Moving away from all the hyperbole, the 2011 Five frameset is £1400, including a £300 RRP shock. In 2008 the frameset was £1175. We all know that everything bike related went up in price by 20% between 2008 and 2009, so I fail to see where the issue lies? If you can't afford the SE spec, go for the S or Pro. I honestly fail to see how you can credibly use the cost of goods as a criticism of Orange, or any other manufacturer. Lazy trolling, at best.
That's the point I was going to make. The 5 frame actually has not gone up that much in the last few years and comes with a far better shock these days. You've a choice of 4 colours as stock that don't cost extra (more then most companies I'd bet).
Maybe you should aim your anger towards the likes of Shimano or Fox for the price hike Gee?
As for calling the 5 single pivot crap...... I refuse to take seriously a chap that thinks the Ragley Bluepig is the best bike evereverevereverever!