Orange Bikes set out to create a new trail-focused e-MTB package, and just announced the 27.5”-wheeled, 150mm-travel Charger. As part of their E.P.O. (Electric Powered Orange) series, it uses the high-torque Shimano STEPS E8000 system and 504Wh battery for long range and trail-tackling pedal assist.
The Charger starts off with a UK-made aluminum frame with an all-new narrowed downtube design. Using 27.5″ wheels, it has all of the features you’d expect in a modern mountain bike – stealth dropper routing, internal routing, and even unconventional raised chainstays to eliminate chain slap.
That downtube handles the hefty 504Wh Shimano e-bike battery, which can be removed with the turn of a key for quick charging.
The frame is based around a 150mm front fork and 145mm travel rear shock, putting it in the trail or all-mountain category. Orange wanted the Charger to be noticeably livelier then their Surge model, and adjusted the suspension kinematics with a more progressive leverage ratio. It uses a single pivot design for simplicity and serviceability.
All frame sizes of the Charger come with 27.5” wheels, along with Boost spacing front and rear.
- Charger S starting at £5,500
- Charger Pro starting at £6,300
- Charger RS starting at £6,800
- Charger Factory starting at £7,700
The Charger is available now through Orange dealers, and carries a five year frame warranty.