Am I Mad?, Have I Lost The Plot?, Was I Dropped On My Head At Birth?, Well Who Knows........But what I know is that I now have a new Orange in the Man Cave.
Welcome to my 1996/97 Orange X1RS.
Yes it is the Marmite of Retro Full Sussers, you either love them or hate them. Well thanks to Cam (Jax13) I am now in possession of number three which is now lined up in the Man Cave with my others, I love them.........can you tell???
Ok so for now a little bit of history. 'RS' or 'Race Specials' were made available from Orange to satisfy the rider who wanted a 'Straight out of the box' bike that could be comfortably raced. Standard parts making up the 'RS' spec were things like Rock Shox Quadra 21R Forks, Gripshift 600, Cog Hogs and Crud Catchers as standard fit and a mixture of STX RC and LX Groupsets ensuring slick shifting, stopping and drive. With the many options offered by Orange BITD its not surprising that the 'RS' specced bike's are not as common as the standard STX, LX, XT & XTR builds. In-fact since joining the site I've only come across a few Orange 'RS' builds.
My new addition also differs from my my other two X1's as it is Anodised Red and not the Polished Chrome more commonly seen in X1's. Further more Orange commissioned Stratos to equip the X1 with a matching anodised red rear shock. Dated 1996 the rear Unified Rear Triangle (URT) has the Canti Mount. Despite the small run time of the X1 they did change over to offering an X1 in 1997/98 with Disk mounts on the URT (This can be seen on my 1997 X1)
It's early days with the build, but my plan is to keep things subtle, and not go crazy with it. I was so impressed with how my 1997 X1 performed at Mountain Mayhem this year that I will go down the route of fitting PACE RC38's. Groupset will be XT739 or LX depending on what I can find in the Man Cave or source from here. Finishing kit will be standard Orange parts, Super Cross Risers, Orange SK9 Stem, Orange Seat Post, Orange Strange Lock-on Grips will add a slight modern feel to the bike. Wheels & Tyres are still unconfirmed but I am liking my Hope Blue Hubs / Mavic Rims that I am using to get the Frame Rollin. It will be a slightly Patriotic build Red/White/Blue and my Royal Air Force day job will be acknowledged in the PACE RC38 Air Force forks.
Links to my other two X1's below;viewtopic.php?f=6&t=243726viewtopic.php?f=6&t=254207
"Would anyone else rather be doing something other than marching up and down the square????"