Orange Bikes has released it’s Alpine 6 E eMTB in a new S spec build, bringing the same handmade single pivot frame full-suspension bike down to a new lower price point.
The S spec model has the same handmade, in the UK, folded alloy frames as the top-end Factory version, but is built up with a more budget-minded range of components and parts.
A 170mm travel RockShox Yari up front saves a chunk of change over a Lyrik or Fox 36, while a Monarch Plus R DB rear shock provides the backend goods while not breaking the bank.
The front hub is a budget Joytech model while the 1 x 11 speed groupset is from the Shimano SLX family, with cost-conscious Shimano MT500 disc brakes and 203mm rotors front and rear.
Orange has opted for a mix of own brand Strange items for the QR seat post collar and grips, while Kore makes up the majority of the other parts included a 150mm travel dropper post.
What we’re surprised to see is a Hope Pro 4 rear hub and a Shimano STEPS E8000 drive unit, the same as the rest of the Orange Alpine 6 E range rather than the newly realised E7000, a motor system aimed at reducing eMTB pricing.
Even with this clever mix of componentry, we wouldn’t go as far as saying the Alpine 6 E S is cheap though. At £5600 it’s still a pricey bike and being an S spec bike means you can only choose Fizzy Orange as the colour whereas more expensive versions get a custom colour option.
If you’re not quite convinced on the idea of a single pivot, handmade, Orange eMTB then Orange has put together the following video showing you just what these Shimano STEPS equipped bikes are capable of.
For more information about the Orange Alpine 6 E S, and other Orange bikes visit their official website here.
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