what's not to get about the 07 clockworks? they aren't trying to be the old clockworks and i think that is the point.
when i spoke to the guys at orange before they launched them, they asked us why we weren't selling as many orange bikes as we used to, simple answer was that fewer and fewer of their bikes suited the area down here, all their bikes seemed to be aimed at abusive or freeride style riding except the the 2 gringo's and the evo models. we as a shop asked them to bring back the clockwork for that year as did others. orange themselves weren't happy with the sales generally so the p7 got a massive revamp a year or so before and suddenly went from old school geometry to what it is now, like the bike or not it flew off the shelves, so when they launched the clockwork it had to be disc compatible and had to take atleast a 100mm fork.
in real terms the only similarity between the old retro clockworks and the 07 one is the paint design, and orange haven't tried to hide that, as one of the guys put it
"we haven't had the clockwork for a few years but we think this is how it would be now if we had tweeked the design each year and kept the model in the range"
think about it this way, specialized made the stumpjumper back in the day, does the current stumpy look anything like the original? no! it's a full susser!!!
i'm sure there is an element of cashing in on the name and the retro revival but who cares, they're a business after all! the clockwork is aimed at people like us, some of whome lost interest in bikes coz they grew up got married and had kids and the bikes had to go! then that guy decides to get fit again and sees a similar paint job to what he had BITD and thinks "yeah, i miss my clockwork! i'll have that"
personally i'm really glad they did make these frames coz i'm chuffed as nuts with mine!!
you and me both know we can get retro clockworks but the average guy probably thinks they are long gone and also probably wants the ease of just buying off the shelf, and lets face it the modern position is better for most peoples backs aswel. definately is for mine!
personal preferance is always gonna be the thing that makes us choose different things
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