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Orange 322 prototype race frame – UPDATED

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

www.orangebikes.co.uk

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