Eurobike 2012 - Orange roll out their RX9 cyclocross bike

Orange unveil new cyclo-cross bike, it's orange.

by VecchioJo   August 31, 2012  

Orange came to this bike via their development of their 29er mountainbike because the wheels are about the same size, rather than stumbling towards it via anything roady because the wheels are about the same size, but then they are a mountainbike company and they're pitching it as a do-anything bike rather than your out and out racy cyclo-cross bike.

The RX9 name comes from Road-Cross-29 which hints at it's intended use, that's to say a little bit of everything those three different bikes can do. With thin tyres it can skim along the road quite happily, the frame is designed with slacker angles than your race 'cross bike and is a little bit longer in the draft to make it less of a handful, and with fat tyres on it's more the happy trundling over the sorts of terrain you might take a 29er mountainbike. The boys from Halifax say it's for the sort of ride that mixes in your standard badly maintained roads, lanes with grass down the middle, barrelling down fireroads and off-road suff that's boring on your 6" mountainbike, all in one ride. Just the sort of riding lots and lots of people like to do then.

There's clearance in the alloy frame for a small tyre with a mudguard should you want to use it for road/commute duties or a large tyre on its own for those more variable excursions, and the alloy fork has a whole bunch of room in it, so you could just about squeeze a skinny 29er tyre in there by the looks of things if your preference was for the rockier road. Rack mounts add to the bike's versatility and disc brakes make it stop in all the situations it might find itself in. Kit on this one is a 10 speed Tiagra/105 mix, Shimano hubs laced to Mavic A119 rims, with workhorse BB5 callipers some Easton bits and a SDG saddle, but some of that could change come production. There's also a few tweaks that need to be made to some frame details but the RX9 should be ready for Christmas and be priced about around the magic £1,000 mark.

It's an ace orange colour too.

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ohh that is nice, my favourite colour too

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
31st August 2012 - 14:58


Ooh. If the geometry's right on the largest frame size, that looks like my next bike.

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posted by Bez [531 posts]
31st August 2012 - 16:16


Hmm matches that nice new orange Rapha jersey that's just been launched!

Andy Bell

posted by andyb56 [11 posts]
31st August 2012 - 18:33


Shame about the lack of rack mount though.

posted by Jerm [39 posts]
31st August 2012 - 20:09


Boy did that fall-out the ugly-tree and bounce off every branch on the way down?
Mr Orange, go look at Salsa and see how to do it properly - for a start get rid of that cheap, fugly monstrosity of a fork.

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [433 posts]
31st August 2012 - 22:06


Looks a bit industrial for my liking, not too keen on the 90s graphics either... other than that though, a step in the right direction Wink

posted by mcj78 [21 posts]
24th September 2012 - 16:09