ORANGE Strange DH29

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While this 29er down­hill bike pro­to­type looks a lot like Orange’s 650b-wheeled 324, the ge­om­e­try has been re­freshed to en­sure it works with the big­ger wheels. At the rear, a met­ric shock con­trols 180mm of travel. There’s 20mm ex­tra up front, cour­tesy of Fox’s 29er DH fork (cur­rently known as the ‘49’). Orange have gone for a low 335mm bot­tom bracket height, which fea­tures 35mm of drop to keep it cor­ner-slam­m­ingly fast, while the 64.5-de­gree head an­gle should give a good bal­ance of agility and sta­bil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the ge­om­e­try chart that Orange were dis­play­ing, there’ll only be medium, large and ex­tra-large sizes. Quite when we’ll see this in the shops is un­known at this point, but we’re hop­ing to find out more soon.

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