Orange Bikes has launched its newest downhill mountain bike in a well timed trend, 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 fastest bike they’ve built of their 3 many years of downhill racing historical past. Scotland’s Lachlan Blair might be sending it out of the begin gate.
Orange 279 Downhill Bike
While 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 Large are additionally out there with attain measurements of 443mm, 460mm and 480mm, respectively. The acknowledged BB top of 335mm is measured from the floor with a 740mm diameter entrance and 700mm diameter rear tyre.
Rear wheel journey is acknowledged 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 the most progressive Orange downhill bike that has ever existed, too, now extra suited to the linear spring price of a coil shock. Orange tells us the suspension is “brutally capable”, because of the revised and re-tuned suspension format.
Lachlan Blair is because of put the Orange 279 DH Bike via its inaugural World Cup run at Lourdes this weekend, whereas his Orange Factory Racing group mate Joe Connell is because of make an look at different rounds later this season. Here is Lachlan giving it beans at 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 Factory will set you again £7300 / $8800 USD / €8000, built up with a Fox Factory 40 fork with GRIP2 damper, Fox Float X2 Factory air shock, SRAM GX1 DH 7 pace drivetrain, Shimano Saint brakes with 203mm rotors, Stans Flow Mk4 wheels with Hope Pro 4 hubs and Michelin DH 22 2.4″ tyres. Frameset pricing to observe…