My New Orange Five
Just wanted to share yesterdays high after I built up my new Orange Five. FANTASTIC – put Talas 140’s on the front and climbs like a dream. Was surprised at the lack of bob on Pro-pedal (almost none). My old Marin MV 07 was too short – (on sale in the classifieds if anyone is interested 😉 ) after I bought it as a mint ex-demo rather hastely.
With the 140mm travel on the back it descends like a dream. Can’t wait to go to Afan in March (stag doo renunion) and doing the Kielder avalanche on it.
Here’s a piccy – it’s lovely (in my opinion) – just thought I would share it with you 😉 Some may disagree 😉
Posted 9 years ago
Yes it Black gloss with a few metalic flakes in it – sparkley.
Darrell – I’ve only just built it and tranfered all my marin parts over so have not had a chance to get used to it completely – It may got to 80mm but I’ll give it a few months first. The seatpost is also a bit crappy but getting my mates inline Thomson nearly new for it 😉Posted 9 years ago
Sunset bikes were great and sorted out delivery as I was away abroad the week it arrived. They talked to Orange direct about the matt finish as they said the decals looked a bit dodgy so went for the Disco Blak – no regrets.
I didn’t get the maxle back end or 15mm front end as I didn’t want to have to try and convert my pro II hubs (wheels which I built myself 😉 ) otherwise I may have gone for the maxle TBH.Posted 9 years ago
I meant to ask if you’d “maxled” it or not. Def agree with the comments re the shorter stem – made a huge difference on my bikes (why do manufacturers alway spec such long stems???). I’ll see what i’ve got at home.
Not sure about the bigger discs though what size are you running? Those avids are pretty sharp anyway so unless you’re taking it on some looong decents I doubt it would make much difference…. Does look better with meatier disc though 😉Posted 9 years ago
Erm, slowly. Managed to source a mount for my shifter and still haven’t decided if the rear mech is salvagable yet.
Might try and cut the monkeylite bars down (only damage seems to be where the bar end ripped off). Seatpost is on it’s way; still need a saddle. And bar ends but they can wait! A few other bit’s could do with replacing (cosmetically) but will have to wait.
Oh, and I need to find a secure roof carrier 😉Posted 9 years agoGaryLakeMember
I went to 40mm stem on mine, great on the downs but a handful on the climbs – now got a 60mm and it’s still good going down and acceptable going up. 70-80mm seems to be the happy medium for most people…
Oh and sort out the valves and logos!!!
Finally, the five deserves a better front tyre than that too – I promise you, once you get up to speed on the five, the MKing (while fine on the rear) will hold it back big time. My Five only ever seems to truly be itself whenever I run my 2.35 Kenda Blue Groove.
Wicked bike mate!Posted 9 years agoandyluxMember
How tall are you please mate? you mentioned that your old marin was too small.
Its just that i’m considering the same purchase, and think i’m between sizes, 18″ & 20″.
I’m 6’2″, would ideally like to get away with an 18″ as my steerer isn’t long enough for the 20″.
I really don’t want to end up with a frame thats too short!!Posted 9 years ago
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