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Orange Crush Small
Custom built 27.5″ hardtail
“High School Racer”
- Orange Crush aluminum frame, size small, 27.5″ wheels
- Suntour Zeron LO-R 150mm travel air fork
- SDG Tellis Dropper Post, 150mm
- SRAM SX DUB crank, size appropriate 165mm length
- Microshift Advent X rear derailleur, 1 x 10 setup
- Microshift Advent X 11-48 cassette, 10 speed, with aluminum carriers
- SRAM Level brakes, with 180mm rotors front and rear
- Continental Mountain King tires , 27.5″ x 2.4
- SDG Bel-Air RL Saddle
- Custom shop-built front wheel – SRAM 900 Boost hub, 28H, RaceFace ARC 30 rim, Sapim Laser spokes laces 2-cross, Sapim Secure-Lock brass nipples
- Custom shop-built rear wheel- SRAM 746 Boost hub, 32H, RaceFace Arc 30 Rim, Sapim Laser spokes laced 2-cross, Sapim Secure-Lock brass nipples
- RaceFace Aeffect Riser bar, 760mm wide, 20mm rise, 35mm clamp diameter
- Kalloy Mountain Stem, 35mm clamp diameter
- USA-made Wolf Tooth headset
I’m happy with this build, and I hope that customers are too. While a lot of companies throw a carbon frame on a hardtail to “upgrade” it, this bike puts that performance elsewhere. While carbon frames can be lighter, they can also be easily damaged and they certainly cost more. Since a lot of beginning (but serious!) racers crash now and then, this bike starts with a sturdy, well engineered aluminum frame. In addition, this bike isn’t a “race only” setup, it’s built for fun too. With a low top tube, a 150mm dropper post, and a 150mm travel fork this bike doesn’t need to be put away when the racing day is over.
The fork was a careful choice as well. While Suntour might be a bit more well known for their lower-priced forks, they also make some GREAT performing stuff — all the way up to teams using Suntour forks on the UCI World Cup Downhill, Enduro and Cross Country circuits. While the Zeron isn’t their top line, as a fork that retails for $350, it offers a sealed cartridge damper with 35mm stanchions – features that cost hundreds more on competitors’ forks. In addition, the Zeron is a grease-lubricated fork, making maintenance a bit easier for those racers who don’t always get to skip a race on a rainy day.
The drivetrain is the workhorse on this bike. Sure the 12-speed systems offer two more gears than the Microshift Advent X 10-speed system we’ve chosen, but at what cost? The Advent X cassette offers a bit less range with the 48 tooth low gear on its 11-48 cassette, but consider that the Advent X cassette weighs 424 grams and a SRAM NX cassette weighs 615 grams. (a bit less than half a pound of rotating weight!). Also – when replacement time comes, the Advent X cassette comes in at $65 versus the NX at $115. The derailleur is a similar story – $72 versus $115. This is combined with a SRAM SX DUB crank, with a size-specific 165mm length and a durable steel chainring. Durable stuff that’s lighter and cheaper!
The crown jewels of this bike are the wheels though. The Race Face ARC 30 rims are a shop favorite and have been my rim of choice when building wheels for the local chargers. The 4.5mm offset spoke bed of these rims provides much more even spoke tension between the left and right sides o the wheels, so the wheel is significantly stronger. These wheels use Sapim Laser spokes – a top-quality stainless steel spoke with a thin section in the middle (2mm at at the ends, 1.5mm in the middle) for light weight. The wheels are laced 2-cross rather than the more traditional (and heavier) 3-cross, and use Sapim Secure-Lock brass nipples. I’ve found that brass nipples survive Vermont weather better than aluminum ones, especially for wheels that might require occasional truing from race and training damages. The Secure Lock feature also means that the wheels stay true longer. These are laced to a SRAM 900 hub up front with 28 spokes, and a SRAM 746 in the rear with 32. Another feature on the wheels are the tires – rather than succumbing to the trend of fitting the standard DHR/DHF “enduro” tires, we chose to use the Continental Mountain King, which undercuts the weights of the enduro-type tires by about half a pound per tire, while offering a bit more wet-conditions traction that a lot of dedicated cross-country race tires. The wheels are setup for tubeless, already taped with tubeless stems installed. (Sealant will be added at time of sale, and tubes if you really want them)
The brakes are simple (but good) SRAM Level brakes, a two-piston caliper setup that saves some weight and cost on this bike, with SRAM’s Centerline 180mm rotors front AND rear. (I never understood the 160mm rear rotor….) If a bit more bite is wanted on the bike, SRAM’s semi-metallic pads are a nice upgrade rather than springing for new brakes, as these rotors will work with either pad type unlike some other lower-priced rotors. A few final nice touches — the bike has a USA-made WolfTooth sealed headset, and a nice SDG Tellis dropper post – stuff you don’t see at this price point but (again…) make the bike a bit more durable. Stop by to see it! (we can build them in different sizes too!!)
Orange Bikes long travel enduro mountain bike. 170mm front travel, 165mm rear. Orange Bikes full suspension bikes use a single pivot (less maintenance costs!) and all full their full suspension bikes are made in the UK. This bike has a RockShox Yari up front, a RockShox Super Deluxe Select shock, and a SRAM 12-speed SX drivetrain combined with Shimano Deore brakes, with an SDG Tellis dropper post. Click on the photo above to be taken to Orange's website for more specifications.
Cinelli "gravel performance" carbon frameset- a bit more of a gravel beastie, accepting 27.5 x 47mm and 700C x 2.1 inches. The frame is light, with the medium sizes coming in at 1000g (2.2 lbs). Available as-is for your own custom build, or we can build a custom bike for you! Click on the picture to go to Cinelli's website for complete specifications.
We've got two frame sets (frame and fork) in size Large (56cm) and one in size Medium (54cm). This is Cinelli "gravel performance" aluminum frameset. Available as-is for your own custom build, or we can build a custom bike for you! Click on the picture to go to Cinelli's website for complete specifications.
Orange Bikes 27.5 trailbike, a great durable frame with modern geometry, engineered for a 150mm travel fork. Click on the picture to go to Orange's website for complete specifications.