Suggestions for a full sus (AKA orange 5 or something similar)
Looking for a speedier full sus to replace my Patriot. The first full sus I got was a Gary Fisher Sugar. It was really light and fast but built like a stick insect and broke at any opportunity. The Patriot has definitely fixed that problem but I would rather have something that can take a bit of a beating and but is a bit lighter and speedier.
I was thinking an Orange 5 but they seem to have a bit of a premium and want some more options.Posted 8 years agoI_AcheMember
Old shape Spech Enduro 05/06 should do you for about £300 or depending on if you have cash or credit and the finishing kit you already have on your patriot have a look at a Pitch. My pitch is 3lbs lighter than my old 06 Enduro but has got some pretty heavy wheels and cranks on it.
There is a Pitch Pro in the classifieds for £1k or you could buy a Pitch Comp that is a better colour for less than that new and put all your bits on it from the Patriot.Posted 8 years agopeachosMember
this is my bike. i bought it for the same reasons and it’s awesome. and a 2k bike for 1k 😀Posted 8 years agoonewheelgoodSubscriberwillsimmonsMember
Trek Fuel EX (2008 onwards)
I have an Anthem X as well and while I love it as an all out speed machine it is not as confidence inspiring as the Trek is in rough terrain. I think the Trek would suit the description you have given. If I had to do one bike to ‘do it all’ it would be the Trek for sure.Posted 8 years agodirtbiker100Member
I was wanting a 4-5″ trail bike. i say trail as i would be attacking a 4x track on it as well as trail centres and the local cotswold xc loops.Posted 8 years ago
ideally wanted a ST4, 5 would be nice.
in the end went for an 07 trance. bloomin love it. i’m sub 29lbs at the moment and it goes great. thrashed it during a long weekend in the alps too.
Enduro will probably feel more of a lump than the Patriot due to teh more active suspension. I’d guess the frames are similar in weight (or the Enduro slightly heavier). I had an Enduro but got sick of the sluggish climbing so got rid of it for a Meta5.
I wouldn’t touch a Commencal secondhand because of breakage issues (my Meta5 cracked on me).
I now run a Patriot with a shorter travel shock (160mm) and feels fairly lively. I’d be interested to try a Five to see if it felt a lot lighter / quicker.
For a similar but much cheaper second-hand bike I’d look at a Prophet: sorted geometry and seem to be able to take a beating from a couple of mates’ experience.Posted 8 years agoIvanDobskiMember
As well as the suspension issues I got the impression they hadn’t really spent much time on it – mentioned that they hadn’t got used to the system etc etc. Seems a short-sighted view when they’re testing something which is essentially an entirely new system.
Still, could’ve been worse – could have been the WMB “adventure bikes” review!Posted 8 years ago
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