Orange bikes was started up by Lester Noble and Steve Wade back in 1987, this is a time when mountain biking really started to happen in the UK. Orange is still based and making bikes in Halifax where it all began. The first bike they produced was the B-52 under the name of Tushingham. The first true Orange was of course the legendry Orange Clockwork, who can remember the advert ‘What’s Orange and climbs hills?’
The Clockwork is still very much a part of the Orange range, it’s the full suspension bikes that are really what orange are all about now. The Five is now regarded as one of the best trial bikes ever and along with all of the Full suspension bikes in the range they are all still hand built in Halifax.
Being based in the UK gives Orange a few advantages; the designers know all about the riding conditions and what we want from our bikes. There is also the option to customise your bike; if you go to their website you can make some changes on the spec, you can even choose your colour. It’s a really great way to get exactly what you want on your new bike.
We at Primera are big fans of the Orange bikes; I think the Five is the bike that the most members of staff have. It’s not surprising really; it’s versatile, no-nonsense design just works brilliantly. The hardtail range is pretty good too. The Crush has been a firm favourite for many years, this hard hitting hardtail loves to be ragged around the local woods and it’s quite happy tearing down the trails at the Welsh trail centres. At our demo days Orange always has a great presence and the bike that really seems to stand out is the Segment, the 29er trail bike. It’s normally over looked in favour of the Five but this bike is really quite something.
If you are interested about any of the models in the Orange range please get in touch, we will be more than happy to talk you through any of the models and options available.