I hope you are able to test ride one since I live in Argentina and I am only able to read reviews to choose my next bike.Intrigued by the Alpine +
Does anyone have one or had a chance to ride one? Google didn't pull up any review on mtbr and just a few "first look" press release type articles on other sites.
So, I read a MTBR article on the F275 from a few years ago, where they thought that by the numbers, the HTA was too steep and then they road it and said that it handled just fine at speed. Another review of the Mixer trail recently said a very similar description.. that by the specs, you would think that it would be too squirrely, but once on the trail it performed fine. Since you buy a Foes as a frame anyways, just put an adjustable headset in it and figure out how you like it to ride... The slack STA is just a result of their suspension design, a quirk you have to like if you want a Made in USA Foes.Alpine Plus is a Mutz lite, shorter chainstays, but still kinda long.
Personally, I'm looming at an Enduro Mixer, fits plus tires, more travel.
I think the Alpine Plus geometry is not quite there, hta is too steep, sta is too slack, cs is too long.
I think another poster said it best: "there are lots of good plus bikes, but only a few good fs fat bikes"
Enduro Mixer or get a Mutz