Thoughts on Orange P7
I’ve had a 456 and a P7 (also had an Orange crush for a bit). I like my P7, I got lumbered with the S rather than the pro, so the spec wasn’t great, but it’ll do. Its a nice ride. That said, so was the 456, though that was perhaps a bit small for me (18′ 456, 19′ P7). Only really changed as I got it on BTW and wanted to run SS specifically. I’d buy either again, though the Orange appeaeled as I’ve had a few and liked them and I’d wanted a P7 since my first race back in the 90’s!Posted 6 years ago
It’s a really nice riding bike… Heavy and expensive though, for the current model. Cotic’s BFe weighs the same, and is stronger, and uses more expensive tubes, yet costs much less, frinstance. Not to say that you’d neccesarily prefer a BFe but it’s a good comparison in terms of the metalwork.Posted 6 years agop7richSubscriber
Owned a 2009 P7 from new and LOVE IT as an everyday trail bike. I think EU safety standards forced a change to the design a bit after ’09 (heavier & stronger I believe?). Lovely supple steel and really composed. The other bike cost 4x as much and it always gets left behind for local rides. Mine’s a 19″ and a year or so ago i upgraded the forks to the 140mm Fox’s and i reckon the geometry must have been designed around that spec’.Posted 6 years ago
Yes , according to the bike shop I bought it from when they weighed it,
I had it set up full XTR , RS Revs dual air , Hope Hoops DT4.2’s ,Posted 6 years ago
Easton carbon bars and seat post , Thomson stem, 2.4 Nobby Nics, SDG ti saddle, Ashima rotors , Ti bolts, came in at 29.8lb, my Nomad was only 2.5lb ,more 😀 but it was a dream to ride only sold it when I was made redundant, I’d still have another.ScottCheggMember
Try one; see if it fits.
I’ve had many different generations of P7, and I can’t find a hardtail to replace it. The 456 was an awful fit for me, I was never happy on it.
I started in 1990 on an Orange Clockwork, maybe I’ve assumed the shape of Orange’s geometry. They always fit me – just so.
I’d try and find a pre-631 tube one, too. As above they are lighter, and they ride better.Posted 6 years agojamesoSubscriber
I may have this wrong, but I think steel Oranges come from a different place than they did when the CEN tests were causing issues. Whether that was the reason behind the change I don’t know. I shouldn’t speculate but also it’d be wrong to judge current/future P7s on the heavier ones of a year or 2 ago.
CEN test results appear to vary from tester to tester, it undermines the test as there’s only a recommended method in the regs document and variation in method used can make more difference than variation in fork dimension used.
So the newer/current P7s may not be the same as the 6lb ones, as far as I was aware that was just one version/batch.Posted 6 years agomisterfrostieMember
Got a P7 and love it, much more forgiving than my previous Evo4, absolutely no intention of changing, best hardtail I’ve ridden.Posted 6 years ago
I’ve been riding with some lads who really know their stuff today and had a test Ragley Blue Pig. All were very impressed with it, that’s definitely worth a look.youngrobSubscriber
I’ve got a 2005 P7, it’s been my only bike since I got it ex hire from the Hub. I’ve ridden it everywhere, natural, trail centres, Whistler Bike Park, I’ve even done a cyclocross race on it – it has 150mm Bombers! I have thought about changing it a few times but just can’t seem to let go.Posted 6 years ago
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