April 22 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
The first race of the season is always a good test of how the winter training has gone. After a good chill out after last season, Fraser McGlone was primed to lift some heavy bits of wood and get the training in. 14th at the BDS opener with a lie down is encouragging for remainder of the season!
March 28 2013 - posted by John Chennells
Seriously hurt in a cycling accident on March 3rd 2013, our great friend and colleague Michael Bonney broke his neck and suffered spinal damage resulting in a life changing injury. This new phase in Michael's began with his wedding to his partner Linzi on the 22nd March 2013.
March 27 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
Touted as the only race running last weekend, the UK Gravity Enduro series opener at Afan certainly was a cold, mudy affair. Mojo Suspension were there in force with their brand new Striker Orange Fives appearing out of the grey. Senior Fork Technician Aimee Dix reports from a wet field in South Wales.
March 22 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
Our roving enduro specialist James Shirley has been out in New Zealand to escape the British winter and get some serious time on the bike. With the trip just a few weeks from ending, it's time to nail all the best spots before he jets home. Find out what he's been up to in this latest instalment.
March 05 2013 - posted by John Chennells
Updated: Thursday 7th March.
As previously stated, Orange Bikes' Michael Bonney was severely injured in a cycling accident while taking part in the Eden Valley Epic Sportive on Sunday 3rd March. He received outstanding emergency medical treatment at the roadside and was transported to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by air ambulance.
At the RVI he was diagnosed with a broken neck and is undergoing treatment for this extremely serious injury and is making positive progress. Michael and his family have been overwhelmed by the incredible amount of heartfelt messages of support and would like to thank all his friends from the cycle industry and beyond for their ongoing encouragement.
Michael's road to recovery is going to be long and bumpy but he is tackling that with his legendary Geordie grit and determination. Today he has been moved to the spinal injury unit at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough to receive specialist care for the next leg of this journey.
Original Post: Tuesday 5th March.
On Sunday, Michael Bonney, the lynchpin in all that is Orange, had a terrible accident whilst road cycling during the Eden Valley Epic. No vehicles were involved.
He was airlifted to Newcastle hospital where he remains in a very critical condition.
As most of you will be aware, Michael is an extremely popular person with a huge amount of friends, and it's impossible to pass on this news individually. Linzi has already been inundated with best wishes and its impossible for her to reply individually, so as he is a big advocate to social media, and after speaking with Linzi, we will keep you up-to-date through our Facebook page.
March 02 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
The first race of the year is always a good gauge of how successful the winter training has gone. Lottie Mallin-Martin, taking confidence from the new-found speed on her 224-EVO, was the fastest lady on the hill at the 2013 Borderline Events DH Round 1.
February 26 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
Youth pinner Adam Hughes reports from the opening round of the Borderline Events UK DH series. Snow and ice made a tricky course even more difficult to race, but once the beeps have sounded, it's game on!
February 15 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
One third of the way into his trip to New Zealand, James Shirley has been making the most of the sun, getting well into the wilds for some epic rides and taking part in a few races. Full report inside!
February 12 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
Marketing man Pete trucked west on Sunday 30th September to collect MTBcut's enduro chief Joe Barnes from Liverpool Airport. Joe had literally landed back from the Mavic Trans Provence with sister Hannah before he was whisked north to yet another airport where Dirt Magazine's Steve Jones was waiting.
A fairly full van later and we were in Joe's stomping ground trying to capture him in his natural environment. The weather did its best to try and herd us off the mountain, but with only two and half days to make it count, we just had to grin and bear it.
January 24 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
James Shirley has taken the long-haul option of getting some winter sun. Forget Spain, Portual or the Balearics, James went the whole hog and has disappeared to New Zealand for 3 months! Here's part 1 of his adventure in Middle Earth.
January 16 2013 - posted by John Chennells
How? It’s simple. Custom build a Five or Alpine 160 to a spec with a retail value of £3,499.99 or more and we will upgrade the forks to the Fox 36 Factory TALAS Kashima fork at no extra cost.
January 15 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
China may not be the first place you'd think of when you think of Orange, but at the Taokas Bikes Cup Lindao MTB Open Race, Orange Bikes China's riders took home silverware in two of the three disciplines over the weekend.
January 09 2013 - posted by Pete Scullion
Note: This offer is closed from 1st March 2013
To brighten up the dark days of winter, we have a great customer offer on the Gyro Pro 29er. Speak to your dealer about getting your hands on a free custom colour and painted rim options along with some CNC'd Hope goodies!
November 29 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
Wideopen Magazine, best free, online mountain bike magazine has just released their 19th issue which is available to read now. Check out the interview with our marketing manager, Pete Scullion, plus a heap of other mountain bike-related articles.
November 20 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
The view from the top of stage 3 over Loch Leven. Photo courtesy of Sam Flanagan.
The inaugural Dudes of Hazzard 'This is Enduro Now!' enduro race in partnership with No Fuss Events visited Kinlochleven in the North West Highlands of Scotland last weekend. 313 riders had signed up to brave the November weather and some of the most technical trails the UK has to offer. There were more than a few Orange bikes present ready to do battle. TheCycleJersey/Orange's James Shirley rounds up the event for us.
November 05 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
Every year the race season seems to start ealier and finish later. 2012 started in March south of the Equator in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Almost 7 months later and the season finished on the Italian Riviera, Finale Ligure to be precise. James Shirley trucked out to enjoy the sun, sea, sand and skids at the final round of the Italian SuperEnduro, widely regarded as the best enduro series going.
November 01 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
NOTE: This offer is now closed
To celebrate the awesome array of natural colours in the woods this Autumn, we're offering free custom paint and coloured Hope goodies on all Five Pro orders placed between today (1st November) and December 31st. Speak to your dealer for more details!
September 25 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
TheCycleJersey/Orange's James Shirley recently took delivery of a shiny new 322 and quickly put it to the test at the remaining Scottish Downhill Association races with two individual and one series podium. Once the mud had settled, it was time to tune up the Five for a 72km epic around Ben Nevis. Yet another podium for James at the Orange Mountain Bikes Tour de Ben Nevis by the event supremos, No Fuss Events.
September 19 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
Adam Hughes rounds off his first season in Youth with a 9th place at the Ae Forest SDA and keeps his consistent series performance through until the last run.
September 06 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
Mountain biking returns to the mountains in this 72km circumnavigation of Ben Nevis. The cotton wool has been removed and the nanny state kicked to the curb, get ready to test bike and body in arguably the best terrain the UK has to offer.
September 05 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
After a solid 2012 where he didn't qualify for twice as many World Cup rounds as he qualified for last year, Fraser McGlone joined a powerhouse GB Team headed to Leogang, Austria for 2012 UCI Downhill Mountainbike World Championships. Fraser would prove himself one of the best up and coming downhill riders, beating his junior team mates, qualifying third and finishing 6th in a stacked field.
July 09 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
It's summer again and that means The Dudes of Hazzard are in Euroland for plenty of capers, races and good times. This trip is a little different in that the Landship Mk. 2 has only been loaded with Fives, no downhill bikes this time around. Wins at the opening two rounds of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series for Joe set the trip off to a flying start. Full report, images and episode 7 teaser for The Dudes of Hazzard.
July 04 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
Peer pressure is an awful thing. Pete had planned a quiet Sunday, but was ground down over the course of a few hours and eventually entered the second round of the Brownbacks Hope XC Series at Lee Quarry aboard his Five. Luckily for him, there was a generous quantity of descents that lent themselves perfectly to the bike in question.
June 11 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion
The Fort William World Cup is the premier mountain bike event in the UK. With round 3 of the UCI World Cup being a DH-only event, all eyes were on Aonach Mor for qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday.
For many riders, especially the Brits, this is the best race of the year. Fort William is reknown for its rabid fans. Full report inside.
The Orange stand before the hordes came and stripped us of all our tee shirts.
March 29 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn
We've been playing with 29er designs for some time now, testing to get an idea of pros and cons, hesitant to jump on a bandwagon but curious where it might take us. The answer is here, introducing the new Orange Gyro...