The Switch 7 is Orange’s new enduro race weapon and has broken the mould by having its 170mm travel driven by a linkage.
It’s been a long old while since Orange produced a linkage bike but the Switch 7 is the latest, sporting 170mm travel via a trunnion mount linkage. While it still retains the classis Orange silhouette, the workings are hidden.
The Switch 7 is the end result of wanting to get the Orange Factory Racing team going faster on race tracks. To that end, it’s got 170mm travel via the aforementioned linkage, the usual hand-crafted frame and a Mullet wheel setup.
That linkage does away with the usual bushes and runs a full complement of bearings to help reduce the breakaway force of the shock and increase the sensitivity of the opening stages of the travel. The link allows Orange to build in far more progression to the suspension curve than they have previously. A lower pivot is designed to offset any unwanted pedal induced issues while helping to find the anti-squat and anti-rise Orange were looking for.
A dog bone link, available separately allows the BB to be raised by 5mm which also steepens the seat tube angle by half a degree. The Switch 7 also borrows the asymmetric rear triangle idea from the Stage 6 Evo, tweaked for the longer travel platform.
One bike will be available at launch, the Switch 7 SE with the usual suspects inbound to complete the range at a later date. The SE comes in at £7,400.00 with Ohlins dampers and a full XT 12-speed drivetrain.
The Switch 7 is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large and XLarge. The Medium comes with a reach of 466mm with a 432mm seat tube. Head angle is 63 degrees with a stead tube angle of 76 degrees. Chainstays are 448mm across the sizes with a wheelbase on the Medium of 1270mm
Orange Switch 7 SE
Ohlins RXF 38 M.2 Air 170mm fork
Ohlins TTX2 Air shock
Shimano XT 12-speed drive
Shimano XT 4-piston brakes
Stans Flow Mk4 rims on Hope Pro 4 hubs
SDG Tellis dropper
You can check out the Orange Switch 7 on the Orange Bikes website here.