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Hey guys im just getting into MTB, and am at a decision between bikes. I have recently looked at the specialized rockhopper disc and now at the IBEX alpine 650. I love the components that come on the ALPINE...all deore! Also it has the avid BB5 disc brakes. Does anybody have this bike? I am 6' 5" so i think i'll need a 21" frame. What would you guys recommend? I am also open to new suggestions. My price range is pretty firm at around $600.
 

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Hey guys im just getting into MTB, and am at a decision between bikes. I have recently looked at the specialized rockhopper disc and now at the IBEX alpine 650. I love the components that come on the ALPINE...all deore! Also it has the avid BB5 disc brakes. Does anybody have this bike? I am 6' 5" so i think i'll need a 21" frame. What would you guys recommend? I am also open to new suggestions. My price range is pretty firm at around $600.
Hi Cmac,

Sorry for the bad news but the 07' Alpine 650 is (click>) SOLD OUT in sizes 17, 19 and 21" :madman:

Good news is as fallows :thumbsup:

ibexbikes (06-09-2007) said:
The Alpine 650's flew outta here so fast that we never got a chance to throw one up on the scale. There are a few 15" ones left and I'll try to get actual weight on one of those before they're gone too. We'll have to make a little upward adjustment from that actual weight, though, since we try to always publish the weight from a middle size (18" on most models, 17" or 19" on the current Alpines). I suspect it will be pretty darn close to the 28 lb. target weight, if not slightly under.

Whatever it is, the 2008's are going to be lighter. We'll be introducing a new Alpine frame for the coming year model made in double-butted 6061 (versus plain gauge on the 2007's)... launching this September or October. The new '08 Alpine frame will be based on the latest Trophy design, though with some geometry adjustments like a slacker head angle and a few design changes like more typical tapered chain-stays instead of the rather expensive to produce, blade-like swaged C/S's on the Trophy. Still, it ought to be a heck-of-a nice frame for bikes in the Alpine class. Oh yeah, we'll also be moving to even sizing on the Alpines like the Trophy, though extended to 5 sizes (in some models)... 14", 16", 18", 20" & 22".

We'll still be offering 3 Alpine models in the adult bikes... 450, 550 & 650. The 450 gets some drivetrain upgrades... Alivio Rapidfire shifters and Deore rear derailleur (versus 2007's EZ-fire and Alivio RD). The 550 gets a real makeover with a SRAM X5 drivetrain and a Marzocchi MZ-Race fork, while the 650's component specs remain much the same except for the new frame, of course, and a Marzocchi MX Lockout fork... and the fact that the Deore bits have been worked over by Shimano (for example, the shifters are the new SL-M530 Rapidfire-Plus version). Ah yes, I almost forgot, we'll also be back to producing all the Alpines in Taiwan like we do with all the higher-end IBEX models instead of China.

Colors for the 2008 Alpines will be all solid colors in matte finish... Sand Red for the Alpine 450, Sand Black for the 550 and Sand Blue for the 650 (see the current '07 Atlas series for a look at these colors). We'll announce them officially on our website in about a month and begin taking pre-orders then, though we probably won't have studio photos until late July or early August.

Regards,
Jack A.
IBEX Bicycles
If you can hold out till Fall it would be an even better new and improved Alpine :cornut:

Jake :ihih:

PS. OR, you can dig deep and go
Trophy Comp..:yesnod::smilewinkgrin::winker:
 

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here's a really random question...but do any of you guys live in or near columbus, ohio. since i cant go to a store and look at the bikes i want to try and find someone who has one to come look at it and test ride it...hopefully i get lucky!
 

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also...if i buy from IBEX, can i upgrade parts on it from parts i can buy at my LBS? or does it have to be IBEX parts?
 

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also...if i buy from IBEX, can i upgrade parts on it from parts i can buy at my LBS? or does it have to be IBEX parts?
All components on IBEX bikes (and other brand names) are replaceable/upgradeable
from your LBS or from on-line parts suppliers..

Places like: (to name a few) :D

http://www.blueskycycling.com/category_part.php
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/dept/103-Components.aspx
http://www.nashbar.com/index.cfm
http://www.pricepoint.com/subList-3-Parts.htm
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/category_components.cfm
http://www.universalcycles.com/company.php
 

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here's a really random question...but do any of you guys live in or near columbus, ohio. since i cant go to a store and look at the bikes i want to try and find someone who has one to come look at it and test ride it...hopefully i get lucky!
I live in Gahanna. I don't have an Alpine but I do have an Asta if you just want to get an idea of the fit/finish of the IBEX brand. I will be riding Alum Creek Phase 1 this evening around 7pm. You are welcome to swing by the trail if you happen to be in the area.
 

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also...if i buy from IBEX, can i upgrade parts on it from parts i can buy at my LBS? or does it have to be IBEX parts?
Most parts will work on your ibex. They are not ibex parts.

Ibex, like almost bike manufactures, are pretty much assemblers of parts. Let me explain this.

Essentially what Giant, Trek, Gary Fisher, IBEX, and others do:

First they start with a frame design that is usually their own. Most are similar in design, geometry, and quality ( especially for the top manufactures).

Then they go out and add parts to the frame from: SRAM, Shimano, AVID, RockShock, Manitou, WTB, Richety, and others....
 
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