Surge 29 XTR
RRP FROM: £9,400.00
(Available in Fizzy Orange, Norlando Grey, Matt Charcoal Grey, Sandy Playa, Sparks Blue and Smoke White)
The Surge is the next phase in the evolution of our E.P.O. program. At Orange Bikes it’s all about the ride, and we’ve made substantial improvements to our e-bike chassis which deliver the most engaging trail feel, The 170mm travel Surge will take on the biggest terrain, and is not shy when is comes to sending those gaps. Excelling where the uplift doesn’t go. Some of the best trails lie beyond where your lift pass takes you – enter the Surge. Big adventures and an e-bike with big ideas, way above the lift station. Fast and sure footed, the stability in the Surge’s geometry will give you confidence on any trail.
The new Surge is a revelation and we urge you to try one. E-bikes can be a devisive topic, but once you are bitten by the bug they are hard to resist.
The Surge 29 takes many of its traits from the new Stage 6, 64° head angle, 76° seat angle, reduced offset fork, increased reach and a metric shock but it also incorporates Shimano’s newest battery technology – 8035. The revised battery has meant that we are now able to considerably reduce the size of the down tube, add an On/Off switch to the top tube and the battery is now removable without a key.
With 29” wheels, 160mm travel at the front and 150mm at the rear this bike is prepared to go wherever you are willing to take it.
Something that was painstakingly pored over was the suspension characteristic of the new Alpine 6, with everything we gained from that bike we wanted it to translate across into the Surge. Revisions have been made to the shock mounts to accommodate the new metric rear shock (230×65) and the increase in travel from 160 to 165mm, we have also focussed on increasing the amount of progression in the system which has seen a substantial increase, reduced the bike’s anti-squat value and decreased the amount of pedal kickback in the system.
The Surge’s revised construction and shape is one of the biggest leaps forward over its predecessor, revisions to the front triangle in both construction and tubing profile have helped improve the bike’s stiffness while still remaining compliant enough that the bike isn’t harsh, the new down tube is substantially slimmer and has a much more organic profile that the one that went before it.
While the rear swingarm has taken cues from our 327 DH bike in its profile, this has been done to help deal with the large amounts of torque being produced by the motor, the additional overall weight of the bike and the fact that this bike acts like your own personal uplift vehicle where descents are the order of the day.
The final piece of the puzzle was to have a battery that was easily removable. Hearing of riders doing “double battery rides” is very much a reality and we wanted a system that allowed this to happen as easily as possible. The battery is now removable with the use of just a key, so there are no more bolts to undo and it should take a matter of seconds to swap. Second batteries will be available from Orange and will come with the protective cover as standard.
SHIMANO EP8 DRIVE UNIT
We have worked closely with Shimano since the introduction of the very first Electric Powered Orange model. The Shimano drive assist philosophy is very much like our own. Their system does what it needs to do, then stays out of the way when it’s done its job, letting you ride the way you want to.
The brand new Shimano EP8 unit is an improvement in every way to the previous model, making what we considered the best even better. The new drive unit is slimmer, sleeker and more compact than its predecessor, but don’t let its size deceive you. The EP8 packs a punch with enough power to get you to the top of any epic climb. The streamlined, integrated design not only looks the part, but it also allows for increased ground clearing for when the trail gets technical.
Everything about the EP8 is designed to allow you to focus on the ride. The new unit operates with little noise, letting you to focus on the natural sound of the trails without distraction. The newly refined Trail Mode utilises all 85Nm of the EP8’s power to effortlessly and intuitively assist you on your ride. Whether tackling loose sand or steep mountain ranges, the drive unit rapidly and seamlessly self-adjusts so that you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll always have maximum traction and control. The harder you push, the more power will be delivered to assist you, meaning that no trail is off-limits.
The lightest full-power system, weighing in at just 2.6kg and with a 36% reduction in drag compared to the previous model, the EP8 will not hold you back. An improved clutch mechanism makes for a more responsive ride, with a smoother cut-off when pedalling above 25km/h. All of this puts you in complete control of the bike, with fluid pedalling and no surprises. The EP8 also offers an improved Walk Assist Mode, fully supporting you to push your bike with a one button control, allowing you to hop on and off with ease.
With the E-Tube Project App you can choose from 10 levels of assistance and set the maximum amount of torque best suited to your ride style across three modes, allowing for a fully customised ride before you’ve even put on your helmet. Preferences can be saved to different profiles so that you can quickly and easily switch between them for different terrains, or if swapping from the daily commute to weekend trails.
The EP8 also offers peace of mind. The smart, heat-conducting magnesium materials and a completely redesigned motor housing means that the unit handles rising temperatures on climbs easily, guaranteeing you maximum torque for longer. The new colour display is also fitted with an anti-theft mount and is optimised to be visible in bright sunlight, meaning that you can spend less time with your head down and more time enjoying what the bike has to offer.
Here are the technical specifications of the Shimano EP8 drive unit.
PEDAL ASSIST MODES
All three support modes will assist until 16mph.
- ECO – Riding support while enabling maximum range
- TRAIL – Gradual support for encouraging sportive riding
- BOOST – Full support for maximum boost and uncompromised climbing
- WALK ASSIST – As additional mode, walk assist can be easily enabled with the assist switch
Short chainstays (shorter chainstay length ensuring better manoeuvrability)
Narrow Q-factor of 177mm (compact and lightweight design for better handling with same Q-factor as current Shimano XT)
Maximum power: 504 W
Nominal power: 250 W
Maximum torque: 85 Nm
WEIGHT OF DRIVE UNIT
Integrated version (504Wh)
Charging: 80% after 2,5 hrs / 5 hrs from 0 to 100%
Battery life: 1,000 cycles
WHY THE SURGE 29?
ELECTRIC POWERED ORANGE
F: 160MM | R: 150MM | W: 29
- Frame designed and built in Britain
- 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime
- Crash Replacement
- New Shimano EP8 Drive Assist
- New Slimmer downtube with Shimano 8035 battery
- New Quick release battery
- New ‘On’ switch on top tube
- Boost 148mm rear hub spacing
- Alpine-trail honed geometry
- Reduced offset fork
- Long top tube short stem for high-speed stability
- Choose from 4 custom colours
NEW SHIMANO EP8 FEATURES
- 85Nm max torque – Max assist ratio: 400%
- 2.6kg total weight
- 10% reduced volume (compared with E8000)
- 36% less drag
- Shimano E8000 250W drive unit with 70Nm torque
- 504Wh Lithium Ion battery for up to 100km assist
- Same 177mm Q-Factor as a standard XT crankset
- 4 Assist Modes (Walk/Eco/Trail/Boost)
- Mechanical Walk Assist improved to the level of Intelligent Walk Assist (Di2)