At Eurobike last year we brought you this story about Orange’s new prototype 29er: http://singletrackworld.com/2012/08/eurobike-2012-oranges-new-140mm-29er/ Well, now that bike is in production (and completely sold to dealers already…)
It now has a name. Orange’s venerable Five moniker has been given to this 140mm 29er and it’ll be known as the Five29.
Riders we’ve spoken to who’ve had a play on the new Five29 love the flat-out speed of it. It should ride more like a 160mm 26er if you want to get an idea of what to expect. There are many tweaks on this bike that will probably eventually make it through to other models, like the 142mm back end, new, lighter shock mounts – that then allow a lighter down tube. There’s an untapered beer can head tube for maximum fork choice (and Angleset messing if you want).
Rather controversially for Orange fans, there’s the option to run gear cable and brake hose traditionally through the swing arm or on top of the swing arm for ease of installation. This is like the 322 already does, though it seems more of a sacrilege doing it on a Five.
These bikes are being made now and should appear in shops very shortly. Start getting in line. The complete bike you see here will be £3,000.