Hey Phil! Nice riding with you the other week.
Hi Guys, I rode the Occam 29'er on my local trails the other week with a bunch of journo's from around the world. Orbea are well known and respected in Spain, my personal take is that they have a strong history in road and bikes for off-roadies / XC racers. THat's changing and the new bikes are gettting a really strong reputation out here amongst more enduro / trail riders. I haven't ridden all the bikes just the 29'er Occam. I thought it was one of the best bikes I've ridden this year. I didn't expect to like it to be honest, it's light weight and only has 100mm of travel... not my type of bike. I liked it so much because the geometry is spot on, the suspension works fantastically and it's so stupidly stiff laterally. All that just made it so precise, and that was a lot of fun. That seemed to be the take from all the guys I was riding with. FWIW I was guiding the fast pack and we were hammering it. There was the guy from MTBR, a Bike Radar journo and a semi pro DH/FR guy from Germany.
I think it'd make a great 24hr marathon bike. Alternatively i think it would be a good trail bike or even a light enduro bike for skilled riders. I liked it and would happily have one. I even asked for a long term test bike and I don't do that lightly... life's too short to ride rubbish bikes.
I wrote about it on bike rumor: Orbea Occam
I'll write something about it on my website in the next day or so, with more pictures.
It was slightly dissapointing to see how many UK bike magazines turned up to test the bike. There was one guy from Bike Radar. Your information on new bikes is so shaped by the media and if they're not riding them then... well anyway.