- Orange 5 AM vs Titus El Guapo
Following my thread on buy new vs second hand vs build I’ve come down to buying something either new or almost new.
I’ve also decided to go for something with a bit more travel so it’s a totally different ride to my current XC hard tail.
So. Given the choice of a 2012 Five AM with upgraded forks plus reverb, or a new El Guapo, what would you go for and why?
Two very different bikes but similar in travel.
I know there are a few five fan boys and also haters on here, plus the El Guapo has had mixed reviews.
So, what would you do?Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
Not had a go on an El Guapo but have had a 5 AM and thought it was ace. I prefered it with 140mm to 160mm but it worked either way. Also, if you’re getting it second hand then if you look after it you’ll be able to sell it on in a year or two without losing too much cash. I went from a 2006 5 to a second hand 2009 to a 2013 5 29 without shelling out too much. 😉Posted 4 years agokonaboy2275Member
Hi, I’ve got the El Guapo and really like it, have ridden my mates 5 and the EG seems much stiffer and more solid. I swapped from a Prophet and the EG climbs better (even though it weighs more)and descends much better. Got the raw frame with the monarch which (in my opinion) looks amazing!Posted 4 years ago
My 2nd outing today on my new el guapo build and I’m very impressed , the rockshox lyrik is a great match with the frame as well . Climbs very well and descends even better 😛 both rides have been at bike park wales in poor conditions and the el guapo hasn’t failed to impress , best bike I’ve owned by far , get one you won’t be disappointed .Posted 4 years ago
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