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