- Orange 5 with 36's or Alpine 160
Tried an Alpine 160 and a Five AM and bought the Alpine. Handled better, more comfy, much much quieter swing arm. The 5 is great with shorter forks and probably all the bike that most people need, but with longer forks it just felt wrong. Handled like a boat, BB to high, etc.
The Alpine’s a great bike, geo is spot on, it’s only downside is it’s not the best at uphill, but I found it better going than the Five AM. And who buys a bike on the merit it’s good uphill over DH potential?Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
it was a Mk1 and I got sick of the bottom linkage compressing with every pedal stroke in the granny ring, effectively shortening the chainstay and yanking the rear wheel forward half an inch with every crank of the pedals. And having to spend 90 quid on a bearing/pivot kit every 9 months. Later models improved with revised linkages and better bearings.
The Alpine climbs like a mountain goat by comparison and havent had to go near the bearings in 2 years.Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
My current 5 started as a 2009 AM. Always thought the Fox 36 160 were just a bit too big for it after having a 140 5 before it. When the forks turned to mince I replaced them with 140mm DT’s.
If it was my choice I’d go Alpine over a 5 AM but normal 5 over the Alpine, if that makes sense.
N.B. I’ve not riden an Alpine but am not very ‘rude’ these days so the 5 is enough for my riding style.Posted 4 years ago
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