The Orange Crush is the bruiser in Orange’s hardcore hardtail line up, it’s also the only alloy framed hardtail that the British brand has in its range (if you don’t include the new kids bikes).
It’s aimed at riders wanting to get rowdy and not have to mess about with pivots or rear shocks, so perfect for anyone living in a muddy British climate.
If you head over to the Orange website today you’ll see that the Crush is only available as a 27.5in wheeled bike with clearance for 2.6in tyres, but if you visit the company’s booth at Eurobike 2018 you’ll find a new Crush lurking in the shade.
The Orange Crush 29 is, well, it’s a 29er version of the current bike, it’s a trend we saw first on the steel framed Orange P7 and Clockwork last year, and brings the benefits of a bigger wheel to the hardcore alloy model.
The Crush 29 RS, seen here, comes fitted with a 140mm travel Rockshox Pike RCT3 fork, Reverb Stealth dropper post with 1x remote, Hope Pro 4 Evo hubs on Raceface Arc 30 rims. Gearing comes from the SRAM stable too, with this top of the tree bike running a 1×12 drivetrain made up of a mix of SRAM X01 and GX components.
Rear wheel spacing is 12 x 148mm and you have the option of running either 29in wheels or 27.5+. In 29er guise, there’s room for a 2.6in tyre while choosing to run plus wheels, lets you get away with comfy 3in tyres.
Geometry is bang up to date with a 65 head angle, long reach and super low standover to ensure the frame is well out of the way for those impromptu dirt jump and BMX sessions. This large version on display has a reach of 445mm, and a wheelbase of 1221mm. Each Crush 29er in the range has the same length 445mm chainstays.
Pricing for the Orange Crush 29 RS is £3300, there will also be a Pro version at £2100 and a more affordable Comp build at just £1500 of the complete bike.
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