Orange P7 review

This is a bike that has lived up to its reputation for over 10 years, continually adapting to changes in technology and riding styles. It's the only bike on test to use a light, tough but compliant steel frame.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£1,200.00 RRP
You can upgrade the P7's disc brakes to Hope ones.

Our review

A bike you can trust, it's been created with true attention to detail
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This is a bike that has lived up to its reputation for over 10 years, continually adapting to changes in technology and riding styles.

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Frame

It has an instantly comfortable feel to it.

It has a light, tough but compliant steel frame. It also runs with a slacker head angle to inspire bolder descending and allow a full 130mm of fork travel, courtesy of the superb Fox Vanilla. You can see the key elements of the tough hardtail have all been considered.

Ride

How does it ride? Just as you’d expect from a bike like the P7, it has an instantly comfortable feel to it. Big 2.3in Conti tyres, a well balanced frame and supple forks all make you feel reassuringly in control, and that feeling remains as you fly along technical terrain. It’s still light enough to sprint up climbs but the slacker angles and burlier fork make it a shade slower uphill than the Marin and Gary Fisher.

Equipment

You get Hope hubs and good quality eyeleted rims: this is very important now that we ride with disc brakes because you want those wheels to last, unlike the old days when your V-brakes wore them out in one winter. You can also choose to upgrade from Hayes disc brakes to Hope, but whichever you choose you should have ample stopping power.

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Overall this is a true all-rounder and a great package at £1200. It looks good, rides good and has everything going for it whether you’re a weekend trail blaster or a long-haul adventurer.

Product Specifications

Product

Name P7 Pro
Brand Orange Bikes

Spokes Brand DT Swiss
Seatpost Stick-Up
Handlebar Type Oversized
Wheelset SpeedDisc All Mtn
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Rear Tyre Nevegal
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Nevegal
Available Sizes 15 Inches 17 Inches 19 Inches 21 Inches
Available Colours Black Orange
Weight (kg) 12.7
Shifters Shimano XT
Seat Angle 70
Cranks Evolve DH
Saddle Bel Air
Rims SpeedDisc
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Pedals Big Flats
Headset Type Integrated
Head Angle 68
Handlebar Supercross
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Frame Material Butted Cr-Mo Steel
Fork Fox 32 Vanilla R 140mm
Colour Orange