Orange Ms Isle Frameset

DESCRIPTION

orange Ms Isle

USER REVIEWS

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[May 13, 2003]
Bruv

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

huge downtube gives you more confidence to hit bigger gaps and is folded 6061 alloy unlike standard round tubing

Weakness:

only enough tyre clearence for a 2.3

for jumping and thrashing round the street this is the ultimate bike ever heard of one snapping ?

Similar Products Used:

gt zaskar, planet x bommer, evil imperial

[Jan 13, 2002]
tony

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

the frame as a whole , the geometry is spot on , the strength is not reflected in the weight which i thing is amazinf for what it is

Weakness:

poor seatstay mud clearance - i had a prototype frame model

i got mine resprayed form the stock colours in a custom metallic blue - it is sweet, i love it and dont think i would ever want another frame for this type of riding , happy to keep riding it for ever - buy one, new paint jobs look awfull though

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sidekick

[Jan 13, 2002]
James Phelan
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid, No flex, can be used for a cruse in the woods ( can do everything) High BB lots of clearence, original, nice dropouts and headtube.

Weakness:

Sometimes too stif, and you get kicked up, be smooth and you will be ok.

I think its the best bike ever, ment to be ridden hard, hardcore xc or jumps can do it all. Custom colour and sizes for all.

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Club roost stinger.

[Nov 07, 2006]
Peter
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Super stiff, light for its strength, versitile.

Weakness:

I have friends that have cracked them around the seat stays/seat tube before Orange started to make wrap-around stays. Cost!

I have a 16" and use mine for exteme XC, street and just about everything else besides and it gets away with it all. Its a pretty good jump bike and looks like it would be good in the 4X arena, but i've never used it there.

Maybe a bit of a pricy frame for the money - I got mine from eBay for £300, but new from Orange and you will be missing no less than £500 of your hard earned cash.

Dispite my friends having problems, it looks as if Orange have sorted out their act now and all my welds are very neat and the new quattro-box wrap-around seat-stays do very nicely. Also, my housemates got 3 free frames form Orange - so their customer service is all good!

Overall - if you want a bike thats ok at everything or a 4X monster then look no futher (if you don't mind the cost.)

Similar Products Used:

Various, other Ms Isles, Gary Fisher, saracen, Specialised P1, Giant STP.

[Dec 03, 2003]
milan

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very good strength to weight ratio. LOok at that downtube! Ridden by the pros. Made in england. good macheening.

Weakness:

Stupid dimensions. They should do a 14' seat tube only with an option of different top tube lengths. Should be available in more colours. More options, bmx bb, horizontel dropouts etc. It doesnt accelerate as well as its been hyped up to be. Expensive

Overall i think that this is a good frame which can handle most sorts of terain. iv ridden mine from downhill to street, dirt jumping and xc. Its just the sizes dont make sense. i got a 16' purally because of top tube length but i found the bike too high. If you are happy with the sizing, appreciate britsh built, like the colours, want ultimate strength without weight penalty and like the look and have the money than by all means buy it.

Similar Products Used:

marin, on0one, dmr

[Oct 06, 2003]
Neek
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Its strengths are its strength.... stiffness, versatility, and Orange being really sound people to deal with.

Weakness:

For the taller rider who still wants a smaller frame - the 14 inch frame has too short a top tube... but the 16 inch still has a tendency to feel a bit big.

This is kind of a follow-up to my first review which you'll find on the page for the '98 or older MsIsle. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the first 5 production bikes, back in September/October 98 - before even the magazines. Back then it looked especially different to anything else around and I had to have it.
Since then it's done me proud. I've done a load of regional DH races, tons of street riding, dirt jumps, technical singletrack all over the country, even the Red Bull 24hr race.
I've had it set up with Judy SL's and xc wheels: it absolutely flew - eats singletrack for brekkie, lunch and dinner.
I've broken 3 sets of forks, 3/4 sets of cranks.. 3 rear wheels... bars... saddles... mechs galore. And through all of it, the frame was the one thing I never had to worry about. Bombproof it is for sure, immortal it ain't.
After 5 years of serious thrashing (from maybe not the smoothest rider) it developed a tiny crack in the downtube behind the headset (also flared), so it was time to move on.
Fair play to Orange though - they reckon they could fix it (buzz off the headtube, stick on a new one, heat-treat it, paintjob and stickers) for only £150.
Buy it, but try it first if you're a lanky git like me.

Similar Products Used:

Now riding an Arrow DSS: small frame, long top tube, 24" rear, beautifully made. Previously, a GT Zaskar.

[Aug 08, 2006]
Jordan Stevens
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

It's damn near indestructable. I haven't broke it yet at any rate. For a 4x'er it's pretty versatile too, whilst it may not be the best for everything it manages admirably.

Weakness:

No ICSG mount on the frame, but the bike makes up for it in so many other ways.

The Ms'isle is a savage piece of kit. I ride street, light downhill and freeride and aggressive XC on it and it laps it up. A change in the seatpost height lets you get away with a lot on it. However, it has it's short comings, the stiffness of the frame comes at a price, it absolutely hammers your arse. It's not the best climber on the trails, but then the geometery isn't geared towards that. Overall, a great frame, especially if you worry about shredding expensive frames, I weigh several tons and it hasn't died on me yet, and it's a tough frame that takes my weight on a six foot drop to flat on concrete.

Similar Products Used:

A fair few. KHS FR 1500, Saracen X-ESS, Scott FX-30, Saracen Havoc

[May 20, 2001]
Matt Higham
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A good strong bike. You look down and it fills you with confidence and makes you feel like you can ride anything. Good short back end so sprints hard, longish top tube and no flex in the backend with huge stays.

Weakness:

Weak bottom bracket threads esp. when using a chain device. A bit on the heavy side of light. Bit pricey but I got mine second hand and besides it well worth it.

A kick ass bike thats reinforces confidence and makes you ride bigger. The weight isn't really an issue for me and I think the geaometry is spot on for the taller rider. Buy it if you want an all round performer. Hand Built in England, what more could you ask for?

Similar Products Used:

Azonic DS1, Mission Trialstar, Coyote, DDG Shooter, Kona Chute

[Mar 22, 2001]
tony

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

the whole frame, both the heatube and rear triangle are fully reinforced. THere are gussets on the seattube seatstay join and chainstay seatstay join, making the rear triangel very strong. The frame rides nicely but is best suited to proper jumping and duel

Weakness:

poor tyre clearance on the seatstays

BUY IS , SINCE MY LAST REVIEW IVE RIDDEN IT PRETTY HARD AND ITS STOOD UP TO IT WELL

[Jan 19, 2001]
Will Beare
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong, Good looking, Gussets everywhere, great to jump,

Weakness:

Possible a bit heavey but I don't care.

Brilliant jump bike. I love everything about it.

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