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All-new Orange Stage 6 EVO is their 140mm travel sport-mode enduro bike

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Orange Bikes have given their Stage 6 enduro bike the EVO treatment, with an all-new custom-formed frame now delivering just 140mm of rear wheel travel via that instantly recognizable Orange single-pivot. The Stage 6 EVO doesn’t replace the Stage 6 – that 150mm travel bike remains in the line-up for those after the extra cushion. The new EVO is simply a pared-back version of that 29er, running the same wheel size, almost the same geometry, but in a stiffer, stronger and more laterally rigid frame with a little less travel at each end.

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Orange Stage 6 EVO

2022 orange stage 6 evo 29er enduro mtb british
Most folk will be pleased to see the addition of a top tube accessory mount, ideal if, like many Pro EWS riders, you prefer to offload your tools and spares onto the frame itself. There’s no space inside the front triangle for a water bottle, though; you’ll have to mount that to the underside of the downtube.

The Orange Stage 6 is by no means the first bike in the stable to get the EVO makeover. Earlier this year, the British frame manufacturers dropped the Alpine EVO, a 155mm travel version of the longer travel 27.5″ Alpine. Besides smaller suspension numbers, a key change was made at the swingarm which saw a new asymmetric design with a lowered non-driveside chainstay.

2022 orange stage 6 evo asymmetric swingarm
The asymmetric swingarm has boost rear axle spacing; it is the dropped non-drive side chainstay (relative to the drive-side one) that is largely responsible for the increased stiffness

Why? To better resist twisting under pedaling loads, creating a stiffer and more pedal-friendly overall package. 

The Stage 6 EVO follows suit, rocking that same asymmetric swingarm. Other notable differences include “better integration” of the bearing housings, along with revised tube thicknesses. The result? A 20% increase in longitudinal stiffness and a 15% increase in overall strength compared to previous construction methods, without incurring a weight penalty. 

2022 orange stage 6 evo offset pivot

Orange tell us the new asymmetric bearing housing meant they could re-locate the main pivot to a more neutral position to minimize pedal kickback, allowing the bike to pedal smoothly through choppy terrain.

Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height measured from ground with 740 mm Ø tyre enduro mtb 140mm asymmetric rear stays

So, while the Stage 6 EVO drops 10mm travel at either end, the geometry numbers are barely affected. Like the Stage 6, it runs a 64° head tube angle and a 76° seat tube angle with ever so slightly longer reach figures. With the switch to the asymmetric stays there’s a nigh-on negligible (2mm) shortening of the rear-centre length, still very healthy at 467mm. That figure is consistent across the M-XL size range.

2022 orange stage 6 evo enduro mtb geometry chart
2022 Orange Stage 6 EVO Geometry Chart: Frame angles are measured static, without rider sag. Bottom bracket height measured from ground with 740 mm Ø tyre.
2022 orange stage 6 evo  sram udh
The new asymmetric swingarm also gets improved dropouts to work with a SRAM UDH, the new(ish) rear mech mounting standard that many manufacturers are now switching to as it makes it much easier for the rider to source a new one in the event theirs snaps or bends out of line.

Pricing & Availability

The new Orange Stage 6 EVO is available now in the Special Edition (SE) model only, with other models to follow in due course.

2022 orange stage 6 evo se

Retailing at £6,400, the Stage 6 EVO SE is fairly binged out with an Ox Blood frame rocking a 150mm Ohlins RXF 36 M.2 Air fork and a TTX1 air shock. Other notable parts include:

  • Shimano SLX 12 Speed Drivetrain
  • Hope Tech 3 E4 Black Brakes paired with 180mm (Rear) and 203mm (Front) rotors
  • Stans Flow Mk4 rims laced to a Hope Pro 4 hubset
  • Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II Combo in EXO Casing
  •  SDG Tellis 150mm

2022 orange stage 6 evo cockpit renthal bar cane creak headset

The Orange Stage 6 EVO is designed and built in Britain and is sold with a 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime Crash Replacement.


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