Orange P7 2002 Hardtail

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[May 26, 2003]
bruce watson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

bring back steel! - this bike is great for all-round riding, ie a 2 hour spin on your fav track, but the tail of the frame has enough 'give' unlike alloys to ride all day with out having to go into traction for your nackered back . Anyhow the price is for the frame alone, it handles great, light, strong, nimble, tracks great,& feels solid when nailing fairly hairy stuff. Ok it may weight a knat's excrement heavier than an alloy, but the extra strength and compliant rear by far push that into insignificance. This bike (steel hardtail!)beats the crap out the specialised fsr xc frame with this the excrement fox shock and snapped chain stays, it was bough to replace.

Weakness:

don't be daft?!.....

if your a real trail blazing-mountain biker, not some trendyarse bandwagon jumping XXX twat who wouldn't remember what a real steel frame was like to ride, buy this frame, it is sweet. If you love trail riding, buy this, remember its still lighter than an alloy suspension frame by a long shot, but with the 'give' in the rear tail it's brillliant.
I use mine for 1 hour spins, climbing like a mountain goat on speed, trail riding, enduro all day, and now starting overnight log distance riding and camping up. - happy riding!

Similar Products Used:

specialized fsr xc, spec' hardrock, peugeot, claude butler, trek vrx, GT chucker, carrea Kraken, and others

[Jun 02, 2005]
Brian McCulloch
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A springy no-nonsense British bruiser! I went full suspension for two years but found myself constantly reaching for the P7 when riding. The gears were thrown away a couple of winters back and I now single-speed it. My P7 has been thrashed around the local trails winter and summer, raced, been to South Wales, Brecon, Wye valley, F.O.D and The North Downs etc. It is my second P7 and I am still very happy with it. Do you want a bike that feels like a friend? This is the kiddie! The frame soaks up far more trail obstacles than you might realise – the property of a well thought out piece of steelwork. If you stick good kit on it you, can get it down to very decent weight without sacrificing strength. Think Middleburn, DMR, Hope, Thomson etc. Stick some good forks on it and whopping discs, a good headset and off you go. Orange offer a great 'upgrade' facility on new bikes and it is well worth checking out. You get the ability to spec the bike more precisely, added to which is a good local shop who will buy back or swap out equipment for you.

Weakness:

To be honest the biggest problem is my mates getting all panicky as I get fitter by the minute and kill them on the trails! The only niggle was the seat post needing a shim because of the odd seat tube diameter. I bought a 'tough enough' Selcof seatpost (huge range of sizes) and this sorted the problem relatively cheaply.

I guess all bikes are essentially two wheels, with some metalwork and rubber to get them going. My goal has always been to build something that just feels like a sweet extension of the body. I think my current P7 is just such a bike - it really is a very happy relationship whenever I swing a leg over it. Anyway, the sun is fighting to come out again and I have a friend I want to take up the trails. She is silver and black with two wheels, a handlebar and a bell. I think we may have some fun up the woods later! Oh and don’t try and pass us unless you are very good, you may get your fancy ass kicked on those hills!

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Marin EastPeak
Orange 5 Pro
Specialized Stumpjumper
Cannondale

[Jul 26, 2002]
Julian Taylor
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Perfect mix of stiffness and suppleness in a very elegant British-designed steel frame. Not as harsh as my alloy hardtail and absorbs the nasty stuff, but still a direct and exciting ride cross country, and deserves its cult status. Alternating the P7 with my alloy hardtail really underlines how the P7 doesn't lose any directness and yet is much more forgiving than the alloy bike. Nice paint job, too.

Weakness:

Hard to find! I bought the rigid version and switched the forks. No longer made in the UK. Cheap looking decals.

This is no Taiwan/US alloy clone machine. I can ride the P7 all day, or hack for a couple of hours and throw it along singletrack. It looks and rides brilliantly and makes me smile! Buy this bike if you want some UK MTB engineering that has stood the test of time. The abilities of this frame stand out when you ride, and that's the point, isn't it?

Similar Products Used:

Scott Vail 1996

[Apr 19, 2002]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I can't believe there are no other reviews for the P7. This is such a great hardtail; a real standard when it comes to steel frames. I am on my 3rd. I have had both new and S/H frames and everyone has been full of life with plenty of zing. Although not the lightest bike it is very forgiving and easy to control

Weakness:

None

Just get one. If your new to XC this is a great starter, if you want a singlespeed pick up one S/H, if you want another bike (no one needs another bike and can never have to many) get one.

Similar Products Used:

Saracen, Whyte PRST 1, P7 single speed, Sub 5

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