2012 Archived News

Also known as the "chip-wrapper". Some of the stories from 2012.

November 29 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Wideopenmag Issue 19 Available to read online now!

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.

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November 20 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Race Report : The Dudes of Hazzard’s ‘This is Enduro Now!’

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.

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November 05 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

James Shirley Reports from Finale Ligure

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.

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November 01 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Autumn Colour Five Pro Offer

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!

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September 25 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Jamesy Boy Shirley’s Season Update

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.

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September 19 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Adam Hughes Rounds off the Season with a Top 10 Finish

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.

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September 06 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Test Yourself at the Orange Mountain Bikes Tour de Ben Nevis

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.

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September 05 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Fraser McGlone Takes on the World

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.

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July 09 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Joe Barnes’ Danger in Europe : Part 1

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.

 

 

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July 04 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Pete takes on round 2 of the Brownbacks Hope XC Series at Lee Quarry

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. 

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June 11 2012 - posted by Pete Scullion

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something…...Orange. 2012 Fort William World Cup

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.

Orange at Fort William

The Orange stand before the hordes came and stripped us of all our tee shirts.

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March 29 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Introducing the new Orange Gyro…

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...

Orange Gyro Black Gold

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March 29 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Ultramontane No. 05 and the complete Dudes…

A month doesn't go by without more Dudes of Hazard action. This time it's the complete movie for your viewing pleasure. Something on another level is Ultramontane's latest piece, proper winter mountain biking with real trails, real trail bikes, and a whole load of risk...

Orange Five Ultramontane

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March 21 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

The Continental team make their debut…

The guys at Continental Tyres don't only distribute some of the best rubber on the race circuit, they do lots to support the scene. Gravity Enduro style racing has taken off in a big way, the Conty/Orange crew are getting ready for a fun season ahead...

Alpine 160 Gravity Enduro Cambrian Orange Bikes

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March 13 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Rowan, The Dudes, and Joe’s team bike…

There's no shortage of weekly entertainment in the Orange camp, but unless you're a frequent FaceBook flyer, it’s all too easy to miss the good stuff. This week’s selection brings three very different styles; a textbook Liam Murphy edit, the home-shot escapades of the Dudes and a Vital MTB slideshow with Joe Barnes’ dulcet tones giving you the lowdown on his current Five setup…

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February 28 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Dudes are rolling…

I'm sure most of you are now familiar with their work, a hardy band of high-performance mountain bicyclists who refuse to adhere to the norms, any norms! This post marks the first installment of their inaugural feature length movie. Documenting their varied 2011 season, this moving masterpiece will show you the many miles and many styles of the Dudes of Hazard…

Orange Bikes The Dudes of Hazard Joe Barnes

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February 27 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Lezyne’s Danny MacAskill insight…

Lezyne have a new brand ambassador and it happens to be someone we rather like...

Lezyne Danny Macaskill Insight

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February 07 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Cut Media and Guy Martin visit Orange Bikes. It is what it is…

Guy Martin is no ordinary presenter, he's a TT legend. A mountain biker in his spare time and a man obsessed with industry, Cut Media thought he'd be the perfect candidate to invite for a factory tour. Familiarising himself with all the processes involved, we see him get to grips with TIG welding, painting and share a few opinions on DH "cock measuring". An innovative and completely free online video documentary, available for all to see, now...

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February 01 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

January Tit-Bits…

The bike industry is a beast that's always on the move, bits and pieces happening all over the place. This is a quick roundup of what we've been doing, reading and watching over the past few weeks...

Orange Bikes, Danny MacAskill, Five, MTBcut

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January 31 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Cut Media’s factory tour with Guy Martin; the promo…

Not content in putting together a regular factory video, the people at Cut Media decided to invite TT legend Guy Martin to familiarise himself with some real British bike frame engineering. Getting his hands on a welding torch, a paint gun and an allen key, it's an entertaining insight on the real world of Orange Bikes.

Orange Bikes It is What It is

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January 19 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Through the archives?

The story of Orange Bikes started in June 1984, and since then we’ve experienced a constantly evolving scene with racing and technology developing at an exponential rate. Flicking through the old catalogues gives a brilliant snapshot of change, and for you retro fans, a way of identifying what, where and when…

The art of the mountain bike greg minaar global racing Orange bikes

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January 11 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

Just another day in the office…

Famous for his road riding endeavours, Guy Martin is a motorsport legend. A truck mechanic and racer, he's a chap that loves to get his hands dirty and see how things are built. Fresh from a 24-hour endurance race at the Strathpuffer and as a bit of an Orange fan, it was about time he made a visit to the UK's finest push-bike factory. More soon...

Guy Martin Orange Bikes Endurance DH 2011

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January 09 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

The Oban gangster…

Ben Cathro is a complete hero on the Scottish downhill scene and a great rider to watch. In this edit Stuz Leel follows the 'Oban Ganster' through a regular day. Some mild alcohol abuse gives way to some incredible mulchy slides on his 20-inch Orange Five. A great edit to inspire some wintery sideways action...

Ben Cathro Orange Bikes

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January 06 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

The Five Black Gold

The Five is our most versatile bike and with so many options available, you can build it exactly as you want. The Five Black Gold is a limited edition fixed spec, optimised for performance and value. Featuring the very best suspension setup and a Maxle rear as standard, this might just be your perfect build.

 

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January 03 2012 - posted by Dave Flynn

A New Year?s Resolution?

Inspired by Seb Kemp’s column in an old issue of Dirt, I’ve decided to be happy with who I am and what I ride. A New Year's Resolution blog...

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