- Anyone own an Orange AM?
Are the essentially just 5’s with Talas 36 (100 – 160s) on them?
Thinking of going back to either a 5 or a Heckler but having 2 sets of forks and shocks so you could have a rp23 / Talas 32 for normal XC / Peak duties but DHX5 coil / 36 Vans for alps / trail centre use.
The AM 5 set up still has an rp23 on it but could it take a coil shock or is it not even worth it? I know that the Heckler could. Anyone done this before? Two bike options with only one frame is the theory!
Thoughts, opinions and pics would be great!Posted 9 years agoRichybMember
I did this for the alps last year, put some 36 Talas on it and it was great, certainly more suited for the alps. I kept them on until last month and have now put some 32’s back on which as per your plan are much more suited to XC/general arseing about.
Not sure if you’re aware but the standard 5 with 32’s on now has the same head angle as last years AM (67 degrees), whereas fitting a 36 takes it to 66 degrees.
Never seen a 5 with a coil shock so not sure about that.
My 5 last summerPosted 9 years ago
The AM is just a five with a 36 and a bashguard double.
Not sure about fitting a coil though – I’d speak to Orange as they do a coil and air version of the Alpine, they might have some advice on doing that for the five.
Didn’t realise they’d slackened the 09 five though – be interesting…Posted 9 years agoAndyPaiceMember
“Thinking of going back to either a 5 or a Heckler but having 2 sets of forks and shocks so you could have a rp23 / Talas 32 for normal XC / Peak duties but DHX5 coil / 36 Vans for alps / trail centre use”
you’ve got that all wrong there 😉 trail centres are all mostly smooth so no need for coils shocks ?? coil is good for riding around the dark Peak, so supple over the rocky trails.
Seriously though, a mate has a 5 AM with 36 talas and an RP23 and it is perfect for all round dark peak riding. Also has crossmax wheels on it and it is suprisingly light for a 5/6 inch travel bike. A recent dirt mag review rated the 36 floats as better than the 36 vans, so you could maybe get a 36 float/RP23 on for all round riding, and a DHX coil for alpine duties. the 36 float should handle a trip to the alps, as lots of the DH boys are riding air forks now.Posted 9 years ago
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