Develop - what's new from the Alpkit Design Team
2 new Sonder bikes
By Neil Sutton
24, Jan, 2017
Transmitter gets a carbon brother and in comes the fully rigid Frontier
Nearly 1 year ago we were wheeling 3 bikes into the Excel arena for the London Bike show and the 'official' launch of our Sonder bikes. Well fast forward a bit and we now have 6 bikes in the range with the introduction of our Vir Fortis fatbike, Camino Al and the Cahoot tandem. Now hang on just a minute... that's actually soon to be 8 as we get set to launch 2 new bikes at this years show in February. Ahead of this we can start to reveal the beauties that will be joining the fleet soon... Yes indeed, we have built the first few up and testing so far have been rather delectable... but we don't want to give too much away just yet do we?
The Carbon Transmitter is the natural evolution of our original alloy version, designed for aggressive trail riding and more than capable of riding a few enduros! We didn't want a pure replica of the highly popular Transmitter, so we did a few tweaks. We’ve extended the reach slightly to keep things stable at the inevitably higher speeds that are possible and we’ve also shortened the seat tube length to allow average sized riders to run longer drop seat posts and give better stand over clearance.
We can confirm... that it feels fast and light with excellent power transfer and the sort of comfortable stiffness that only carbon can provide! It is rather lovely.
A rough projected cost? We're hoping to get full builds starting from £1499 NX1, Sektor.
Frontier is our new aluminium jack of all trades, take it to a trail centre and go for a new lap record or load it up with bags and ride it across a country. Coming as a fully rigid 29er machine gives it its simple, clean but tough looking style, but it will also easily take a 650b+ wheel set for an even harder look as if you really mean business. Fear not through, if fully rigid's not for you then the gemoetry and head angle allows capacity to take a 100mm fork. So you can have it set up for XC race speed or all day plod comfort and put in the miles.
We can confirm... The trail orientated geometry coupled with a bit of extra playfulness, results in a bike that chews up the miles but is always ready to pop out of rollers in the trail with a bit of style!
A rough projected cost? We're hoping to get full builds starting from £879 fully rigid with SRAM NX1.
So now that's got your interest make sure you head along to the London Bike Show on the 16th-19th Feb to see the bikes and the rest of the Sonder and Alpkit goodies.
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