Testing with the OET: FOX
8 April 2020
22 December 2012
Published by Orbea
Designed to overcome every obstacle and enjoy the most demanding trails without any limits, the media around the world have echoed the premier of our new e-mtb. Among them were two of the most important authorities in Germany among those specialized in the e-bike sector: Ebike-MTB and Pedelec-Elektro. The second website stresses that “In terms of technology and design, it follows the steps of the first fully electric bike in the company's history, although replacing the accredited Bosch motor with the increasingly popular Shimano E-8000 system.”
MTV-vco in Italy and the global cycling portal Bike Today have also talked about the rest of the strong points of our new e-mtb, other than those already mentioned: compatibility with 27+ and 29’’ wheels, the metal plate protecting the motor, guaranteeing a long service life and its color screen, compatible with Bluetooth/ant+.
Terra: “Refined and versatile geometry”
Over the last month, several specialized media sources have set their sights on our gravel-all road Terra bicycle. This is the case of the Australian CyclingTips, which gave it an exhaustive field test. James Huang, the person in charge of the test, highlights that “the Terra feels admirably stiff and efficient under power —and yes, like a road bike in this respect.”
Huang stresses the stability of the Terra at high speed: “That chassis rigidity carries through to the front end, too, making for a nicely cohesive and secure feel from tip to tail that eagerly responds to rider inputs. A stout frame may be a good starting point for going fast, but it’s the bike’s stable handling that really helps you exploit those capabilities when you hit the dirt.”
Finally, CyclingTips emphasizes the excellent performance of the Terra on the most complicated descents: “(…) There’s a series of downhill dirt switchbacks that the Terra absolutely ate up. With the tires’ reassuring grip and the confident power of those hydraulic disc brakes, I dove into each corner before clamping hard on the rotors, drifting through the apex, and then powering through to the next bend,” he summarizes.
The result of all this is that James finished his test, confessing that he returned to the city “with that endorphin high that cyclists know all so well”.
Ordu: “Love its speed”
Jamie Wilkins, a collaborator in such prestigious media sources as Cycling Plus and ProCycling, summarized his impressions of the Ordu in Cyclist magazine, in an article dedicated to the Gran Fondo World Championship:“Love its speed, handling and braking,” he says. If you would like to find out more about his impressions of the Ordu, we invite you to check out this article in our blog, since Jamie has tested our bicycle against the clock in two different years and has many interesting things to say about it.
Gain: “The Orbea Gain is truly a revolution”
The Gain is amazing the specialized media around the world, as you’ll soon see in a summary of the press dedicated specifically to our road e-bike. For the time being, we’ll share with you the test by the German magazine Gran Fondo, which defines it as “a very simple but very capable electric road bike”. “The well designed and clever integration is neat”, it goes on to say, also stressing its “good handling” and its “extremely versatile range of application.” Among the other strong points of the Gain, Gran Fondo highlights its “natural motor control” and its “smooth and easy gear changes under power.”
Rallon: An “amazingly fun and fast bike to ride”
The Rallon is one of the bikes that has brought us the most joy this year, thanks to the excellent reception it has had among both riders and the specialized media alike. The latest has been seeing how Bike Radar placed it in its Top 5 Enduro Bikes of 2018.Joe Norledge, the author of the article, considers it “one of the most striking framesets around;” “The asymmetric design definitely stands out,” he concludes.
This sensation of being an impressive model can also be found in the extensive review published in BasqueMTB by our ambassador Douglas McGrath: “It´s an amazingly fun and fast bike to ride it deals with pretty much everything with confidence and encourage you to push your own personal limits and ideas of what a bike can do,” he indicates.
Doug, who participated with us as a guide during the worldwide presentation of the Rallon in the Pyrenees, is one of the people who knows our enduro machine the best and defines it as “super stable and agile. Again I have put this at the top of the list because it surprised me”. He even goes so far as to indicate the type of bikers who will grow to love this bike:“enduro racers looking to cut fractions from their Strava times (…) Aggressive bikers looking for something that they can push and enjoy on bigger days out as well as on uplift days”.
Our Rallon was also analyzed in depth by the Italian online magazine MTB Cult. In this review, Stefano Chiri comments on the striking geometry and aggressive esthetics of the Rallon, “a weapon for descents. It's hard to set limits for yourself when the slope is in your favor, but what surprises the most is that it also pedals well and lets you enjoy a more trail outing.”
And we sign off for this month with a reminder of why we make bicycles: so you can have experiences like those had by the guys at MTB Cult, toasting the sun from the peak of such a spectacular place as Monte Autore next to your Occam TR, mounted for the occasion with a Sram Gx Eagle groupset and RockShox Pike fork. Beautiful, isn’t it?