The Orange Crush is aptly named. This bike demands to be ridden brutally The Crush has been around a while now, and it’s always had very clear priorities. Those priorities are all about being a gravity-biased trail slayer.
Orange’s most recent 650b-wheeled incarnation has had some exciting frame changes to modernise its geometry, further increasing its functionality and fun factor. The rear triangle has been made slightly shorter with 430mm chainstays, and features a 142×12 bolt thru-axle as well as more tyre clearance for wider rims and chunky tyres. A narrow/wide ring is backed up with a chainguide The head tube is now of the 44mm variety, allowing all headset types and steerer shapes to be fitted. It also means that if you own an Orange Five, for example, everything can be swapped back and forth for summer and winter configurations, should you desire.
Related: Orange Five RS 2016
Most provocatively for us, the top tube has been made slightly longer at 613mm (size medium) and the head angle slacker at 66 degrees – as we say, clear motives. We tested the entry-level Crush S on everything from cross country-esque days, to full-on black-graded downhill runs. Crush by name, crushing […]