Eva Lechner's Orbea Alma: Bike Check - Val di Sole XC World Cup 2017

Aug 26, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
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Italian Eva Lechner has earned national championship victories on the road, on cyclocross bikes and on cross-country mountain bikes. She bagged the U23 XC European title in 2007, and represented that country in the Olympics. For Val di Sole, Lechner will be on her favorite race bike: Orbea's Alma, a sleek carbon hardtail that has earned a string of World Cup victories that any bike maker would enve. Val di Sole's moderately technical course and wide-open climbs suggest that lap times will be lighting fast, and the winner will be the one who can pin her cardio-vascular system to the limit from tape to tape. Lechner's cyclocross experience bears witness to her capacity for just that.
eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Eva Lechner

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Elegantly executed seat stay junction. While most XC pros are on 29ers, Lechner rides a size small frame with 27.5-inch wheels.

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Shimano Di2 XTR electronic shifting, 11 x 46 cassette.

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Rotor Rex aluminum crankset with 32-tooth round chainring.

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Fox Step Cast fork...
eva lechner s Orbea Alma
...With iCD electronic remote lockout.

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
For a small sized rider (158cm tall), Lechner's brake levers are set well away from the grips.

eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Astute saddle with carbon rails. Easton cockpit components.
eva lechner s Orbea Alma
Maxxis Ikon 2.2" tires (18psi) on DT Swiss Spline 1200 XRC wheels






37 Comments

  • 41 3
 Am I the only one that thinks Rotor cranks and chain ring are unpleasant to look at?
  • 10 1
 no
  • 9 5
 yes
  • 3 0
 hmm
  • 7 5
 TITS!!!
  • 3 1
 The crank is very nice I thing, the ring isn't imo. I have a rotor agilis on my single speed, most beautiful metal crank I've found yet. They know how to do nice stuff.
  • 1 0
 @polarproton: I think the cranks are chunky and wasting weight tbh, just like their chain rings
  • 3 1
 All your rotor are belong to us.
  • 1 0
 Rotor cranks are lighter than Hope and the plastic SRAM cranks that I replaced with them.
  • 1 0
 @turbohippy: well Hope cranks are nothing to write home about, you have to be really self persuaded by high horse brand loyalty to like them. Sram? At least it's easy to install and used to be cheap (at one point you could buy crank arms for fricking 179€ - they were cheaper than XT). I personally go for SLX 7000, 80€ for crank arms, light, solid and IMHO one of the best looking.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I was lucky to win some Hope cranks, I wouldn't have them otherwise.
My Sram's were s2200 or something, X0 arms with a steel axle, I hate how the gxp bb works so I'm glad to see the back of them.
Anyway Rotor cranks are nice.
  • 9 0
 I bet ENVE loves that the MTB community has forgotten how to spell envy.
  • 9 2
 It is fun to ride bicycles.
  • 7 0
 Looks like an 11-46t cassette to me.
  • 1 0
 Definitely.
  • 4 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 26, 2017 at 8:52) (Below Threshold)
 No no no, you must have Eagle. #notenoughrange
  • 3 0
 That frame is so small I thought it was a 29er. Also never noticed how similar ikon and small block eight are
  • 1 0
 They look similar, but the Ikon is WAY better.
  • 1 0
 @PAmtbiker: Yeah, Ikon's actually have much larger knobs. Hell Yeti specced SB5s with them (which TBH never made much sense to me given how well that bike descends).
  • 2 0
 "She bagged the U23 XC European title in 2007, and represented that country in the Olympics."
  • 2 0
 I'm sorry for these who are limited to 27.5 for XC racing because of their height. The podium was filled with 29ers.
  • 1 0
 I've recently bought an S-works worldcup HT 29", secondhand and it's no faster than my 26" Cotic Soul but the Soul is 100x more fun to ride.
I do race my local xc, the only thing advantage that I've noticed with big wheels is that I'm slightly less knackered after a race.
  • 1 0
 That top tube...so small. I would be brushing my knees against the handle bars
  • 1 0
 '......Easton cockpit components'. Looks kinda like a Raceface bar so probably should of just read 'Easton Stem'.
  • 1 0
 I think Race Face bought Easton and then Fox bought both of them. So it's all semantics but yes, only the stem is branded Easton.
  • 1 0
 The saddle's brand is Active, not Astute.
  • 4 0
 ... and I stand corrected... By the photo. Gawd I need glasses.
  • 2 0
 @southoftheborder: It looks like ASTVTE to me. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Difinetly Astute

www.astuteitalia.com/en
  • 1 0
 @Pichy: thanks for the data!
  • 2 0
 Come on Eva!
  • 1 0
 Cant wait for voice activated lock out controls.. HA!
  • 1 0
 A 2.2" IKON at 18psi? Good lord... what does she weigh, 90lb?
  • 1 0
 Are those xtr cogs?
  • 1 2
 eBay search Cube Custom 9.9kg to get a bargain XC racer

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