Orange Prestige review£350.00

A legend is reborn - in limited numbers

BikeRadar score4/5

No, we haven’t found this in the back of a store cupboard. After the success of the cheaper, but equally classic Clockwork in 2007, the legendary Prestige is back on the Orange roster for 2008.

In keeping with its glorious past, when the Prestige was the steel race bike to have, Orange has revived the Neon Jaffa graphics and black-only aesthetics of the original. Tanges lightweight, super-lithe Prestige tubing still provides the real steel for an initial batch of 200 frames complete with ‘Special Edition’ headbadge.

The geometry has been altered to thrive with contemporary 100mm travel forks, while the skinny seat tube and back end should mean a springier, whiplash ride than 853 frames. We’ve only just started riding it as a complete bike, though, so you’ll have to wait a month or two for a full exclusive first ride test.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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