Trek VS Orbea

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Posted: Feb 9, 2018 at 15:08 Quote
Hi All,

I need a bit of help with my next bike. Trek Fuel 8 or Orbea Occam TR H10. I have about $6000, Aus dollars.Any feedback will be a great help to me. Thanks in advance.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 at 9:19 Quote
I have an Orbea Occam TR and love it. The lifetime warranty is worth it in its own right. It rides great and handles where I ride perfectly (Pisgah). I have a 140 Pike on mine and it is such a fun trailbike.

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 at 21:58 Quote
I also love my Occam, and highly recommend the Rallon.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 at 12:01 Quote
I am literally mulling over the exact same two bikes. Had a Trek xc bike (8500?) years ago and loved it, and I've heard nothing but good things about the latest Fuel Ex 8 . I know Trek are 'big brand' and for some reason that attracts some negative feelings among riders. Not sure why.

Orbea Occam TR was not even on my radar until a friend suggested it.

I've not been able to ride either bike yet. From what I've read this year's Fuel Ex 8 is quite heavy,not that weight bothers me too much. Trek do have a couple of technologies (as they call them) which may or may not be beneficial to how a bike rides (re:activ shock, straight shot down tube etc) I would love to hear from Fuel Ex owners.

The Orbea is quite a nimble ride I'm told and although a trail bike, it leans a little towards xc.
Again,would love to hear from owners.

I like the fact you can swap out components at the ordering stage with Orbea.

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 at 10:12 Quote
I have a new Slash 9.9 with the straight shot and it make a difference in how the bike tracks through corners and the rough stuff for sure. I had an older ex and it was a fun bike, but i then sold it to fund my slash. Shortly after I rode the newest fuel and there is a substantial difference from the old to new. The re:active most definitely is not just a marketing scheme, it does pedal very different to other shocks while still keeping a super supple feel throughout the travel. My last bike was a Remedy 9.9 29r with the re;active and there was a little tick on the first version of the shock. From what i hear the "tick" is gone on the newest versions so the annoyance is gone. I am looking at purchasing a Fuel next year and am looking forward to it.

eyepea74 wrote:
I am literally mulling over the exact same two bikes. Had a Trek xc bike (8500?) years ago and loved it, and I've heard nothing but good things about the latest Fuel Ex 8 . I know Trek are 'big brand' and for some reason that attracts some negative feelings among riders. Not sure why.

Orbea Occam TR was not even on my radar until a friend suggested it.

I've not been able to ride either bike yet. From what I've read this year's Fuel Ex 8 is quite heavy,not that weight bothers me too much. Trek do have a couple of technologies (as they call them) which may or may not be beneficial to how a bike rides (re:activ shock, straight shot down tube etc) I would love to hear from Fuel Ex owners.

The Orbea is quite a nimble ride I'm told and although a trail bike, it leans a little towards xc.
Again,would love to hear from owners.

I like the fact you can swap out components at the ordering stage with Orbea.

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 at 12:10 Quote
Thanks colenc97.

I'm hoping to try a Fuel EX soon. A friend of a friend has an Orbea Rallon which is the Occam's big brother so when I get a chance I'll be asking for a go!

I am certainly more interested in the Trek though.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 at 16:38 Quote
eyepea74 wrote:
I am literally mulling over the exact same two bikes. Had a Trek xc bike (8500?) years ago and loved it, and I've heard nothing but good things about the latest Fuel Ex 8 . I know Trek are 'big brand' and for some reason that attracts some negative feelings among riders. Not sure why.

Orbea Occam TR was not even on my radar until a friend suggested it.

I've not been able to ride either bike yet. From what I've read this year's Fuel Ex 8 is quite heavy,not that weight bothers me too much. Trek do have a couple of technologies (as they call them) which may or may not be beneficial to how a bike rides (re:activ shock, straight shot down tube etc) I would love to hear from Fuel Ex owners.

The Orbea is quite a nimble ride I'm told and although a trail bike, it leans a little towards xc.
Again,would love to hear from owners.

I like the fact you can swap out components at the ordering stage with Orbea.

I still have my Trek ZX8000 (1995)! Still in good shape. I have a Scott 730 and looking for a FS. Trek Top Fuel is on top of my list.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 at 22:31 Quote
I love my Occam, but I would also consider the Rallon. I'm super ready to upgrade.

Orbea gives you such a good bang for your buck and warranty that ill try to stick with them for as long as possible.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 at 15:47 Quote
EDIT; Just realized OP is from feb. So hopefully already have a bike by now but info I guess can still be useful.

I've got about 300 miles on my 18 ex 8. I love it. I have ridden a few full suspension bikes but this is my first one I have owned and for the price(got it for same price as a 17) I am very happy. I am about 230 lbs and def need to fine tune suspension still for the hard stuff/drops. I tend to XC the bike more then downhill/park.

I lowered the mino link for the first time last weekend at sky park and it felt way more stable on the fast trails.

I have changed to hope floaters and sintered pads and the brakes are 100% better and I swapped to carbon bars and it def made the bike feel way better and less hand fatigue.

Previous bike was a 25 ish lb hardtail and the ex 8 I believe weighted about 31 with tubeless etc, but I don't feel the weight very much at all.

My only issue with the bike is the dropper post rattles when all the way down works flawlessly otherwise. I packed it full of slick honey and it quieted it down a smidge but I think I am going to use the thick maxima blue grease next. I do seem to have some flex in the wheels with a wobble already in the rear, still under the 90 day so I am going to take it in soon for that.

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