- Orange 29 5 Climbing capability?
Depends on the shock, get a 5 with a rubbish one (manitou swinger was my experience) and it was Bob tastic, get a good one such as Fox RL and the single pivot is a much better experience. Current CTD shocks have had mixed reviews due to the built in damping
But a single pivot is never as good at climbing as say Trek’s full floater or a VPP design
Might as well be the 1st to say it but test ride is imperativePosted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Strictly speeking, Trek’s layout is a single pivot, all those extra pivot’s just alter the leverage ratio, they don’t actualy chance the axle path.
IMO of the 26″ version, it climbs very well, but you have to accept the more you mash the pedals the more energy gets wasted, better to keep it steady and seated, then put in a quick spurt over obstacles, rather than mash on the pedals standing up the whole way.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Felt quite bobby to me but not terribly, and lots of rear grip for techy bits. Nicely planted front too. It’s not exactly a speedy climber but it’s not unpleasant at all either, it’ll be more dictated by tyres. Better than you might expect for such a big capable bike.
Oh aye, the tyres on some models are awful mind so worth bearing that in mind, if you get one with the oem conti rubber queens you WILL be replacing them quickly, they are dreadful. So that costs them a lot of grip when climbing (and cost me some skin on the way back down), but also they’re heavy and you really feel that on a 29er.Posted 3 years agomolgripsSubscriber
get a 5 with a rubbish one (manitou swinger was my experience) and it was Bob tastic
The swinger on my 26er 5 wasn’t bobby at all, even with the SPV off. Compared to an RP23 it had less support in the mid range but handled square edged hits better.
Anyway – whether or not you like climbing on the bike depends what you’re used to. If it’s your first trail bike after having owned XC race bikes, you’ll thikn it’s awful, but you’ll think they all are. If you’re coming from some monster bike you’ll love it 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Thanks all, Ive owned all sorts form down hill bikes to hard tails and trail bikes. I know the perfect all rounder just doesnt exist, but at the same time I hate hills to feels horribly slow. ANy thing that makes me appear quicker than I am is good thing HAHA. Thnaks againPosted 3 years agorickonSubscriber
Ive got a five29 🙂
Ive had Maestro suspension bikes, Treks ABP, Dw link, four bar, faux bar, single pivot…
The Five29 doesnt slow me down at all on climbs, you need to use the CTD settings, whereas on some designs you dont. But in trail mode it climbs with pretty much no bob.
Obviosuly its best to get a test ride, but for me Five29 ownership is excellent. Its just a load of fun, if thats the kind if bike youre after then its spot on.
Its not an XC race bike, but i could probably out sprint a lot of people on XC race bikes on the five29. The bike really doesnt make that much of a difference if youre fit.
The bike has redefined what i thought about 29ers, its hugely playful, very good in the air, and just makes me grin.Posted 3 years ago
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