A bit of a retro-modern build Orange Patriot..
Managed to get hold of a 2003 Orange Patriot frame off a friend who had it knocking about in his garage and wanted some space for other projects. He had the vee brake bosses removed and the frame stripped of paint so it was in need of a new colour and a build!
After some deliberation green seemed the most fun choice with some custom decals in a darker shade to set them off. Paired up a set of Superstar Switch wheelset, stem and bars in red it was coming together nicely.
Dropped in a brand new DNM 165mm air shock for the rear (budget but actually really good) and a set of DT Swiss forks 170mm, Saint cranks and gearing and Avid XX World Cup carbon brakes (which are horrible, so being swapped to XT) it is ended up being a lightweight all mountain set up for sub £600.. had a number of blasts and I might get a dropper for it as an investment.
Currently just off the run whilst I swap the brakes, but so far it's been a great XC rig - going to take it for some more aggressive stuff once it is sorted.