Orange Patriot XCEL 2002 Full Suspension

4/5 (3 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bull a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2004

Strengths:    Strong frame. Great for slamming down hard. Sticks to a line on cornering but at the expense of no simultaneous shock movement. Won't bob when out of saddle peddling flat out.

Weaknesses:    Sid Air shock is dreadfull. I replaced it with a fox vanilaRC. Don't get much for a lot of $$. Like all single pivots, bad brake-jack, suspension locks out under braking & every other fault of single pivot designs. Bobs flat out when pedaling seated if don't have a stable platform shock.

Bottom Line:   
Why would you buy a single pivot design or other suspension desing when there is FSR rear suspension out there on a few brands to chose from. Don't try kidding yourself and spending big $$ on poor performance. Remember, Steve Peat could win the world cup on even a tricycle; it's not the bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $7900.00

Purchased At:   NSW

Similar Products Used:   FSR suspension; both norco and specialized 5 inch travel.

Bike Setup:   stans no tubes. Fox vanila RC rear shock - need to set it with heaps of sag! Low seat post height.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shane a Downhiller from Lakewood Colorado USA

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2003

Strengths:    Relatively light for the travel, super stiff, single pivot, hand built.

Weaknesses:    None that I have noticed, the frame amplifies all sounds on the bike, loud hubs, rattling chain, etc.

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the funnest bike I have ever owned!! It climbs very well, pedals great, feels lighter than it is, dives into turns like a GPmoto bike, likes to take to the air, and is super stable and predictable. My advise is to go and buy an Orange, put on a Romic shock and you will have one great machine. On the plus side not everyone and there mother has one on the trail. The best bike I have ever thrown a leg over!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Intense Uzzi SLX, Santa Cruz Heckler, Specialized FSR, Cheeta Prowler, Cannondale Super V.

Bike Setup:   Romic rear shock (makes all the difference), full XTR, Grimeca 4pot brakes, Nokian NBX tires, Thomson post and stem,easton bar, Fox Talas fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by how r ya good a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2002

Strengths:    good components super strong is all good

Weaknesses:    it's to cool totototototototototoooo cool

Bottom Line:   
the bike is awsome so get it or else you will be dumb hahahaha it's a good bike down hill awsome big huckes 19-25ft drops very strong

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Favorite Trail:   flume

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3400.00

Purchased At:   hillside

Similar Products Used:   rm7

Bike Setup:   monster t's hayes purple intense rims

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