When it comes to swift but gnarly hardtails the Orange Crush line-up is the benchmark others aim for. The original aluminium hardcore hardtail gets a 2022 tune-up to keep it ahead of the game. The frame has gone through a couple of geometry adjustments and a few construction refinements.
First, and most obvious, is the new one-piece chainstay yoke. It is forged for maximum toughness and provides improved lateral rigidity for pedalling performance, and leaves plenty of clearance for larger tyres, while giving the chainring plenty of space to breathe in muddy conditions.
The new frame features a tapered headtube, giving the bike more weld area to add strength and provide more support for the lower headset bearing. Where others skimp on the bottom bracket shell, Orange believe the extra strength benefits of a 73mm width in this area pays back big-time of a hardtail that gets the thrashing a typical Crush will get.