September 1, 2011
The Eurobike Trio are still there and Chipps takes up the story.
OK, if we count the Demo Day as day 1, then today must be Day 2. Today we split up, with Jon heading off for video scoops (most of which will trickle out over the next few days) and Matt heading off to do mega ad deals and me wandering around a little aimlessly and then getting it together for some good aisle-stomping through Hall B1, B2, B3 and B4.
We started the day, though, with our traditional first visit to Orange Bikes. Must had been conjectured about what Orange was up to, with little leaks about a carbon bike, and perhaps a 29er, and a few peeks that we’d seen ourselves.
The main scoop was a pair of 29ers, a carbon road bike and a brace of hybrids…
The E8 aluminium hardtail has now become the E9 29er hardtail (can you see what they did there?) with super nice 3D headbadge and an hourglass head tube, short wishbone chainstays and a bright green paintjob. It obviously now takes big wheels, but small wheel racers shouldn’t be disheartened as the aluminium Elite still endures.
And now… those missing E9 pics. We’ve been having some Press-room internet issues…
The carbon road bike, the Carb-O (ooh, Orange is full of puns these days) is a reasonably normal looking carbon fibre bike and fork with some neat pinstriping and curves where they should be. Internal cable routing keeps the neat look. The show bike had a pretty affordable 105 groupset on it. We’ll let you know what the price is once we get the proper once-through tomorrow.
There is, what appears to be, a 100mm travel, aluminium 29er Orange Five. It’s actually badged as a Strange, which is Orange’s prototype ‘Don’t hold us to this, we’re just trying it out’ label that it uses to try out different concepts. It’s bolted to the stand, so we’ve not been able to give it a go yet, but we’ll be nipping down the valley and knocking on Orange’s door soon for a play.
Keeping the balance for the 26in riders was Ben Cathro’s MTB Cut team bike on show in its lurid pink paint scheme.