So often dismissed as being out of date and bashed out of a north England workshop the single pivot Orange downhill bike always resolutely hammers home the fact that good angles, with uncomplicated suspension and a well tuned damper to match, still has a huge place in downhill. That’s without going into the delicate balance of flex and stiffness to give the bike and rider the best chance when hitting heavy traffic.
“It is still accomplishing high positions, winning events, it remains the easy to maintain, simple to set-up bike”
The bike has to be considered against its modern day rivals and in that respect its the ease of understanding of what the bike is doing, the cornering poise, the ability to weight and unweight the bike in an instant and without the complexity of linkages, odd wheel path’s or system stiction – yes it’s still rife amongst some manufacturers – that stands this bike apart. The 324 has many other strong points too including fully advanced geometry.