With 20 years of history, the Orange Five is one of mountain biking's most storied platforms. Although its shape would still be familiar to those who were around when it was first released, it's anything but long in the tooth as Orange's ethos of evolution not revolution have kept this workhorse on top of mountain bike trends.
The Five remains Orange's do-it-all trail bike for 2020 but it has undergone a similar rejig to the Alpine 6 to create a supposedly better ride. The headline here is an increase of rear travel by 5mm up to 145mm. The rear shock is now metric and the curve has been slightly tweaked for more progression. Orange have also reduced the anti-squat slightly to give the bike a more sprightly feel when you put the pedals down.
The tinkerers down at Orange have also rejigged the geometry on the Five. The head angle has now slackened a degree to 65, while the BB is 5mm lower, chain stays have increased by 7mm, and the reach has increased by 10mm (size L). While the head tubes on the large and X-large bikes have been shortened as a result of rider feedback.
Much like its stable mate the Alpine 6, Orange have made sizing revisions to the Five too. The XS has been dropped from the range while they’ve added a XXL at the other end of the scale and shortened the seat tube on the XL.
Finally, Orange has worked on the smaller details. A cable routing overhaul is easier on the eye and keeps those big loops to a minimum. All the CNC parts on the frame, upper and lower shock mounts, dropouts and bearing housings have all seen revisions.
2020 Orange Five Details
• Intended use: trail
• Brand new monocoque 6061-T6 aluminium frame built in Britain
• Five year frame warranty
• Single Pivot suspension design
• Reworked longer and slacker geometry plus revised suspension curve
• 150mm front/145mm rear travel
• Boost 148 rear hub spacing
• Four spec levels
• Prices from: £3,900 ($5,130.74USD)
The Five will be available in four model specifications from today:Five
Pro starting at £3,900Five
RS starting at £4,850Five
Factory (above) starting at £5,700.Five
XTR at £6,700.
Each of these bikes is available in a choice of 10 colours. Orange and black are always free, with the other eight costing an additional £100. There are also three decal options to choose from.
As usual, all other upgrade options are also available. Please see the Orange website