Orange Mountain Bikes

Orange Mountain Bikes - Blood AM Spec Sheet

From the 2009 Archive


With their mixture of man-made and natural features we all know that trails aren’t what they used to be, but if you’re lucky enough to ride a Blood, that’s no bad thing. The first of our bigger-hitting bikes to feature a tough but neat rocker link, the Blood delivers a stiff and super‑responsive ride designed to handle the most technical natural terrain as well as the gaps, drops, wall rides, ladders and berms some of us love to session. Burly construction, a carefully controlled five inches of rear wheel travel and a 66° head angle inspire confidence when the going gets rough or steep, but the Blood’s short back end, steepened seat angle and inspired suspension configuration mean the only thing you’ll push on this bike is your own technical limits.

A sweet-handling trail and slopestyle bike with a massive fun factor in the air or on the ground, and a bike you can still pedal anywhere – the Blood doesn’t rewrite the rules, it bins them altogether.


We love single-pivot simplicity at Orange, and the Blood is essentially a single pivot with a twist. Without getting too technical, the Blood’s ROCKR-Link is a way of achieving a highly durable 2.5:1 leverage ratio while carefully controlling the shock’s progression to optimise how the frame and shock work together. In practice this means a bike you can pedal, but one with a highly active and fast-reacting back end that delivers a super-supple initial stroke and a mid to end stroke which never shoots through its travel – perfect for those big hits. When it comes to actual rear wheel travel, it’s a triumph of quality over quantity. Ride one – you’ll see what we mean.

Why the Blood AM?

The Blood AM lighter than its coil suspension FR sibling, but can still hang with the big guys. But a bit faster through the woods when you need to put the hammer down.

If you go way bigger than your mates maybe you're a Blood FR guy. Coil suspension gives that extra peace of mind. A simpler route... the Alpine 160 AM for a real no-nonsense 'big-mountain' ride.

Blood AM Specifications

RRP £2,899.95
Sizes 15,17
Colour Powder Blue
Tubeset Molded and Formed 6061-T6/Custom Butted Aluminium Tube
Rear Shock Fox Float RP23
Swing Arm Maxle Swingarm and axle
Forks Fox 36 Float R 160mm
Front Mech Shimano Saint Double
Rear Mech SRAM X9 Medium Cage
Shifters SRAM X9
Brakes Hayes Stroker Trail V8/V7
Bottom Bracket Race Face X Type
Crankset Race Face DH Evolve Double X Type
Cassette Shimano HG50
Hubs Hope Pro 2
Rims Mavic EN321
Spokes DT Swiss Competition S/S Black
Tyres Continental Rubber Queen 2.2
Headset FSA Chisel
Stem Truvativ Hussefelt Comp
Handlebars Truvativ Hussefelt Comp
Saddle SDG Bel Air
Seat Post Truvativ XR
Seat Clamp
Pedals Flat


Blood Geometry
Molded and Formed 6061-T6/Custom Butted Aluminium Tube
Frame Size 15" 17"
A. Head Angle 66° 66°
B. Seat Angle 74° 74°
C. Top Tube 562 577
D. Effective TT 580 600
E. BB Height -6 -6
F. Chainstay 432 432
G. Head Tube 120 120
H. Wheelbase 1146 1156
T. Rear Travel 127 127
Shock Length 190 190
Seat Tube Ø 27.2 27.2
Standover 724 745
Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm.
Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag.
Bottom bracket height measured from axle.

Prices and Specifications are liable to change without notice.