New Orbea Oiz: XC racers need only apply

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The new Orbea Oiz retains its cross country race appeal but bumps up the travel to 120mm front and rear. And is lighter and stiffer, because why not?

Orbea is calling the new Oiz “the fastest XC bike to leave our factory in over 180 years.” Which, if nothing else, is a good way of reminding people that Orbea has been around for a really, really long time.

For fans of unashamed XC race bikes, Orbea is here for you. This new Oiz, despite the increase in travel, is still very much an exercise in appealing the usual stuff that XC racers love to hear about. Namely, low weight and high stiffness.

Orbea Oiz

Orbea even goes as far to purposefully state that this bike is NOT and ‘down-country’ bike. You can almost hear Orbea spit at the ground in disgust at the very thought of such a thing.

Whereas most new mountain bike models in other disciplines, such as Trail Bikes or Enduro Bikes, focus on updated progressive geometry or tuned suspension leverage curves, the Orbea Oiz PR is very much about how much things weigh.

Orbea claims a sub 10kg weight for the new Oiz. And while that is for a Medium size frame model, it does include pedals (not sure which, mind), water bottle (presumably empty) and a computer mount. 9.98kg is the figure being bandied about. Which, if nothing else, is going to make racers feel encouraged as they line up at the starting pistol.

Orbea Oiz

Speaking of water bottles, you can fit two decent sized bottles in any of the frame sizes. Marathon and endurance racers rejoice.

And as for frame weight, which is something that is still very much a concern amongst XC racers, the claimed frame weight is 1,750g.

How has the weight being shaved off an already not-heavy XC bike? Orbea has redesigned the (carbon) linkage, reworked the lamination of the carbon frame and there’s something dubbed SIC System. Which is a headset/stem arrangement that the cables pass through.

Try not to go ‘uh oh’ just yet though (having said that, thru-headset cable arrangements are actually quite liked by a lot of XC racers, believe it or not).

The SIC System results in weight saving by virtue of the ability to run shorter lengths of cabling and brake hosing. Many of you reading this may well be rolling your eyes at this, but plenty of folk will be nodding and mouthing ‘cool!’

Orbea claims that the SIC System also results in quieter cables. SIC is also “optimised to make changing the stem and handlebars just as easy as on a non-integrated cockpit.” We have no explicit details or diagrams of it yet though.

Oh, and there’s a steering limiter called Spin Block in there too.

Continuing the uncompromising efficiency first vibe, Orbea has also slapped a SquidLock three-position suspension compression adjustment remote lever on to the handlebars (Open, FIrm, Lock).

Orbea Oiz

On to suspension and geometry, two things that are always relatively far down XC racers’ concerns.

Orbea Oiz

The 120mm of frame travel is a single pivot with flex stay design. It’s a further refinement of Orbea’s nigh-on 20-year-old UFO design. The pivot placement and the linkage design have both been designed from scratch however to be a 120mm travel system. Orbea is at pains to explain that the new Orbea is not just a previous 100mm array with a new linkage to increase the travel a bit. It’s a ground-up design.

Orbea Oiz

As well as a nominal increase in suspension travel, the lateral stiffness of the rear stays has been upped. They’re 12% stiffer than the previous Oiz apparently. Part of this heightened rigidity is a move to different bearings.

Orbea Oiz

Geometry. 67° head angle. 72.5° seat angle. 432mm chain stay length. 333mm BB height. 472mm reach on a Large. Low slung stack (606mm on a Large).

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  • New Orbea Oiz: XC racers need only apply
  • veganrider
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    I honestly can’t see the appeal of cables going through the headset, unless your maintenance is done for you / for free. Am I missing something here?

    Otherwise, great looking bike.

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    I honestly can’t see the appeal of cables

    You could have just finished there.

    Why stick with cable operated gears at all? Wireless shifting is reasonably priced, much easier to install and maintain.
    For brake hoses, one they’re in, they’re in. It’s not like you even really need to change them.

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    That dropper post??! Limited by frame? I’ve seen longer ones on gravel bikes.

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    Why stick with cable operated gears at all? Wireless shifting is reasonably priced, much easier to install and maintain.

    No, no NO
    It’s also bloody electric, and a good portion of us don’t want any more electrical gubbins on our bikes than absolutely needed ( light)

    For brake hoses, one they’re in, they’re in. It’s not like you even really need to change them.

    I’ve changed the rear brake hose at least twice on my Orbea.
    Whoever invented internal cable routing needs to be shot

    / overopinionatedpersonnotyethadhisfirstcoffee

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    Whoever invented forgot the internal cable guide routing tubes needs to be shot

    Free Member

    Electric of road? Wonderful! Nope.
    Of course it is great when working well but the darn mechs are too fragile . Mechanical mechs wear out rapidly but at least are cheaper to replace. What about crash damage etc. If some one else was paying then yes but otherwise, nope.

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    It’s also bloody electric, and a good portion of us don’t want any more electrical gubbins on our bikes than absolutely needed

    Bang on!

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    There was an article on Pinkbike the other day about the increasing number of MTBs coming with fully internal / down the headtube cable routing…

    Free Member

    about 3 – 4 kg over XC weight too unless you fork out the cost of a car for a carbon version

    Full Member

    Alloy version for only £300 more than I paid for the same spec of carbon less than three years ago.

    Would Orbea really describe it as for ‘XC racers only’? They must still be relying on fat knackers like me to shift some of them.

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    It’s so XC racers can realize their secret desires to do sick bar spins.

    Full Member

    XC racers need only apply  is a strong move to have it adopted by the elite, but I guess that anyone else wanting one has to actually buy it?

    Full Member

    I still haven’t quite figured out headset routing, where does the cable actually go?
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    The routing goes into the side of the steerer tube, that way you only need to change it if you change the bearings, to minimize the risk of that the top bearing is stainless. You can change spacers and stems as normal. Also not hard to swap from UK to EU brakes.

    It is an XC focussed bike, not just for XC racers, just the same way that my Rallon is an enduro race bike but I don’t race enduro. Orbea describe it as an XC race weapon and not down country! It certainly looks like a fun light bike to me but I’ve certainly never considered XC racing!!

    Dropper post isn’t limited by the frame, it’s Fox’s XC dropper with just 2 positions. Longer droppers are possible.

    M30, the cheapest carbon version, is €4K, not sure what that is in the current pound.

    Hope that helps a bit.

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    Think I’ve got it from this photo (ignore that there’s also a knock block thingie in there) there’s an additional sleeve which goes around the fork, cables go through that, and it sits within a larger than normal upper headset bearing.

    Actually quite neat as long as it’s done well. I don’t hate this.

    Regarding electrics – I have the axs dropper. It’s the best dropper I’ve ever owned. Only cost is preventing me from having axs gears. And most of that cost is in upgrading to 12 speed, not the electrical components. Waiting to see the surely imminent shimano offering.
    I think it already exists in the curly bar world, some top end frames being wireless only, no possible way to route cables apart from the brake hose. Personally I would welcome this.

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