The Switch 7 – the Need for Speed

 
Enter the Orange Switch 7, taking its name from our fun, popular MX wheeled Switch 6 but going bigger, faster, and harder, this bike is taking things a little more seriously.

The aim with the Switch 7 was to produce a race bike, to take everything we already knew with the addition of feedback from supported EWS racers and the newly established factory racing program and combine that to make a bike that's even more capable of competing at the sharp end of races on the toughest tracks in the world.
 

The Switch 7 is a true representation of Orange Bikes’ capabilities in frame development and production. The frame and each individual component have seen extensive FEA analysis and 3D modelling to identify any potential issues and to optimise each structure to perform at its best.

Of course, we back all of this up with real-world prototype testing and have clocked up the miles amongst the test team, Factory Racing team and a few riders who are known for being hard on bikes, validating the computer analysis and giving us the confidence in the design.
 

FEA has been used for for both deflection and fatigue to fine tune the frame's elements for strength and optimal compliance.

Although the frame silhouette is still very intentionally that of an Orange, a great deal has changed, but also much remains the same. This is a completely UK made frame, manufactured by the hands of craftsmen with decades of experience, from flat sheets of aerospace grade aluminium to individually custom-fabricated tubes, seam-welded for each specific purpose, working in harmony with CNCed components from aluminium billet meticulously modelled and analysed.

This all produces an aluminium frame with a weight less than that of many ‘carbon’ frames in its category. It also means we have a product that's strong, durable and fully recyclable at the end-of-life cycle.
 

WHY THE SWITCH 7 NOW?

Orange's image in the media has always been “Those British guys who make the simple single-pivot bikes in the grim north…”

Well, first up, it’s not grim up North, it’s pretty damn spectacular and we are blessed with some of the finest trails in the country on which to hone and test our bikes.

Secondly, performance single-pivot is and always will be the core of the Orange Bikes philosophy; that will never change. We believe in the benefits of a single-pivot system, its performance and its unique ride feel that make an Orange Bike iconic; and that is not as simple as you think.  
 
Racing has been a part of our culture since Orange’s inception, the hunger to compete and challenge ourselves has always been part of the company’s ethos from day one. The new Switch 7 was born out of a need simply to go faster on the race track!
 
So why now? That’s not to say that we haven’t done a linkage bike before!
 
Over the years there have been many examples of Orange bikes using a linkage, some that we have put into production and many more which we have prototyped. At the right point in time when we find a valid reason to proceed with a linkage bike, we have done, and these bikes have been used on the UCI World Cup downhill circuit, with privateer racers as well as on your local trails for years.
 
When we conceived the idea of a new Orange Factory Racing team to compete in the EWS the seeds of a new enduro race bike were already germinating.
 
At Orange we are passionate about all things two-wheeled. The mix of decades of development with our unique frame construction methods, along with a race team with plenty of years under their belt, meant we had the ideal melting pot to create our greatest race platform yet.

 

The Facts

WHY THE SWITCH 7

 

F: 170MM | R: 170MM | W: 29/27.5

  • Brand New Lightweight Frame machined & Handbuilt in Britain
  • 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime Crash Replacement
  • New Aggressive Enduro Race geometry optimised for 170mm front & rear travel
  • New Linkage Driven Progressive (LDP?) suspension kinematics.
  • More neutral pivot location allowing less drivetrain/suspension interaction
  • Low position Asymmetric pivot – neutral suspension feel & increased chainring clearance
  • Asymmetrical swingarm with increased longitudinal stiffness
  • New top tube accessory/Bottle cage mounts and bottle dimple in frame  
  • New stiffer lower profile 56mm zerostack Head tube
  • Geometry for reduced offset fork
  • New Improved dropout with UDH gear hanger
  • Boost 148 rear hub spacing
  • New Top tube accessory/Bottle cage mounts and bottle dimple in frame
  • Internal cable/hose routing
  • 30 x 8 bearing mount compatible shock
  • 205 x 65 trunnion shock for reduced friction
  • Adjustable BB height

 

Colour

British Racing Green

 

    Decals

    Silver Decals

       

      FRAME AND FORK

      6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing.

      Wheel Size: MX - 29/27.5.

      Rear wheel travel: 170.

      Swingarm - Bolt Type Allen Key Head (Boost 148mm Hub)

      Rear Shock - Ohlins TTX2 Air 205x65

      Headset - FPD 44mm / 56mm zerostack

      Fork - Ohlins RXF 38 M.2 Air 170mm 29

       

      DRIVETRAIN

      Chain - KMC 12spd

      Shifters - Shimano XT 12spd

      Cassette - Shimano XT 10-51T 12spd

      Chain Device - E13 Vario Compact Guide

      Bottom Bracket - E13

      Crankset  Hope Black 32t

      Rear Mech - Shimano XT 12spd

       

      WHEEL AND TYRES

      Wheelset - Stans Flow Mk4 + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 29 + 27

      Tyres - Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO+ 29 / DHR II 2.4 3c EXO+ 27.5

       

      BRAKING

      Brakes - Shimano XT Trail 203/180

       

      FINISHING KIT

      Saddle - SDG Strange Bel Air III

      Handlebars - Burgtec RideWide Enduro 800mm

      Grips - Strange Grappler Lock-On

      Seatpost - SDG Tellis 150mm

      Seat Clamp - Strange Bolted

      Stem - Burgtec Enduro Black 42.5mm

      Orange Switch 7 SE

      £7,500.00Price