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B19ALPES-S-JEBK

Orange Alpine 6 E S

We've been closely watching e-bike components maturing since the very first prototypes. Our first thought was, if we're going to do this we need to build what we would call a proper bike not a 'concept' piece for the show halls but a working, useable mountain bike for the terrain we ride. The E.P.O. program was born.

Working with Shimano we based our design around the E-8000 pedal assist drive. We like so many features of this unit. Standard MTB pedal Q-factor, zero drag and most importantly the fact that we do not have to compromise our geometry. The Alpine 6 E rides much like a standard Alpine 6, with extra ‘Vroooom’ on the ascents. We added 20mm to the wheelbase to keep the front down when climbing under power and to give more stability at speed. 

The resulting bikes have been a revelation. Every test rider has come back raving about their experience on the bike and how it will bring a major new way of thinking for the sport.

We just love where e-biking is going and we think the Alpine 6 E is a benchmark in that progression. We think you will too.

THE DRIVE UNIT

We've chosen to work with Shimano, using the E8000 pedal assist system. The features it offers work extremely well for us.
Due to the size of the drive unit, no change to bike geometry is necessary. The E-bike you see here is the exact same geometry as our Alpine 6 model.

The power is delivered when the rider starts pedalling. We've found with the Shimano E8000 unit the power is smooth and controllable, even in boost mode. This is crucial on the technical terrain we love to ride. 

Unlike other drive units on the market, the Shimano E8000 crankset has the same Q-factor as the human powered cranks you are used to, this means no awkward changes to your pedalling position. This drive unit also has a zero-drag feature, so as you surge past the assisted power, often into descents, all of your pedal input goes into the drive, rather than dragging the motor's "gearbox". This gives a really responsive feel, when you're hitting those high-velocity descents. You soon forget you're riding an E-bike until the assist kicks in again to help power you up the next climb.  

TECHNICAL SPECS

Here are the technical specifications of the Shimano E8000 drive unit.

PEDAL ASSIST MODES

All three support modes will assist until 16mph.

  • ECO - Riding support while enabling maximum range
  • TRAIL - Gradual support for encouraging sportive riding
  • BOOST - Full support for maximum boost and uncompromised climbing
  • WALK ASSIST - As additional mode, walk assist can be easily enabled with the assist switch

COMPACT CONCEPT

Short chainstays (shorter chainstay length ensuring better manoeuvrability)
Narrow Q-factor of 177mm (compact and lightweight design for better handling with same Q-factor as current Shimano XT)

PERFORMANCE

Maximum power: 500 W
Nominal power: 250 W
Maximum torque: 70 Nm

WEIGHT OF DRIVE UNIT

Under 3 kg

LI-ION BATTERY

Integrated version (504Wh)
Charging: 80% after 2,5 hrs / 5 hrs from 0 to 100%
Battery life: 1,000 cycles

Why the Alpine 6 E?

  • Frame designed and built in Britain
  • 5 year frame warranty
  • Compact swing arm with single-pivot suspension for the optimum performance, efficiency and reliability
  • 170mm front/160mm rear travel
  • Boost 148mm rear hub spacing
  • Alpine-trail honed geometry
  • Long top tube short stem for high-speed stability
  • Shimano E8000 250W drive unit with 70Nm torque
  • 504Wh Lithium Ion battery
  • Same 177mm Q-Factor as a standard MTB crankset

Frame Size Small Medium Large
Rider Height Guidance* 5'4" to 5'7" 5'6" to 5'10" 5'9" to 6'1"
Seat Tube Length 16" 17" 18"
A. Head Angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5°
B. Seat Angle (Actual) 72° 72° 72°
B. Seat Angle (Effective) 74° 74° 74°
C. Top Tube 605 612 632
D. Top Tube (effective) 620 640 660
E. BB Height (from ground) 342 342 342
BB height (from axles -12 -12 -12
F. Chainstay 430 430 430
G. Head Tube 120 120 125
H. Wheel base 1211 1230 1251
J. Reach 444 463 481
K. Stack 619 619 622
T. Rear Travel 160 160 160
Standover 738 745 758
Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm. Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height measured from ground with 715 mm Ø tyre.
*This is for guidance only. You may be taller or shorter, it doesn't mean our bikes will not fit you.

 

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