When it comes to where Orange has had its greatest successes, and where it has built its reputation, you only have to look at its full-suspension bikes. They’re simply beautifully balanced, perfect-handling, big-hit machines that will tame any terrain.
Purposely designed to destroy the prejudices of any rider who thinks only big-travel bikes have truly big ability, the Segment 29er is Orange’s take on the fastest full-suspension all-rounder. The 110mm of suspension travel at the back and 120mm of suspension travel at the front combines with the Segment’s 29in wheels to provide a heady mixture of confidence, stability, performance, speed and downright fun. The ultra-sturdy aluminium frame is hand-built in Halifax, Yorkshire and comes with Orange’s high-performance, low-maintenance single-pivot suspension system, as well as a host of modern design luxuries. The four-model range starts with the Segment S featuring a RockShox Monarch RL shock, RockShox Revelation suspension fork, Shimano SLX gears and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes. Meanwhile the range-topping Segment SE comes with a Fox Float Factory shock, Fox 34 Float Factory suspension fork and full Shimano XTR groupset.
Designed first and foremost as a fun machine for out on the trail — whatever trail you ride — the Five rolls on 27.5in wheels to offer a fine combination of grip, performance and comfortable bump handling. That comfort and ability is also aided by a balanced 140mm of suspension travel front and back, while the aluminium frame is hand-built in the UK by Orange and comes with internal dropper routing and a five-year warranty. The entry-spec Five S come fitted with a RockShox Monarch RL shock, RockShox Revelation suspension fork, Shimano SLX gears and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes; while the range-topping Five SE comes with a Fox Float Factory shock, Fox 34 Float Factory suspension fork and full Shimano XTR groupset.
When it comes to taking on the very biggest challenges off road, Orange’s Alpine 160 range is very hard to beat. The 160mm-travel frame has had an all-round update for 2015, losing a bit of weight, improving the rear suspension performance and generally tweaking the geometry. It’s better than ever, but still retains Orange’s big mountain magic. The AM26 and RS26 run on ultra-nimble 26in wheels, with Orange saying: “When it comes to tight, steep, gnarly and rough; 26 inch wheels with a burly tyre have never let us down.” All frames are hand-built in Halifax, with the Alpine AM26 featuring a Fox Float Evolution shock, Fox 34 Float Evolution suspension fork, Shimano SLX gears and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes; meanwhile the Alpine RS26 has a Fox Float Kashima shock, Fox 34 Float Factory suspension fork, Shimano Zee/SLX gears and Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes.
How about sticking 29in wheels on a 140mm travel full-susser? That sounds like the kind of bike that could conquer pretty much anything, including Alpine passes. The Alpine Five comes with Orange’s legendary geometry promoting incredible handing. Just because it rolls on 29in hoops don’t think this is a straight-ahead mile-muncher — it’ll handle twists and turns, rocks and drops with the single-pivot suspension design keeping maintenance as surefooted, too. Made in the UK, the Alpine Five AM comes fitted with a Fox Float Evolution shock, Fox 34 Float CTD suspension fork, Shimano SLX gears and Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes; meanwhile the Alpine Five RS has a RockShox Monarch Plus shock, RockShox Pike RCT3 suspension fork, Shimano Zee/XT gears and Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes.