Hi Andy B,
I'm starting from scratch with my Orange Clockwork 10th anniversary and would like to know how you are getting on with yours. I'm going to change the forks but wondered out of all the changes you made, what would be your top 3 recommendations for maximum gain in the single track ride handling department.
I love my Clockwork, it's probably my favourite bike in the collection (well until I get to know my Yates better), it's my go to bike when I'm not sure which one I wanna ride
It depends on whether you want to keep it 'retro' or not, mine wasn't very original when I bought it so I went with a modern build
the 3 things that made this bike come alive for me were decent forks, a shorter stem and riser bars
The forks (RS Reba 80mm travel) made the front end stick properly to the terrain, some older forks can be a bit of a pogo stick. Orange recommended a max of 100mm travel, but I think that's too much. 80mm is bang on
The shorter stem (90mm) made the handling snappier, I've kept the old stem for it, won't use it but if I do sell the bike I have as many of the original parts a I had when I bought it!
The riser bars (X Lite X Country 2) were a tad wider than the non original bars mine came with which gives better control and a nicer ride position
All in my opinion of course!
Oh my Yates frame was based upon this frame, with geometry tweaks for the longer fork on the Yates, so that goes quite a long way to say how much I like this bike!
Yours looks to be in quite original spec from what I can see apart from the wheelset. If the bars are Orange Supercross bars they're original parts too, can't tell from the pic.
A nice set of period correct Bombers on there (or Pace forks if you can afford them), a shorter stem and job's a good 'un I reckon