Manufactured in the UK, the Orange Switch 6 gets updated with new kinematics, frame design and more.


From enduro racing to trials riding, the Switch 6 is a popular and versatile beastie, and Orange thought long and hard before messing with a classic. But, it says, the updates that have been made bring more to the bike without losing the trail performance that underpins its popularity.

These include kinematic updates, with a more progressive feel, and the inclusion of bearing eyelets on the shock for increased sensitivity in the initial portion of the stroke.

Need to know:

  • UK-made aluminium frame
  • 160mm travel front and rear
  • Mixed wheel size
  • Available in S, M, L and XL
  • Prices from  £5700 / €6500 EUR | $6700 USD
  • Signature single-pivot design

First launched in 2019, over the past few years the Orange Switch 6 has been ridden by both the Orange Factory Racing team for its first year of competing in the then Enduro World Series (now, EDR World Cup), and by ten times trials World Champion Jack Carthy. Like the original, the new Switch 6 has been designed for trails, and chances are it’ll be equally as popular with riders.

Handlebar details Orange Switch 6 2023

Frame design and geometry updates

Orange will be manufacturing this bike in-house in the UK at its own facility, and are aiming to do this with more and more of its bikes (including, it hints, at hardtails in the future).

Orange Switch 6 2023 geometry

Geometry chart for the Orange Switch 6 2023

The aluminium frame is constructed from custom fabricated tubes, built from flat sheets of aerospace grade aluminium and seam-welded. These are combined with components CNC’d from aluminium billet (aluminium blocks).

For riders who like to store less on their back and more on their bike, the Switch 6 now has Orange’s own on-board storage or S.A.F.E (Stores Accessories, Food and Equipment). There is also more room in the front triangle to allow a large water bottle to be fitted.

Head tube detail on the Orange Switch 6 2023

A new tapered head tube increases stiffness and strength, while a shorter seat tube means a longer dropper post can be fitted. And finally, sizes has been revised.


Front and rear suspension is 160mm, supplied on the Switch 6 LE in the form of a Fox Performance 36 Float fork and Fox Float X Performance shock.

Rear shock on the Orange Switch 6 2023

The shock is a 205 x 65 trunnion mount with revised upper and lower shock mounts that mean bearing eyelets can be used. These offer a lower breakaway force, and therefore significantly increase sensitivity at the initial portion of the stroke.

Leverage ratio graph for the Orange Switch 6 2023

Leverage ratio for the Orange Switch 6 2023 versus the original Switch 6

Kinematics have been refined and are now considerably more refined than on the original Switch 6. Where the original was very linear, with a working progression of only 0.7%, the updated Switch 6 has a working progression of 6.2%. Anti-squat has also been reduced, with dynamic sag anti-squat sitting at 113.5%.

Models and availability

The first full build is the Orange Switch 6 LE and it’s available from today, complete with Fox suspension, SRAM drivetrain and Shimano brakes. A frameset is also available.

Orange Switch 6 2023

Orange Switch 6 LE

  • Price: £5700 / €6500 EUR | $6700 USD
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colour: Gloss Angel Delight / Gloss Charcoal Grey
  • Frame: 6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing
  • Fork:  Fox Performance 36 Float 160mm 29
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance 205×65
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX / GX
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX Trail 203/180
  • Wheels & tyres: Stans Flow Mk4 + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 29 + 27, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c EXO 29/ DHR II 2.4 EXO 27.5

Orange Switch 6 frameset 2023

Orange Switch 6 frameset

  • Price: from  £2900 GBP | €3200 EUR | $3500 USD
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colours: Gloss Angel Delight/Gloss Charcoal Grey
  • Frame: 6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing
  • Shock: Fox Float X Performance 205×65

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