Orange bikes do descend really well but snobs (and people who’ve never ridden one since 2012) just whinge about single pivots being being rubbish and the fact the welds aren’t perfectly straight. My 2012 Alpine 160 (with offset bushings & a -1.5 angleset was one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden).
I was told (bye a bike shop in the UK) several years ago that EU regulations meant that all bikes needed pedals and reflectors in the EU.
AND that the reason they were so cheap was that usually it was the retailer that had to stump up the coat for them and not the manufacturer.
Not sure if this is true but I’ve bought very few bikes that haven’t come with a bag of reflectors and pedals (rarely actually attached to the bike) and that includes both budget hardtails (jump bikes and Calibre) and expensive full suspension bikes (YT, Transition & Orange).
None of them have ever been ridden further than across the car park from shop to the van.
I love the original ones we have abs not had any problems modifying it for ebikes (used a longer bit of threaded bar for the foot rests) hardtails or a full sus bikes. But I have to admit that the new one looks much better and easier to use.
I was thinking the same thing, while I love black kit and equipment as it looks cool. Wouldn’t a bright and/or garish colour make more sense when you’re fumbling around in the muck and undergrowth looking for it?
Sad news about Stanton. But more sad news from the UK, The Bicycle Academy has shut its doors. Not many places (if any) in the UK to go and learn frame building now. Quite a few (of my more affluent) friends have learned to build bikes there. I would have loved to build my own hardtail if finances had ever allowed.