Orange’s Five29. Finally Released.

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You’ll probably have seen photos of the pre-production prototype in our coverage of the Bike Place Show ( and in, ahem, other magazines, but this is the first time that a production one has been allowed out of the building at Orange, so we’ve got the first look at it.

Straight-through headtube is lighter than tapered.


New, neat oval grommets.


Decent mud room with chunky tyres.


142mm dropouts (yay!)


A very neat-looking 140mm 29er.


First to feature Orange's new, lighter shock mount (which allows a lighter down tube)

And in complete contrast to any photos you’ve seen of the previous pre-production bike, the Five29 features zero swingarm cable bosses. It’s through the frame or nothing, traditional Orange style…

Look - no stops!


New, lighter rear shock mount too.


The first 50 will be in this 'Black Gold' colourscheme.



Retail price will be £2999.99 and the bikes will be starting to arrive in the next couple of weeks… And when these are all gone, some new models (one upspecced and one d0wnspecced from this one, though neither in this colourscheme) will start to appear…

More details will be on Orange’s website.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (15)

    That looks bloody long! What is the chainstay length?

    Not a fan of the “John Player Special” colourscheme I’m afraid… 🙁

    I like it apart from the colour.

    I have a cough today and the JPS paint job makes it feel like i’m back on the tabs.

    What next? A silk cut white/purple one?

    Have they kinked the seat tube? Can’t quite tell.

    I think it looks rad. the paint is smokey and the bandit car

    “142mm dropouts” – good news, I hope thay are adopted by other Orange models.

    Two things that I find visually detestable on a bike, Orange swing arms and 29 inch wheels.

    Yet I find the combination of both oddly striking.

    looks ace. I bet it’ll do 80mph+ down something rocky, no probs 😉

    Loving the colours reminds me of my favourite toy car as a kid. Can you guess what it was?

    So I’m willing to do a long term test, say about 10 years.

    What size frame is that?

    Rule 1. Never buy a bike with internal cable routing unless it has the facility for external cable routing when things go tits up.

    Could not agree more billyboy. Internal cable routing looks good on paper, pain in the arse in reality. What should be a simple job becomes a nightmare and that is just gear cables. The fun is multiplied beyond belief with a Reverb Stealth when it is time for a wee service!

    That’s not a 29er. It’s just one of the teeny tiny Diva frames that they’ve painted five29 on.

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