For those who love their wheels bigger, there's the 29 inch wheeled Stage Evo, it features equally radical geometry numbers, especially for a bike of its category. It majors on adaptability and as such shares the same Evo suspension progression to give our tuned shocks that wonderful bottomless feel. Which wheel size you opt for is a personal choice. If your local terrain brings you long climbs, big descents and teeth chattering root sections the 29er Stage Evo is your perfect rig.
Instantly, you can see the frames are Orange, with our distinctive layout and profiles. They are fabricated in 6061-T6 Aluminium by the craftsmen at our Halifax Frame Works. Brand new tooling and jigs were specifically built and developed for these new models, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to new frames' feature list.
The laterally stiff single-pivot platform is a format we feel we own. We have more experience with this suspension system than any other bike company out there. For us, working with component manufacturers to achieve the perfect shock tunes for our frames is one of the most exciting aspects of the job. It’s a two-way street as the Orange single-pivot system is a perfectly clean platform for manufacturers to develop their shocks with too, So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
The Evo frames have all the features you would expect from Orange and a few touches you probably may not notice at first glance. To mention a few:
The Evo’s offset asymmetric pivot gives us scope to run various sizes of chainring or chain-lines (hey, you never know).
The geometry is designed for a reduced offset fork which allows us to lengthen the cockpit and keep the riders weight balanced in the sweet spot, while making the most of the front wheel’s grip in turns.
Small details like bottle bosses, cleaner cable routing and space for piggy-back shocks - even on a short travel-platform, show we’ve been listening to our test riders’ feedback and implementing subtle changes that just make everything better.
THE EVO GEOMETRY CONCEPT
The thinking behind the Evo geometry on these two models is to bring the feel and confidence of the big-travel enduro bike into the realm of the aggressive short-travel trail bike. With a lighter frame construction and audacious angles these bikes are truly eye-opening.
The geometry has a familiar effective top tube length which means your cockpit is a comfortable space when climbing. Flip that gradient downwards, slam the dropper post and step-up out of the saddle to descend and the Evo comes into its own. The long reach gives the rider plenty of space to move around the bike, keeping the weight over the front wheel - this is also helped by the reduced offset fork.
The slacker Evo head angle lets the fork do its job, right it in the firing line, and keeps everything stable with its long wheel base.
Ultimately you will not believe this is a short-travel platform. Rapid, reactive and beautify balanced, the Evos defy logic. They are the Evolution of the trail bike as we know it.
WHY THE STAGE EVO?
F: 130MM | R: 120MM | W: 29
- Brand New Frame designed and built in Britain
- 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime Crash Replacement
- Single pivot suspension for the utmost performance, efficiency and reliability
- New Radically revised progressive suspension frame curve
- New Aggressive Evo geometry optimised for 130mm front/120mm rear travel
- Bottle cage mounts
- 29 inch wheels
- Boost 148 rear hub spacing
- Internal dropper post routing
FRAME AND FORK
6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing.
Wheel Size: 29.
Rear wheel travel: 120.
Fox Float DPX2 Factory 190x45
Hope Black - 49mm for Tapered Steerer
Fox Factory 36 Float 130mm 29
Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 148mm Hub)
SRAM Maxle Ultimate (Boost 148 Hub) (£35.00)
OneUp Chain Guide
Shimano Hollow Tech II
Shimano XTR 12spd
Shimano XTR 10-51T 12spd
WHEEL AND TYRES
Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Silver) 29 (£0.00)
Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 27
Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3C Exo / DHR II 2.4 Exo 29
Shimano XTR 203/180
Fox Factory Transfer 175mm Drop
Hope Bolted Black
Burgtec MK3 Enduro CNC Black 35mm
SDG Strange Bel Air III
Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm
Strange Grappler Lock-On