Smoke signal just in from the other end of the valley…
The jump bike went on sabbatical last year before firing back onto the scene this January with the Miii. It came in a specific size, honed for steep technical trails, street trickery and pump tracks. This seemed fine at the time, we were happy, but the tall guys formed a rebellion, they wanted a bigger one, and they didn’t want to wait!! April 2010 was the date, the 16” Miii is finally here and ready for spring.
Orange has a strong heritage in jump and 4X bikes. The days of Animal-Orange brought Steve Geal’s inimitable style and Ponting’s power. The Global Racing days brought 4X success with Minnaar and Lehikoinen. Royal Racing saw Bryceland’s flair and Beaumont’s speed. Fairclough learnt his signature whips, Holmes got his snap on and Steve Peat won the odd 4X race. Trials World Champion and street riding extraordinaire Peter Kraus even lent a hand along the way. So it’s fair to say the Orange hardtails have had some serious test pilots over the years. The result? The Miii.
The Miii takes a lot of features from its predecessor. The headtube and gusset work adds stiffness and dissipates loads away from the front of the bike. The Monocoque down-tube helps reduce weight and keeps the front end stiff and accurate. Refined quarto box stays make up a short back end that’s super snappy out of the gate and strong enough to shed the most sideways landing. On the race track or the trails, the Miii is the most competitive frame around. Get your snap on, scrub the first roller and leave the rest behind, unleash the Miii.
The Miii is now available in a 16” frame to accommodate the bigger rider, or those who want a tight handling hardtail for thrashing around the woods. ISCG and front mech compatibility means you can set it up however you want it. It’s a jump bike through and through, but if you want a super-accurate hardcore hardtail for messing about in the woods, take a look too. The 16” Miii will be available as a frame only or the no holds barred complete package.
Frame only – £499.99
Complete bike – £1839.99
Standard colours are Kermit Green and Plasma Blue, custom options available.
Posted on: April 20, 2010