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Orange Alpine 160 All Mountain Full Suspension

5/5 (6 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
  • Swing Arm: Maxle Swingarm and axle
  • Forks: Fox 36 Float R 160mm
  • Shifters: SRAM X9
  • Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail V8/V7

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dandasbike a Weekend Warrior from mow cop, staffs, england

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2010

Strengths:    well made, dh bike stiff, great to jump, easy to clean,light for intended usage, not made in the far east

Weaknesses:    not cheap, not that pretty, works great off the brakes but not so good with the rear brake on but you get used to riding that way and i dont find it to be a problem anymore, cable routing isnt perfect

Bottom Line:   
love this bike in fact since i bought this in june to ride the mega ive only used my dh bike once, and the biggest surprise ive found is how good it climbs and tackles general xc rides in the peaks i really thought 25 to 30k rides would have been a chore but can honestly say its no tougher than on my meta 5 but on the downhills you just cant compare the two, its more than capable of doing uplifts on and even the odd race. i used a dhx coil whilst out riding the mega but with hind sight i dont think its much if any advantage the fox air shock is that good, 2 of my friends have nomads with almost the same builds which i test rode before i purchased the alpine and you really notice the 66.5 degree headangle on the orange it descends just like a dh bike, if you only want to own one bike and do a bit of everything on it buy one you wont regret it its a superb bike

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Favorite Trail:   rhyd y felin (bala)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   sunset cycles cardif

Similar Products Used:   commencal meta 5, orange 5, yeti 575, commencal supreme dh, foes dhs mono 2.1

Bike Setup:   fox 36 float r 2011, rp23, hope pro 2 hubs, stans flow rims, high roller 2.35 lust, formula the one brakes,xt mechs and cranks, slx shifters, gammut p30, hope headset, sunline 745 bars, thomson x4 50mm, i beam seat and post, front end low, suspension plush

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hypermonkey a Weekend Warrior from lancashire uk

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010

Strengths:    pedals and climbs like a standard orange 5 but decends much better,feels like someone has rolled carpet over the rough stuff.great forks great rear shock, looks the biz,super balanced confident can xc all day if you wanted.not heavy for a bike of its capabilities

Weaknesses:    none really, if i was being picky the standard bars and seat are a bit knaff at best

Bottom Line:   
if you want the best genuine all day machine which can climb all your favorate climbs and descend anything you dare with ease, this is the bike for you....
the alpine is heavier thann the standard five however,only a bit.

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Favorite Trail:   all of em!!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2570.00

Purchased At:   leisure lakes

Similar Products Used:   yets 575, orange 5pro

Bike Setup:   standard set up +monkeylight carbon bars and fizik gobi seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by nickybgoesdownhill a Downhiller from Originally Lancs now London, boo! UK

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2009

Strengths:    ride characteristics, ease of maintainance,

Weaknesses:    Doesnt flatter inexperienced riders

Bottom Line:   
Very Balanced ride that rewards good riding, if you back of the brakes when heading into rude stuff it just grips and takes it. Light for a bike of this nature with a ride style that belies its hard hitting ability. I can pedal up anything I would be capable of riding up (admittedly its not an xc whippet but you would know that!) and its actually quite lively and responsive on swoopy traversy singletrack especially when compared to my old reign. It doesnt have the 'plough' feel that the reign had yet it does have acres of grip a lively poppy feel! If your a relatively experienced rider who knows when to back off the brakes and let the bike ride it then it will reward your riding tenfold.

Its not cheap and it is a relatively straight forward design yet I like the ease of looking after it and the reliable predicatable nature that the single pivot gives.

Overall this bike is an excellent all rounder capable of climbing long hard climbs (did W2 at Afan on it the other day and I actually enjoyed the climbs!) yet can really be pushed on the downhill with plenty of travel, a long (ish) wheelbase and a slack (ish) head agle.

I have ridden this bike at Glentress, Afan, Aston Hill, Winterberg Bike Park and local handbuilt Downhill courses and it has been a great bike at all these different venues, from Hardcore downhill to road gaps

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as well as epic trail rides its a minter! Can you tell I like It!

I would recommend this bike to riders who ride nasty rude downhills as well as trail centres. If you arent going to ride nasty terrain it might be a bit overkill and the travel wont make you faster, in fact it will make you slower on pumpy flatter tracks. But if you like long epic rides uplift days and dh sessions as well as maybe the odd race! then its defo worth a look

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Favorite Trail:   Matador Innerleithan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Various

Similar Products Used:   Giant Reign x1

Bike Setup:   fox 36's, coil shock, hope moto brakes xt and saint kit, hope hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ryan a Downhiller from uk north west

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2009

Strengths:    everything! fast up and down,suspension sucks up all you want without loosing the feel of what your ridin which gives you great confidence in it, fun to ride and the low weight (compared to same catorgary bikes) makes it great fun and easy to through side to side this makes it a mint uplift bike.

Weaknesses:    stock tyres are bit too xc and can make you worry about pinches at lower pressures, also cable rub bit annoying, but get some moto plastic and cover trouble spots.

Bottom Line:   
buy this bike it is fun sharp and everything you would want from a bike, i'd say its much better suited to gravity aided ridin however once your at the bottom raise the seat up pop propedal on and leave your mates behind as you climb to the top.

although the price could be seen as steep, the fact its so much fun, and made in your home land, make up for it !!! and what do you expect for such a quality item

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2599.00

Purchased At:   mountain high cycles

Bike Setup:   AM stock, with fox talas 36 and fox DHX 5 air upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by smutysmith a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2009

Strengths:    Super stiff, super plush, not too heavy, no nonsense performance machine.

Weaknesses:    A bit ugly looking, but who cares!

Bottom Line:   
Wow what a bike! Was surprised how good it is going over rough stuff downhill, and over big jumps n stuff, It just soaks it all up! Simple suspension that works, no need for VPP, DW, or any other abbreviations! Maxle on rear keeps it all stiff & its light enough to ride all day. Climbs well too, what more could you ask for. Ok its not all Hydroformed and pretty, but what fool buys a bike for its looks?

Buy this bike if you like to do drops, jumps & go fast downhill & still be able to pedal up again.

Don't buy this bike if you like em pretty.

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Favorite Trail:   Donnie Darko

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Stiff

Similar Products Used:   Yeti 575, Santa Cruz Nomad, Orange Patriot, Intense 6.6

Bike Setup:   Fox 36 Float, SLX Twin & bash, SLX Gears /shifters, Blackspire Chainguide, Mavic 321's Easton Carbon DH bars, weigh's just under 30lb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris_yates2006 a Weekend Warrior from Stoke on Trent, UK

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2009

Strengths:    Very well controlled rear suspension, the 2.5 to 1 ratio rear shock actuation allows the shock to control well. Simple single piviot easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Under stated does not look super clever.

Bottom Line:   
Great well balanced bike light enough to ride all day but still a stromg frame, very well controlled suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Orange Sub 5, Orange 2004 Patriot and Orange 2007 Patriot.

Bike Setup:   Lyrik Solo Air Fork, Marzocchi Roco Air TST R, Hope hubs with ex823 rims

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