2011 Orange 5 Evo?
The bike pictured above is single pivot. The simplicity of the Five comes from it being a single swing arm which directly drives the damper. The downside to that design is, I think, an inherently falling rate suspension design, i.e. the suspension gets easier to compress as it moves through its travel so promoting bottom out rather than inhibiting it. As I understood it, this was the reason Orange started using the linkage driven single pivot design; they wanted to have a more progressive feel.Posted 9 years agoGaryLakeMember
It's deffo not an ST4 replacement as that fork is clearly 140mm. So unless they're going 140/120 or something perhaps to site between the blood and the ST4. I fully expect the Five to be about but in the guise of that MBR special with the bigger seattube and tapered head tube.
I expect Dave Flynn is reading and will leave us to wild speculation. Dave has been riding the above bike in a lot of variations and colours so they're clearly putting a lot of work into whatever it eventually is.Posted 9 years ago
I understand that & didnt mean that they were doing anything untoward 😕
Just intrigued as to their future plans, given that there are some clues out the on tinterweb 😉
Posted 9 years agoOscillate WildlyMember
to be fair, i think its about time it had a revamp…….i know it doesnt need to be changed performance wise, but the rear end surely needs a bit of a revamp…….does it really need that block of metal on the swingarm anymore? brands like lap/yeti etc dont need so and seem to be plenty strong enough/cope with all mountain….
i think if these shots are 5's they are going in the right direction….not keen on the blue pic, but the original post pic it looks well nice!Posted 9 years agogeetee1972Member
Hope they don't slap a linkage system on the five. I love the single pivot simplicity, does everything i want it to and more, all on one set of bearings!
Again, the designs talked about here are all single pivots. You need to distinguish between single pivot and single swing arm versus linkage driven.
Bearings don't tend to need replacing unless there is a problem with the frame alignment or you jet wash your bike and force water into the them. I owned my Spesh Enduro for five years and never needed to replace any of the bearings. The argument that a single pivot single swing arm design is inherently better from a maintenance perspective might well be out of date. Besides, one set of bearings means a higher load on those bearings and therefore more chance of there being an issue right?Posted 9 years agojimmer himselfMember
That's an interesting looking frame. The general trend for single pivot does seem to be leaning towards a linkage driven shock as others have said, plus that folded downtube on the current Five is a bit soft – I have the dents and cuts from rocks to prove it!
It could be an interesting year for single pivot bikes, looking at what Santa Cruz are doing as well….Posted 9 years agobellerophonMember
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Had a 5 and now have one of these http://www.transitionbikes.com/Bikes_Covert.cfm
Admittedly my 5 was an 08 version and this knocks the socks off it big time.
Thanks for that link, that covert does look nice; now where did I leave that spare £1300??
The Orange looks nice too.Posted 9 years ago
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