The hardworking Five has been a stalwart of the Orange range for a long time. It’s tough, reliable and capable. The harder you push it the happier it seems to be. So we better make sure we don’t mess with it right?
It was last updated a year and a half ago, it was time to see what we could do for the new Five. We liked the way the Four rode, and how it’s suspension action had a really active feel to it, we set about seeing how we could bring this same element to the Five’s set-up. To add the new compact rear suspension layout to the Five would be ideal, but where would we fit the shock? In theory lower in the frame, in practice, not so easy. But if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing, and the guys in the frame department came up with the goods. Like the solving of a complex engineering puzzle we worked out a way to lower the shock by adding a new pressing in the fabrication of the downtube, leading the way to the compact rear on the Five and improving the shock’s ramp-up at the same time.
That isn’t all, we’ve added extra strength-forming features to all the major frame assemblies, improving resistance to lateral flex and twisting forces. Boost sizing at the rear hub and an extra 6mm in the pivot spacing helps here too, enabling us to add more tyre clearance.
And if that’s not enough, the CNC department found weight savings in the billet machined parts to build up the lightest Five we’ve ever produced.
Geometry is optimised for a 150mm travel fork, while the rear sits at the 140mm trail bike sweet spot.
We love the ride of the new Five, it’s lively ‘pop’ has to be experienced, and when pushed hard the bike gives back to the rider. Grip, feel and a lively ride all there in abundance.
|Frame & Fork|
|Tubeset||6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing. Wheel Size: 27.5 Rear wheel travel: 140|
|Fork||Fox Factory 36 Float 150mm 27.5 (black)|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float DPX2 Factory 190x50|
|Headset||Hope 49mm Black|
|Rear Axle||SRAM Maxle Ultimate 174mm (Boost 148 Hub)|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheelset||Stans Flow Mk3 (Silver) + Hope Pro 4 (Black) 27|
|Tyres||Maxxis High Roller II 2.4 3c Exo TR / 2.3 Exo TR 2|
|Crankset||SRAM Descendant Carbon Eagle 32t|
|Chain Device||Not Included|
|Rear Mech||SRAM XO1 Eagle 12spd|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle 12spd|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Brakes||Hope Tech 3 E4 Black|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK2 Black 50mm|
|Handlebar||Burgtec RideWide 800mm Carbon M35|
|Grips||Strange 130 Single Lock-On Black|
|Seatpost||Fox Factory Transfer 150mm Kashima|
|Saddle||SDG Radar Cromo Rail Black/Black|
|Seat Clamp||Hope Bolted Black|