Just when we thought we'd seen all the new mountain bikes 2018 has to offer, Orange sprung this one on us at The Bike Place Show yesterday. The T7 (or T9 for the big wheeler) is a gorgeous titanium hardtail made especially to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company.
There are only 30 of these bikes available, 15 of the 27.5" variety and 15 29ers, of which half are sold already after the bike's launch on Sunday at The Bike Place Show at Silverstone. Given the stunning good looks of this aggro hardtail we reckon that there won't be many left now, even at £2,200 for the frame. Talking to Jay, General Manager at Orange he said that the limited run of 30 bikes wasn't set in stone so there could be more but he's not promising anything!
As the names suggest, the bikes are based on the P7 and P9, just with slightly altered geometry. We got to take a look at the T7 geometry table which shows a 64.5 degree head angle, a 73 degree effective seat angle, 430mm seat tube (17"), 426mm of reach, 425mm chain stays and 1176mm of wheelbase on a medium frame.
The frame uses a custom 3AL 2,5 V titanium tubeset, and is set up to be used with a 150mm fork to give the above geometry on the T7. There is a QR bolt through axle and 12x148mm hub spacing. There is internal routing for a dropper seatpost, frame clearance for up to 2.8" tyres and built up as you see it here will cost you a whopping £5,900!
There is no info on the Orange website at the moment, this was intended as a surprise launch for the show, if you want one, best get in touch sharpish!
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