February 21, 2011
If you fancy owning a rather special bit of kit and contributing to a good cause at the same time then this eBay auction may be of interest to you. Rowan Sorrell, the Mojo Suspension and Orange Bikes sponsored rider, has his one-off Orange Alpine 160 up for grabs on eBay – click the link HERE to take a look.
Built especially for the invitational Urge Cabo Verde race that he recently took part in, the bike is being auctioned to raise money for the humanitarian causes the race supports. The bike has only been used for his race runs during the race and really is totally unique, with a fully polished frame, custom suspension and brakes – as well as an amazing back story.
Now in it’s third year, the Urge race series was organised by Fabien Barel and others to raise money and involvement in projects around the world. In 2009 the race took place in Kenya and in 2010 moved to Nepal. This year it was held islands of the Cabo Verde archipelago, 570km off the coats of Western Africa. Riders pay a fee of 3,000 the money raised will be given back to Non Governmental Organisations and charities in Cape Verde to improve the lives of the people living there.
The race itself attracted 14 of the World’s best riders, including the eventual winners Nico Vouilloz and Tracey Moseley. Over five days the course took in more than 6,000m of descending on tight and technical terrain, with hairpins aplenty with one day also including a steep and loose descent from near the summit of an active volcano at 2,900m.
The full spec is below…
Frame – 18” Orange Alpine 160 in Custom Polished Finish
Fork – Fox Float 36 with RC2 Cartridge to save weight
Headset – Hope Tapered headset
Stem – Sunline V-one All Mountain 50mm
Bars – Sunline V-one 19mm rise 745mm width
Shifter – XTR 10 Speed
Cranks – XTR 170mm
Chain Device – Gamut P30
Rear Mech – XTR
Wheels – Hope Pro 2 Hubs on Stan’s Flow Rims
Cassette – XTR
Chain – XTR
Brakes – Hope M4 Callipers with Race Levers
Seatpost – Sunline
Seat – SDG
Tyres – Maxxis Minion FR 2.35
Mojo Suspension have a video of both the bike and Rowan getting prepared for the race – including head honcho Chris Porter running through the changes that have been made to it..
Rowan’s day job is building trails with his company Back On Track and as it happens they’re up at Lee Quarry now building some extensions to the current trails which we previewed a while ago HERE. We’re going to be heading up there soon to take a look at their progress so far…