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Orange multilink 140mm travel bike

Posted by Matt | June 16, 2010 | 5 comments so far

Orange multilink 140mm travel bike
A week or so ago I noticed this bike posted to the Singletrack Flickr pool, which subsequently appeared on our MTB Pic of the Day page. I left it on there for a while, expecting people to notice and perhaps comment but it seems this went under quite a few people’s radar.

It caught my interest though as it steps on some hallowed turf currently occupied by one of the UK’s most popular bikes, the Orange Five. That bike, increasingly appears to be moving into more Alpine country, certainly some of the changes I’ve heard talked about seem to make it suitable for more rugged riding.

Which leaves a kind of 140mm, all-day-bike sized hole in the Orange range. It seems that Orange have noticed this which partly explains the existence of this Strange prototype.

Orange 140mm travel bike seatstay linkage

I’ve no idea if it’s set for production or if it’s not, in fact a kind of burlied up ST4. But the bike itself looks great, with masses of mud clearance on a svelte looking frame that’s quietly reinforced with some chunky gussets. It also looks as though there’s a through axle on the rear for added stiffness.

One to watch I think. I’d be intrigued to find out how it rides versus my venerable Five which continues to surprise me after three years of riding. The photos are taken from Carl and Sian’s Orange photoset on Flickr where you can see much more detailed shots.

Filed under Mutterings, Trends in June 2010

Matt

About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird AM Zero Boost.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. kc says:

    Hate the colour!

  2. Colin says:

    Looks interesting, lets hope the rear end stays together, unlike the ST4 by all accounts !!

  3. Matt says:

    Maybe if it makes production it’ll be called something like the ST5 perhaps?

    I’ve seen and heard of ST4s breaking but Orange are pretty good on the support side. It’s the rocker linkages I think that have been a problem on early ones, hopefully sorted now.

  4. Neil Cain says:

    Looks a little like a Blood – maybe a lighter, more ‘XC’ version?

  5. Dave says:

    Looked at one closely on Saturday. Nice machine, simpler linkage than the ST4. Basically a single pivot, linkage driven shock. It also has a bottle mount although Dave said it was a bit tight for a full size bottle! Boo!

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