- Orbea Occum 29er
My road club is sponsored by Orbea and a couple of lads have Orbea MTB’s.
Firstly, Orbea make their own carbon frames onsite in Spain. They’ve got a pretty big plant out there and its all top notch stuff. Not out of a factory in China if that sort of thing bothers you. They never really seem to sell that well over here (in the MTB world, the road bikes including the Orca are very popular) but my mate has a top spec Rallon and its a nice (if heavy) bit of kit.
Normally kit wise they aren’t too hot – it won’t compare to the likes of Canyon/Rose for the money. My mates Orbea 29er (his training bike – his race bike hasn’t turned up yet!) is bloody heavy for an XC race bike as well.
If you’re having a look around, check out the new KTM bikes as well. The review on PinkBike says they’re pretty good….Posted 5 years agoklunkyMember
FYI Orbea bikes (carbon anyway but assume all) are not built in spain.
Assembled perhaps some even painted but made in spain they are not.
Costa del china
Would let that swing your opinion though. Base it on ride and dealer support….Posted 5 years ago
So here I was quite happily planning a new bike centred around the Santa Cruz TallBoy, and along comes this baby.
No experience of Orbea.
Using Competitive Cyclist they build to the same weight for the same money (give or take).
Advantages as I see it are all to Orbea –
Lifetime frame warranty. (SC 2 year).
Suspension has Fox CTD lever
never heard of Orbea in the MTB world
Err thats it.
Anyone any experience of Orbea or offer a different opinion.
Currently riding Niner Air 9 Carbon, rigid… So its all about face.
Intended usage – The “10” No Fuss Events, Big Days Out in the hills, 24hr MTB events and such like. (based Isle of Man)
NigelPosted 5 years agostunnedMember
Seeing as I work for Orbea, thought I’d try and set the record straight! Orbea have been around for about 130 years.. They still assemble and paint in their factory in the Pyreneese in Spain.
They have the biggest market share of all the bike brands in Spain.
Carbon is made in their own factory in China, they do not buy from a third party but have full control over what is produced.(due to economic reasons like most bicycle manuafacturers)
The reason we are not that well known in the UK is because we don’t do agressive marketing like a lot of other brands. Rightly or wrongly, they are so confident in the product (lifetime warranty on carbon) they don’t see the need to do a great deal of marketing!?
Also because they are built up in Spain you can do a certain amount of spec changing.. wheels, forks, brakes saddles etc which is all listed and priced on the websitePosted 5 years agophil56Subscriber
You might want to get in touch with Doug at Basque MTB – when I was out there last month he was guiding a bunch of journo’s all test riding next years Occum 29er – they do look fantastic in the flesh, so to speak.
Feedback I overheard was the bike was very special, but ‘stiff’ – something you probably want to check out if you’re thinking of it as a 24 HR bike.
One other thing about Orbea, the business is 100% employee owned, which might make no difference to some, but I quite like.
Edit – sorry. I hadn’t read the link you posted, but now I see the writer would have been in the group I saw and he already mentions Doug.Posted 5 years agodon simonMember
I’ve had an Alma for a few years and love it. Simple as that. It’s one of the few brands that I’d buy into, next road bike will be an Orbea and I can’t see any reason that my next mtb won’t be another Orbea. Very popular in Spain, oh yes Shelock, and quite popular with Absalon.
Where are you at stunned, just in case I have any frame issues in the future?
Lifetime frame warranty. (SC 2 year).
I could point you in the direction of people who’ve had problems with Orbea and the lifetime warranty. I think we all know that people are more vocal when negative news is on offer and less forthcoming when it’s positive. Positives and negatives for all framebuilders.Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
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.Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
I’m afraid it’s one bike I’ve not ridden. Hopefully the bearings will last longer on the Occam though! I’d need a longer test ride to tell you that though. I’ve had a few guys out on the tallboy this year and they were loving them, they look like fun bikes.Posted 5 years ago
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