Orange Bikes has launched its newest downhill mountain bike in a well timed style, simply days earlier than the 2022 DH World Cup season opener in Lourdes, France. It’s an MX wheel setup, and Orange tells us it’s the quickest bike they’ve constructed of their 3 many years of downhill racing historical past. Scotland’s Lachlan Blair will probably be sending it out of the beginning gate.
Orange 279 Downhill Bike
Whereas the pace of the Orange 279 DH Bike could also be subjective, outlined solely by the rider who pilots it, the 279 DH is objectively the longest bike Orange has ever produced. A 62° head angle, 496mm attain and 465mm stays push the XL body’s wheelbase to a whopping 1348mm, considerably longer than the 327 and 329 DH bikes that got here earlier than it.
Small, Medium and Giant are additionally obtainable with attain measurements of 443mm, 460mm and 480mm, respectively. The said BB peak of 335mm is measured from the bottom with a 740mm diameter entrance and 700mm diameter rear tyre.
Rear wheel journey is said as 198mm, delivered as ever by Orange Bikes’ unmistakable single-pivot suspension platform and monocoque aluminum swingarm. As with the 327 and 329 DH bikes, the ahead shock mount sits inside a downtube recess.
The linkage was optimised to supply essentially the most progressive Orange downhill bike that has ever existed, too, now extra suited to the linear spring fee of a coil shock. Orange tells us the suspension is “brutally succesful”, due to the revised and re-tuned suspension structure.
Lachlan Blair is because of put the Orange 279 DH Bike by means of its inaugural World Cup run at Lourdes this weekend, whereas his Orange Manufacturing facility Racing staff mate Joe Connell is because of make an look at different rounds later this season. Right here is Lachlan giving it beans on the Portugal Cup DHI race in Padela final week the place he completed up in seventh place.
Pricing & Availability
The Orange 279 DH Bike is offered as a whole bike and as a body and shock solely. The 279 Manufacturing facility will set you again £7300 / $8800 USD / €8000, constructed up with a Fox Manufacturing facility 40 fork with GRIP2 damper, Fox Float X2 Manufacturing facility air shock, SRAM GX1 DH 7 pace drivetrain, Shimano Saint brakes with 203mm rotors, Stans Move Mk4 wheels with Hope Professional 4 hubs and Michelin DH 22 2.4″ tyres. Frameset pricing to comply with…