RRP FROM: GBP £5,600.00
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, use-able 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 crank set 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.
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 un-compromised climbing
WALK ASSIST - As additional mode, walk assist can be easily enabled with the assist switch
Short chain stays (shorter chain stay length ensuring better manoeuvrability)
Narrow Q-factor of 177mm (compact and lightweight design for better handling with same Q-factor as current Shimano XT)
Maximum power: 500 W
Nominal power: 250 W
Maximum torque: 70 Nm
WEIGHT OF DRIVE UNIT
Under 3 kg
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 crank set
Please contact us in the shop to discuss your colour and upgrade options
Phone 01904 620349
Postage available to UK mainland only
Please note: All bikes are fully checked over and set up prior to preparing them for dispatch
Established in 1992, Fulford Cycles is a specialist independent bike shop trading in North Yorkshire. We are a platinum Orange dealer and the longest standing Giant retailer in York. In the shop, we can advise you on your bicycle purchasing requirements and also where we can set you up correctly on either your new or your own existing bike. Whatever your aims, we will ensure you have everything you need. As a valued customer, you are always welcome to drop into the shop (we're just outside of York city centre in Fulford Main Street on the A19 York/Selby road) anytime we're open for a chat with one of the team while you grab yourself a hot drink and let us sort out your every biking need!
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