The Orange Clockwork: a model name that’s appeared alongside the words ‘best in test’ possibly more than any other bike since it first appeared 25 years ago. But while the name’s been around for a quarter of a century, don’t for a second think this is a retro wonder: the modern Clockwork 100 is an absolutely contemporary hardtail, perfect for anything from an endurance race machine to an ultra-capable trail bike. The aluminium frame is purposely designed to make the most of smooth-rolling big 29in wheels, and it comes laden with features, such as custom butted and shaped tubes, a disc brake mount on the chainstay, and internal brake, gear and dropper post routing. The range-opening Clockwork 100 comes with a RockShox XC32 100mm suspension fork, Shimano Deore Shadow Plus drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes; while the upgraded Clockwork 100 S features a RockShox Recon Gold 100mm suspension fork, Shimano SLX Shadow Plus gears and improved Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
Upping the fork suspension travel, but reducing the wheel size means the Clockwork 120 is a devastatingly accurate weapon for taking on twisting, technical singletrack. Those 27.5in wheels lend a potent blend of quick handling and rapid acceleration, which — combined with Orange’s legendary geometry and handling — makes for a supremely lively, reactive, grin-inducing, fun machine. As with the Clockwork 100 the superb lightweight aluminium frame features custom butted and shaped tubes, a disc brake mount on the chainstay, and internal brake, gear and dropper post routing. The range starting Clockwork 100 comes with a RockShox XC32 120mm suspension fork, a Shimano Deore Shadow Plus drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes; while the upgraded Clockwork 100 S features a RockShox Recon Gold 120mm suspension fork, Shimano SLX Shadow Plus gears and improved Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
Want even more ability from your hardtail? How about a super-tough, super-lightweight aluminum frame with a full 140mm of suspension fork? That’s the enticing package that comes with the Crush — a bruiser of a bike, but which Orange says is much more than just another hardcore hardtail. The combination of ultra-dynamic 27.5in wheels with all that plush front-end travel provides a heady mixture of confidence, thrills, fun and performance. And because the custom butted 6061 aluminium frame is so svelte, and the geometry is so perfected, you’ll find it’s (almost) as much fun coming back up the trail as heading down it. The Crush AM comes with a RockShox Revelation RL suspension fork, Shimano SLX Shadow Plus/Deore gearset and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, while the Crush RS features a RockShox Pike RCT3 suspension fork, Shimano Zee/SLX gears and Shimano XT hydraulic brakes.