Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA

Famed U.K. bike maker bringing full fleet across the pond

Cross Country Sea Otter Classic

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Orange 2018 Five Rear Quarter

Meet the Orange Five, a 140mm shred-ready 27.5 trail bike.

Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes, already firmly established in the U.K., is coming to America. Its beautiful metal frames must be seen up-close to be truly appreciated. Mtbr got that chance thanks to owner, Ashley Ball, and Aventuron which brought its demo fleet of bikes to Sea Otter.

Orange 2018 Crush Cables

Orange Crush, stacks of dimes. Check those welds!

Hearing that a mountain bike company only offers alloy or steel frames is enough to make many look elsewhere. It was only after speaking with Orange team, that we learned what makes them special. Only one piece of tubing (for the seat tube) is used on the entire frame. The rest of the pieces are created from sheets of alloy, each one thickness appropriate for its application, then custom formed for optimal strength and welded together. Special attention is given to weight, but never at the expense of durability.

Orange 2018 Four Rear Quarter

The Orange Four, another beautifully welded alloy frame.

The brand’s other big focus is reliability, which is accomplished in part by minimizing pivots while keeping up with modern geometries and designing bikes to withstand the wet U.K. climate. Their full suspension bikes are all single pivot, with modern standards, angles and even internal cable routing. Most have boost hub spacing as well.

Orange 2018 Five Swingarm

The Orange Five has a single pivot mono stay rear.

Bike types include cyclocross, hardtails, hardcore hardtails, and full suspension single-pivot offerings in multiple geometries with travel from 110mm-190mm.

Orange 2018 Crush

The Orange Crush 27.5 “hardcore” hardtail has a 65-degree head tube angle.

For more information visit www.orangebikes.co.uk and the US distributor, with online ordering at aventuron.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: John Bennett

With 210 lbs of solid, descending mass, John is a good litmus test of what bikes and components will survive out there in the real world. And with a good engineering mind, John is able to make sense of it all as well. Or at least come up with fancy terms to impress the group.


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