- Buying an older Orange Five – what to check?
What year is it? Apart from the usual waggling the cranks, checking the headset etc I would be looking for cracks or any significant damage to the frame itself. To be honest if the chainset etc is a bit worn it can all be replaced easily.
I have seen a lot of second hand 5’s and they seem to fall into either distinct category; hardly ridden at all, or thrashed and ridden hard. You’ll see soon enough which one it is! (No problem with the latter but best to know)Posted 6 years ago
So that makes it 2006 or older then I think… (because of the straight top tube)?
Again, I would just be checking for cracks and waggling the main pivot etc to see if there is much movement.
Looks like an odd set-up though… Are they really old forks, or is it just a more DH set-up? Pretty sure the old 5’s were a max 150mm travel too.Posted 6 years agostabilizersSubscriber
That looks like the 2004 frame. Check the swing arm bearings. Take off the caps. If they don’t look like new ask to get them changed. I had personal experience of bearings seizing and I could not get them out. Stripped the clamps so that was the end of the frame for me. Not cost effective to repair for such an old frame.Posted 6 years ago
Lastly I don’t think the geometry will like such large forks i am sure its 120 forks for that frame, maybe 130 tops.imnotamusedMember
Ask them to replace the bearings?! LOL. What’s the price? I’d agree about the dodgy forks not being right for the frame and for that reason I’d steer clear but if its a 2006 frame then it will handle 160mm. I just sold my 2006 frame, shock and headset for 290 to give you a benchmark for price.Posted 6 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
forks look to be ~2004-2005ish from the decals (lowers look identical to single crown bombers I had on a 2004 Coiler) which suggests it been rocking the dodgy triple clamp for a while. So choose from eitherPosted 6 years ago
“if was going to snap it would have done by now”, or
“I wouldnt touch it with a barge pole”.RichPennyMember
2004 frame I think due to the flat front on the swing arm. 2004 was iirc 100-125 rated, though I bought mine with 90-130 Talas. 140mm pike was nice on it, 150mm revs just a bit too long IMO. As above, I’d look for cracks around the head tube. If you can, best way to check bearings is to remove lower shock bolt and see if the swing arm moves smoothly. I had a bearing rusted in place but dremeled it out….Posted 6 years agoigmSubscriber
The flat front to the swing arm makes it 2005 or earlier – which at least ties up with the 2006 or earlier front triangle. (I had a 2005, my best man has a 2006). The 2005 swing arm was longer as I recall than the 2004 one so if you have access to either of those then that might help.
If you buy then change the pinch bolts on the swing arm. I had two break off when being torqued up (way below he recommended setting) and others have had similar issues. I think a combination of ageing and a light stretching does for them – my two went on exactly he same thread / turn if that makes sense so I’m not accepting coincidence. It’ll be obvious if the frame has suffered this; either the bolts will be missing / loose or there will be gins of drilling / prying probably on the bearing clamp spacer.Posted 6 years ago
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