Orange is offering a team-replica version of their Switch 6 enduro/trail bike. The bike will have the same mullet wheels and 145mm/160mm travel layout as the existing Switch 6, but it has components and graphics which closely match the bikes ridden at EWS-level by the Orange Factory Racing Team of Lachlan Blair, Joe Connell and Tom Wilson.
This includes Formula suspension and brakes; Michellin tires; e*thirteen wheels, chain guides and cranks; Burgtec bars, grips and stems, plus SDG seatposts and saddles.
Orange Switch 6 Team Details
• Travel: 160mm (f) /145mm (r)
• Wheels: 29/27.5" Mullet
• Monocoque 6061-T6 aluminium frame, made in Britain
• 5-year frame warranty with limited lifetime rrash replacement
• Orange Factory Racing Team components and decals
• Custom tuned Formula MOD Coil Shock
• Custom tuned Formula Selva S fork
• 76° seat angle, 64° head angle
• Sizes: M, L, XL
• RRP: £5,200
I say "closely match", because of course team rider specs can vary, and they often don't ride what's available to the customer. Earlier this year we saw Joe Connell running a Stage 6 (full 29er) with a prototype dual-crown Formula fork and DH22 tires at the EWS in La Thuille.
The Switch 6 Team uses Formula's 160mm-travel, air-sprung Selva S fork, which is custom-tuned and its compression tune can be further altered with Formula's system of interchangeable compression valves, which they call CTS. The fork's air-spring uses Formula Neopos spacers which are designed to improve mid-stroke support without making the end-stroke force too excessive. The single-pivot rear suspension is controlled by a Formula MOD Coil Shock, which is also custom-tuned and customisable with interchangeable CTS valves.
Formula also provides their punchy Cura 4 brakes which clamp 203mm rotors. The shifting is taken care of by Shimano with an e*thirteen 9-50t cassette providing a 556% gearing range. The mixed-size e*thirteen wheels are shod in Michelin WIld Enduro tires. While the team may be running the ~1,500g Michelin DH22 tires at some races, the Wild Enduro tires (which each weigh around 1,000g) are a far better choice for most riders.
The frame carries a five-year warranty with limited crash replacement. The bike costs £5,200 and is available now through Orange dealers.