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||RockShox Pike RCT3 150mm 27.5|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch RT3 DB 190x51|
|Headset||Cane Creek 49mm for Tapered Steerer|
|Rear Axle||Hidden Tool Free QR Lever 12 x 174mm (Boost 148mm Hub)|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheelset||Race Face Arc 30 27.5 (Grey) + Hope Pro 4 (Black)|
|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 GX1 Eagle|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RE 203/180|
|Stem||Renthal Apex 50mm|
|Handlebar||Renthal FatBar M35 800mm|
|Grips||Strange 130 Lock - On Grips Black|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb 150mm with 1x Remote|
|Saddle||SDG Radar Steel Rail Black/Black|
|Seat Clamp||Strange Bolted|