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hou­sands of cy­clists ride up Ditch­ling Bea­con ev­ery year. A good chunk of them are com­plete novices – not your av­er­age Strava bag­gers – as it’s the in­fa­mous brute of a climb onto the ridge of the South Downs that seals the fate of many a rider on the an­nual Lon­don to Brighton char­ity ride. Few of them would re­alise, how­ever, that just mo­ments be­fore com­menc­ing a los­ing bat­tle with lac­tic acid, they had rid­den past the head­quar­ters of UK bike brand Orro.

Back in is­sue 25 (Au­gust 2014) I wrote about Orro as a new­comer to the UK mar­ket and I was full of praise for its range-top­ping Gold model’s re­fresh­ing ap­proach to frame de­sign. It was mind­ful of the con­di­tions and de­mands of UK rid­ing and de­liv­ered a pol­ished per­for­mance for a rel­a­tively mod­est price. I said then that I thought we’d be see­ing a lot more from the brand and, sure enough, in the two years since then Orro has re­mained true to its orig­i­nal ethos while its port­fo­lio has ma­tured and ex­panded sig­nif­i­cantly.

The Sig­na­ture Gold STC Disc is its lat­est cre­ation and by virtue of its cus­tom paint scheme su­per­sedes the stan­dard Gold STC Disc model at the top of the range.

Car­bon jour­ney

The STC acro­nym re­lates to the ma­te­rial con­struc­tion – Spread Tow Car­bon. You may be sur­prised to learn that the car­bon fi­bre is from a UK source, Sig­ma­tex, based in Run­corn, Cheshire. The Bri­tish car­bon man­u­fac­turer is highly re­garded and its list of cus­tomers in­cludes the likes of Mclaren, Alfa Romeo and Boe­ing.

Orro’s Paul But­ler tells us Sig­ma­tex was seek­ing part­ner­ship with a UK bike de­signer to fur­ther its in­volve­ment in the sports in­dus­try, and hav­ing this col­lab­o­ra­tion has en­abled the range of bikes to move in some ex­cit­ing new di­rec­tions. Spread Tow Car­bon is es­sen­tially a weav­ing tech­nique that re­duces tow thick­ness, which com­bined with fewer in­ter­lac­ing points (ev­i­dent by the broad che­quer­board pat­tern

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