It was a grim day after a hectic weekend of racing and beer but I arrived at Bike Park Wales greeted by a pair of new bikes from Orange, suddenly everything was glorious.
Words: Ieuan Williams Photos: S.Jones
The new Orange Alpine Six was the first of pair of revamped models from the company from Halifax, but I was already thinking that surely there can’t be much to change from the previous model. It was already a great bike.
At first glance you can see that the boys have been busy making the bike look far less industrial than its predecessor, most noticeably that the XL model no longer looks like something you would keep the sheep in a pen with.
But other than the aesthetics what’s new for 2017? With the past model being a very well respected bike, notably being part of the Dirt 100 and being a testers favourite among the office, they have just taken feedback from riders and changed the important things.