We demoed an Orange 5 pro + hope upgrades against a TranceX2 and a GT hardtail. Got it from Ralph's in Taunton and took it to the Qs. Mostly rode around Triscombe, singletrack and downhill trails, swapping bike regularly to compare.
The Orange 5 is very pretty with all the hope upgrades but we were surprsed and disappointed by the ride:
1. Hard work to pedal even though it's not especially heavy
2. Good downhill in a straight line but iffy cornering, we think due to the Mountain King 2.2 tyres being unsuitable for wet slipper conditions - not the bike's fault.
3. Not a sensitive rear suspension system like the TranceX, trail buzz transmitted to the seat. Best ridden like a HT.
4. Brilliant Fox Float QR15 fork.
Overall, we were most disappointed at it's pedalling performance. Is it possible that we misunderstood this bike?