A quick look at a few MTB offerings from Orbea–our newest brand!

published by bktr on 20/06/2018 12:51:00

Rallon 2

With some manufacturers it can be really tough to decide whether there is a place for them in our shop. There are pros and cons to be weighed up, figures to be checked and double checked, and all before we try to work out if anyone would actually buy their bikes! With other companies, the fit is so blindingly obvious that we only question why we hadn’t taken them on sooner. Orbea fall firmly in the latter category. We’ve been impressed by Orbea’s range for some time, so when they approached us with the prospect of taking on their E-Bikes in out new E-Biketreks shed at Ings, we only had one question: can we have the rest of your bikes too?

Occam TR 1

And so our partnership with Orbea bikes was formed. We’re aiming to provide an overview of the road, e-bike and mountain bike range in a few instalments, starting with a taster of what’s on offer for mountain bikers. We will be stocking two Orbea bikes at our Ambleside store (once we’re finished with the refit…), the Occam TR and the Rallon. Both of these fit nicely with the current trend of big wheeled trail and #enduro bikes, making them ideal companions for Lakeland trails.

Occam TR 2

First up is the Occam TR. This 120mm 29er isn’t your typical short travel trail bike, with enough punch to happily hold its own against the likes of the Santa Cruz Hightower or the Orange Stage 5. As with the Santa Cruz and the Orange, the Occam TR’s true appeal is in its versatility. The Occam TR will feel just as at home on an all day XC epic as on a quick blast around your local woods. This versatility is exactly what has pushed people on to this style of bike, and it looks like Orbea has nailed the design, with some smart features and well spec’ed builds.    

Rallon 3

Trail bikes are great and everything, but for some riders 120mm of rear travel just wont cut it. The Orbea Rallon took the enduro world by storm when its new design was released last year. The 150mm Rallon ticks all the boxes for an enduro weapon – slack geometry, long front centre, low BB, long wheelbase. The popularity of this bike amongst riders, reviewers and the mountain bike community as a whole can not be understated. The Rallon has consistently received recognition as one of the best enduro bikes on the market, and the Orbea Enduro team has seen some very impressive results on the EWS circuit.

Rallon 1

One of the things we’re most excited about from Orbea is the MyO custom colour options. MyO allows you to completely customise your new bike, choosing frame colour, frame highlights colour, finishing kit and build list. There is £300 charge for going down the custom colour route – well worth it if you want something different! Just don’t get too carried away is what we’ll say!

MyO

Prices for the carbon versions of the Occam TR and Rallon start at a touch under £4000, which gets you Fox suspension, Sram GX Eagle drivetrain DT Swiss wheels and a Raceface dropper post. The builds top out at £6900 for the Rallon M-Team, getting you Fox factory suspension, Sram XX1 Eagle drivetrain and carbon DT Swiss wheels. All Rallon models are available with a choice of an air or coil shock to again tailor the bike to your needs. As always we’re looking forward to seeing Orbea in Biketreks Towers and we’re sure you’ll be just as stoked to ride them here in the Lakes. We’ll be testing the range out very soon and we’ll be sure to report back once we’ve come back to work after riding them.