Oranges are the only fruit (in the show anyway)

September 3, 2010

Orange has been very busy this year. While most of the bikes appear unchanged, there’s a load going on under the surface. And apart from this Yorkshire based citrus brand, we’ve not really seen a great deal of real oranges here…

First off there’s the P7. Now all beefed up for the CEN standard (despite the fact that they never appear to fail in real life) the frame gained some gussets last year. It’s still a popular model and here is shown in the custom pink and ”Turd’ brown paint job.

If you have an in-house powdercoat facility, you might as well abuse it.

The P7 has gained sliding dropouts and all that stuff in the last few years, but some folks wanted a simpler bike. Here's the P7 'Pure' with regular vertical dropouts and 'not-Reynolds' tubing. The bike complete will be £999

The new Orange Crush gains a tapered head tube and the complete bike price comes in at a very reasonable £1399.

Crush gets a flared head tube too. £1399 or so.

The Orange guys were very excited about the new Orange Elite: It’s a race or all day or ’10 hour race’  bike. It has a tapered headtube and is designed for 100mm forks. It’s one of the lighted Orange bikes ever made. In ‘Pro’ spec  (XT/Hope/Fox/Avid) it comes in at £1899. There’ll also be a frame-only option. We’re keen to get one in on test.

It's a bike for the new style of XC/big day racer. 15mm forks and flared headtube on a very light chassis.

Who said XC riders didn't like stiffness?

There’s a new Orange ST4 too. As the Five has become a little more burly (with its slacker, flared headtube ways and its optional Maxle back end) so the ST4 has resolutely stayed ‘XC all day/bumbling around’ focused. For 2011 the linkage changes to a swing link aimed at reducing flex. Rear travel is ‘110mm-ish’ for an intended 120mm fork. It remains the bike that 50% of Five buyers should really get instead as it’s a perfectly capable trail bike with a lighter feel.

New ST4, new stiffer link.
ST4 Diva. Comes in a 15.5in size only.

The Alpine 160 gets a few tweaks to keep it current, including a flared headtube (that houses a Cane Creek Angleset  – allowing for a couple of degrees’ head angle tweaking) and a new, larger 31.6 seattube ready for droppy seatposts.

Cane Creek Angleset appears on many of Orange's bigger bikes.

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