324 Frame

From the 2016 Archive

You can find the current 324 Frame here.

RRP from: GBP £2,200.00

2016 324 Frame Pre-production prototype

Overview  

Redesigned to be faster, built to last.

The 322 packed World Cup performance into a proven package and was chosen by the Orange Dirt World team as their downhill weapon of choice.

Using our experience with the 22X/32X series of downhill bikes, the 324 is the refined result of prototype feedback we’ve received from the team and plenty of the frame’s features redesigned. Most notably taking the chassis to the 27.5 inch wheel size.  

We’ve retained the through-the-downtube shock mount. This is a feature that gives us the scope to place the single-pivot exactly where it needs to be in relation to the drive-train to achieve the kind of small bump performance and plush feel that most people would expect from much more complicated linkage and multi-pivot designs. In addition it means the frame’s 'shock curve' is a smooth ramp. This feature allows for easy shock set-up, something that should be simple but is often hampered by variable paths. With the 324 the suspension tuning is done with the suspension unit, keeping this simple is perfect for privateers who may not have a race support truck with a full-time shock technician for every track.

The 324 uses the split-rear triangle swingarm concept that we also use on the Alpine 160. This reduces weight and increases rigidity on frames with long rear travel. 

Additionally we’ve added stability with the a wider 83mm bottom bracket and 150mm rear wheel spacing, minimised tortional twist which helps keep the rider on their line. 

One of the major advantages of designing for the 27.5 inch wheel size is that the bottom bracket is now lower than the axle path at rest. This head start gives the bike a much more dug in feel when pushing through turns while also keeping the centre of gravity low for high speed straight line stability.

So wait that’s a lot of work and more metal right? What’s the weight penalty. Well you might be surprised to hear that size for size the 324 frame comes up around 200g lighter than the 322.

It’s hard work keeping things simple, but we believe with the 324 we’ve built a downhill bike that will perform at the highest level, again and again and again with the minimum amount of maintenance and the maximum amount of time on the track.

The facts

Why the 324?

  • Frame Handbuilt in Britain
  • 1 year racing warranty
  • Perfect Privateer racer - simple set-up, low maintenance
  • Designed for 27.5 inch wheels
  • RockShox Vivid R2C Rear Shock (with 450lb Spring)

If you want the 324 but have your own components, we have a frame-only option. Spec it up with your old kit or pick and choose, build your dream bike around the best frame.

Specs & Options  

324 Frame

324 Frame £2,200.00
Total price: £2,200.00

Sizes and Colours

Sizes
  • M
  • L
  • XL
Colour
Decals

Frame & Fork

6061-T6 Monocoque/Reynolds Custom Butted Aluminium Tube. Wheel Size: 27.5 Rear wheel travel: 190

Fork
Rear Shock
RockShox Vivid R2C

Fox DHX2 Factory Kashima with SLS

The top of the line Fox shock as used by the 2014 DH world Champions.

  • Fox's Most advanced coil shock design.
  • Offers high and low speed compression and high and low speed rebound adjustment.
  • Increased oil flow increases damping control and consistency 
  • New SLS spring provides titanium weight saving at an affordable price point.

 

Headset

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Black

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Black

The Hope 4F headset uses an integral (or Zero Stack) top cup that fits within the height of the headtube, and an external bottom cup to facilitate the tapered steerer fork. The bearings are stainless steel sealed, reliable and replaceable. The cups, taper ring and crown race (split for easy installation) are all machined in Barnoldswick to finish the best headset on the market. Fit and forget perfection. Dimensions: ZS49/28.6 EC49/40

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Orange

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Orange

The Hope 4F headset uses an integral (or Zero Stack) top cup that fits within the height of the headtube, and an external bottom cup to facilitate the tapered steerer fork. The bearings are stainless steel; sealed, reliable and replaceable. The cups, taper ring and crown race (split for easy installation) are all machined in Barnoldswick to finish the best headset on the market. Fit and forget perfection. Dimensions: ZS49/28.6 EC49/40

Rear Axle
150x12mm Bolt Thru

Wheels & Tyres

Wheelset
Tyres

Drivetrain

Crankset
Chain Device
Rear Mech
Cassette
Shifters
Bottom Bracket
Chain

Braking

Brakes

Finishing Kit

Stem
Handlebar
Grips
Seatpost
Saddle
Seat Clamp

Hope Bolted Black

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope Bolted Orange

Hope Bolted Orange

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope QR Black

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope QR Orange

Hope QR Orange

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Pedals
Mudguards

Performance Packs

Accessories

Derailleur Hanger

Derailleur Hanger

An additional deraileur hanger to fit this model. It's always useful to have a spare with you.

Front Fender - Grey

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

Front Fender - Orange

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

Front Fender - White

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

2016 324 Geometry
324 Geometry

Monocoque/6061-T6 Custom Butted Aluminium Tube

 
Frame Size M L XL
A. Head Angle 63° 63° 63°
B. Seat Angle (Effective) 74° 74° 74°
B. Seat Angle (Actual) 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
C. Top Tube 572 591 600
D. Effective TT 600 620 634
E. BB Height (From axle) -10 -10 -10
E. BB Height (From ground) 344 344 344
F. Chainstay 445 445 445
G. Head Tube 120 130 130
H. Wheelbase 1233 1255 1269
J. Reach 424 441 455
K. Stack 619 629 629
T. Rear Travel 190 190 190
Shock Length 240 240 240
Seat Tube Ø 30.9 30.9 30.9
Standover 750 780 780
Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm.
Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag.
Bottom bracket height measured from axle and 715mm tyre ø
 
technical Info
fork travel
OPTIMUM MAXIMUM MINIMUM
200 mm 205 mm 180 mm
  Single crown   Triple Clamp
Shock Length 240 mm
Rear Hub bolt through 150x12mm
Seatpost Ø 30.9 mm
Front Derailleur n/a
BB Shell 83 mm ISCG (old)
Headset Upper: ZS49/28.6
Lower: EC49/40
Ride Guide
Yes Downhill 5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Freeride 4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Enduro 5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes All-Mountain 4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes XC Trail 4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Adventure 4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Touring 4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes XC Racing 4.0 out of 5 stars
Bike Sizing Guidelines
M
5'5"  —  5'9"
L
5'7"  —  5'11"
XL
5'9"  —  6'4"

Please note: This is for guidance only. You may be taller or shorter, it doesn't mean our bikes will not fit you. The best way to determine the correct bike size for you is to try one. We've added some more explanation on sizing theory here: What size frame do I need?

Prices and Specifications are liable to change without notice.

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