Four Factory

From the 2016 Archive

You can find the current Four Factory here.

RRP from: GBP £4,600.00

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Overview  

Less is more - The short travel trail bike we've all been waiting for 

The Four has been coming for a while now. Not on our future model list, not as part of the grand Orange plan, but from deep within our hearts. It started with one of those ‘what if…” conversations where we all found ourselves on the same page. Has the 15 year evolution of the Five left a bike sized gap behind it? Maybe. We swept clean the drawing board and sharpened a pencil. 

What would our ultimate short travel, fast, lean mean climber of an all round trail bike be?

How much travel? 120mm feels right.  

To make this bike climb well we would want a nice short chain stay, so lets start with that. With a shorter chain stay and a small 44x184mm shock we can pull the pivot point rearwards to make the swing arm more compact. So wait, with a compact swing arm we can pull in the split rear design to make a lighter, stiffer swing arm; a wider 12x148 Boost hub spacing would help there too, right? On paper this is looking pretty tidy.

If we’re going short travel and we don’t have the frame stresses of a long fork, could we use a thinner gauge aluminium sheet as our base material? Yes we could. As for the geometry, we’ll run a nice long top tube and keep stems short, that’s a no-brainer. It keeps the wheelbase long for stability and the bike handling direct and fast. Optimised for a 130mm fork, the bike can run a generous sag for that plush feel that we all love.

We felt we were onto something, and started a prototype program. And if we were going to do this we may as well go for it. We looked at every part of the frame from our aircraft grade 6061 aluminium sheet to all the nooks and crannies of the CNCed dropouts, bottom bracket shells, and headtubes to see where we could lose weight and gain strength. At every step we found something that would add a little to the mix. Marginal gains is the buzzword these days isn’t it? It was worth the effort, the first frames off the bench were under our expected weight estimate. Even the heat treating guys got excited about that (and heat treating guys never get excited about little things like that. After all, they work with fire, and thats pretty exciting). When built up, our first bikes were coming in at around 27.5lbs (Yes, we said a weight!). 

So onto the serious business of testing. The first feedback was pretty succinct. “Why hadn’t we done this before now?” Well, a few reasons, the main one being rear shock technology is now so good that a non-bobbing short rear end on a single pivot frame is a reality - not on a wish list. The practical upshot of all this is that we had more in our legs for long climbs, more energy for the descents and smiles as big as we’ve had on any Orange bike. What’s more, even with the light build and a lot of hard riding, we had no frame issues. The Four was born. 

And that’s exactly what the Four is about: sitting below the bigger hitting trail burners of the Five and Alpine 160, but vastly more capable that the XC lightweights. It’s Orange to the core: simple, reliable and built to perform at the highest level. 

So after all that, Who wants a Four? Well for starters, we all do.

The facts

Why the Four Factory?

  • Frame Handbuilt in Britain
  • Short travel, fast and agile 27.5 trail bike with progressive geometry
  • Longer toptube and wheelbase for high-speed stability
  • Short swingarm with 12x148mm Boost rear hub spacing for precise handling
  • Tuned pivot position for optimal suspension performance with 184x44mm rear shock
  • Suspension travel: 130mm front & 120mm rear
  • 5 year frame warranty
  • Fox 34 Factory 130mm Kashima Fork
  • Fox Factory Kashima Rear Shock 
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth with internal hose routing
  • SRAM X01 Carbon 11spd Drivetrain
  • Typical build weight around 27.5lbs!

​This is the top dog. High-end components build the Four Factory into a super lightweight package that will run with the best of them, up or down. You get what you pay for.

Specs & Options  

Four Factory

Four Factory £4,600.00
Total price: £4,600.00

Sizes and Colours

Sizes
  • S
  • M
  • L
  • XL
Colour
Decals

Frame & Fork

6061-T6 Monocoque/Reynolds Custom Butted Aluminium Tube. Wheel Size: 27.5 Rear wheel travel: 120

Fork
Fox 34 Factory 130mm Kashima Boost
Rear Shock
Fox Float DPS EVOL Factory Kashima
Headset
Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Black
Rear Axle
QR bolt through 12mm, 148mm boost hub spacing

Wheels & Tyres

Hope Pro II Evo in orange + Easton Arc 27

Hope Pro II Evo in orange + Easton Arc 27

Hope Pro II EVO hubs are machined from a solid billet of 2014 T6 aluminium in Barnoldswick, England. The new design features a thicker axle configuration to increase stiffness and durability with any dropout system. Spinning on cartridge bearings and protected by a frictionless labyrinth seal, the hub is driven by a twenty-four tooth steel ratchet with four pawls engaging the system. Quality doesn't get much better, the Pro II EVO hub will last longer and roll further than any other. Now featuring the latest 40T freehub body.

The Easton ARC is a rim only option engineered to suit a variety of tyre volumes and riding styles. The ARC 27 has a 27mm internal width. Ready to attack any trail, this tubeless-ready design features a bead barb to lock tubeless tyres in place.

This wheelset will come set up tubeless.

Wheelset
Hope Pro 4 in Black + Easton Arc 27
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Exo TR/High Roller II Exo TR

Drivetrain

Crankset
Race Face SixC Direct Mount 30t
Chain Device
MRP 1X Guide
Rear Mech
SRAM X01 Carbon 11spd
Cassette
SRAM XG-1195 11spd
Shifters
SRAM GX1 11spd
Bottom Bracket
Race Face External BB
Chain

Braking

Brakes
SRAM Guide RS 200mm/180mm

Hope Tech 3 E4 203/183 Floating Black

Hope's Tech 3 lever matched with the E4 caliper offers an excellent brake, perfect for the all mountain enduro rider. Comes with black standard hoses.

Hope Tech 3 E4 203/183 Floating Orange

Hope Tech 3 E4 203/183 Floating Orange

Hope's Tech 3 lever matched with the E4 caliper offers an excellent brake, perfect for the all mountain enduro rider. Comes with black standard hoses.

Finishing Kit

Women's Saddle - Orange SDG Allure

Orange and SDG co-branded custom women's specific saddle.

Stem
Race Face Atlas M35
Handlebar
Race Face SixC Riser 35 Bar Bore 800mm
Grips
2016 Strange Lock-On
Seatpost
RockShox Reverb Stealth Connectamajig
Saddle
SDG Bel-Air 2.0 Strange Edition
Seat Clamp
Hope Bolted Black
Pedals

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Black

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Black

Featuring a concave platform machined from 2014 T6 Aluminium alloy for strength and laced with 20 pins to keep your foot exactly where you want it, even in the rough stuff.

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Orange

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Orange

Featuring a concave platform machined from 2014 T6 Aluminium alloy for strength and laced with 20 pins to keep your foot exactly where you want it, even in the rough stuff.

Mudguards

Performance Packs

Accessories

Derailleur Hanger

Derailleur Hanger

An additional deraileur hanger to fit this model. It's always useful to have a spare with you.

Front Fender - Grey

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

Front Fender - Orange

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

Front Fender - White

Keep the mud out of your eyes and your bike looking sharp with this Orange Bikes Fender.

Fitted using the supplied Cable Ties

Orange Shock Pump

Orange Shock Pump

Suitable for all forks and shocks specified on orange bikes models.

Featuring:

  • 20 bar / 300 PSI gauge
  • Compact size with removable gauge and foldable hose
  • Suitable for right- and left handers by turnable gauge
  • Micro adjust air bleeder
  • Ruggedized rubber protected gauge housing
Four geometry 2016
FOUR GEOMETRY
Monocoque/6061-T6 Reynolds Custom Butted Aluminium tubing
Frame Size S M L XL
Seat Tube Length 15" 17" 18" 20"
A. Head Angle 67° 67° 67° 67°
B. Seat Angle Actual 72º 72º 72º 72º
B. Seat Angle Effective 74º 74º 74º 74º
C. Top Tube 572 579 598 618
D. Top Tube (effective) 590 610 630 650
E. BB Height (from ground) 330 330 330 330
BB height (from axles -25 -25 -25 -25
F. Chainstay 424 424 424 424
G. Head Tube 100 110 110 130
H. Wheel base 1132 1153 1173 1196
T. Rear Travel 120 120 120 120
J. Reach 421 438 458 473
K. Stack 588 598 598 616
Standover 690 730 744 783
Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm. Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height from ground is with 710 mm Ø tyre.
technical Info
fork travel
OPTIMUM MAXIMUM MINIMUM
130 mm 130 mm 110 mm
  Single crown   Triple Clamp
Shock Length 184 mm x 44 mm
Rear Hub 148 mm x 12mm (Boost)
Seatpost Ø 30.9 mm
Seatclamp Ø 34.9 mm
Front Derailleur none
BB Shell 73 mm ISCG05
Tapered Headset Upper: ZS49/28.6
Lower: EC49/40
Ride Guide
Yes Downhill 0 out of 5 stars
Yes Freeride 0 out of 5 stars
Yes Enduro 3.0 out of 5 stars
Yes All-Mountain 3.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Trail 5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Adventure 3.0 out of 5 stars
Yes Touring 1.0 out of 5 stars
Yes XC Racing 0 out of 5 stars
Bike Sizing Guidelines
S
5'4"  —  5'7"
M
5'6"  —  5'10"
L
5'9"  —  6'1"
XL
6'0"  —  6'5"

Please note: This is for guidance only. You may be taller or shorter, it doesn't mean our bikes will not fit you. The best way to determine the correct bike size for you is to try one. We've added some more explanation on sizing theory here: What size frame do I need?

Prices and Specifications are liable to change without notice.

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