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Coming in at a very competitive £1250, we review if the Orange RX9 S really is a good way to get you offroad on a budget.

orange rx9 s
Best for...
Getting you off the tarmac and onto the gravel without breaking the bank
Overall Score
A great frame and carbon fork for the money
Cable driven brakes could be affected by offroad grit, so an upgrade to hydraulic would be a good idea ultimately

Gravel bike are hitting an all time high for popularity at the moment and this offering from UK based Orange is an excellent way into the discipline for those who need to keep an eye on budget.

A 6061-T6 aluminium frame provides the stiffness to really push power through and onto the ground, while a carbon fork keeps the weight down and should manage the worst of the trail buzz which can cause fatigue over time.

To further stiffen up the power delivery and maneuverability Orange have specced a 12x142 bolt through back end and a 15mm bolt through on the fork, both of which should boost the liveliness and accuracy of the bike when on the road or trail.

While the Pro version offers 1x11 SRAM Rival and Easton bars, stem and seatpost for £1700, this cheaper version offers the - still reliable - Shimano Tiagra for the bulk of the drivetrain, while the excellent TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes are in charge of bringing everything to a halt. The rest of the parts are all Strange, Orange's own finishing kit brand.

A real all-rounder, the RX9 comes with all the fittings needed to install a rack and mudguards, yet has clearance for up to a 42mm tyre - this is one machine that could take on everything from your daily commute to a full on adventure, on and off the tarmac.

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