Orange roll out Gyro 29er bouncer

by singletrackjon 9

Big wheeled mania has spread to the manly-metal-folders in Halifax. They might be amongst the most cynical of companies, but they’ve decided that there’s more than just hype to the increased circumference. They’ve been testing different ideas for a fair while, but they’ve finally spun together big wheels and their classic single pivot suspension design together for the Gyro. It’s got 110mm of rear wheel travel with a Maxle equipped swingarm combined with 120mm up front to create something they reckon is the mile-munching answer to the do-it-all 26″ wheeled Five.

Full press release is below along with some snaps…

Big wheels and bounce

“When does the new become more than a bandwagon? When we test a theory and the concept still rolls.

It’s no secret we’ve been playing with both 29er full suspension and hardtail design for some time now. We had to. When the industry pushes one way we often end up wielding a weighty cynic stick as we get dizzy bludgeoning the pointlessness of it all but we still have to test, test and test again and convince ourselves it’s more than just marketing speak. That takes time but once the testing is done and we have convinced ourselves of the pros and cons we’ll push on in our own way. Introducing the new Orange Gyro!

Proper 1.5" headtube means all options are catered for..

Built around our proven and reliable folded aluminium chassis technology and construction, the Gyro is the latest development of the classic Orange single pivot design with geometry specifically developed to retain our characteristic handling agility and matching it with mile devouring poise and efficiency. The virtue of big wheels combined with angles from the masters of geometry.

The Maxle back end delivers 110mm of travel and promoting complete confidence it balances with the 120mm fork to create a truly efficient but sensitive ride. A standards-friendly 49/49mm head-tube and 30.9mm seat-post add front-end stiffness and dropper seatpost compatibility, while the trademark monocoque and custom butted 6061-T6 Reynolds tubing form an obvious lightweight silhouette. Every part a 29er, but still so blatantly Orange…

If the Five is the definitive do-it-all dream bike, this is the original mountain man’s XC/Trail machine. Fun, lively and flickable, but an absolute beast for covering ground quickly. A new classic is born.

Fancy getting your hands on one? You’ll have to be quick, an exclusive run of fifty bikes have already been built. Factory level Fox suspension, Avid Elixir brakes, Maxle as standard and a proven Shimano transmission. Matching performance, exclusivity and value for money, the Gyro Black Gold is shipping now and can be found at Orange Bikes Dealers.

Highlight features at a glance:

  • Jet Black/Gold decal paint scheme
  • Maxle rear swingarm
  • Fox Factory RP23 Kashima rear shock
  • Fox 32 Float 120 Factory FIT RLC Kashima 15QR fork
  • Shimano SLX/XT 10-speed drive train
  • Avid Elixir 5 brakes

Head to the Orange site here for more

RRP – £2799.99

Availability – Now

Comments (9)

  1. “they’ve decided that there’s more than just hype to the increased circumference”

    yes, there’s money.

  2. Is this as well as a Five 29er then?

  3. Tomhoward: This is the only 29er full sus bike Orange are currently doing. I think it’s supposed to fit into a different niche to the Five, aimed more at ‘cross country’ than ‘all-mountain’ niche if you want to pigeonhole things. They’re both ‘trail’ bikes, just in a different style and with different quirks.

    Big wheelers do things in a different way to a 26″ – they seem capable of covering ground very efficiently but there’s still a place left in my heart for the handling attributes of ‘normal’ sized wheels. It comes down less to horses for courses and more to horses for jockeys – but everyone has their own opinion, that’s just mine.

  4. Lol, my helius ac makes this redundant in everything but cost… However, nice to see Orange recognise the benefit of 29″…

  5. Says nothing about the ride but i think that paint job looks dreary, boring and dated

  6. Why no larger sizes 🙁

    (yes, I know there’s a “large”)

  7. Jps paint job and twatted alu panel beat equal a wholly unimpressive offering… Fail to see the attraction of a single. Pivoted crudely constructed lump of alloy tbh….

  8. I quite like the the look of it. Geo looks good and I’d be interested to try one and see how stiff they’ve managed to make that swingarm.

  9. This is the first 29er i’ve seen that looks right.
    Still rather set myself on fire and beat myself out with nettles than ride one though.

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