Words and Pictures: Orange Bikes
April 05 2019
So how do you go about changing the key features of two of our most iconic models. The short answer is very carefully. Over the development and testing period the Orange Five and Alpine 6 have undergone a radical evolution. We taken both of these benchmark models and reset the standards for them. They're still a "Five' and an 'Alpine' but maybe not as you knew them. The direct feel of our single pivot chassis is better than ever in both these new models. The sesation of pushing through turns to boost out faster is on eof the key factors of the Orange ride, these refinements are design to amplify that feeling to make these the best riding versions of these models to date, by far.
You cannot mess around with a bike with the reputation of the Five. It’s the original utility performance bike. In 20 years, its basic silhouette hasn’t really changed; you’d never mistake it for another bike. It’s the bike you ride at your local ‘spot’ on the weekend with your mates, it’s the bike you get out for a quick evening lap, it’s the bike you ride all through winter – day or night, the bike you race enduro on, you do your first downhill race on, and the one you can take on your annual trip to the Alps. It’s the quiver killer, and it’s still a Five.
The new Five has had a sizing re-work where we’ve dropped the Extra Small size from the line-up and reduced the size of the small frame while adding a new XXL size to extend the Five frame range for those individuals looking for the extra reach, we’ve also shaved an inch off the seat tube of the XL bike to allow people to size up if they wish, or just offer more clearance for a longer dropper. Frame sizing is no longer based purely the height of the seat tube and we understand that a lot of our customers factor in many more variables when choosing their frame.
The bikes silhouette is iconic and so is its ride.
Much like the Five the Alpine has had a sizing re work, we’ve dropped the XS and made the small smaller, added in a XXL for those on the taller side of things with a 505mm reach and shaved an inch off the seat tube on the XL to make it a 19”.
As with the Five, the Alpine has seen considerable refinement: Revisions have been made to all the CNC parts; upper and lower shock mounts have been totally revised to allow for the new metric shock (216mm to 230mm). The dropouts have been improved and again internal work has been carried out within the front of the swing arm to improve strength. The cable routing has also been addressed and is now much cleaner than the previous model.
The size large and XL frames now have shorter head tubes creating shorter stack measurements across the size range, stand over has also been improved across all frames.