Orbea Wild FS eMTB Boasts An Off Trend “Upright Trail Bike Position”

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There is nothing that we love more than receiving a Press Release on the day that the embargo is to lift. We especially love it when the press release drops in our inbox with just hours to spare and doesn’t include major details. So thanks Orbea, you really have made our day.

Orbea’s “Just In Time For Christmas” announcement is for an updated 2019 version of the Orbea Wild FS eMTB, a bike which Chipps has referred to as “svelte”. Not everyone is in agreement.

Is “Upright” the new “LLS”?

Although Orbea seems to be very proud of its new geometry, we can’t give you any numbers as they haven’t provided details. We do know that the 2019 version of the Wild FS is “longer and a little lower” than the current 2018 model though, but weirdly this updated “longer” geometry also provides an “upright trail bike position”. Confused? So are we.

While we wait for Orbea to get in touch with the geometry info, we can look over a few of the other features such as optional wheel sizes. On first glance the Orbea press email does make it sound like the new Wild FS can swap between 27.5in and 29er wheels, the truth is that the bikes will be offered in either one wheel size or the other. The 27.5 bikes actually shipping with Plus size 2.8in tyres.

Wild FS bikes available in 29er or 27.5in options.

The rear end of the bike has 140mm of travel and there are options to choose either 140mm or 150mm travel up front depending on the level of specification you choose.

In total 10 versions of the eMTB will be available all featuring eMTB optimised componentry from stronger wheels, and more powerful 4 pot disc brakes to eBike optimised suspension and reinforced eBike ready tyres.

This though?.. We’re not sure about this…

Pricing will start from £3299 for the Wild FS 40 rising to £6299 for the top of the range Wild FS 150 10 29S. Every bike in the Wild FS range runs on a Shimano Steps E8000 apart from the base level bike which gets the recently launched E7000 drive system.

All versions of the bike use an alloy frame with high quality sealed cartridge bearings and come with Orbea’s own “HideOut Technology” a way to hide the Steps battery inside the downtube of the frame and allow easy, tool-free access.

Below are a few specification and bike highlights from the Orbea Wild FS range.

Orbea Wild FS 150 10 29S

  • Price: £6299
Also available in purple.

Spec Highlights.

  • Shimano Steps E8000.
  • Fox 36 Float Factory 150 Grip2 Kashima Fork.
  • Fox Float DPS rear shock.
  • SRAM XX1 Eagle 12 speed.
  • SRAM Code RSC brakes.
  • Race Face Aeffect 35mm bar and stem.
  • Kenda Nevegal 29×2.6 eMTB tyres.
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper post.
  • Selle Royal 2077 DRN saddle.
  • DT Swiss GH-1501 Boost Wheelset.

Orbea Wild FS 20 27S

  • Price: £4799
Look closely. Yup, 27.5in wheels.

Spec Highlights:

  • Shimano Steps E8000.
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 140 Evol.
  • Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock.
  • Shimano XT 11-speed.
  • Shimano XT M8020 brakes.
  • Race Face Ride 35mm bar and stem.
  • Kenda Havok 27×2.8 eMTB tyres.
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper post.
  • Selle Royal 2077 DRN saddle.
  • DT Swiss H-1900 Boost Wheelset.

Orbea Wild FS 30 29

  • Price: £4199
Wild FS 30 29

Spec Highlights

  • Shimano Steps E8000.
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 140 fork.
  • Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock.
  • SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed.
  • SRAM Guide brakes.
  • Orbea 35mm bar and stem.
  • Kenda Havok 29×2.4 eMTB tyres.
  • Race Face Aeffect dropper post.
  • Selle Royal 2077 DRN saddle.
  • DT Swiss H-1900 Boost Wheelset.

Judging by the press release, Orbea plans to offer the new Wild FS in the UK, Europe and the U.S, but at the time of writing we don’t have any firm release dates.

Comments (2)

  1. It’s going to be interesting to see how this compares to Scott Strike eRIDE’s “comfort oriented” geometry.

  2. Best looking leaf blower I’ve seen in a while

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