Orange’s new Stage 7 is their smartest, fastest enduro bike ever

Orange Stage 7 MTB studio shot
The Orange Stage 7 LE in its 'Purple Reign' paint job (Image credit: Orange)

The new Orange Stage 7 is based on the brand's award and test winning Switch 7 MX bike but runs twin 29er wheels in a frame that’s had a full Finite Element Analysis (FEA) deep dive based on World Cup race team feedback.

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To quote Orange, “The aim of the Stage 7 was to create a race bike with an outright focus on speed. Its sibling, the Switch 7 has been received exceptionally well and is truly a perfect weapon for racing at world class enduro events where tracks are tight and twisty. But like anything that's good at everything, there are times when you need a bit more”. 

The more in this case means several things. Firstly, the Stage 7 runs a 29-inch rear wheel as well as a 29-inch front wheel for maximum rolling speed and impact smoothing performance. Orange have also spent more time running the frame and shock driving ‘STRANGE ( aka Special Technology RANGE) power link’ through FEA and 3D modelling software. This has helped them to produce exactly the balance of strength and traction boosting flex the World Cup race team were after, while still isolating the trunnion mounted rear shock from any structural loads. That not only means it can operate without any binding or bending for ultimate sensitivity, but it also massively increases shock reliability and lifespan. The 3.04 to 2.32 ratio change with a “real working progression” of 23.7 percent means the Switch can run coil shocks as well as the high volume Fox X2 it comes with as standard.

While the 63-degree head angle and 76 degree seat angle, 466mm (medium) / 484mm (large) / 502mm (X-large) reach geometry is the same as the Switch 7, the chainstay is 20mm longer at 468mm to handle the bigger rear wheel. The Stage 7 also gets new rubber chainstay wrap and replaceable downtube protector panel and a five year bearing warranty for the original owner. 

Stage 7 riding Glentress trails

Orange have been winning gravity races – including Greg Minaar's first World Cup win and Steve Peat's World Championships win – with their iconic hand made monocoque frames since the 1990s (Image credit: Orange Bikes)

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There is some less going on with the Stage 7 too though. Even with the longer rear end, travel is reduced slightly from 170mm to 165mm. There’s no small size either as the mullet wheel (29 front, 27.5-inch rear) format of the Switch 7 is a better proportional fit once you get down to those dimensions. The FEA / 3D refinement also means a lower weight that makes the meticulously UK handbuilt, monocoque alloy frame competitive with many carbon frames on the scales. Most importantly, the Stage 7 should also take less time to get from the start of an enduro track to the bottom.

Orange Stage 7 shock detail

The ‘STRANGE power link’ let's Orange isolate the shock from structural loads and modify the rate compared to their signature single pivot bikes (Image credit: Orange BIkes)

Orange Stage 7 release and pricing

If the idea of an ultra refined enduro race machine from a company with one of the longest histories in gravity racing sounds like something you’d be into, then the first public appearance of the bike will be at the Eurobike show. You can watch the launch video below and if that gets your Orange juices going you can pre-order the $9,000 / £7,400 / €8,300 Stage 7 LE launch model right now in a glorious 'Purple Reign' finish, with other color and spec options to come later.

Orange Stage 7 studio portrait

The twin 29er wheels of the Stage 7 are obvious but there's also a ton of frame refinement you can't see in the new bike (Image credit: Orange Bikes)

Tech specs: Orange Stage 7 LE

  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Colour:  Purple Reign
  • Decals:  Silver Decals 
  • Frame: 6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing.
  • Wheel Size: 29in
  • Rear wheel travel: 165mm
  • Headset:  FPD 49mm / 56mm zerostack 
  • Fork:  Fox Factory 38 Float 170mm 29 
  • Swingarm:  Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 12 x 148mm Hub) 
  • Rear Shock:  Fox Float X2 Factory 205x60 
  • Bottom Bracket:  SRAM DUB 
  • Crankset:  SRAM GX Eagle 32t 
  • Rear Mech:  Shimano XT 12spd 
  • Chain:  SRAM NX Eagle 
  • Shifters:  Shimano XT 12spd 
  • Cassette:  Shimano XT 10-51T 12spd 
  • Wheelset:  Stans Flow Mk4 + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 29 
  • Tyres:  Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO+ / DHR II 2.4 3c EXO+ 29 
  • Brakes:  Shimano XT Trail 203/203 
  • Seatpost:  Fox Factory Transfer 150/175mm Drop 
  • Seat Clamp:  Strange Bolted 
  • Stem:  Hope M35 x 35mm Black 
  • Saddle:  SDG Strange Bel Air III 
  • Handlebars:  Renthal FatBar M35 800mm 
  • Grips:  Strange Grappler Lock-On
  • Price:  $9,000 / £7,400 / €8,300
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven has been working on Bike Perfect since its launch in 2019. He started writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. He’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and he reviews MTBs over on YouTube.

Current rides: Cervelo ZFS-5, Specialized Chisel, custom Nicolai enduro tandem, Landescape/Swallow custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg