Orange was ahead of the game in many ways with a long travel 29er, the 5 Alpine, a few years back. When it rolled through the doors here at Dirt, there were few bikes that compared directly with this ambitious machine.
This was at a time (late 2013) when the choice of suitable forks, wider rims and chunky rubber was limited for the larger 29 inch wheel. Orange soon turned their attention to the blossoming 27.5” wheel size, refining the ever-popular 5 and Alpine models around this new standard and launching the Segment to join their full-suspension range. Slack, low and rapid, the Segment was aimed at those wanting a short travel, playful 29er with a serious fork up front. It sat well up against the Kona Process 111 and Transition Smuggler, bikes we have featured in previous Dirt 100 listings. But these short travel, big-wheeled bikes can be a tough sell and often need time to learn how to get the best from them.