2016 Four RS

From the 2016 Archive

You can find the current Four RS here.

RRP from: GBP £3,700.00

2016 Four RS
2016 Four RS
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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 RS?

  • 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
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 130mm Boost Fork
  • RockShox Monarch RT3 DebonAir
  • KS Lev Integra 125mm drop with internal cable routing
  • SRAM GX1 11spd Drivetrain/SRAM Guide R Brakes

If you love the RockShox suspension platform, this is the one for you. The RS model runs the award winning 130mm Pike fork and a proven SRAM 1x11spd drivetrain. 

Four RS

Four RS £3,700.00
Total price: £3,700.00

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
RockShox Pike 130 RCT3 Solo Air Boost

Fox 34 Factory 130mm Kashima Boost (Available Summer 2016)

Rear Shock
Rockshox Monarch RT3

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
Headset
Cane Creek 49mm For Tapered Steerer

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

Hope Pro 4 in Black + Easton Arc 27

Hope's Lastest Pro 4 hub with more engagement point, larger flange diameter and legendary trusted reliablility.

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.

Hope Pro 4 in Orange + Alex Volar 2.5

Hope's Lastest Pro 4 hub with more engagement point, larger flange diameter and legendary trusted reliablility.

The Volar rim is a sleev jointed, eyeleted rims with a 25mm internal width. With tubeless ready capability and a weight of 465g (27.5) this is a great option.

Hope Pro 4 in Orange + Easton Arc 27

Hope's Lastest Pro 4 hub with more engagement point, larger flange diameter and legendary trusted reliablility.

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.

Wheelset
Hope Pro 4 in Black + Alex Volar 2.5
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Exo TR/High Roller II Exo TR

Drivetrain

Hope Cranks Black + Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t Cassette

The lastest 11spd Shimano XT cassette with specifically designed ratio steps to keep you pedaling at a smooth cadence.

 

Hope Slick Chain Device Black

Hope Slick Chain Device Black

Hope Slick Chain Device - Black Colour

CNC Machined UK engineered chain device for a single front ring.

Guide CNC machined from Engineering plastic. Backplate machined from 7000 series aluminium

Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd GS Rear Derailleur

Lastest version on the popular Shimano XT is now availble in 11spd giving the wider and smooth gear ratios required for modern mountain biking.

Still features the build quality we know and love with high end technology like the clutch mechanism for improved chain retention.

 

Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd Shifter

An integral part of the lastest version of Shimano's popular 11spd groupset.

 

Hope Stainless Steel Black

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

 

Hope Cranks Black

Hope Cranks Black

Hope Crankset

Forged and CNC machined 7075 series aluminium alloy crank arms with unique expanding spline/arm interface.

30T Spiderless Chainring

170mm Crank Arms.

Hope Cranks Orange + Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t

Shimano XT M8000 11spd 11-42t Cassette

The lastest 11spd Shimano XT cassette with specifically designed ratio steps to keep you pedaling at a smooth cadence.

 

Hope Slick Chain Device Black

Hope Slick Chain Device Black

Hope Slick Chain Device - Black Colour

CNC Machined UK engineered chain device for a single front ring.

Guide CNC machined from Engineering plastic. Backplate machined from 7000 series aluminium

Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd GS Rear Derailleur

Lastest version on the popular Shimano XT is now availble in 11spd giving the wider and smooth gear ratios required for modern mountain biking.

Still features the build quality we know and love with high end technology like the clutch mechanism for improved chain retention.

 

Shimano XT M8000 11spd

Shimano XT M8000 11spd Shifter

An integral part of the lastest version of Shimano's popular 11spd groupset.

 

Hope Stainless Steel Orange

Hope Stainless Steel Orange

Hope Cranks Orange

Hope Crankset

Forged and CNC machined 7075 series aluminium alloy crank arms with unique expanding spline/arm interface.

30T Spiderless Chainring

170mm Crank Arms.

Raceface SixC Carbon Crank DM 30T with SRAM X01 11spd

SRAM XG-1195 11spd

X-Dome superlightweight construction 11sp Sram cassette.

10-42t wide ratio.

XD driver body creates more stable hub connection.

Open design aids mud clearance.

 

 

SRAM X01 Carbon 11spd

XO1 11spd rear derailleur designed specifically to work seamlessly with the wide ratio 10-42t cassette.

  • X-Horizon technology
  • 12 tooth X-Sync pulley wheels
  • Larger upper pulley offset automatcally adjust chain gap
  • Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Carbon cage.
  • Cage lock technology, makes removal and installation of the rear wheel easy.

Race Face SixC Direct Mount 30t

The lightest production DH rated carbon crankset on the planet. DH rated XC light.

The crank arms are completely hollow with all unnecessary material being removed from the centre core - no internal aluminium spine.

New industry standard 30mm spindle with Cinch spline interface. The spindle is CNC machined from a mewly commercialsed aluminium 'super alloy' that is stronger than 7050 alloy usually used for this application.

Comes as standard with a spiderless 30t narrow wide chainring.

 

Crankset
Race Face Turbine Direct Mount 30t
Chain Device
MRP 1X Guide
Rear Mech
SRAM GX1 11spd
Cassette
SRAM XG-1150 11spd
Shifters
SRAM GX1 11spd
Bottom Bracket
Race Face External BB
Chain

Braking

Brakes
SRAM Guide R 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.

SRAM Guide RS 200mm/180mm

The RS provides the crisp lever feel of the swingleink deadband reduction system and the performance of a lightweight four-piston caliper in a simple and straightforward package.

  • SwingLink deadband reduction for precise lever feel
  • 4 piston power at 2 piston weight
  • Consistent performance

Finishing Kit

Factory Finishing Kit

Race Face SixC Riser 35 Bar Bore 800mm

Increasing the bar diameter to 35mm from 31.8mm allows Race Face to shave material from their bar resulting in a dramatic reduction in overall weight while retaining the proven stiffness and performance Race Face bars are known for. 

SDG Bel-Air 2.0 Strange Edition

The classic Bel-Air has been updated to the new slimmer Bel-Air 2.0. The smae great comfort we know and love in a lighter sleaker package.

Packed full of SDG techonolgy and features from their years of experience in making high end saddles, with a custom Strange compoments deisgn and cover.  

Race Face Atlas M35

An impressively light yet strong strong addition to your aggressive trail or DH/FR build, the Atlas M35 stem is designed to reduce overall system weight while retaining the proven stiffness and performance the Atlas line is known for.

Alpine 160 is fitted with a 35mm Extension stem.

Segment and Five fitted with a 50mm Extension stem as standard.

Women's Factory Finishing Kit

Race Face SixC Riser 35 Bar Bore 800mm

Increasing the bar diameter to 35mm from 31.8mm allows Race Face to shave material from their bar resulting in a dramatic reduction in overall weight while retaining the proven stiffness and performance Race Face bars are known for. 

SDG Allure Orange Edition Ladies Saddle

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

Race Face Atlas M35

An impressively light yet strong strong addition to your aggressive trail or DH/FR build, the Atlas M35 stem is designed to reduce overall system weight while retaining the proven stiffness and performance the Atlas line is known for.

Alpine 160 is fitted with a 35mm Extension stem.

Segment and Five fitted with a 50mm Extension stem as standard.

Women's Saddle - Orange SDG Allure

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

Stem
Renthal Apex
Handlebar
Renthal Fatbar 20mm Rise 780mm
Grips
2016 Strange Lock-On
Seatpost
KS Lev Integra 125mm drop

RockShox Reverb Stealth Connectamajig

Featuring identical functionality as traditional Reverb, the significant difference of Reverb Stealth is the hydraulic hose exits the bottom of the post, routing internally through the frame, creating a non-moving, clean hose-routing solution.

Bolt type seat clamp replaces QR seat clamp with this option.

Connectamajig allows for QR removal of the seatube from the hose without the need to bleeding.

Saddle
SDG Falcon Orange Edition
Seat Clamp
Strange Bolted

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

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

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