E.P.O Coming Soon (Electric Powered Orange)

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We brought you news before of the Orange e-MTB prototype, and it seems that things are moving along at the Halifax manufacturers. Information about the new bike, including Orange’s codename for the project – the EPO – has now appeared on the Orange website, along with a ‘register your interest’ option so you can be the first in the know. Apparently Orange is going into production with the as yet unnamed Electric Powered Orange, but numbers will be limited so by registering your interest in the project you will be the first to know when the bikes will be available.

Send it! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange
Send it! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange

Based around the Shimano E-8000 pedal assist drive unit and Alpine 6 geometry, Orange claims that every test rider has ‘come back raving about their experience on the bike and how it will bring a major new way of thinking to the sport.’

Something is lurking in the woods. Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange
Something is lurking in the woods. Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange

It’s clear from the web page that Orange knows this is going to be a divisive bike:

‘Until you’ve spent some time on an E-bike you start with a few unknowns and even more assumptions. Is it like a motorbike? Is it heavy? Do you have to pedal? Is it cheating?

All of these questions and more are valid, but it’s the questions you probably haven’t thought about that you will find answers to first. 

The most valuable thing a bike like the Alpine 6 E gives you is time. It hands it to you on a plate. What was previously an all day epic becomes a two hour blast.

The commute to work is now the long way over the hills rather than ‘a dice with the traffic’. Lung busting climbs that bring you to a grovelling crawl, become an exercise in laying down the power and picking your line, not the lines picking on you.

Tracks that rip your legs off and have your lungs bursting become skips and bounces and and your line choice over the rough stuff.  

As for cheating? That’s for you to decide. The E-bike will not replace the range of bikes we know and love, but will be an addition to wide range of capabilities we enjoy as mountain bikers. Once you’ve tried an Orange e-bike on some serious terrain, we think you will see the light, we certainly did.’

Vroom! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange
Vroom! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange

Will you be registering your interest? Or running (under your own leg power) for the hills?

Upwards Vroom! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange
Upwards Vroom! Image credit: Roo Fowler/Orange

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

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Comments (10)

    Are Orange doing this because they genuinely think they have a better option than the competition or are they just being sheep in following everyone else?

    Orange has a 160mm trail e-bike that barely differs from the geometry of its Alpine Six. It’s theory is that it’s just added a whole lot of uplift power without changing the basic geometry or premise of the bike. It’s bold, but it makes sense for Orange to give it a go. And if no one wants one, then they won’t make any.

    By the OP’s reasoning why not ask why do Orange make any bikes when there are other companies doing the same….

    I’m with Chipps. How many people go to BPW and the like and just ride down after getting a lift in a van up to the top?

    Built-in uplift for your natural DH fun? Sounds boss!

    I know there’s a lot of hate for e-bikes on Singletrack, I can see bikes like opening up loads of areas in Europe that don’t have lift systems that are cracking mountain biking areas that even riding gods, would not want to spend hours pedaling up for to enjoy the descents.

    Will it cost more than my car?

    are they just being sheep in following everyone else?

    orange, following the flock…..never.

    EPO. Don’t Canfield have a bike called that are already

    “I can see bikes like opening up loads of areas in Europe that don’t have lift systems”
    Never thought about that before – I did an Alps crossing a few years back – imagine that on an eBike. What an adventure.
    I still don’t think they belong in MTB mags. They’re different beasts.

    RE Canfield, yes, they have an EPO, but technically this is the E.P.O. / Electrically Powered Orange
    besides the fact that both bikes are being tongue in cheek with the name due to the substance anyway, so canfield won’t be able to trade mark as it is already in use too much elswhere…

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