Orange P7 frame£459.99

Solid steel ride

BikeRadar score3/5

The Orange P7 is a sure-footed ride that’s ready for anything. The main tubes are made from air-hardened Reynolds 631 steel, and the kinked and crimped rear stays give mud room for tyres up to 2.4in.

The head tube is ring-reinforced, the frame can take a fork with up to 140mm (5.5in) of travel and there are reinforcing plates around the bottle and Crud Catcher mudguard mounts.

The bottom bracket has ISCG tabs, and sliding dropouts simplify singlespeed setup, but there are no tensioning screws and the bent plate hose guides look cheap for a £460 frame.

The P7 has gained weight to meet CEN criteria, making it a little lardy for the price, at 2,740g (6.04lb). But otherwise the ride is balanced and sprung enough to handle long rock sections without stinging.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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