Bike Check: Joe Connell’s Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork

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Check out what Orange Factory Racing rider, Joe Connell with be racing at EWS La Thuile this week in our latest bike check.

Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork

Joe Connell will be hitting the EWS at La Thuile this week on his Orange Stage 6 complete with prototype Formula dual crown fork.

the extra stiffness is noticeable and adds up to loads of confidence, particularly on the big, fast, rough tracks

Image creditKike Abelleira

  • Frame // Orange Stage 6, Medium, Smoke White
  • Fork // Prototype Formula dual crown enduro fork, 170mm travel.
  • Shock // Formula Mod Shock
  • Chain Device // E13 TRS + Taco
  • BB // E13
  • Chainset // E13 TRS+, 170mm with 32t chainring
  • Rear Mech // Shimano XT
  • Shifter // Shimano XT
  • Chain // KMC
  • Cassette // E13 Helix R 12-speed, 9-50t
  • Wheeset // E13 LG1 Enduro, alloy, 30mm, 29in
  • Tyres // Michelin DH22
  • Brakes // Formula Cura 4, 203mm discs front and rear
  • Seat post // SDG Tellis 170mm
  • Seat clamp // Strange 34.9mm
  • Stem // Burgtec Enduro Mk3, 50mm
  • Saddle // SDG Bel Air 3
  • Handlebar // Burgtec Carbon Enduro Ride Wide, 31.8mm 780mm, 30mm rise
  • Grips // Burgtec Bartender
  • Pedals // Crankbrother Mallet DH
  • Mudguard // Rockguardz PG450
Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork
If you’re following the EWS racing at La Thuile this week then you might spot Joe Connell piloting his Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork. This is not a DH fork, but a brand new design aimed at Enduro riders wanting additional stiffness without additional weight. This 170mm travel fork is said to weigh less than a single crown RockShox Zeb!
Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork
Being one of the main sponsors of Orange Factory Racing, Formula components show up on the rest of Joe’s Orange Stage 6. Here we have a Formula Mod rear coil shock, with adjustments for compression and rebound. There is also a lever for firming the shock up for climbing and removable CTS valves. Just below the shock, we see a Granite Design strap for holding a few spares to the downtube.
Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork
This orange Burgtec stem is almost an exact match to the Formula brakes. Joe is running a 50mm Burgtec Enduro MK3 stem and a 31.8mm alloy Burgtec bar cut down to 780mm. Grips are Burgtec Bartender, likely the new super-soft compound.
Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 with prototype dual crown Formula fork

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Comments (5)

    And there we go, it’s happened.

    Give it a season an no-one will be running Single Crown at EWS anymore.

    20mm axles next (hopefully)

    Looks awesome. I’ve got the Selva fork and it’s a dream, as well as the cura 4s for brakes. Never had Formula anything until my new bike and it’s opened my eyes. Would love to give that dual crown a try.

    I’ve had quite a few Formula brakes in the past and they all had a too narrow gap in the caliper for the rotor to pass through, meaning if the rotor was anything but perfectly straight, it rubbed; if the caliper was mounted anything other that perfectly straight, it rubbed. They were an absolute pain in the arse . That said, they were very powerful and coped well on very long downhills without any fade. Still wouldn’t buy any unless they’ve widened the gap

    Surely the lack of a matching purple colour on the coil is a missed opportunity?

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