For those who love their wheels bigger, there's the 29 inch wheeled Stage Evo, it features equally radical geometry numbers, especially for a bike of its category. It majors on adaptability and as such shares the same Evo suspension progression to give our tuned shocks that wonderful bottomless feel. Which wheel size you opt for is a personal choice. If your local terrain brings you long climbs, big descents and teeth chattering root sections the 29er Stage Evo is your perfect rig.
Instantly, you can see the frames are Orange, with our distinctive layout and profiles. They are fabricated in 6061-T6 Aluminium by the craftsmen at our Halifax Frame Works. Brand new tooling and jigs were specifically built and developed for these new models, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to new frames' feature list.
The laterally stiff single-pivot platform is a format we feel we own. We have more experience with this suspension system than any other bike company out there. For us, working with component manufacturers to achieve the perfect shock tunes for our frames is one of the most exciting aspects of the job. It’s a two-way street as the Orange single-pivot system is a perfectly clean platform for manufacturers to develop their shocks with too, So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
The Evo frames have all the features you would expect from Orange and a few touches you probably may not notice at first glance. To mention a few:
The Evo’s offset asymmetric pivot gives us scope to run various sizes of chainring or chain-lines (hey, you never know).
The geometry is designed for a reduced offset fork which allows us to lengthen the cockpit and keep the riders weight balanced in the sweet spot, while making the most of the front wheel’s grip in turns.
Small details like bottle bosses, cleaner cable routing and space for piggy-back shocks - even on a short travel-platform, show we’ve been listening to our test riders’ feedback and implementing subtle changes that just make everything better.
The thinking behind the Evo geometry on these two models is to bring the feel and confidence of the big-travel enduro bike into the realm of the aggressive short-travel trail bike. With a lighter frame construction and audacious angles these bikes are truly eye-opening.
The geometry has a familiar effective top tube length which means your cockpit is a comfortable space when climbing. Flip that gradient downwards, slam the dropper post and step-up out of the saddle to descend and the Evo comes into its own. The long reach gives the rider plenty of space to move around the bike, keeping the weight over the front wheel - this is also helped by the reduced offset fork.
The slacker Evo head angle lets the fork do its job, right it in the firing line, and keeps everything stable with its long wheel base.
Ultimately you will not believe this is a short-travel platform. Rapid, reactive and beautify balanced, the Evos defy logic. They are the Evolution of the trail bike as we know it.
F: 130MM | R: 120MM | W: 29
6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 29. Rear wheel travel: 120.
|Monocoque/6061-T6 Custom Butted Aluminium tubing|
|Seat Tube Length||15"||17"||18"||19"|
|A. Head Angle||65°||65°||65°||65°|
|B. Seat Angle (Actual)||74º||74º||74º||74º|
|B. Seat Angle (Effective)||76º||76º||76°||76º|
|C. Top Tube||578||610||618||636|
|D. Top Tube (Effective)||595||615||635||655|
|E. BB Height (from ground)||320||320||320||320|
|E. BB height (from axles)||-50||-50||-50||-50|
|G. Head Tube||100||100||110||130|
|H. Wheel base||1198||1218||1240||1262|
|O. Fork Offset||42||42||42||42|
|T. Rear Travel||120||120||120||120|
|Unless otherwise indicated all measurements are in mm. Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height from ground is with 740 mm Ø tyre.|
|Shock Length||190 mm x 45mm|
|Rear Hub||12 x 148mm Boost|
|Fork Offset||42 mm|
|Seatpost Ø||30.9 mm|
|Seatclamp Ø||34.9 mm|
|BB Shell||73 mm ISCG05|
|Tapered Headset||Upper: ZS49/28.6
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?
Hitting just two corners on the Stage Evo though, and there’s no disputing the ride quality. This bike simply rips. Balance is the name of the game here, and Orange has nailed it on the new Stage Evo LE.MBR
We think the best way to find out what an Orange Bike really has to offer is to ride one. So don't just take our word for it, get out there and give one a go.
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