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 Post subject: 1998 Orange O2 'Saved'
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi to all,

Fantastic forum, love the content and memories browsing through all the 'old' bikes from my younger years. Recently decided to retake to two wheels and picked up a couple of bikes from eBay for a bit of restoration.

I used to have a P7 many, many years ago - so found a used Orange bike that was local to me. This one is for my other half, so a small frame was needed for her. The seller wasn't 100% sure what model or year it was, but the Orange support guy was extremely helpful in identifying it as a 1998 O2.

Unfortunately it had been stored outside (in the rain) for over 10 years - so there wasn't a great deal that could be saved on the bike. I thought about searching for all 'period' parts, but came to the concllusion that I could knock together something a bit more economical and reliable going with new parts.

This is how it started:

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It now looks like this (Not quite an original, but still has the original frame, handlebars and stem (oh...and the head tube badge :) )

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I did manage to rebuild the forks, but that was a longer term job than just getting the bike ready and back on the road - so went with some Rockshox to get it going at first. The old Bomber Z5's have come out nicely after a full strip down, new seals and paint. Just need to find another bike to put them on now!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:48 pm 
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Well done on giving it a new lease of life a bit to modernised for my tastes but looks good none the less


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:48 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:45 pm
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Location: Cardiff
Love what you've done to this, great job.

You 100% need to get the Z5s back on the bike though, will look so much nicer and more in feel with the original look


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:52 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I think I may have a battle with the other half over changing the forks back! This was the 'half way house' as she really wanted a new bike, but I couldn't bring myself to buy one when there are so many out there that can be brought back to life!

I have another project which needs a set of forks - but unfortunately, these aren't suitable. I was going to put them on eBay, but think I might stick them on here and see if anyone has a bike they would look right on.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:40 am 
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Awesome job.

On bike and forks


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:09 am 
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rugbymtbr wrote:
she really wanted a new bike, but I couldn't bring myself to buy one when there are so many out there that can be brought back to life!


Great work on the O2
Thing is, if you had bought a new bike - how much would you have had to spend to get a frame weighing anything like the O2 - I think the 17" frame as about 1650g. So as a lighter bike for a lady - works really well :)

I have one - just reworking the build on it - but it will be pretty light once it's done.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:36 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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When I 'weighed' ( pun intended :D ) it up - refurbishing an old frame just made sense. I was quite surprised once it was stripped down, just how light wieght it is.

I didn't go too overboard on the groupset, thinking that we might change it to a 1x10/11 after the winter. Seems to change nice and crisply and hopefully won't give too much trouble with the OEM cables replaced with Jagwires.

I used to have Maguras on my old P7, and remembering how good they were (and low maintenance) - thought that was worth the investment. They stop just as well as I remember!


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