In the market for an ultra-lightweight hardtail designed for UK conditions? Then check out this 10lb Orange mountain bike, if you can fit on it.
Orange bikes have released their most lightweight mountain bike to date, and at just 10lbs it’s significantly lighter than most of the UK designed hardtails we see launch each Autumn. Then again, this isn’t your typical Orange, as the Peeler has no brakes, no suspension and no gears, it doesn’t even have pedals!
That’s right, the Peeler is Orange’s first-ever balance bike and as well as being light it’s also the most affordable Orange at just £150 which is sure to make it popular in the play area.
Orange makes a bunch of child-specific bikes all featuring neatly welded alloy frames, and the Peeler is no different. The slender little Peeler has a nice low standover for little riders to feel confident on and once toddlers are happy to balance, there are small grip covered platforms for their feet.
Good looking and well thought out balance bikes are nothing new, but the Orange Peeler does trump most with a few standout features that mountain biking mums and dads will greatly appreciate. First up is the Orange Strange branded saddle with integrated carry handle, this might not sound like a big deal but anyone with young kids will tell you that most ‘rides’ result in more carrying than biking.
Once your little rider has the confidence to balance and roll then you’ll be able to upgrade the Peeler with a rear disc brake. Both wheels are built using disc hubs and the front and rear wheels can be swapped around, but only the rear of the frame has disc brake tabs.
But what about the geometry? Is the Peeler long and slack enough? Well, I can’t be certain of that but I can tell you that the reach is 180mm, the head tube angle is 69-degrees while the seat angle is 71.8 degrees. Orange will only offer the Peeler in one size with 12in wheels, but riders can choose from either Orange Soda or Back to the Fuchsia for the colour.
For more details head on over to the Orange website, or get in touch with your local Orange dealer to see one in the flesh.