Orange Blood alternatives
For freeride and DH type duties I would go with the Bottlerocket. For trail duties a Blur TRC would be similar if you fit it with Fox 36’s.
For what its worth I think the Blur is a much better trail bike than the blood which was too heavy, not to mention the poorly tuned rear shock (I’m referring to the XV RP23 2010 model).
You just have to be careful when speccing a fork to get the right axle/crown height.
However for ‘technical Alpine descents’ I wouldnt choose either. It would be an Orange Alpine/Santa Cruz Nomad if you are getting in lifts, or a Ibis Mojo HD if you are pedalling some of the ups.Posted 5 years ago
Last Herb is a good call, very nicely built frame and with the right components comes in pretty light.
The Alpine is basically a Patriot from 10 years ago – I had one, they were ok, nothing special, Bullit was better. Tried a Five – same bike, lighter, looks old. I certainly don’t want another one, never liked the design, hasn’t changed. Move on and perhaps so will Orange.
Banshee Wildcard – yeah that looks good, will investigate that and the Soda.
Thanks for all your suggestions and comments.Posted 5 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
You want something purely for the descending side of things? You mean a downhill bike?
If descending is all you want then a BR might be ok as I’m pretty sure they’re fine with big forks. Being more of a slopestyle bike though (like the NS Soda) you need to make sure its not going to be too short (which is where the Blood was good).
Santa Cruz Blur TRc might be an (expensive) option. My old Blur 4X had similarish angles and was superb in the Alps. From what I can see, the TRc is slightly longer which is a good thing as the 4X was short – its only pitfall.
I’m guessing looking at the Blood, its a shortish travel rear with big forks thing you want? Specialized Enduro of some description (the one with the 180mm Vanillas and coil shock) could be an option?Posted 5 years agopeterfastlaneMember
Don’t know what you are thinking of spending, but Paul’s cycles are still doing the Scott voltage 10 for £1600 ( but only in short ) with a lighter wheel set / cranks / etc you can get it down a lot in weight. There is a £1600 saving from list which leaves money over for any upgrades.Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
I think there is a reason the voltage is going cheap….
Sounds like you want something no-one else has that’s a bit niche. In reality a dh bike should be on the list. Alpine ain’t much special but the nomad c and ltc were (all demo’d at the same place) a blur lt or ltc with 160mm forks would be good.Posted 5 years agoedoverheelsMember
The whole thing about the Blood was that it was stiff and strong and built like a downhill bike and so it was heavy but didn’t have much travel and so they only sold about 10 (unsurprisingly because most people think it is rubbish and pointless). But, if you get it, very low, very slack and tough then you love it. There is nothing good about them except they are great fun to ride. If I was only allowed only one bike (God forbid) it would be this one.Posted 5 years ago
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