Orange Bikes hasn’t simply refreshed the Orange Alpine 6E for 2019, they’ve given it such an upgrade they felt a name change was in order! Meet the Orange Surge eMTB.
Introducing The Surge
The newest bike in the Orange E.P.O. (Electric Powered Orange) stable is the SURGE, it is loosely based on its predecessor the Alpine 6 E and the new Alpine 6, the reason for the new name is to signify the difference between the recently launched Alpine 6 and this bike. Previously the two bikes shared geometry apart from the top tube/reach measurement, however it now feels like there are enough differences between the two bikes that it deserved its own label.
The Surge’s revised construction and shape is one of the biggest leaps forward over its predecessor, revisions to the front triangle in both construction and tubing profile have helped improve the bikes stiffness while still remaining compliant enough that the bike isn’t harsh, the new down tube is substantially slimmer and has a much more organic profile that the one that went before it.
While the rear has taken cues from our 327 DH bike in its profile, this has been done to help deal with the large amounts of torque being produced by the motor, the additional overall weight of the bike and the fact that this bike acts like your own personal uplift vehicle where descents are the order of the day.
The final piece of the puzzle was to have a battery that was easily removable. Hearing of riders doing “double battery rides” is very much a reality and we wanted a system that allowed this to happen as easily as possible. The battery is now removable with the use of just a key, so there are no more bolts to undo and it should take a matter of seconds to swap. Second batteries will be available from Orange and will come with the protective cover as standard.
Kinematics & Geometry
Something that was painstakingly pored over was the suspension characteristic of the new Alpine 6, with everything we gained from that bike we wanted it to translate across into the Surge. Revisions have been made to the shock mounts to accommodate the new metric rear shock (230×65) and the increase in travel from 160 to 165mm, we have also focussed on increasing the amount of progression in the system which has seen a substantial increase, reduced the bike’s anti-squat value and decreased the amount of pedal kickback in the system.
The Surge Range
Orange Surge Highlights
- Frame designed and built in Britain
- 5 year frame warranty
- Single pivot suspension for the utmost performance, efficiency and reliability
- New Radically revised progressive suspension frame curve
- New re-worked geometry for confidence, speed and stability
- New Geometry optimised for 170mm front/165mm rear travel
- 27.5 inch wheels
- Boost 148 rear hub spacing
- Long top tube and wheelbase for high-speed stability
- Internal dropper post routing
- Choose from 9 custom colours
Orange Surge RS
SRAM 1×12 drivetrain goodness and a high-end RockShox suspension package.
RRP from: £6,800.00
RS Spec Components Highlights
- RockShox Lyrik RC2 170mm Fork
- RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 230×65 Metric Shock
- SRAM XO1 Eagle 12 Speed Drivetrain
- Race Face Arc 30 27.5 (Grey) + Hope Pro 4 Tubeless Wheelset
- SRAM Guide RE 200/200 brakes
- RockShox Reverb 150mm with 1x Remote
The Surge will be available in 4 model specifications from 30th May 2019
There will be 4 specs of Surge available from the S all the way through to the Factory with prices ranging from £5600 to £7800 with numerous upgrade options available.
- Surge S starting at £5,600
- Surge Pro starting at £6,300
- Surge RS starting (above) at £6,800
- Surge Factory starting at £7,800
Each of these bikes is available in a choice of 9 colours, orange is always free with the other 8 costing an additional £100. There are also 3 decal options to choose from.
As usual all our other upgrade options are also available, please see the Orange website for details.