hey guys, i work in an orange dealer and recently went to their trade show, they are doing only 200 prestige's initially and if it proves poplular they'll do another 200, they are not calling it a limited edition. they only do about 4000 bikes/frames per year and they have no intention of doing more coz they have always wanted to keep it niche.
i have an old 91 clockwork and the 07 clockwork and i love both, i'd be more upset if they old 91 got a scratch than the new one but the 07 does ride nicer (i apologize!)
although the p7 and the prestige look similar they are quite different, the prestige is designed as a "proper" xc bike with lightweight tubing and will go up to a max fork travel of 120mm but the p7 is alot more burly and has the single speed option so it's more of a trail bike so would take more abuse. they're not really hidden though, prestige's and p7's are about the only thing orange have in stock at the moment! gringo's, evo's etc won't be around till jan-ish. i got p7's and prestige's in stock! orange usually work to a normal-ish calender year unlike the big companies who constantly try to have their product out before eachother, that's how giant etc launch their new year models as early as may/june on the cheap stuff!
i see alot of people come into the shop who used to ride, say, 10 years ago, got a ball and chain then a couple more little balls and chains who want to get back into riding, they see the new old style stuff and they love it, there not into it like us but have fond memories (i've gone all gushy now!) of their old steeds so they buy the new version and that's got to be good that they are out and riding again!
anyway, i love all bikes and getting my mitts dirty on them!
not a truer word said i love orange bikes about as muh as this guy by the sounds of it good one buddy
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