The hardworking Orange Five has been a stalwart of our 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 Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange Five, its 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.
With a RockShox Pike RCT3 fork, XO-1 11spd drivetrain, KS dropper seatpost, Hope hub and Mavic Tubeless wheels on Maxxis Tyres, the Orange Five RS is a true trail-ready bike. A choice pick of components that even the toughest of riders would be happy to hammer.
|Frame & Fork|
|Tubeset||6061-T6 Monocoque UK Formed Custom Aluminium Tubing|
|Rear Axle||12 x 148mm OLD Bolt Thru Axle|
|Fork||RockShox Pike 150 RCT3 Solo Air Boost|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Monarch DB RT3 190 x 51mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 49mm|
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Carbon 30t|
|Front Mech||Top Guide Chain Device|
|Rear Mech||Sram X0-1 Carbon 11spd|
|Cassette||SRAM PG1150 10-42 11spd|
|Shifters||Sram GX1 11spd|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP|
|Chain||SRAM PCX1 11spd|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheelset||Hope Pro 4 (Black) + Mavic EN627 27.5″|
|Tyres||Maxxis High Roller II 2.4 3c TR Exo / High Roller|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R 200mm/180mm|
|Stem||Renthal Apex M35 50mm extension|
|Handlebar||Renthal Fatbar M35 20mm Rise 800mm|
|Grips||Renthal Ultra Tacky Lock On|
|Seatpost||KS Lev Integra 125mm drop|
|Saddle||SDG Strange Bel Air 2.0|
|Seat Clamp||Strange QR|