2003 Orange P7 Singlespeed


Retro Newbie
Hello all,
I've recently given my Orange P7 a refresh, so I thought was worth posting.
I picked up the frame mid 2019 for £40, and built up the bike from parts I already owned. I used the bike just like that until last week.
After stripping it down I cleaned a few areas bubbling original paint off (metallic turquoise) to inspect the rust damage; I found a couple of pinholes on the underside of the top tube and the rest was solid. I thought it was worth trying to save the frame, so I mig welded and cleaned up the holes.
Following this I dropped the frame off for blasting and powdercoating in RAL 9002 with matt lacquer at LSN Coatings in Castleford.
Fortunately the blasting process didn't unearth any further corrosion, and once collected I coated the inside of the tubes with rust convertor and then Bilt Hamber S50.

I have now built up the frame with some of my original build components, plus a few new(to me) parts such as the Fox Forks (previously Manitou R7's) and M590 cranks (previously more period M571's).

See spec below for the final build, I'll get it weighed in the next week.

Frame: Orange P7 2003
Fork: Fox Float R Talas 2002/2003

Headset: Acor Alloy 1-1/8"
Stem: On One 25.4mm Stem
Handlebar: On One Fleegle
Grips: Superstar Lock-On Orange

Brakes: Clarks CMD-15 (Avid BB7 Copy)
Brake Pads: DiscoBrakes Copper Free
Brake Cables: Shimano SIS Blue Outer
Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial

Shifters: None, Singlespeed
Chain Tensioner: Surly Singleator
Sprocket: On-One Groove Armada 17T
Chain: YBN 8 Speed
Cranks: Shimano Deore M590
Chainring: MOTSUV 34T Oval 104 bcd
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-MT800 XT
Pedals: Shmano PDM-545 SPD

Hub Skewers: Superstar Components Superfly Carbon-Ti Ultralight
Rims: WTB SpeedDisc
Hubs: Hope XC
Tyres: Front - Hutchinson Squale 2.30, Rear - WTB Wolverine 2.10
Tubes: Tubeless Conversion

Saddle: San Marco ERA
Seatpost: Superstar Simple Orange Inline 27.2mm

Weight: TBA


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Dirt Disciple

Great bike, nice frame restoration!
I had mine (a 2007 Patriot 66) repainted by Orange directly - as the frames have a lifetime warranty they offer painting and refurbishing service to all former bikes. That’s great, there’s not many brands able to do that; Orange frames are built to last.


Retro Newbie

Thanks for the comments.

I'd seen that Orange offer a repaint service, I wasn't aware that some of their frames have a lifetime warranty though.. Good to know if I ever buy another orange!


Retro Newbie

I've just dropped this onto the bathroom scales to get a rough weight.

Comes in at 14.1kg, or 31lbs.
A little heavier than I thought!


Kona Fan
Great build you've made there and the chain tensioner is set up right too. I must say it doesn't look that heavy, I reckon your bike is better than your scales.