Orange Bikes has launched its latest downhill mountain bike in a timely fashion, just days before 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 in their 3 decades of downhill racing history. Scotland’s Lachlan Blair will be sending it out of the start gate. Orange 279 Downhill Bike
While the speed of the Orange 279 DH Bike may be subjective, defined only by the rider who pilots it, the 279 DH is objectively the longest bike Orange has ever produced. A 62° head angle, 496mm reach and 465mm stays push the XL frame’s wheelbase to a whopping 1348mm, significantly longer than the 327 and 329 DH bikes that came before it. Small, Medium and Large are also available with reach measurements of 443mm, 460mm and 480mm, respectively. The stated BB height of 335mm is measured from the ground with a 740mm diameter front and 700mm diameter rear tyre.
Rear wheel travel is stated 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 forward shock mount sits within a downtube recess. The linkage was optimised to produce the most progressive Orange downhill bike that has ever existed, too, now more suited to the linear spring rate of a coil shock. Orange tells us the suspension is “brutally capable”, thanks to the revised and re-tuned suspension layout. Lachlan Blair […]