If you like Orange Bikes & titanium, you better get in quick – there are only 15 of these worldwide

by Wil Barrett 0 views8

No, this isn’t breaking news. But when we’ve got all these pretty pictures to show off, do you think we give two hoots about that?

Pah – just look at this thing!

So the bike is called the T7, and it’s from Orange Bikes. The ‘T’ stands for ‘Titanium’ and the ‘7’ refers to the 27.5in wheelsize. So what you’re looking at here is essentially a titanium version of the Halifax brand’s P7 hardcore hardtail.

ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Not true – the forks and headset are Orange however.

Officially released at Core Bike The Bike Place in January, the T7 was accompanied by a 29in version called – wait for it – the T9. These two bikes are rather unusual models for Orange, mostly because they’re made in Taiwan (though to be fair, all Orange hardtails, including steel and alloy models, come out of Taiwan), but mostly because they’re made from Titanium – a material that Orange hasn’t worked with for about a decade.

The T7 and T9 have been made in celebration of Orange’s 30th Birthday, and to celebrate, these frames will only be offered in extremely limited numbers; there are just 15 of the T7 and 15 of the T9.

ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
It’s like a P7, but with MOAR TITANIUM.

We caught up with Jay from Orange Bikes at the London Bike Show, and he mentioned that while some bikes have already been snapped up by customers, the rest of the bikes are currently looking sparkly on bicycle showroom floors around the country. And because of those limited numbers, if you’re even remotely interested, you best get in touch with your local Orange dealer to see if you can get one.

Will they make any more? Jay said that it wasn’t strictly out of the question, though he acknowledged that at the price they have to sell them for, the number of folks willing to pay that kind of cashola is very, very small. However, the high-end titanium fabricator that Orange is working with in Taiwan is quite unique in that it’ll open production runs as limited as 15. So if the demand is there to do another run, then there’s no reason why not…

But enough of that, let’s just look at this thing;

ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
There are only 15 of these worldwide. For now…

Orange T7 Factory Features

  • Limited edition titanium hardcore hardtail
  • Made from 3AL 2.5V titanium tubing
  • 27.5in wheels with clearance for up to 2.8in tyres
  • 150mm travel Fox 36 Float Factory Series fork
  • 64.5° head angle
  • 73° seat angle
  • 425mm chainstay length
  • 51mm bottom bracket drop
  • Available sizes: Medium, Large & X-Large
  • Reach: 426mm (Medium), 447mm (Large), 646mm (X-Large)
  • English threaded bottom bracket
  • Integrated 1x chainguide
  • 148x12mm rear thru-axle
  • Frame RRP: £2200
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
The T7 comes with a huuuuge 150mm travel Fox 36 Factory fork and a 64.5° head angle.

As the titanium T7 is largely based on the steel P7 (and the T9 based on the P9), it too is also a hardcore hardtail designed for ragging about in the woods, and just generally getting into more mischief than you should without a rear shock. It comes stock with a huge 150mm travel fork (a Fox 36 Factory Series fork in the case of the T7) and a straight 44mm head tube to accept the tapered fork steerer. Other features shared between the two frames include a threaded bottom bracket shell (hooray!), external cable routing (yahoo!) ISCG 05 chainguide tabs, and a 148x12mm thru-axle rear end.

orange geometry
Orange T7 Geometry.

However, there are some key differences to the geometry and frame features. Firstly, the T7 will accommodate chunkier tyres – up to a huge 2.8in width in fact. The head angle is half a degree slacker at 64.5°, the seat tube is a full degree slacker at 73°, the bottom bracket is 3mm lower to the ground, and the chainstays are 5mm shorter at 425mm.

Interestingly, according to the geometry chart Orange was showing at the London Bike Show, the T7 is shorter in its reach compared to the P7: 14mm shorter for the Medium, 9mm shorter for the Large, and 11mm for the X-Large. Likewise, the wheelbase measurements are a tad shorter on the T7, though it does have a touch more standover clearance. The other bigger difference is that the T7 doesn’t come in a Small frame size – it’s three sizes only.

ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
That textured 44mm headtube is drop-dead gorgeous.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Beautiful titanium welding on show. And thumbs-up for external cable routing.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Orange decked out the T7 Factory build with full SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 shifting.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Cowled dropouts give a nice curved surface for the mitred titanium stays to weld onto.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Post-mount rear brake tabs along with the Maxle thru-axle.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
There’s room for up to a 27.5×2.8in plus tyre in the back of the T7. We reckon a 2.6in wide ‘British Plus’ tyre would do nicely in there though.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
For the rowdy, there are tabs for chain device accruement.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
The slippery Kashima-coating is of course necessary for smoother dropper post actuation. You definitely need it from a performance perspective. Definitely not aesthetics. No sir.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
There’s a hole in the frame! For the dropper post cable.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Do you like the polished Orange logo on the downtube?
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
150mm of big, bodacious, banging bounce.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
Race Face finishing kit is provided on the T7 Factory with an 800mm wide Next R carbon handlebar. Yum.
ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail hope tech 3 e4 brake race face
Uber-shiny Hope Tech 3 E4 disc brakes. Orange knobs and everything.

So…do you also want one now? Are you also trying to scramble for ways to justify the addition of one of these in your current bike shed? Doing the maths to work out how many bikes/organs are required to afford one?

Yep, us too.

Luckily there are sweet FA of these in existence, so chances are slim-to-nil that you can get one anyway. If you’re absolutely hanging though, call your local Orange dealer to find out if you can go to the ball. Or go to the Orange Bikes website and drop them a line directly.

Or if you think Orange should make more of these, perhaps in a different wheelsize/geometry/travel flavour – tell them in the comments section below.

ORANGE t7 titanium hardtail
#baaw

2018 Orange T7 Factory Specifications

  • Frame // 3AL 2.5V Titanium
  • Fork // Fox 36 Float Factory FIT HSC/LSC, 150mm Travel
  • Hubs // Hope Pro4, 110x15mm Front & 148x12mm Rear
  • Rims // Race Face ARC 30, 32h, 30mm Internal Rim Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis High Roller II EXO 3C Maxx Terra 2.4in Front & Maxxis High Roller II EXO 2.3in Rear
  • Chainset // Sram X01 Carbon Eagle GXP w/34t X-Sync 2 Chainring
  • Rear Mech // SRAM GX Eagle, 12-Speed
  • Shifter // SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-Speed
  • Cassette // SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-Speed, XG1295, 10-50t
  • Brakes // Hope Tech 3 E4, 200mm Front & 180mm Rear 2-Piece Rotors
  • Bars // Race Face Next R Carbon, 35mm Diameter, 10mm Rise, 800mm Wide, 50mm Long
  • Stem // Race Face Turbine R, 35mm Diameter, 50mm Long
  • Grips // Strange 130 Single Lock-On
  • Seatpost // Fox Transfer, Kashima Coat, 150mm Travel
  • Saddle // SDG Fly MTN Titanium rails
  • Sizes available // Medium, Large & X-Large
  • RRP // From £5900

Comments (8)

  1. Don’t you mean at the Bike Place show?

  2. That is so sweet ! I NEED one!

  3. @logan1989 – Yes! The Bike Place. I think that was during deadline week for Issue 117, so I honestly cannot remember anything from January.

  4. Saw this on a bike shop’s website and thought what a lovely looking bike! But how slack is that HA?! So I went to the Orange website to find out and it wasn’t even on the website. Now I know why. Gorgeous bike that.

  5. @singletrackwil Magazine deadlines are always a blur!

  6. Should’ve brought back the vitamin T name if its celebrating 30years.

  7. I don’t get it – its Titanium…
    But its not Shiny!!
    What!
    How?
    Why?
    Its an abomination!

    How can they live with themselves?
    Thank God they only made 15 but what a shocking waste of precious metal

  8. Yes. Both. Just deliver them to my home.

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