ORANGE FIVE PRO
Orange Five Pro Origins
In 2000 Orange Bikes introduced the Orange Sub 5, 14 years later it’s still around now known as the Orange Five Pro. One of the most unique things about the Five Pro is that the basic principle and design have remained the same as the original – if it ain’t broke don't fix it. You could look at the frame from the 2000 Orange Sub 5 and it wouldn’t be a million miles away from the 2014 Orange Five Pro frame you see in shops today.
Of course there have been some tweaks on the original design. To ride a 2000 Orange Sub 5 would feel quite different to a 2014 model Five Pro, but that’s 14 years of development for you.
Orange Five Pro Frame design and geometry
One of the biggest changes to the bike in terms of geometry has occurred at the front end of the frame. In 2000 the Sub 5 had a 71 degree head angle, in 2013 the Five Pro has a 67 degree head angle with a tapered head tube. Those 4 degrees make a huge difference in the way the bike handles and feels out on the trail, and have helped the Five Pro to be considered one of (if not the) best trail bike in the world.
The Orange Five now comes equipped with 650b sized wheels, the perfect balance between the fast acceleration and handling of the 26" wheel, and the natural offroad handling and fast rolling 29'er.
The single pivot design is not only simple, but it allows the 2014 Orange Five Pro to track exceptionally well over every type of ground. A Maxle in the back end is standard since 2013 making it one of the most stable and well tracking bikes on the planet. The feeling of knowing you’re not going to blow over the top of a berm and worry about where the back wheel will end up is very confidence inspiring! Sign up for the Tour of Ben Nevis and see just how many people are out on a 2014 model Orange Five Pro and you will see there really is no other choice for UK riding.
Five Pro Specification and upgrades
Orange is the envy of most bike companies, the Five Pro is specc’d with Hope hubs, Fox suspension and Shimano 30sp as standard, but being able to offer such a wide range of upgrades and for pretty much a custom build if your wallet will allow is where Orange differs as a company. Colours range from ice white to neon pink and almost everything is upgradable from the bottom bracket to the forks. These upgrades are not just gimmicks, they enable you to fine tune the bike to your style of riding, to make the bike and the ride all the more enjoyable.
Orange bikes are handmade in Halifax: this is a British bike through and through. It’s not just me that is a true believer in this bike, Maximum Mountain Bike had this to say, “The Orange Five Pro frame rides brilliantly. Decent weight and extremely stiff and abuseproof with an impressive amount of plush, trailtracking travel. It’s an energysaver, hilltamer and pulse-racer all in one neat British-built package.” It’s been MBR Trail Bike of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and it’s consistently in the Dirt top 100 products of the year.