After an absence from the its range, Orange has today revealed that the once much loved Patriot will be making a return for 2012.
The relaunched Patriot offers 180mm of travel from its single pivot suspension design and sits between the Alpine 160 and 224 in the lineup.
“The Patriot is a hard riding big-mountain machine built for slamming into turns and boosting off lips,” Orange tell us. “Ready to winch you to the top it’s capable of technical climbing, but the Patriot is all about the gravity fuelled good times. A downhill bike too big and slow but six inches not capable enough?
“The Patriot is the perfect midpoint. See it as a UK downhill bike, a lightweight freeride bike or something to pedal around the Alps. The Patriot is bred tough whatever the tag line, the only limits are your nerves…”
Features on the reborn Patriot include an aluminium monocoque down tube and top tube, 1.5in headtube allowing for tapered forks, 30.9mm seat tube with guides for dropper posts, Maxle rear axle, ISCG 05 mounts, and a slack 65.5° head angle.
The new Patriot will be available from 1 July as a frame only or with complete bikes starting from £2999.99 with a Fox Van RC Shock, Marzocchi 66 RCV 180mm fork and RaceFace, Shimano, Hope, Avid and Truvativ filling all the transmission and braking blanks.