Orange has given the heavy-hitting 29er, the Stage 6 the Evo treatment. The focus of this bike is firmly on its geometry with the brand claiming that it'll be the only bike you'll ever need. Although, this bike is not just about its shape as it also gets a number of neat features built into the frame.
Starting things off with the geometry that makes the stage 6 'Evo', it's built with a 64° head angle, a 76° seat tube angle and there's a 467mm chainstay. As for reach, a large frame gets a 487mm measurement. Another difference from the non-Evo Stage 6 is in the Evo's suspension travel. Instead of 160mm at the front and 150mm at the rear, the Evo's is shrunk by 10mm at either end, resulting in 150mm of travel at the fork, and 140mm out back.
The new bike is built around a brand new frame and Orange has put all of its experience of creating custom monocoque frames to create a bike that balances pedaling efficiency with shock performance. The new frame makes use of thinner and lighter cross-sectioned tubes, then the swingarm has seen an improved resistance to twisting under pedaling load while maintaining the lateral flex that keeps the rear wheel glued to the ground during hard corners, says Orange.
Along with all of that, the non-drive side of the chainstay has been lowered with better integration of the bearing housings and a revised tube stiffness which the brand says has increased longitudinal stiffness by 20% and a 15% increase in overall strength when compared to previous manufacturing methods.
Orange also says that this improved stiffness ratio aids pedalling efficiency through a reduction in twisting and enhances shock performance without increasing weight.
Going back to that bearing housing, it's asymmetric which has allowed Orange to locate the main pivot in a neutral position to minimise any drivetrain or suspension interference, reducing pedal kickback through chunky sections.
At the moment, the Orange Stage 6 Evo is only available in an SE (Special Edition) spec. It'll set you back £6,400 but for that cash, the bike comes sorted with an Öhlins RXF 36 M.2 air fork combined with a TTX1 air shock from the same brand. There's then a Shimano SLX drivetrain with Hope Tech E3 brakes and the bike rolls on a pair of Stans Flow MK4 rims laced to Hope Pro 4 hubs.
The new Stage 6 Evo is available in three sizes, M up to XL and it's available from the 30th of November.
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