- How old is my Orange P7 ?
I am sure someone on here will be able to help me. I have owned this P7 for about 8 years now after I rescued the frame and forks from the tip. Since then I have first singlespeeded it for a couple of years and now it is running full XT groupset , complete with carbon bars and seatpost and UST wheels. I love this bike and are interested to learn more about it, think it is Tange Prestige tubing. What year was this from? It has bosses under the down tube for a Crud Catcher, I think this helps with identifying its vintage.
Any info (about my P7) will be greatly appreciated.
Posted 6 years agocrankboyMember
My P7 looked very much like yours when new it was one of the first batch with V brakes and still had the cantilever boss on the top of the wishbone seat stay . I can sort of see that boss in your picture (or it could be something in the background) if so it’s earlier than the one in the link.
Also the one in the link has an ahead set not quill stem. Mine came with own brand quill stem hot rod bars and own brand seat post and saddle.Posted 6 years ago
Crankboy, you saw correctly, it still has the cantilever boss on top of the wishbone stay. Thanks IHN, I think it is lovely too! I am 6’3 and it fits me fine, although the seat post does come up a fair way, so a 19 inch I guess, will go measure it in a minute. I haven’t thought of contacting Orange, good idea ❗Posted 6 years agowasMember
I would say 1995/6. I had one of the first new in ’94 and it came with black decals, the downtube logo was the older design although yours could have been replaced.
Orange will tell you for sure from the frame number.
Its not Tange prestige. Prior to the P7 Orange made an “Orange Prestige” made of Tange prestige. The P7 was its replacement and made of Orange’s own tubing blend (i.e. it was cheaper to buy in a generic tubeset of equivalent quality).
Great bike.Posted 6 years ago
So I phoned Orange and spoke to a chap called Ben Deakin. The serial nr revealed nothing as Orange’s data base doesn’t go that far back. So Ben asked me to mail him some photos. Having looked at the photos he is of the opinion that it is an P7 from 1995. Which makes it 17 years old!!Posted 6 years ago
Thanks to everyone for the interest.
Well done Was! Yup, you can say ‘Told you so’ in a very smug tone 🙂Posted 6 years ago
I can’t believe all the info was right under my nose ( well, bottom bracket ) so to speak. One just have to know how to decode it ❗
Surprised the guy at Orange didn’t know how to decipher the serial nr.
Anyway, very pleased with the outcome as I now know the year, month and factory it was made in.
Its fantastic to see such an old frame still being used and enjoyed. Shows that decent design and materials will outlast others.
I just bought my first aluminium frame in 5 years and I hope it lasts 5 let alone 17! My original inbred frame is a bit …holey in the top tube department from powder coating.Posted 6 years agopescadoroMember
My Orange P7, nickel, was bought in November 1994 at High Wycombe, England. She is named ‘Rocinante’ after Don Quixote’s famous horse! She and I have completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella via a crossing of the Picos de Europa by the San Glorio pass. With 22 kilos of kit aboard she peformed superbly, we camped wild often and not a single thing went wrong, broke or what. I was 62 then and did the trip solo in 10 days riding from Santander though I set off from close to Manchester, England. Many adventures. In 1999 I took five weeks to traverse the Pyrenees on the Spanish side from Perpingnon to Pamplona and then the French side from the same place to Bayonne and San Vicente de la Barquera. Great Trip. We still ride out together, she and me, but not on such demanding trips. yes, I’ll get to it . . . your bike looks exactly like mine, so its actually 1994! Yours looks good, just like mine. I’m now 78 and don’t look too bad either.Posted 6 years ago
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