Orange Bikes have let slip some photos of their currently in development new frame. There’s few details as yet, it could be an upgrade for the 224, or maybe it’s a completely new model? Rumours persist that it’s the former, and will be called the 322.
Obvious differences over the 224 include a completely new downtube with a cutaway section, or cavity, to accept the newly located shock mount for what looks to us like a longer stroke shock.
So what happened to the proto 225, with is linkage driven shock, which was doing the rounds last year, but didn’t make it into production?
UPDATE: We’ve just heard the following from Orange’s Dave Flynn: “It does everything the 225 did but without the need for a link to get the progression. Solves reliability issues with bearings, keeps the characteristic 224-evo stiffness and ride feel but without any slight falling rate worries.”
So there you go. Now you know as much as we do. More when we get it