Orange bikes, love or hate?
I suppose your talking about the suspension bikes.
My first proper mtb was a simple Orange Clockwork, and BLOODY GOOD it was too. In spite of it’s apparent Taiwanese origins, the frame itself was superb. It was far and away better at it’s price point, than Rockhoppers, Marins ect (This was iro 1996). The frame REALLY rode well, to the point they could have charged more for it, and it would still have been worth it.
Following on from that after its sadly regretted theft, a couple of P7’s from 98 and 2001, which again – had a great geometry and feel (albeit a fair chunk more rigid than the CW).
I can’t tell you about the recent bikes, but as I have just had a venerable 2001 P7 stolen, the reduced Pure7 down at Cyclesurgery near me is likely to have my sticky fingers on it in the next few days.
To be honest, having had 3, none of themwere duff bikes, and arguably, better than the competition bikes. But this is steel 10 yo + bikes I am talking about.Posted 5 years agoseaversMember
bit harsh Gary! As the owner of a 5 for the last few years (tried many many different bikes over the years) I would say they make a good ride in the 5. I can’t speak for the other models.
However, in my opinion they don’t offer the best value for money compared with other bikes in the same vein. All I know is that I love riding it and will do so for years to come.
As for the owners they attract, well yeah but it only takes one trip to Dalby to understand you can say this for many brands of bike, especially the expensive ones pulled off the back of a white Audi.Posted 5 years agoLummoxSubscriber
Had a patriot,sub 5, five, 222, p7, patriot again and just about to take delivery of a new five.
Simple, solid, stable and i would say aesthetically pleasing
Yes they don’t have the latest three letter acronym suspension design, they’re an evolved design ridden by many many riders.
If you don’t get it fine, just keep it to yourself and let us who do get on with enjoying them.Posted 5 years agosneakyg4Member
Out of the 20 or so 5’s I have seen out and about in the flesh only one of them looked like it had been used off road; they seem to attract people who prefer to polish them rather than ride them.
I don’t have a problem with them, but would never buy one of the current models, why would you buy something made with Fred Dibnah style Victorian techniques when you can get something for half the price made with modern hydroformed tubing or even carbon?
Love the hardtails however.Posted 5 years ago
The wheels needed to be rebuild as they did not thread lock the ust nipple seats properly and ye tension was all over the place. Arrived with split gear cable housing and a fork leaking oil from foot nut.
Wrong tyres that were far to wide for the rear stays.
And worst of all a headset cup out of square as the head tube was a
Touch tight and had shaved some alloy off the hope cup. This was caught up under one edge of the cup.
I should add I got mine from a shop owned by a friend and lots of these issues would never have made it to the end customer.Posted 5 years ago
But very poor all samesoundninjaukSubscriber
I’ve got a 2006 P7. Sure I know it’s not the latest greatest lightest machine, but when I sit on it, it just feels right. Letting the bike handle things has got me through some tricksy moments. It’s my pride and joy, and has never let me down.
This probably stems from when my Dad got me a nickel finish P7 back in the early 90s (the same one featured in the recent Singletrack article about bikes that people absolutely desired but never got). I remember seeing that glorious machine for the first time, complete with chrome finish STX-RC group set. What a bike.
Plus I like the idea of buying British.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
elaine anne – Member
northwind : would you like to elaborate on your comment…whats wrong with the owners of orange bikes ? lol
I already did, it says “some” 😉 One or two of youse are alright though. You don’t want to hear what I’ve got to say about those accursed Cotic owners though!Posted 5 years agomark90Member
I love my O2, and when I was looking for a rubust simple single pivot full sus Patriot seemed a reasonable choice. It maybe a little over biked for me, but that is not a bad reflection on the bike, just that I need to MTFU and stop mincing about 🙂
I like the engineered look of the Orange full sus’ers, much more than hyrdroformed or carbon. Nice slim tubes on steel hardtails and box section ally on full sus, that’s how bikes should look.Posted 5 years ago
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