Orange Charger S
WHY THE CHARGER?
ELECTRIC POWERED ORANGE
F: 160MM | R: 150MM | W: 27.5
- Brand New Frame designed and built in Britain
- 5 year frame warranty with Limited Lifetime Crash Replacement
- Shimano EP8 Drive Assist
- 27.5 wheelset
- Shimano 8036 630Wh integrated battery in downtube
- Quick release battery for easy charging
- Boost 148mm rear hub spacing
- Orange trail honed geometry
- Reduced offset fork
- Long top tube short stem for high-speed stability
SHIMANO EP801 (Gen 2) FEATURES
- 85Nm max torque - Max assist ratio: 400%
- 2.6kg total weight
- 10% reduced volume (compared with E8000)
- 36% less drag (compared with E8000)
- Improved ride profiles for more powerful feel on a wider range of pedal cadences
- Fine tune modes with E-tube App
- Improved heat managment to maintain power on long climbs
- 630Wh Lithium Ion integrated battery
- Same 177mm Q-Factor as a standard XT crankset
- New SHIMANO STEPS Satellite System On/Off Switch
- 4 Assist Modes (Walk/Eco/Trail/Boost)
- Mechanical Walk Assist improved to the level of Intelligent Walk Assist (Di2)
The new Charger is the E.P.O. bike we all need. If you lust after a hardcore e-bike but think the ambition of the Phase is a little over-the-top then the Charger is the one for you.
Updated for 2023, the new generation Charger incorporates the new Shimano 8036 battery technology which has allowed us to revise of the ergonics of power assist controls.
Think of a it as a re-inforced Five with extra horsepower at the touch of a button. Think of a Five with a charging port and you'll see where the name comes from. We love the Charger - keep the battery topped up and it's the e-bike that's always ready to go. Confident handling and the kind of trail 'pop' that you expect from an Orange - but with added oomph. Sessioning the local woods or lapping your favourite trail centres, the Charger will power you to the top of your favorite tracks time after time. With its 630Wh power cell there's plenty of juice in the tank to go boost and play hard and fast, or just enjoy the extra spinning up those longer climbs in 'eco' mode for longer rides out.
THE FRAME BUILD
At Orange we never stand still. With every iteration of our models we hone our production processes to improve the frame's performance and features where needed, and this one is no different. With state of the art aluminium craftsmen who hold years of experience, we think that the frames we produce today are among the finest we've ever made and indeed probably the finest in the world. We don't know of anyone else that goes to the lengths we do to create a performance mountainbike frame.
The new Charger frames have had a raft of new features, tweaks and changes. The most obvious is the re-layout of the front end, which integrates the Shimano EP8 motor more elegantly into the downtube which houses the integral battery unit. The rear swing arm construction has seen some modifications as well as a couple of details such as relocating the Shimano EP8’s wheel speed sensor into the disc rotor. The rear mech is attached using a Universal Derailleur Hanger. UDH for short and as the name implies universally available everywhere should you ever need to replace it, but has features that mean in the case of an impact it is designed to slip slightly and has the ability to “re-rail” the chain back onto the small cog, so more robust, less hanger replacing.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 Phase models. Revisions have been made to the shock mounts to accommodate the new metric rear shock (230x65) 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 final piece of the puzzle is ensuring the battery is easily removable for easy charging. The battery is removable using just an 4mm allen key, so no more bolts to undo or keys to lose and it take's just a matter of seconds to drop out a battery. If you've gone through a 630Wh battery and you still want more then “double battery days” are very much a reality and we have a system that means this is as easy as possible. Second batteries are available from Orange and will come with the protective cover as standard.
THE 'ENGINE' – SHIMANO EP801 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 EP801 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 EP801 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 EP801 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 EP801’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 EP801 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 EP801 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.