- Orange 5, worth the money?
If you have the money I’m sure you won’t regret it, but if you are bothered about value then a Pitch or Prophet is MILES more for your money imo.
I don’t really care if its handcrafted in England – if people can make mass produce frames that are just as good for cheaper then that’s a good thing for the consumer innit.Posted 9 years agoRichPennyMember
Had mine since 2004 and still love it. In fact, I can’t see me ever getting rid of it. Getting its first trip to the alps this year, where I’m sure it will be much more capable than me. It is a scream downhill, not quite so capable climbing. However some of that is due to setup (pikes, stem etc.) and some due to my lack of climbing ability.
Friends have commented on the “in the bike rather than on it” feel, but I think this could be partly due to the sizing. I’m 5’9, and the 16″ is perfect for me. Piece of advice, if you do get one, don’t leave it 3 years before checking the swingarm bearings! One of mine was welded to the stub axle. Had to break it up and dremel the inner race off…
Mine was the base model with fork and brake upgrades. After 5 years, the only original bits left are the bare frame and the rims. Broke a few things, but am a bike tart as well. Bear this in mind and consider what bits of the build you wouldn’t be happy with, like the brakes, hubs etc. Headset was rubbish, as mentioned previously, are they still using Ritchey ones? SLX is fine as a groupset IMO.Posted 9 years agoiaincSubscriber
I bought one last summer after 4 yrs with a Spesh Enduro – the Orange does everything better and is so simple. I second the above comments about some of teh components being a bit poor – my seatpost lasted 3 months, as did the Raceface BB….also, why spec a steel cassette on a Pro 11 alloy freehub…wtf…
The RP23 is ideal, although I find I need the propedal at max to really feel a difference by switching it on – that said, I only put it on for fireroad climbs and lock out the fork at same time.
Posted 9 years agoNCCSubscriber
Absolutely love mine. Test rode quite a few bikes before settling on the 5, although I think I’d pretty much made my mind up from the 1st time I pointed the 5 downhill. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great climber (better than me anyway!) but really flies downhill 😀
Yes, there’re not cheap, but I was happy with the price I paid in December 07 for frame/shock + fork. As per the comment above, having visited the factory to choose my colour (trade contact) and seen the work involved, the value for money seems fine.Posted 9 years agomudpluggaMember
I’ve got an 06 pro and love it use it on the Chase regularly where it’s just comfy and up the peaks where it performs as it should.Recently had a hi volume rp23 fitted and with pro pedal off it really feels like endless travel.Climbs really well.Fiddling is minimal just a bearing change once in while which takes about 10 mins after you’ve done it once.Lokks great imho and it’s british to boot.what’s not to like?
Get one!Posted 9 years agojimwMember
I have had a 5 for 8 months and can’t recommend it more highly- all above post sare true in terms of comfort, agility and ruggedness (apart from the race face BB)
I have recently put a few miles on a Trek EX9, and I still prefer the 5, although the EX is a better climber without a doubt it is much less confidence inspiring on the flat or downhill sectionsPosted 9 years ago
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