Yeti 575 v. Spesh Enduro v. Orange 5 v. Whyte E5 – your thoughts please
I'm looking at getting a new frame. I've ridden the both the Whyte & Orange and really liked them. I love the look of the Yeti and always fancied an Enduro with that E150 fork but never ridden them. I'm concerned about full suspebsion in general as all of my XC is now done on a hardtail; I used to have a Reign, which was a great bike and much fun, but on long rides I just found it tiring with all that weight.
Basically I want something that will carry me through long rides in the lakes……..I know the Whyte would……..what are your thought on the others?Posted 8 years agonickeggMember
I have an 2009 Orange 5 and my wife a 2008 Yeti 575.
Both are great. I'd say the 5 picks up speed very quickly and the Yeti climbs superbly (and is very light for the travel) but isn't quite as involving as the 5.
Not sure that helps you much 🙂
I can tell you that both performed flawlessly last week in the Alps!Posted 8 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
Friend has an Enduro and it seems to go up hill very well when I've tried it. Always seem to be good deals around on them, so lots of bang for your buck. He has however had big issues with the fork, lossing pressure etc. That said it was replaced under warrenty no problem and has been great since.
Tride a 575 on a Demo day. Really liked it, can be built up lots of ways and seem to last well.
Had a couple of goes on a 5, not for me. Seems to bob a lot on the climbs, good on the downs, but so are all the others.
Not rode an E5, but rode an E120. Not convinced, pedalled wellish, but I found it a bit like the 5, bobby. Nothing like as good as the others on the downs.
Have you also considered the likes of the Ellsworth Epiphaney. I would sayway better that all the others on the ups and still as good on the downs. (and I dont even own one anymore).Posted 8 years ago
Some good comments there, cheers. I like the fact that you can get good deals on the spesh, plus a good warranty. I think the 575 is one of the nicest bikes made and the more good things I hear the better! Not really thought about ellesworth as always thought they were a bit pricy when you look at the 575 as £1200 for the carbon rearPosted 8 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Another Enduro/E150 fan here. Yes, there were problems intitially, but mine has been pimped and blinged internally and is now superb. Not ideal on teeny tiny bumps, but that's less of an issue for me than big hits and superb steering accuracy.
As mentioned above, wind down the travel on the climbs and they're great.Posted 8 years ago
For me, it was a close run thing between a 5 and the Enduro. In the end, an ex-demo (barely used!) Enduro won me over.PJM1974Member
I've ridden a couple of the 2007-2009 Enduros with the E150 fork and quite liked them, they're stiff, lightweight and seem just the ticket for an all day do anything kind of ride (which was the reason why I bought my old 2004 Enduro). However, I did find the rear shock lacked a lot of plushness and it's apparently a custom fit so plugging in a Fox or Rockshox alternative might not be easy.
There is a new Enduro due anytime now, which really does look quite impressive, you just need to figure out whether you need 160mm of travel or not.Posted 8 years agocatnashMember
Another enduro SL evangelist here, and that fork once Tuned by Neil at Tuned is superb. Had a 04 575 and while it was a good bike just didn't do it for me and everything I like should have been sorted on the new one. There a few SL e150 enduros about the place If you want a bargain shop around they're going fast.Posted 8 years agoreggiegasketMember
I've test ridden a 575 at Wheelbase and wasn't that impressed. It was plush but the BB felt too high for me, and it didn't handle that well. I'd definitely try and get a go on one before you buy. I was keen to get one at the time but decided against it after the ride, which says it all really.
I've not ridden the latest Enduros but I loved the older ones. Good fun, although the bearings die quickly. I've test ridden the Orange a few times and never been impressed with that either. Suspension felt basic compared to the 4-bars. That may be different these days with the newer shocks, I don't know.Posted 8 years agospooky_b329Member
Another happy 575 owner here. It climbs fantastic, propedal on for efficient climbing, but turn it off and you can climb some amazingly boulder strewn tracks/gulleys as the rear suspension will just swallow it up allowing you to keep pedalling. My old full suss (Litespeed Niota) would have been bouncing over the rocks and spitting them back down the hill as your tyre scrabbled for traction.Posted 8 years ago
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