Orange C16r Bike 1998 or Older

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Orange C16r

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[Nov 07, 2020]
RetroBikesMarsden


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I am on my third. Just a good comfortable bike. They seem to ride real quiet and I am still after another.

Weakness:

It was bottom of the range when new. However chromoly 7.2 seems to last longer than some of the more expensive frames. Good ones are expensive.

Price Paid:
300
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
1994
[May 20, 2020]
NV!


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I bought my C16R as a complete wreck from the local bike co-op last year, and conserved it using as much of the old components as i could. I have been riding it locally as much as possible, and cannot fault it. I am familiar with the model, as my son Ben bought a new P7 back in 1996, and I had to settle for a Raleigh M trax( about £200 cheaper) I am now 70 years old, and it is about the only 26" wheeled MTB that I can climb hills on. Whether this is down to the geometry, I don't know.I have thought about putting period suspension forks on it, but would this spoil the character of a brilliant bike?

Weakness:

Can't find any, they got it spot on.

Price Paid:
£15
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
1997
[Mar 12, 2013]
Simon
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

My C16r was a warranty replacement for a Clockwork frame that rusted (after approx 27,000 miles!). I have ridden it since new in 1997...I still use the original Clockwork handlebars but pretty much the rest of the components have been replaced at some point or another.

After 15 years of regular use, I figured it might be due a mid-life overhaul and have just acquired a set of near-new 1997 vintage Marzocchi Bomber suspension forks. Eventually these will take a hydraulic disc brake...but there is no rush to upgrade...however, it did get me thinking...has anyone added a rear hydraulic disc to a C16r?

Weakness:

Fails to trigger spending to replace for later bike. Is that a weakness?

Suits me...interested to see how it handles with front suspension forks.

[Apr 06, 2010]
Dismal
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Robust, light, steel feel

Weakness:

none

I was a complete fool to sell this bike (recently)... Even all these years later.... it is/was light, fast and perfect, I should have put wider bars on and some modern rubber... and then i bet i would never have sold it.... aarrrrr!!! :-( It is as good as anything i have ever ridden.

Similar Products Used:

kona kilauea, Kona UNIT

[Jun 24, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very robust bike, looks cool in the face of more modern cycles and a very stable ride on the road or in the mud

Weakness:

Too cool looking for it's own good - makes it a temptation for the thieving fraternity

Bought the bike in 1996 and rode it to and from work weekdays and off road at the weekend until some spineless opportunist decided to 'liberate' it in 2005 - ironically the police arrived at my front door three nights ago (nearly four years after it was stolen) to say they'd apprehended a youth and believe the bike he was riding was mine, I haven't picked it up yet but am going to put my Orange G2 at the back of the house when it arrives - can't wait!

Similar Products Used:

Claude Butler

[Jan 06, 2007]
Darryl
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Well where do i start. What a great bike, i have ridden this bike hard as hell for the last 11 years! It has been jumped, downhill-ed in competition here in the UK and travelled to Morzine in the French Alps twice. I used it in the first 4x event in the UK, and it has raced countless 24hour enduro's and X country races. It started off in 1996 as an Orange c16 RS with XT and Judy DH's. Lovely lively handling, the forgiving steel frame will get you out of most tricky situations With 80mm forks the front end gets a bit light for climbing real steep stuff but makes for a fantastic handling on downhills, and you can leap or manual over most obsticles I have just set it up with 63mm forks and it has not really affected the handling that much at all, steers a little better if anything. Lovely trustworthy bike, will always remain a favorite!

Weakness:

None

Fantastic Solid bike, go anywhere, do anything!

Similar Products Used:

Orange P7 xt, Vit T2 xtr

[Apr 27, 2003]
Jonny
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

For £660 a great alround bike which loves the challenge of anything you throw at it! Take it on the road or down a big forest track and you'll have a great ride. Anyone who wants a good bike which is capable of almost anything should think about getting one, shame they stopped selling them! It you can find a second-hand one that is in good condition i'd advise you to think about purchasing it.

Weakness:

I'm still looking!

If you want a great bike which loves been riden, then get one. I was amased how great it was the first time i took it out and it still amases me today. The boys at orange really know how to make a great rider!

[Mar 15, 2007]
Bob
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent geometry and build. Classic looks

Weakness:

Light front end when climbing. Needs to be ridden with respect (but is this a weekness) ?

Top bike. Rode everyday. Infact this bike was so good and looked in such top condition that it caught the eye of some THEIVING scum chav that jumped over a SIX foot fence and 4 other gardens to get it. It might be gone, but Im still about and that person should still keep an eye looking behind them...................

[Jan 06, 2000]
Robert Hansen
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Beast of a frame that handles anything you throw at it. Lively, skippy and comfy

An absolutely blinding bike recommended to XC demons and trail hackers alike.

[Apr 03, 2001]
Nick Reiter
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Superb, indestructible frame: I have had it for over 5 years; I use the original wheels (except for a replacement rear rim) for off road and a lightweight pair with thin tyres for on-road commuting. Every time I think I might be ready for a new bike I just give my C16R an extra good wash and ride it - and come back thinking it does everything I could want of it. Slap a rack on it and you can even tour on it. It is os versatile it would suit just about any rider. Good choice of sizes.

Weakness:

The transfers peeled off within a couple of months - who cares! Some riders may want to experiment with different stems. The seat tube diameter means that the choice of seat posts may be limited, and I did have some initial trouble with my post slipping, which I solved with a shim.

Surely a classic! I may one day treat myself to a new bike, but I will NEVER sell my C16R : through all the fads and fancies of the past half-decade, it remains a bike that cries out to be ridden anywhere. Magic.

Similar Products Used:

various: diamond back, specialized, etc. : all hardtails.

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