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ORANGE BIKES STAGE 4 RS

Price: £4,710.00 (as tested) / From: Orange Bikes, orangebikes.co.uk

When it comes to UK-made full suspension bikes, there was one brand that was always going to be in this grouptest. Put simply, few manufacturers can rival Orange Bikes’ rich 30-year history within the UK mountain biking scene. And unlike the recent flurry of newcomers, Orange has been welding together its full suspension frames in West Yorkshire for 20 of those years. You know, before it was cool.

Known for its pursuit of simplicity, strength and gimmick-free design, Orange isn’t a brand to make hasty changes or adopt unproven standards. Instead, the Halifaxbased manufacturer has turned evolution into an art form, perfecting its single pivot suspension designs over the years by implementing subtle structural design tweaks and refining geometry along the way.

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