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ORANGE MOUNTAIN BIKES: A HANDMADE ICON

We take a look at the iconic British mountain bike brand - where they’ve come from, their values and what they have instore for the 2017 season


It’s hard to find another brand that has had such a strong commitment to their original design. With a single pivot frame linkage that has become iconic both within the company itself and throughout the industry, Orange has created an everlasting look, something that many in the industry have tried to do, but few have done so well.

 

Orange have moved elegantly with a rapidly shifting industry, but rather than bowing down to using carbon fibre to construct their frames as so many other brands have, they’ve stuck with their roots and continued to develop their aluminium technology. This is one reason out of a long list that has enabled Orange to stay at the top of the industry and become so well respected in the mountain bike world. 

Orange bikes - aluminium frame

Where did it all begin?

Springing into life in 1998 when they released their first in-house full-suspension mountain bike, Orange burst onto the scene with an instant presence. The Patriot frame featured a single pivot rear suspension set-up and an over- built front triangle that Steve Wade suggested as the most effective system for the UK weather conditions. 

 

Soon after, in 2001, the Five joined the Patriot in the ‘handmade in Halifax’ line-up, a model that has become the brands icon and loved by mountain bikers all over the world.

 

It was clear that Orange was a unique brand from the offset, with a strong commitment to their overall design ethos and a brand identity that many companies have only dreamed of. The brand developed a winning formula, and stuck with it to reap the benefits. This tuned method has always been, and continues to be:

  • Designed and built from scratch in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Constructed out of 6061-T6 aluminium
  • Oversize single pivot
  • Standout appearance unlike anything else in the MTB world 
Orange bike

Moving with the times

Orange have moved seamlessly with the ever-evolving world of mountain biking and yet kept meticulously to their values in research & development and production and manufacturing. Adopting the long, low and slack geometry ethos early on meant that Orange Mountain Bikes were at the forefront of the 27.5” wheel size industry-wide phenomenon. They keep on innovating, researching and developing to create the ultimate mountain bike, something that is seen hugely in their introduction of their hardcore enduro 29ers and eBike models. 

Orange MTB

The ultimate in every style of mountain bike

ORANGE FIVE RS CUSTOM

Undoubtedly the signature bike in Oranges range, the Five has become both iconic and synonymous within the brand. Often quoted by mountain bike magazine all over the world as the ultimate trail bike, the Orange Five has 19 years to refinement under its belt and is raced by the best enduro racers on the toughest of courses in the world.

 

The RS model is one of Oranges high-end specs. For a little less money check out the Orange Five Pro Custom

ORANGE STAGE 5 LE

With a commitment to the industry, pushing research and development and taking mountain biking to new levels and undiscovered places, Orange released their first 29” hardcore enduro platform. Taking its name from the world enduro race scene, the Stage 5 LE is a 140/135mm platform and utilises 29 inch wheels for a super stable and capable ride.

 

Need more travel? The Stage 6 LE is the Stage 5’s big brother for more intense alpine riding – check it out here - Orange Stage 6 LE

ORANGE P7 PRO

It is not only full suspension bikes that Orange do so well, they have an impressive range of hardtails that cater for every discipline out there. The P7 is an icon in itself, having a few years off the production line but returning with 27.5” wheels for a modern, fully capable trail destroying ride. Constructed out of Reynolds 525 CroMo Tubing and aggressive, gravity inspired geometry, the P7 will handle any trail you throw it down. 

ORANGE CRUSH PRO

Running more travel (150mm) than the P7, the Crush has a 6061-T6 aluminium construction the Crush gives the rider a nimble ride feel on technical trails. Utilising all 150mm of the travel from the Fox 34 Performance fork, the Crush can be taken from your local trail to alpine descents with ease. 


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