There’s a new Orbea Occam on the block! And this time it means business, drawing inspiration from the successful Rallon enduro machine. The Occam has been fully revised and now struts 29in wheels and 140/140mm travel (with a 150mm fork option).
Something that is definitely inspired by the Rallon is the new Occam’s asymmetrical frame. The Rallon has a single-sided frame strut that sits to the non-drive side of the frame. Something that Orbea came out with before the similarly thought out Stumpy appeared (presumably to Specialized’s annoyance). The Stumpy’s single strut was on the drive side while that Rallon’s was on the non drive side, so that’s completely different, right? Anyway, that single-sided influence has been felt again on the Occam, which features a single sided strut (this time on the drive side) to beef up the frame and to act as the pivot anchor for the lower shock link.
Orbea reckons: “Shock controls are easily reached while riding and suspension forces on the frame are minimized by the drive-side reinforcement. Moving the bottle slightly to the left side of the frame helps offset the weight of the drivetrain and offers easy access to your water. These are small details but Occam is all about pushing performance.”
To this, we have to just ask ‘But what about if you want to drink some water, while riding?’ It would seems that the new Occam will only work if you’re left handed, or if you’ve stopped riding and are casually reaching down (with your left hand) for your bottle. It might be a little nit-picky of us, but that’s the first thing we saw – not the sweeping carbon frame tubes (there’s an alloy one too) but the thought of trying to reach down for a swing, while (for UK riders at least) your spare hand is only covering the front brake. It’s not like the brace couldn’t have fit on the other side.
Ahem, anyway. Orbea is touting the lower, slacker, longer credentials of this new Occam and has supplied a handy geometry chart, showing a 450mm reach – unfortunately without mentioning what frame size the geometry refers to. If it’s a medium, then that’s pretty average. If it’s a large, then that’s rather short these days. We have ‘reached out’ as the saying goes.
Either way, the new Occam features 140mm of “pure trail” geometry. Compared to the previous versions, reaches are almost 2cm longer, the head angle is slacker, the seat angle is steeper, chainstays are 5mm longer and the (threaded) bottom bracket is a bit lower.
Both frames come with internal routing, threaded bottom brackets, moulded frame protection, postmount 180mm brake mount, Enduro sealed bearings and an Orbea Lifetime Warranty.
The new Orbea Occam looks like a lot of fun, with the 140mm travel being more than enough bounce for fun times in most of the UK while still being able to winch you back up for another go. Frames will come in Small through XL and more details should appear here very shortly: orbea.com