Last week we brought you news of the new Orange Four, and while Mark and Hannah were on the Four, Ali was riding the updated Segment. The previous Segment was so good that Chipps bought one, and made it his pick of the year for 2015. So what’s changed?
Price: £3,700 RS model. Our test bike came with the Reverb upgrade.
See? This is the old one. Without wishing to state the obvious, the top tube is really quite different – there’s a shorter seat tube and lower standover height with an added strut.
The frame has been made using a thinner aluminium sheet, which Orange says sheds about 400g off the bike. We weighed our Medium test bike with pedals, and it came in at 13.97kg.
Segment Decals on the top tube, making sure you crave a G&T after your ride. Or possibly a game of Trivial Pursuit.
Race Face Cranks and 1×11 gearing with MRP chain guide.
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The Orange Segment (see what they did there?) is a short-travel, big wheeled, do-it-all bike made in Halifax. Now in its 2nd incarnation, the new design has replaced the old curved top tube with a straight tube plus brace, which we think makes it look a bit more “agro“. The rear end now gets a boost swing-arm for extra stiffness, plus the side benefit of being able to accommodate half-fat 27.5+ wheels, if you want to.
It feels a lot more capable than its 120mm/110mm travel suggests it should be
All the tweaks and changes to the tubes have resulted in a frame that is 400g lighter than it’s predecessor, which either means you can now have that extra slice of cake, or it will get you uphill quicker – the choice is yours.
The 1*11 drivetrain provides all the range you need for riding in the hills, the lowest gear 30t*42t being equivalent to a 22t*32t in the old-fashioned way of doing things. This means that as long as you have the will, the drivetrain offers a way to ride uphill while respecting the eleventh commandment, “thou shallt keep thy bum on the saddle when climbing“. A|bide by this rule and flick the Monarch RT3 into the “Locked” position and the bike climbs very well, but if you should stray from the path of the righteous, damnation and eternal bob will be your fate.
The pairing of Maxxis Minion DHF and High Roller rubber could be viewed as a statement of intent and when you get to point the Segment downhill it quickly becomes apparent that it has hooligan tendencies, combined with a sort of homing instinct that wants to get you get you back down again as soon as possible. All of which can only be A Good Thing.
Up front the combination of 120mm Pikes with a 29″ wheel inspires a lot of confidence. I should probably trot out the well-worn cliche about 29ers ploughing over stuff better (well, they do don’t they? there’s science and stuff to back it up…), but this is fun to ride, you can pick your lines and it goes where you choose, not the other way around.
It feels a lot more capable than its 120mm/110mm travel suggests it should be. Maybe less actually is more.