Orange Mountain Bikes - Blood AM Spec Sheet
From the 2009 Archive
With their mixture of man-made and natural features we all know that trails aren’t what they used to be, but if you’re lucky enough to ride a Blood, that’s no bad thing. The first of our bigger-hitting bikes to feature a tough but neat rocker link, the Blood delivers a stiff and super‑responsive ride designed to handle the most technical natural terrain as well as the gaps, drops, wall rides, ladders and berms some of us love to session. Burly construction, a carefully controlled five inches of rear wheel travel and a 66° head angle inspire confidence when the going gets rough or steep, but the Blood’s short back end, steepened seat angle and inspired suspension configuration mean the only thing you’ll push on this bike is your own technical limits.
A sweet-handling trail and slopestyle bike with a massive fun factor in the air or on the ground, and a bike you can still pedal anywhere – the Blood doesn’t rewrite the rules, it bins them altogether.
ROCKR SHOCK CONTROL
We love single-pivot simplicity at Orange, and the Blood is essentially a single pivot with a twist. Without getting too technical, the Blood’s ROCKR-Link is a way of achieving a highly durable 2.5:1 leverage ratio while carefully controlling the shock’s progression to optimise how the frame and shock work together. In practice this means a bike you can pedal, but one with a highly active and fast-reacting back end that delivers a super-supple initial stroke and a mid to end stroke which never shoots through its travel – perfect for those big hits. When it comes to actual rear wheel travel, it’s a triumph of quality over quantity. Ride one – you’ll see what we mean.
Why the Blood AM?
The Blood AM lighter than its coil suspension FR sibling, but can still hang with the big guys. But a bit faster through the woods when you need to put the hammer down.
Blood AM Specifications
|Tubeset||Molded and Formed 6061-T6/Custom Butted Aluminium Tube|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float RP23|
|Swing Arm||Maxle Swingarm and axle|
|Forks||Fox 36 Float R 160mm|
|Front Mech||Shimano Saint Double|
|Rear Mech||SRAM X9 Medium Cage|
|Brakes||Hayes Stroker Trail V8/V7|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face X Type|
|Crankset||Race Face DH Evolve Double X Type|
|Hubs||Hope Pro 2|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition S/S Black|
|Tyres||Continental Rubber Queen 2.2|
|Stem||Truvativ Hussefelt Comp|
|Handlebars||Truvativ Hussefelt Comp|
|Saddle||SDG Bel Air|
|Seat Post||Truvativ XR|
|Molded and Formed 6061-T6/Custom Butted Aluminium Tube|
|A. Head Angle||66°||66°|
|B. Seat Angle||74°||74°|
|C. Top Tube||562||577|
|D. Effective TT||580||600|
|E. BB Height||-6||-6|
|G. Head Tube||120||120|
|T. Rear Travel||127||127|
|Seat Tube Ø||27.2||27.2|
|Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm.
Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag.
Bottom bracket height measured from axle.
Prices and Specifications are liable to change without notice.