If I go back to a FS it would probably be a 5'. Only had a quick spin, & it felt a very active suspension action. I liked it. Had a couple of FS before, Giant NRS, SWorks Enduro & recently a Ventana El-Ciclon. The El-Ciclon had a simillar suspension action, in that it was quite active but obviously totally different apart from that. What impressed me though, was a ride with some guys in Derbyshire. I always thought myself ok, going downhill anyway, but I these guys (both on 5's), were so quick. We swapped bikes & did the run again, & I was amazed how much more controlled the 5' felt. I'm not a fan of the latest slack models, & would look for the one from the year they introduced the kinked top tube.
First full-sus for years and years, orange 5?...
I had an orange 5 and liked it but have felt the trek ex8 that replaced it to be a much more 'complete' bike that climbs better and is as much fun on the downs- all subjective I know - plus its alot quieter!
Run my 5 with a Stinger chain device and 2x9, seems to work superbly never dropped the chain and doesn't sound like a sack of spanners beating a robot to death and stuff
They're great bikes. Questionable value, and not the best warranty (and don't believe anyone who says "They're bombproof" or similiar, they break just like everything else). But very good for the whole riding part once you get over that. Kinda flexy swingarm unless you get the maxle one, wouldn't bother me at all but it does bother some folks. (I don't hold with stiffer = better)
Some folks say they're too biased towards descending... But if you don't want a bike that's biased towards descending, why are you buying one with 5 inches of travel, is the question there. Modern shocks mean even stoneage singlepivots can climb acceptably well.
Hob Nob - Member
No it doesn't. A cursory glance at the geometry table shows they will ride nothing like each other.
Have you actually ridden both? Only MBR journalists believe you can take a look at a geometry sheet and know how a bike will ride
Just out of interest has anyone compared a 5 Pro to the Yeti ASR5? I test rode the ASR5 last week and it blew me away, I'm testing a 5 Pro with coming weekend. Obviously will draw my own conclusions but considering the original question for this thread...
Junior / Yunki, from my experience a Yeti ASR5 is a must ride. Had a go on an Ibis Mojo SL yesterday and it was also very good, but the Yeti felt better to me. The suspension just kind of disappeared, the bike climbed especially well with no discernible bob, even out of the saddle.
Had a 2006 5 from new and replaced it with my current 2009. Use it for everything and never have a problem. I have other bikes but usually reach for the 5. Also never had any part of the frame (pivot, bearings etc) fail.
Can it be used really for ddays in the mountains - absolutely. Have spent quite a few days on random trails in Scottish mountains and it's been when it's shone the most. Whether Torridon, Gorms, Tour de Ben Nevis. It doesn't matter. These are the days when I realise how good the bike is.
Looks - dunno, but then I never did looks in cars either
I replaced a Yeti ASR with a 5 and was very pleased; just more fun IMO. Not as light though if you want it for racing on light-moderate terrain.
I also replaced a mount vision with one.
Then I bought another one.
My three fives are built up so differently they're entirely different beasts and you'd never know they're the same frame. Personally I like the feel of the five's single pivot with a fox coil shock over any bike in it's class, although I do ride VPP geometry occasionally for variety.
That girder-like back end just makes it so laterally stiff, it's beautiful on the corners.
Regardless of my other bikes, I usually ride a Five or a Patriot.
Just my personal opinion of course.
PS theyre also dead easy to service (i.e. never) and last for aeons.
Trekster - Member
My current choice from a large crop of good bikes would be the Transition Bandit. Still to have a ride on one
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