Five 29 Cut Loose

Mountain Biking Magazine



Five 29 Cut Loose

Most people probably know Stu Thompson from his position behind the lens heading up Cut Media and producing some of the biggest mountain biking videos around; Many of Danny Macs latest epics as well as a recent crossover to Rudimentals latest music video. However, as I found out during this years Trans Provence, Stu is also completely pinned on a bike. Out in France he was making his Orange Five 29 look so much fun to ride with manuals and cuties galore. Well here he is, in front of the lens for once, showing off those very skills alongside his new signing for the race team, Drew Carters.

Some people still can’t quite get their heads around the idea of a 29inch wheel on a mountain bike. They think that 29inch wheels are for lightweight XC race bikes and not up to the task of taking on hard and technically demanding trails.

We would politely disagree.

To prove our point Stu and Drew from team CutMedia asked for Five 29 frames to test, eager to find out if they could get more speed from a bigger wheel. More used to bikes with smaller wheels, we asked them to build up the Five 29 frames and to ride them as they would their regular Fives and see what they thought. It’s fair to say that it didn’t take too long to get them up to speed on 29, possibly more speed than ever before. What can we say? 29ers, the proof is in the riding…

For more information on the Five 29 check out the Orange website:

To make up your own mind about 29ers get a demo ride booked through one of our dealers:


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