2016 Four Frame

From the 2016 Archive

You can find the current Four Frame here.

RRP from: GBP £1,600.00

2016 Four Frame Shown in optional Mountain Mint custom colour
2016 Four Frame Shown in optional Mountain Mint custom colour
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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 Pro?

  • 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

​The Four frame the perfect heart for the fast trail rider's custom build.

Four Frame

Four Frame £1,600.00
Total price: £1,600.00

Sizes and Colours

Sizes
S,  M,  L,  XL, 
Colour
Decals
Orange Decals

Black Decals

Black Decals

D16A160BL

Orange Decals

Orange Decals

D16A160OR

White Decals

White Decals

White decal set.

Frame & Fork

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

Fork
Rear Shock
Fox Float DPS EVOL Performance

Fox Float DPS EVOL Factory Kashima

Fox's highest performing inline shock:
Redesignined for better decending performance.

  • New design offers improved bump absorption and firm lockout
  • New DPS damper with three positions to match any terrain
  • EVOL air sleeve increases intitail sensitvity
  • Factory Series feature genuine Kashima Coat

RockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAir

Featuring silky smooth travel in lightweight design, Monarch floats through bumps evan better than before, turning rugged trails into tyre gripping velvet.

The chassis is lean while maintaining the durability and adjustability to bit off huge chucks of burly trail action.

This shock features the DebonAir can, adding extra sensitivty at the start of the stroke for great traction and tracking. It comes fully loaded with bottomless rings as standard so can easily be tuned to the riders personal preference.

Headset

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Black

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Black

The Hope 4F headset uses an integral (or Zero Stack) top cup that fits within the height of the headtube, and an external bottom cup to facilitate the tapered steerer fork. The bearings are stainless steel sealed, reliable and replaceable. The cups, taper ring and crown race (split for easy installation) are all machined in Barnoldswick to finish the best headset on the market. Fit and forget perfection. Dimensions: ZS49/28.6 EC49/40

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Orange

Hope 4F 49mm Headtube Tapered Steerer Orange

The Hope 4F headset uses an integral (or Zero Stack) top cup that fits within the height of the headtube, and an external bottom cup to facilitate the tapered steerer fork. The bearings are stainless steel; sealed, reliable and replaceable. The cups, taper ring and crown race (split for easy installation) are all machined in Barnoldswick to finish the best headset on the market. Fit and forget perfection. Dimensions: ZS49/28.6 EC49/40

Rear Axle
QR bolt through 12mm, 148mm boost hub spacing

Wheels & Tyres

Wheelset
Tyres

Drivetrain

Crankset
Chain Device
Rear Mech
Cassette
Shifters
Bottom Bracket
Chain

Braking

Brakes

Finishing Kit

Stem
Handlebar
Grips
Seatpost
Saddle
Seat Clamp

Hope Bolted Black

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope Bolted Orange

Hope Bolted Orange

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope QR Black

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Hope QR Orange

Hope QR Orange

The Hope seat clamp is machined from billet aluminium to match the rest of your Hope components.

Pedals
Mudguards

Performance Packs

Accessories

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