Alpine 160 - Old vs New?
Do the older ones only have a 27.2 seatpost - or were they always bigger (better for droppers)?
Is there any significant weight difference?
What about headtubes?
What about the adjustable shock mount (why would I even want that)
You know the sort of thing....
Very latest one is a fair bit lighter and has more adjustability- to be fair I think everyone who's ever been given a geometry-adjustable Orange has immediately put it into slack as **** mode and left it there, I did...
Believe they went to 30.9 and tapered headtube in 2011? Looking at frames myself just now, think it'd be a mistake to go for an older one tbh.
"Old" Alpine 160:
Up to, and including, 2010 model year:
27.2mm seatpost - difficult to get a dropper post
Straight 1 1/8" head tube - can't fit tapered forks
2011 model year onwards:
30.9mm seatpost - good for droppers
Tapered headtube - easier to get forks for
"New" Alpine 160:
Fine with droppers and tapered forks.
Lighter in weight.
Brilliant - so it's 2011 onwards (unless I luck into some money and can buy a new one!)
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