Do I need a Dialled Alpine….?
I’ve currently got a Cove Handjob running 130mm u-turn coil Rockshox Revelations, mostly Xt drive train (3×9) and Mavic 819’s. I’ve had it since 2007 and love it.
I nearly bought an Alpine instead of the Cove but at the time decided that it might be too much bike. Now I’m wanting a bit more bike and am wondering whether to scratch the Alpine itch? How different are they to the Handjob? Should I just stick with what I’ve got and am happy with? Maybe I should upgrade the Handjob…2×10 drivetrain etc…thoughts please?
GlennPosted 3 years agojimmySubscriber
They are ace, I loved mine but ultimately wanted something more Xc from a hardtail and the Alpine encroached on the job of my full suss.
Climbing is fine – I’d recommend dual position forks so you can lower the front end for it, but big travel (150mm I’d say) forks for the rest are essential so don’t compromise in the middle.Posted 3 years agojohnheSubscriber
I think you need to borrow a slacker angled, longer forked hardtail for a ride to see for yourself. Personally, I love the slacker angles of my BFe with a 150mm fork – I love the fact that a longer fork and a slacker head angle gives me confidence in steeper trails.
However, 130mm is a decent sized fork, and I’m sceptical how different your bike will really be from an Alpine, except heavier.Posted 3 years ago
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