With the new range already available and in the absence of any other news, the press has wanted to give prominence to our launches, to a model like Rallon and precisely the team that uses this bicycle in competition: the Orbea Enduro Team.
“Orbea's new Oiz handles very well and is extremely capable in both the 100mm and 120mm set-ups. The 120mm bike offers some additional capability comfort for more diverse trail offerings and longer days in the saddle, while the 100mm bike is completely ready to toe the line of a World Cup XC race, out of the box.”
This is what Daniel Sapp of Pinkbike had to say after testing both versions of the Oiz, a bicycle launched this year with a purely XC configuration and another TR version, with 120 mm of travel in both suspensions, more aggressive tires and a telescopic seatpost option. To announce it to the world press, we gathered a small group in the Catalan Pyrenees for three days.
Singletrackworld was also there, who has emphasized that the “Oiz TR instantly looks fast in an American muscle car kind of way. Compare that to the leaner XC version, which is more of a purist F1-like race machine.” You will be able toread read the full article with what the press had to say about the Oiz soon.
It’s the weapon that the Orbea Factory Team uses in their international competitions, as does the CLIF Pro Team (link).One of the riders, Catharine Pendrell, debuted a MyO version in the World Cup XC in Vallnord, which Pinkbike talked about on its website. In Germany, MTB News performed a similar bike check reported on the same machine.
Direct from the United Kingdom, Bikeradar selected this model for its top 5 2019 cross country bicycles thanks to “interesting features,” like the possibility of selecting the XC or TR version and for the MyO offer.
Rallon continues to go strong
In Germany, the Rallon was recently recognized as a highly recommended bicycle after being tested by MTB-News.The “excellent bicycle” stood out for its “precise handling” and its “excellent qualities for climbing,” in spite of being an enduro bike.
The low riding position – thanks especially to the shifting of the shock absorber to the outside of the frame – has allowed tester Jens Staudt to feel “great freedom of movement.”As a matter of fact, he describes it as a model that provided “a freedom of movement almost never before seen in an enduro bike. The possibilities offered by MyO and the functioning and possible configurations of the suspensions also stood out in the test.
In the United States, after two months of summer in the hands of Toni Walbridge from Sicklines, the tester’s verdict doesn't seem to differ from that of the Germans: “this is a $9000 carbon super bike and anything less would be unacceptable. Fortunately the Rallon is good, really good.”
Some of their arguments include how well the Rallon M-LTD rode that he tested. “It’s still a 150 mm 29’er and more than enough bike to gobble up most any normal trail, but with your weight shifted high and forward and that 76º seat angle, it’s a beast to climb on.” He had this to say about the climbing ability of the Rallon (link): “It’s stiff where it needs to be, around the BB, but it flexes along the length of the chassis from head tube to drop outs in an almost perfectly even pattern.” He goes on to say that “It’s one of the few 29’ers that I’ve ridden that is compliant without feeling loose in the rear.”
Downhill, “the Rallon pushes you to get off the brakes and hit that sketchy sniper gap and then lock into that loose, rutted out sweeper,” while he also wished to point out that “there’s enough precision to get on any line you want and enough forgiveness to keep you on that line through the busiest sections.” BKXC, on the other hand, dedicated their time to a bike check of a gorgeous orange Rallon M-LTD…
One step below the enduro range, the Rallon M-10 was also thoroughly tested by Jason Van Horn of Bermstyle. He was also surprised by the climbing abilities of the Rallon, and as he puts it, he “was impressed at how it pedaled for a bike of its class” and assured that on the descent, “the only thing holding back PRs on the descents is the rider.”
Gain and Orca Aero Disc, in the limelight.
If the aluminum version of Gain already represented a turning point in the conception of the electric bicycles, the model presented over the summer seems to follow in the same footsteps. Why? Because of its new carbon frame, its many cutting-edge new features and a weight of 11.3 kg.
These are reasons why this Gain Carbon has received comments from the press like “The Orbea Gain is the future of e-bikes”, “You’d Never Guess It Was An E-Bike,” or even prompted them to ask “What can this new Orbea e-road bike teach the e-MTB market?” Very soon, you will be able to discover in depth all this media impact in the specific clipping dedicated to the Gain Carbon.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Gain D15 continues to charm different media sources, like Cycling Plus, becoming the British favorite from among the three models they compared.The result is that they “don’t really see the gain as traditional e-bike.”
“It’s more of a range extender, something to give you that bit of assistance when you need it and a great equaliser if you ride with fitter or more experience riders,” they claim. “The Gain offers just what you want from electric assistance; it enhances the ride when it need to, helps extended your riding in both range and terrain and still feels just a like top-handling gravel bike.”
“Is a star of the emerging performance road ebike genre,” they concluded. Sharing the asphalt, but without same thrust as the Gain, the Orca Aero family stepped up to a new platform: the Orca Aero with disc brakes.
As is to be expected, this got the attention of media sources like GCN, Road.cc, Cycling Weekly, Road Bike Action, Cycling Tips and BDC Mag. Soon an article will also see the light with press highlights of the Orca Aero Disc, a model that is already being put to the test by Vital Concept Cycling Club sprinter Bryan Coquard, who tells all about it.
The summer of the Orbea Enduro Team
In the competitive world of enduro, our Orbea Enduro Team has spent the summer immersed in two rounds of the Enduro World Series, first in Italy, and then in Whistler, Canada.
In Italy, Thomas Lapeyrie thrilled us with a brilliant sixth place, Becky Cook came in eighth and Gabri Torralba cross the finish line in 62nd place. The video summary of that day was stamped on Pinbike and in the German Enduro-MTB.
The competition in Whistler was held over a single day instead of the usual two. There, Becky came in ninth, Thomas stopped the clock in 13th place and Gabri rose to her best position in 35th place. Once again, this was reported on the Canadian website Pinkbike.