2017 Four Factory

From the 2017 Archive

You can find the current Four Factory here.

RRP from: GBP £5,300.00

2017 Four Factory Shown in Charcoal Grey custom colour with orange rim decal option
2017 Four Factory Shown in Charcoal Grey custom colour with orange rim decal option
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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.

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 Eagle 12spd 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.

Four Factory

Four Factory £5,300.00
Total price: £5,300.00

Sizes and Colours

Sizes
S,  M,  L,  XL, 
Colour
Decals

Black Frame Decals

Black Frame Decals

Blue Frame Decals

Blue Frame Decals

Green Frame Decal

Green Frame Decal

Orange Frame Decals

Orange Frame Decals

Red Frame Decals

Red Frame Decals

Yellow Frame Decals

Yellow Frame Decals

Frame & Fork

6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 27.5 Rear wheel travel: 120

Fork
Fox 34 Factory Kashima 130mm Boost
Rear Shock
Fox DPS EVol Factory Kashima 184x44
Headset
Hope ZS49/28.6 EC49/40 (4F) Black

Orange Headset

Rear Axle
SRAM Maxle Ultimate 174mm (Boost 148mm Hub)

Wheels & Tyres

Blue Rim Decals

Green Rim Decals

Orange Hope Hubs

Orange Hubs & Blue Rim Decals

Orange Hubs & Green Rim Decals

Orange Hubs & Orange Rim Decals

Orange Hubs & Red Rim Decals

Orange Hubs & Yellow Rim Decals

Orange Rim Decals

Red Rim Decals

Yellow Rim Decals

Wheelset
Hope Pro 4 (Black) + Raceface Arc 27 27.5" (Grey)
Tyres
Maxxis HR II 2.4 3c TR EXO / HR II 2.3 TR EXO

Drivetrain

Crankset
SRAM X0-1 Eagle Carbon 32t
Chain Device
Top Guide Chain Device

MRP 1x

MRP AMG

Rear Mech
SRAM X0-1 Carbon Eagle 12spd
Cassette
SRAM X0-1 Eagle 10-50 12spd
Shifters
SRAM X0-1 Eagle 12spd
Bottom Bracket
SRAM GXP Team

Black Hope BB - For GXP

The machined aluminium cups with full stainless steel cartridge bearings. Custom, Swiss made bearings are double sealed, fully serviceable and removable. Using a non contact, free running labyrinth seal to protect the bearing externally, and the machined aluminium centre tube is sealed internally with o-rings this bottom bracket has a greater life span than stock units. Weighing in at 113g

 

Orange Hope BB - for GXP

The machined aluminium cups with full stainless steel cartridge bearings. Custom, Swiss made bearings are double sealed, fully serviceable and removable. Using a non contact, free running labyrinth seal to protect the bearing externally, and the machined aluminium centre tube is sealed internally with o-rings this bottom bracket has a greater life span than stock units. Weighing in at 113g

 
Chain
SRAM XO-1 EAGLE 12spd

Braking

Brakes
SRAM Ultimate 180mm/180mm

Hope Tech 3 E4 183/183 Floating (Black)

Hope Tech 3 E4 183/183 Floating (Orange)

Finishing Kit

35mm Atlas Stem

Burgtec Bar and Stem

Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm Enduro Bar 20mm rise

Burgtec RideWide Carbon 800mm Enduro Bar 20mm rise 35mm Bore

Burgtec Enduro MK2 Stem 35 x 35mm

Burgtec Enduro MK2 Stem 35 x 35mm

Ladies Saddle

Stem
Race Face Atlas M35 x 50mm Extension
Handlebar
Race Face SIXC 35 20mm Riser Carbon 800mm
Grips
Race Face Half Nelson
Seatpost
Rockshox Reverb Stealth Connectamajig 150mm

RockShox Reverb Stealth Connectamajig 125mm

RockShox Reverb Stealth Connectamajig 170mm

Saddle
SDG Strange Fly Mtn
Seat Clamp
Hope QR Black

Hope Bolted Black

Hope Bolted Orange

Hope QR Orange

Pedals

Burgtec Penthouse Flats MK4 Blk

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Black

Hope F20 Flat Pedal Orange

Mudguards

Performance Packs

Winter Pack - Blue Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Blue Decals

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Winter Pack - Green Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Green Decal

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Winter Pack - Grey Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Grey Decal

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Winter Pack - Orange Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Orange Decal

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Winter Pack - Red Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Red Decal

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Winter Pack - Yellow Mudhugger Decal

Maxxis Shorty 2.3 3C TR Exo

The Maxxis shorty is a mid-spiked trail tyre for demanding conditions.

With these fitted front and rear they are just what you need to keep things rubber side down when the trails turn softand slippy.

Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky Lock-on Grips

The lastest lock on grips from Renthal sum it up in the name, Traction. The focus of these grips is security on the bars and your hands on the grips. With a finned design and ultra tacky compound they are just what you need when condition turn wet and muddy.

Mudhugger FR Yellow Decal

Front Race Mudhugger as used by World Cup and Enduro World Series riders, gives you better forward vision at high speeds in wet and muddy conditions.

The perfect winter accessory to keep the UK trail mud out of your eye's when you are having fun over the wetter months.

Accessories

What they say...

BikeRadar | Four Factory | March 2017

Simple on paper, superb on the trail

BikeRadar

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MBR | Four RS | March 2017

The new Orange Four is light, fast and a bundle of fun

MBR Magazine

View Test...

Wideopen | Four RS | October 2016

The Four is about fun on the trail, a bit of effort on your part and plenty of confidence from modern geometry.

Wideopen Magazine

View Test...

Enduro MTB | Four RS | November 2016

For trail riding this bike takes some beating!

Enduro MTB

View Test...

What Mountain Bike | Four | November 2016

The Four has a fantastic mid-stroke that holds you right in the sweet spot.

What Mountain Bike

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