TRAVEL: 130mm Rear // 150mm Front
WHEEL SIZE: 29"
The ALPEN 29 quickly ascends those technical climbs and smashes single track with it's light weight full carbon frame. It's progressive four-bar suspension is your ticket to a smooth ride with excellent traction, speed and control. The ALPEN 29 is perfect for long days on the saddle with good friends and Alpine views.
Internal cable routing - Internal cable dampening - Threaded bottom bracket - Boost rear spacing - Enduro Max bearings - Bottle cage holder
I bought this bike after looking at reviews and geometry. Honestly, I was mostly worried about the STA and how this would impact climbing. For flowy and technical trail riding the geo just feels comfortable, like I'm in the bike vs on top (6' tall with 32" seam). I Slammed the seat forward and rode Hydrocut on Saturday. The bike came alive riding the shock in the open position, absorbing chatter, easily handling repeated 12" stepdowns on Adam's and a few 3-4' drops very easily. Just a little bob during out of saddle steep uphills, which seemed to help keep my traction on the loose soil. The spec is killer for the money (fox 36 factory, big TRP EVO brakes, XT drivetrain), really impressed with both technical up and downhills. I would recommend the bike for true aggressive trail riding. It's not a xc racer.
I’ve had my Alpen for almost 2 seasons and can attest to climbing at a new level and descending with confidence and achieving KOMs across the board. Componentry mattered to me and has meant that reliability of every part of the bike has been excellent. Frame geometry may not be as progressive as other bikes but fits my trail riding perfectly. As for value, it was by far the best option I came across.
Great bike. It really tackles difficult terrain.
I am really happy with the Alpen i purchased. Build spec (Shimano M 2) blew the comparables out of water. Excellent value for dollar.
Couple of hiccups in shipping of the bike as i requested to build the bike from the frame. Matt was accommodating and solved the missing part issue. The part was promptly shipped, so i could finish building the bike.
Ive got a few rides on the Alpen now and love the light frame. It climbs well and is burly enough to send down and over anything i ride here in Alberta.
Purchased this bike in the fall of 2020 so I didn't have much of a chance to test it out. As of June, I've got about 500kms on the bike (all single track) and all I can say is my mind is blown with how capable this machine is!
I upgraded from a Kona Hei Hei and before deciding on the Alpen I spent about 2 months researching frame geometries, specs etc against all the major brands out there. My goal was an improved downhill experience while sacrificing the least amount of climbing capability as possible when comparing to my Hei Hei. Of course I was also looking for a good component spec at a reasonable price but price was not going to be my deciding factor. Frame geometry was number one, followed by the component spec (but I also benefited purchasing from Evolve as the next closest unit I could find that was comparable was $1500 more).
My expectations for this bike on the downhill were fairly high compared to the old Kona and the Alpen did not disappoint, but here's where my mind was blown....climbing! I fully expected the Alpen to slightly lag behind the Hei Hei when it comes to single track trail climbing and I was willing to accept it for the better overall experience but the Alpen absolutely blows away the Hei Hei for trail climbing. There's trails that I have dozens of passes on the Hei Hei and sections that I accepted as "hike a bike" as I could never get the line just right or would spin out. These trails are a brand new experience with the Alpen as they are now easily cleared and "easily" is no exaggeration because I am no better rider than I was last year at this time! (I'm old and performance is likely on the decline at this point). I can't express enough how shocking and fun the difference is with the Alpen!
And the last thing I'll say is support from Matt has been absolutely fantastic. Any time I've reached out he's responded very quickly. I had a suspension nut back out on the rear shock and lost it on the trail. Matt couriered a new nut to me free of charge and my downtime was minimal!