Orange Mountain Bikes

Orange Mountain Bikes - Blood Spec Sheet

From the 2011 Archive


The Blood, to some a conundrum in the range? But for those who ride one, it’s a paradox that becomes abundantly clear. A tight handling trail whippet which performs beyond its image, not just a hard riding big air beasty, but a nimble trail bike waiting to kick through the corners of your favourite trail centre. You don’t have to understand, just appreciate.

This year, the Blood goes on a diet with a more trail ready spec, the guys in the factory demand it, so you deserve it too. Lowering the front-end steepens the head-angle slightly and lowers the BB, this creates a bike that hugs the ground a little closer as you jump, manual and pump between trail undulations. The 2.5:1 leverage ratio provides a supple five inches of progressive travel so the short back end handles big and small bumps with equal aplomb. The Maxle rear, square fabricated stays and oversized pivot assembly makes the Blood one of our stiffest ever frames, but light and responsive when you need to stomp on the pedals. This bike might be a misnomer in normal model category stakes, but if you need this kind of bike, you’ll know…


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?

The Blood is a bike which never fails to surprise, fast, fun and light, but hard enough to shrug off the harshest landing or most abusive rider. A trail bike built for those who destroy the rest, the hard man of short travel. Want more bounce? Take a look at the Alpine 160.

Read the reviews for the Blood...

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Blood  Specifications

RRP £2,949.99
Sizes 15,17,19,21
Colour Passion Red
Tubeset Monocoque/ 6061-T6 Custom Butted Aluminium Tube
Rear Shock Fox Float RP23 XV
Swing Arm Maxle Swingarm
Forks Fox 36 160 Float R
Front Mech Shimano SLX Double
Rear Mech Shimano SLX 9 sp
Shifters Shimano SLX R Fire +
Brakes Avid Elixir 5 185/160
Bottom Bracket Race Face X Type
Crankset Race Face Respond Double X Type
Cassette Shimano HG50-9
Hubs Hope Pro 2
Rims Mavic EN321
Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Tyres Maxxis Hi Roller 2.35
Headset FSA TH857
Stem Truvativ Hussefelt Comp
Handlebars Truvativ Hussefelt Comp
Saddle SDG Bel Air
Seat Post Truvativ Hussefelt DC
Seat Clamp
Pedals Flat


Blood Geometry
Moulded and Formed 6061-T6/Custom Butted Aluminium Tube
Frame Size 15" 17"
A. Head Angle 67° 67°
B. Seat Angle 75° 75°
C. Top Tube 571 586
D. Effective TT 575 595
E. BB Height 333 333
F. Chainstay 432 432
G. Head Tube 120 120
H. Wheelbase 1132 1142
T. Rear Travel 127 127
Shock Length 190 190
Seat Tube Ø 27.2 27.2
Standover 714 735
Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm.
Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag.
Bottom bracket height measured from ground with 670Ø tyre.

Prices and Specifications are liable to change without notice.