Orange Five SE All Mountain Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Fork: Fox Float RLC130mm
  • R shock: Manitou Swinger AIR 3 way
  • Shifters: SRAM X.0 trigger
  • Rims: WTB Speed Disc 24
  • Tyres: Continental Gravity Kevlar 2.3
  • Stem: Thomson X4
  • S Post: Thomson
  • Saddle: Fizik Gobi

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 04, 2007]
Stephen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great riding bike - responsive and direct.

Weakness:

Likes a pumped up rear shock, otherwise the BB gets too low. A bit fiddly to clean around the swingarm/seattube area.

My last review was whilst I was building the bike. I have now had a couple of weeks to ride it and it keeps getting better. Had to get used to the sharper handling though, was expecting the slacker head angle to slow the handling but it is crisper than the Schwinn. Rear shock pressure is critical - too low a pressure and the pedals will clip anything slightly higher than the surrounding landscape. The pro-pedal on the RP 23 is a great upgrade - gives the bike great freeride/XC crossover flexibility. It is a single pivot so pedal kickback is noticeable but limited to bumps taken in the big front chainring, noticeable but not disturbing. I can recommend getting an adjustable fork otherwise the front does get floaty on the steep uphills - the Revelation 426 (100 -130mm) or similar seems ideal, even if the bike is designed for 140mm forks. I didn't build the bike light, I wanted durability, but everyone who picks it up says it feels lighter than the 13Kg's it weighs, I think this is a function of how rigid & tidy it feels. All the usual gumph about climbing like a goat, descending like a bomb, yadda, yadda applies to this bike. This is a great bike, If you have only one "do it all" bike then this should be it.

Similar Products Used:

Schwinn Rocket Ltd, Mongoos Teocali Comp

[Aug 13, 2007]
jay
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Frame / Fork / Shock combo for price. Solid Feel. Looks great. High quality frame, tough. Not bad kit for price. Orange Kudos.

Weakness:

tCrank is basic Shimano (Hollowtech) crap. STem/Bars are average-bit skinny. Tyres are AWFUL (Conti. Gravity) they've gone already. Headset is WTB basic - gone already.

So far a great bike, but marred by the total w*nk that are Conti. Gravity tyres, swapped over now to some old school Tioga Factory Dh 2.1s so hopefully my experience will improve from here on in.
Easy to throw around, tough, great starting spec except for some real (Bizarre) weak points - (crank, H/Set and tyres!)
Got a Chris King NoThreadset to replace the WTB one that was shagged when i bought the bike, the shop were great and credited me the replacement cost but i got a CK myself to make sure it never goes again. Can see myself getting some Halo Freedom / Ck wheels sorted soon, and a decent crank (Saint / Raceface?)
All in all, well chuffed. Got it real cheap, cos 2006 model and also through BikeToWork scheme. Paid around £900 for a £1900 bike. Get in. Top marks all round for the moment.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Enduro Elite. Marin Mount Vision. Orange Patriot.

[Aug 03, 2007]
Stephen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic workmanship

Still building this baby but have been impressed by how easy it is to work on - all bearings/brake interfaces were pre-faced, worksmanship on welds, etc is good. The geometry is longer and flatter than you would expect - the front hub is 1 and a half inches further forward than on the otherwise identically sized Schwinn.

More feedback on frame to follow as the build is completed and the fun begins

Similar Products Used:

Schwinn Rocket - lots of bearings that go "crunch" in the night!

[Jun 13, 2007]
Andy Welch
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A tough no nonsense design: Perfect for UK conditions - lots of mud and rain, easy to clean.

Weakness:

None so far

On the expensive side, but pure fun.

- Easy to clean and maintain with top quality kit.
- Fantastically sharp, just point and go, with direct trail feedback for maximum involvement and enjoyment.

So far so good.


Similar Products Used:

Scott Genius MC30 - but sold it: not tough enough - nice bike, good when it's working well but had some rear shock problems with it

[Jun 22, 2006]
Andrew Moore
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Excellent for strength and low centre of gravity. The b ike bombproof though have changed a few core components. The Bike itself can cater for 4ft drops with ease whilst tearing up the trails with ease. Uphgills are no different. Slightly light front end though this is adjusted by seat position.

Weakness:

Headset, Seat post and stem. Continental tryes had to go.

The bike is awesome. You can throw it anywhere and yet each time the bike shows you the same respect. Wether going up or down this bike stays true and solid. Looking forward to thrashing around Scotland very soon.

Similar Products Used:

Orange 5 Pro, Specialized Enduro, Cannondale Jekyll, GT RTS1, Spec Enduro pro tryes

[Apr 02, 2008]
rubberneck
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

spec, stiffness, bombproof, simple rear sus' maintncne, kudos, MADE IN ENGLAND, GOT IT CHEAP.

Weakness:

wtb headset(gone), conti bananaskin tyres (gone but saved for summer,,,,maybe), skewers x3(gone),pedals (gone), gas-weld blow holes on inner swing arm directly in the spray arch (gaffer taped over), rear facing seat stay clamp slit (gaffer taped over)

THIS IS MY REVIEW FOR THE ORANGE 5 PRO 2008 NOT THE SE,,, cant be bothered to write it all out again


having resisted the urge to write an excited 'ive got a new bike' type reveiw i thought id to get used to it first and then give my 'expert' opinion. first impresions where good, the bike had almost the same geom' as the OB (old bike) so i didnt back off so much and found it handles a lot,lot better up/down/over my usual trails and seems a genine 'do-it-all' bike

CLIMBING- i wont give it all that "climbs like a goat" b*ll*x but it does seem to like to gently strole up any 'do-able' hill. i dont really feel the need to use the propedal and the front end stays where it should

FLATS- this bike is a lot quiker in and out of turns which 'after a few journeys over the bars' im getting used to, the bike seems to lack the acceleration of the OB but feels more user friendly on long hauls and it has given me the confidence to try bigger downhills/drops/jumps which is afterall why i chose the 5, that and the fact its obviously built with winter abuse and long lifespan in mind.

DOWNHILL- point and shoot is a term you hear descibing some bikes and the 5 is one of them,,, it almost feels as though the bike goes into some kind of auto-pilot when you point it down hill,, which is a bit annoying as my local trails are now tame incomparison and im having to look further afield for my adrenalin fix ,, but that isnt a negative

TOP TIP, the stickers can be peeled off and put back a few times (i stuck mine to the fridge with no ill effects) and i chose to go without as im not a 'look at me' type of chap. i had it custom sprayed in the chrome grey which is almost the same colour as the floats and makes the bike look SERIOUS.
also, the blow holes on the inner swingarm look like they may trap a fair bit of shoite over the years but a bit of gaffer tape has sorted that small problem.

OTHERSTUFF, after a while the pro2s give up their CLAK-CLAK-CLAK and are now more of a zip-zip-zip and as has been stated before they do give OAP dog walkers a bit more time to get out of the way,,,,, i kinda like them

IN A NUTSHELL, the best £1600 ive ever spent and until they bring out a carbon,auto-travel-adjusting,gear-hubbed-rubber-chained version, i cant see myself needing another bike or upgrading kit for many years to come.

Similar Products Used:

1995 raleigh thingybob,sunn revolt ti, kona hoss, kona dawg

[Feb 17, 2008]
Stephen O'Raw
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light frame, beautifully built.

Weakness:

Single pivot - has it's benefits and drawbacks. Loose front end on climbs and pedal feedback in the big chainring.

The Orange 5 is dead - long live the Orange!. Got hit by a car, ending a love affair with this bike. All good things can be said about this bike. A few things are apparent though - you need a wind down fork like the Revelation 426 or Fox Talas on the climbs, otherwise it all gets a bit floppy in front. The single pivot will give you pedal kickback in certain gears and the shock can get bouncy if run too soft. The steering is "relaxed" - you need to anticipate corners a bit to set up the bike. Despite buying an Ibis Mojo I am looking for ways I can have this frame repaired and kept as a "backup". Nuff said.

Similar Products Used:

Schwinn Rocket, Ibis Mojo

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