- 2014 Orange Alpine, one word….
+1. The Alpine RS I rode was mint – smooth as you like, low and stable, agile in tight stuff, slack enough for scarily steep lines, plus it weighed surprisingly little and pedalled great. The real revelation was how well it climbed for a bike with this level of downhill capability – such a good position, and the seat angle is spot on for getting you to the top of the biggest hills. A true all-mountain bike for those who like to reach the best out-of-the-way stuff in places like the Pennines, Lakes, Alps etc. And it won’t need much love, so it’s perfect for UK winters. Kind of bike that made me wish I had a couple more hours of daylight left at the end of every ride. Top of my wish list.Posted 4 years ago
did you not make a similar comment about the sweary northerners on the ‘why the 5 hate’ thread?
sorry if I’ve misunderstood but it just sounds like there’s more to it than ‘they like the bikes for the sort of riding they do and so spend their hard earned on them at full retail price’ ?Posted 4 years ago
Wow! Unbelievable bike, I thought my five was the best trail bike out there, but this is something else! Feels super smooth down the roughest of trails, but most of all I can’t get over how stable it feels! Not too bad a climber either! Had a go of a mates transition and can’t believe how scary that felt on the descent after being on the alpine. . Think orange have got it spot on now! 😀Posted 4 years ago
wl – Member
mojo – it’s lighter, slacker, better seat angle for climbing, adjustable geometry, improved rear dropout, also slightly lower I think, plus 1.5 headtube to maximise fork options. It’s an improvement on an already decent frame.
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Spot on will.
Tony, we aren’t gonna buy shit bikes for the kinda riding we do! Cheap or not!
Infact, I recall you once telling me that you know the five is one of the best trail bikes out there and that you only slag them off on here to wind folk up! So there you go! 😉Posted 4 years ago
hot – don’t forget that adjustable geometry then, and there’s always shorter cranks, slimmer pedals etc. Alpine I rode had 34s and was in the slack setting and it was ace – hugged the trail brilliantly. Soon got used to the low BB and it was never a problem, even on Calderdale’s rutted and rock-strewn Pennine trails.Posted 4 years ago
mojo5pro – Member
How’s the sizing? I’m 5′ 9″ with shortish legs. Have a 16″ five at the moment but thinking of 17″ in the Alpine as the the top tube looks pretty low.
How does sizing compare to five?
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I’m 5ft 9″ too, had a 16″ in the five and got a 16″ in the alpine,which is the small size. The top tube is noticeably longer than the five but tracks the ground really well! In fact I have a patriot as well and the alpine seems to descends better than that, yet climbs more like the five, like I said, it’s an unbelievably good all round trail bike. The 16″ feels spot on for me, tried the 17″ but just felt too long.Posted 4 years ago
esselgruntfuttock – Member
Infact, I recall you once telling me that you know the five is one of the best trail bikes out there and that you only slag them off on here to wind folk up! So there you go!
Ton’s naughty, he said that to me as well!
😆 he loves orange really! 😀Posted 4 years ago
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