Ear muffs for Orange bikes
There’s a lot of Orange 5 fans on STW. A question then; are they as noisy as the 224? At the world cup in Fort William last week I could hear them coming a mile off – they were the bikes that sounded like they were about to fall apart. Conversely the Treks seemed like they were in stealth mode.Posted 8 years agosootyandjimMember
If you’ve ever heard the noise a filling cabinet makes when it falls down the stairs, thats an Orange bike riding down a trail that is. Horrible things to ride near, but they only just pip the Whyte PRST1 for sheer sounds-like-it-was-built-out-of-tin-and-rusty-boltishness.
That said they are fun to ride but unless you have some patriotic reason for buying a Five you’d be better off (in my ever-so-humble opinion) with buying a Cannondale Prophet instead. Better warranty, similar ride and a damn sight less noise.
I was always half-tempted to squirt some builders foam into the swingarm on mine to see if it dampened the noise…
I remember a chap on SDH tried that with his 223 swingarm and due to over-estimating how much foam would be required the swingarm came off a little worse for wear. Be careful, that stuff can expand with some force.Posted 8 years agophutphutendSubscriber
I filled the swingarm of my Patriot with expanding foam. It was a messy job, but now all those clatters and bangs are damped right down and the bike is pretty quiet.
Only downside is i have found that i might have trouble getting it resprayed due to issues with ovens and expanding foam!Posted 8 years agojimmer himselfMember
I quite like the way my Hope Pro II freehub is amplified through the swingarm, it’s a reassuringly mechanical sound. I quite miss it when I get on my Turner.
Seriously though, I’ve never noticed the noise when riding and there are plenty of noisier ways to travel across the dirt – like in a rally car over gravel for instance?Posted 8 years ago
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