- Orange 5 – say it ain't so
Just finished building mine last night!! Managed to get a 2008 frame in good nick off eBay and stripped my P7 pro 2010 frame to make what is basically a five pro. My first ever build and my first full suss bike – led by YouTube and park tools website – a hell of a lot easier than I expected – but only have ridden it up and down the street – it could fall to be bits 😉Posted 10 years ago
clubber: i've ridden one.
i've ridden several.
i also design / ride / race my own frames (i pay someone else to do the welding). i'm an engineer and brake-lock is something i've been studying for years.
Ellsworth are about as good as it gets for a 'neutral braking' design, kona are even better if you get the brake arm thing, and the trek ABP design is nothing more than a very clever way of side-stepping the specialized patent.
single-pivot designs have their strengths, but 'neutral-under-braking' isn't one of them.
(anyway, you fell for my troll, so i win a point!)
(parallelogram designs like mine are totally neutral under braking)Posted 10 years agohugh_bMember
I have one and wouldn't change it for the world. 1 set of bearings, it rides everything i want to from dh & dirtjumps to full on xc/trail center rides.Posted 10 years ago
I've seen alot of people say they are over priced…they are made in the UK on a small scale which costs a huge amount more. Brands such as Lappierre, Commencal etc are making their frames in Taiwan and in some cases charging more but i don't see many complaining bout the price of those?
To anyone thinking about buying one, they are worth the dosh! They are also one of the few frames that hold their value well.eichlerMember
I ride my five in wharncliffe. Quickest xc bike I have had when it comes to the downhills. Maybe I should saw up a couple of dmr frames and weld them to my bike ala the wiles abortion. Might make me quicker. Or it might just be heavy, ugly, over complicated and slow.Posted 10 years agotrailmoggyMember
i had really bad brake jack with my 5
but i did'nt get on with it at all
bottom bracket was too low, a 5" head tube on a small frame is terrible
oh and an uneven rear wheel, in fact my mate sent his back to rectify this and they just twisted the rear end and re-sprayed itPosted 10 years agomildredMember
Rear end locking under braking isn't really that much of an issue, especially on a 5, when you consider that you only ever notice it on fast Alpine style descents going into braking bumps (pretty much the braking extremes for most MTB's).
I've had loads of single pivot and multi pivot bikes, and I'm a big fan of Orange because they feel just right; that's not to say other manufacturer's bikes won't feel that way to other people. I've concluded that all these arguments for and against 4-bar, faux-bar, single pivot, VPP, i-drive… is largely marketing crap. These days, most mainstream manufacturers build good suspension bikes, with so little to choose between them performance wise, that a lot comes down to geometry, brand image, brand loyalty, and marketing. Certain magazines also like to shove their opinions quite forcefully. The only type of sus' design I will never have again is URT.
Hats off to ahwiles for producing his own frame based on what he believes to be correct. Seriously, I do admire anyone who produces their own stuff. Aesthetically it puts me in mind of the old Yeti Lawwill, though it looks functionally like the Giant NRS system.
edit: trail moggy, my very 1st sub 5 was well out of alignment at the back, so much so that Orange tok it back and refunded the shop. 15 mins into each ride the rear shock mounts and mech hanger would undo themselves. having said that, 've had a fair few Orange since and never again had an alignment problem.Posted 10 years agotrailmoggyMember
mine was the first orange 5, in fact 3 of us bought them and every one had alignment problems, and as i said they just twisted the rear end which looked aweful on close inspection
as for brake jack it does exist some people just don't notice it
but the differance in a horst link and a single pivot in terms of brake jack is a little more than marketing crap
i too have ridden horst link, vpp, four bar and single pivot and by this i mean owned not just ridden for 10 minutes, and there is a real differance some have positives and negatives obviously, but the orange 5 just did'nt cut it for me.Posted 10 years ago
Ahwiles – not a very elegant design is it from an engineering perspective – loads of unnecessary and pointless tubing. I'd suggest focusing on your frame design before worrying about brake jack which is largely irrelevant issue in the real world. That said, parallelograms aren't inherently impervious to braking effects though the can be in certain situations. Back to the drawing board 😉Posted 10 years ago
the 5 minute explanation of brake-lock:
imagine a single pivot / swing arm design – like an orange 5, or a kona faux-bar, the brake calliper sits on the swing arm.
imagine the bike rolling along, and then the rear brake is applied.
wheel rotation becomes swingarm rotation, the swingarm compresses the shock and stays compressed until the brake is released and or the bike stops.
this effect can be usefull, as it causes the back end of the bike to sit down during braking – which can nicely balance the front end diving, keeping the bike level. some motor bike designs actually embrace this.
parallelogram designs like mine, or (nearly) Ellsworth, or the kona brake arm, the frame element to which the calliper is attached does not rotate during braking, wheel rotation cannot become suspension compression.
unless you've ridden an ellsworth (or any old-school 4-bar with a long horizontal top link), or a kona with a brake arm, or one of mine, then you haven't ridden a bike with neutral braking.
most people don't notice brake-lock, i do, and i don't like it.
(and as mildred points out, even i only really notice it on alpine washboard section, mind you, i no longer get any arm pump riding down alps, – seriously, none)
Brake lock: not an issue for most people, only an issue for me in extreme situations, some people even like it – even if they don't notice it.
(yes, the white bike is ugly, and?)
(specialized bikes, treks, lapierres, etc, are NOT neutral under-braking, they have a chainstay pivot, but the rest of the design doesn't take full advantage of it)Posted 10 years ago
You fell for it so I get my point back :p The design looks fine though I'm sure it could be simplified still and fair play for actually getting out there and getting it made.
Thanks for the explanation above but I was also an engineer and understand it perfectly well thanks 😉 I do hope that's just a simplified version though and not your full understanding since you've completely missed out the force created when the back wheel is braking, effectively pulling the bike backwards against its momentum… It's pretty key in determining how a bike responds to braking and is the reason why parallelogram designs aren't necessarily brake neutral… In fact, by removing any effect of the caliper on the linkages, they can actually be worse if there's nothing counteracting the force from the rear wheel when braking.
FWIW, I currently own a horst (enduro) and a low pivot faux bar (Rocky Mountain Element) full sussers but have also had various others as well as testing a lot more (including a five FWIW). Still don't find it a major issue even on the bike that was the worst for it (Scott G-Zero, middle chainring position single pivot, not inherently unlike the five) as it only manifests itself to any significant margin in quite specific circumstances.Posted 10 years ago
Edit – re-reading your explanation I'm actually wondering if you're including the rear wheel drag force but am not quite sure since you talk about the frame elements being the key.
Irrespective, looking at your frame, if the horizontal links are in exact alignment with the bike's direction of travel then I'd agree that there won't be any braking effect. Unfortunately, the situations where you tend to feel brake jack are over bumps while braking which will the mean the the suspension is compressed or extended. While in those positions, there will be an effect of the suspension since the braking force from the back wheel will be trying to pull the linkages back into the horizontal position.Posted 10 years ago
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