The scene was set years ago. No drama, just simple, effective, reliable performance. The problem was people made a meal out of performance, largely prima donnas holding front stage over a good solid act.
Overthinking, melodramatic design and mountain biking design have gone hand in hand for many years but one simple act has been the backbone of british riding for over a decade. Delivering simplicity and fun is central to what the Orange Five has always been about since it was first introduced some time this side of 2000.
The boys in Halifax flirted with bigger wheels about five years ago with the 529 but got scared and the 29” Five was chucked back in the cupboard. It was a brilliant bike, ahead of its time in many ways yet the heir apparent had many battles to face before it succeeded a bike so close to so many people’s hearts, the Five.