Ben Cathro Bike Check

Jul 30, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
Ben Cathro is part of the MTB Cut DH team and is the only racer on the World Cup Circuit that is 7 feet tall. Ok maybe he's not 7 feet tall, but damn he's a giant. Ben is here with fellow team mate Joe Barnes and is sporting the all new prototype Orange 225 bike.

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Ben Cathro talks about his 225:
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Ben's new Orange 225 Prototype is looking pretty cool. Gone are the adjustable shock mounts, and a new adjustable headtube (Via a sleeve) are in its place.


Ben runs a mixed bag of parts that seem to work well together as he's by no means slow on the course. Shimano XTR shifter with Ultegra rear derailleur, Hope Brakes and hubs, Fox Racing Shox Suspension and custom Straitline bits are all some of what makes Ben's bike unique. Ben wanted to be able to control the leverage ratio of the rear shock and get a longer stroke shock on the bike, so with a new linkage and the bigger shock, the bike is easier to tune and control.


The MTB Cut rider placed 19th this past weekend at Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec. Maybe that link is helping him keep it together in the rough stuff?


2009 Mont Sainte Anne Photo Galley
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73 Comments

  • + 6
 pink orange Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin , seems nice for those who prefere linear suspention, is one of the best ones on the market lol...
  • + 6
 A pink bike on pinkbike what more could you want Razz lol
  • + 5
 real men like pink and that bike is fucking sick i love the brakes
  • + 5
 Love the bike. Don't see many Orange's on the WC Curcuit.
  • + 5
 thats a sick bike!
  • + 0
 I am sure it rides great and Pink is OK... Darren Berecloth rode a pink Big-Hit for a while there... But still, I am not a fan... I just dont like the complete package with the green breaks and hubs... And the road derailier is sooooo 2003.
  • + 3
 looks like a msc, which is pretty nice. but i still prefer my judge w/ floating brake. pretty nice bike.
  • + 1
 lol. Pink is the new Black? I'd ride it with pride. Look at that monster fork, it would completely take away from looking at the frame anyway!
  • + 2
 Pink bike = you can really throw it down, no matter what colour you bike is Big Grin
  • + 3
 i would have to get a Ti spring for that babe
  • + 2
 that shock looks incredibly long. Looks lovely, and pink its a good colour for a downhill rig.
  • + 2
 sickest bike going those parts are all like the best of the best its insanely sick
  • + 2
 that is like the king of all bikes
  • + 0
 hes riding a nukeproof headset,because hope ones are terrible and everyone i know that has had 1 has had serious problems with it
  • + 1
 he doesnt look 7 feet tall , maybe like 6 feet 8


tall rider tough

and 6ยด3 and im already tall rider
  • + 2
 that huge swingarm are great billboards for sponsors..
  • + 3
 pinner
  • + 2
 Drilled out levers for extra speed
  • + 4
 they come standard like that
  • + 2
 look how high he run's his saddle :O.. pretty sweet bike though
  • + 3
 have you seen how tall he is lol
  • - 1
 hes 6'6'' and only 18 lol xD
  • + 4
 he's 6'7 and he's 21
  • + 1
 wow 3 years go by in a blink of an eye...
  • + 1
 inst polish pete with comencal
  • + 2
 pinkbike
  • + 1
 hmm not sure about the olive green calipers etc.
  • + 2
 What a champ!
  • + 1
 ahhhh i've touched that bike......
  • + 0
 hmm hope everywhere but the headset interesting personally i think it looks like fancy scaffolding
  • - 1
 Orange = Massively ridiculous rear swingarm. I could care less that its pink, although a Pink Orange would be unique.
  • - 1
 Who the hell put those colours together, pink-white-green....YUK. Pink and black would look race. LOL
  • + 0
 whats with the rear mech??
  • + 3
 Ultegra, a Shimano road rear derailleur. Its the road equivelent of XT
  • + 4
 The rear mech is a Shimano Ultegra. If you would have read a bit you would have known this.
  • + 3
 I have run an Ultegra on my DH rig for the past 3 years its been great no probs at all. Im still on my original one and it does not look like breaking any time soon
  • + 0
 TBH, I think it looks like a piece of shet. It bedazzled me for I thought of a carbon fibre cage with a colourful aluminum body and some better graphics. Eh I'll give you this:
Does NOT fit the pink!
  • + 1
 Whats the advantage of running an ultegra? i mean theres nothing wrong with it just not sure why... bikes super sweet! like to color, something different!
  • + 2
 I dont know. Mine was on the bike when I got it of a mate. It does have a very short cage it never seems to catch on any rocks or logs. I dont know if it has an advantage over a mtb mech
  • + 1
 well IN MY OPINION i dont really think it fits, just think a saint or an xo would look and fit nicer. imho
  • + 2
 Haha, because of constant barrage of insults and assailment, people have forced themselves away from the thoughts of buying all the top-end components and gone to attempt finding something "unique" I suppose? Big Grin Reverse psyfukogy
  • + 1
 At about $160 ish bucks Ultegra is a much cheaper alternative to Saint/XO/XTR with virtually the same performance, weight and a very strong spring which guarantees positive shifting. That's just on top of it's short cage design and "differentness".
  • + 1
 looks interesting
  • + 1
 lol i'd ride that.
  • - 3
 Dan Stanbridge's orange is much nicer
  • - 2
 I'm going to drill some holes in my code levers . . fuck it
  • + 3
 To run a pink bike is a big statement, if you are on a pink bike and cant ride, well you deserve the shit, but trust me dude, this guy can ride big time!
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