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Orange Switch 6 High Pivot Idler upgrade

I bought this ''Enduro'' in 2022 when the Orange Factory Team were competing the EWS with this baby. The industrial fridge aesthetic in the matching colour is really something. In the meantime, Orange have released the 170/170mm Switch7 with the articulated single pivot rear triangle which they label as their enduro bike. The successor to my Switch6 has 160/160mm travel and is labelled as a trail bike. Mine still has 160/145mm travel but in the smallest size with 467mm reach, 64mm head angle, the extremely low bottom bracket and the 1250mm wheelbase it is anything but a playful trail bike. The lock on the shock and the 76mm seat angle make it very easy to pedal. The most cc 120mm Orange has the same 76 seatangle. At 14.6kg, it is relatively light for the lack of carbon parts and I was able to replace the two rear bearings at home in 60 minutes without an stand or special tools. The new Switch7 has 10 bearings in comparison. For me, it's the perfect all-rounder bike. I can master long, steep climbs relatively efficiently. The 145mm suspension is not too sluggish on flowing singletrack trails and the acceleration under power is sensational. Thanks to the aggressive geo, I dare to ride even very steep passages and completely take my foot off the brakes in corners. The 160mm of travel is also used from time to time on park days, rough trails or enduro races.

Frame:
2022 Orange Switch 6 Size M Matte White Smoke / 6902RS 15x28x7mm Bearings / 210x55 EXT Storia Lok V3 350lbs V2 Spring / 2x 8mm 22.00mm Buschings

Fork/Headset:
FOX 36 Factory FIT4 160mm 1Volumespacer / 70psi / Rebound and Compression fully open / 180mm PM / Intend Stiffmaster and Hope EC49/40

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Hope Evo Crank 155mm / Hope BSA30 BB with SKF MTRX10 30x40x7mm Bearings

Pedals:
XTR Trail PD-M9120 SPD

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano XTR CS-M9101 10-45 / Garbaruk 32T round Chainring

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano XT RD-M8100 GS / XTR SL-M9100 I-Spec EV

Handlebars/Stem:
PRO MTB Koryak Carbon 800mm 20mm Rise / Renthal Apex Ø31.8 31mm Stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Gebiomized sleak titan rails / Vecnum MOVEloc 2 30.9 140mm Seatclamp Lever without Cable

Brakes:
Shimano XTR BL-M9120 Trail with BR-M9120 4-piston Calipers / Shimano RT-MT905 in the front and Intend Blackline Skinny rotor in the back both 203mm

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Hope Pro 4 laced with 32 DT Swiss Competition to 29" DT Swiss XM421 / ERD 602mm / Bearings: 2x S6804 20x32x7mm / Schwalbe Tacky Chan 29.2.4 UltraSoft Super Trail 1080g

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Hope Pro 4 laced with 32 DT Swiss Revolution to 27,5" DT Swiss XM421 / ERD 564mm / Bearings: Microspline Freehub (yes 3 bearings not only 2) from outside in so right to left Freehub : 2x S6803/61803 MTRX08 17x26x5mm + 1x 17x28x7mm Pro4 Boost Hub 2x 6903rs MTRX09 17x30x7mm / Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5x2.35 Addix Performance 880g

Accessories:
King Kage Irin Titanium Bottlecage / Vecnum Seatclamp / Hope +20mm PM Adapter H / Fraezen Bashguard / Hope Topcap / Marschguard Slapper Tape / SKF MTRX Bearings / Pro-Bolt Ti bolts with cup washers / Ergon GXR small gripps / Loamlab Counterpunch

More Info:
Weight: 14.6kg which is as heavy as the wethepeople smap master bmx

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Full Enduro with Intend fork
  2. New fork and full coil but sub 15kg
  3. well balanced trailbike

Added by ianiscaratti. Last updated 22 days ago.

7 Comments

NicolasCalifornia

NicolasCalifornia says:

is that sprocket there your handiwork?

Posted 3 months ago

ianiscaratti

ianiscaratti says:

yes, it makes the upper chain length stay exactly the same no matther how deep i'm in to the travel. the lower part of the chain gets adjusted by the rd clutch. like this the suspension works as good as it would without a chain.

Posted 3 months ago

NicolasCalifornia

NicolasCalifornia says:

Why so partial

Posted over 1 year ago

ianiscaratti

ianiscaratti says:

what do you mean by partial?

Posted about 1 year ago

GhostRidingTheWhip

GhostRidingTheWhip says:

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Posted 4 months ago

ianiscaratti

ianiscaratti says:

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Posted 3 months ago

GhostRidingTheWhip

GhostRidingTheWhip says:

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Posted 3 months ago