- Orange Blood
Yes took one for a test ride this morning, depends what you want it to do really, if your about 5ft 8″ and want an indestructable trail bike that is ready for anything then get one. If like me your over 6ft then look elsewhere, I found it too short to be comfortable all day, was great fun descending though.
Was a bit of a chore to rid uphill mainly due to the fact I couldn’t get the seat high enough on the demo bike, a longer post might have helped, now if they did a 19″ that was a bit longer I might consider it. RP23 shock is excellent and 1 click of propedal is enough to stop it bobbing.
Oh and rubber queens are rubbish in mud but grip well on roots.Posted 9 years agochakapingSubscriber
Had a test ride couple of weekends ago, air sprung version too.
First very steep climb was awful but then worked out it was a “sit and winch” climber and the rest of the climbs were OK.
Rode the smaller frame (I’m about 5ft 8in) and the relaxed geometry and beefy fork/kit made it great fun on the downhills. Made me kept trying to cut inside and overtake people.
Suppose it’s like a big forked hardtail with enough suspension in the rear to get you out of trouble. Or a mini-downhill bike even (though I’ve not ridden a proper DH bike so that’s a guess).
Can’t really justify having one, but it’s the sort of bike I’d really look forward to riding.Posted 9 years ago
The problem is that its a bit short too, sure you could fit a long post and a longer stem but for 6+ footers I think they really need to do a 19″. I couldn’t live with it for a do everything bike but I’d love one for uplift days.
400mm post should be fine, I didn’t measure the one that was fitted, I’d guess at about 350.Posted 9 years ago
Coming off a large Zaskar which has a 617mm horizontal top tube and runs with a 70mm stem, the Orange felt much shorter then the quoted 600mm.
My previous frame , a Commencal Mini DH has a quoted horizontal top tube length of 574mm and that felt much bigger than the orange, again with a 70mm stem.
Now I’ve no idea how Orange measure their bikes or commencal and GT for that matter, but on paper it looks long enough in comparison but the reality is the Blood felt far smaller than the geometry suggested.
Just glad I rode one before I bought it.Posted 9 years ago
Perhaps that’s just orange sizing then. Have you ever looked at how much they change the TT length on some of there models. I have an 05 and an 07 P7 both completely different. In fact the 07 is something like 20mm (supposedly) longer than the 08, but when you get them side by side they actually look and feel the same.Posted 9 years ago
Just looking at things the 17″ Blood TT length is roughly the same as the 18″ 5 TT length but is 74deg to 73 deg so if you put a layback seatpost on the blood and have a inline seatpost on the 5 then you should have roughly the same reach assuming the same length stem and a not too high seat position.Posted 9 years ago
Very good point but what if you dont have the lungs or legs to thrash it to the top of a hill but can manage it DH? And yes before you say it I know you have to be bloody fit to race DH but we arnt talking racing here are we. But plodding up a hill in enough comfort so that your knees or back dont explode then having fun on the way down.Posted 9 years agobrant wrote:
I don’t think how a Blood feels “sat down” is terribly important.
Suppose it depends what you are going to do with it, if its just a bike for messing about on and uplifts then yes it isn’t important but if you want to ride it round a trailcentre all day or go off on a long ride in search of some new downhill singletrack, then a comfy seated position for climbing/just riding along is a must.Posted 9 years ago
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