First Look: 2022 Orbea Rallon - Now With In-Frame Storage

Sep 9, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  




The 2022 Orbea Rallon launched today, and while the general shape of the asymmetric carbon frame hasn't radically changed, there are several brand new features, including in-frame storage. That's right, add Orbea to the list of companies with a port on the top of the down tube that makes it possible to stash a tube, tools, and maybe some snacks safely out of sight.

There's obviously more to the new Rallon than a hole in the frame, though, and the other updates to this 160mm enduro machine include revised geometry (spoiler alert: it's longer and slacker), and an updated suspension curve that's more progressive for improved bottom-out resistance, and to improve its coil shock compatibility.
Rallon Details

• Carbon frame
• Travel: 160mm (r) / 170mm (f)
• Wheel size: 29" or mixed wheel
• 64- or 64.5-degree head angle
• 440mm chainstays
• Sizes: S - XL
• Weight: 31.9 lb (size L, M-LTD)
• Price: $4,999 - $9,999 USD
orbea.com

Orbea offers a massive range of options for the Rallon thanks to their My-O program, which allows customers to swap wheels, tires, and other components, and even select the frame color. There are four main models, with prices starting at $4,999 USD for the M20, and going all the way up to $9,999 for the M-LTD model.

Orbea Rallon 2022
That little lever allows access to the LOCKR storage compartment.

Frame Details

The aforementioned in-frame storage is called LOCKR, and is accessed by flipping a lever that sits next to the water bottle cage. The compartment isn't as voluminous as Specialized's SWAT compartment, but there's enough room for a tube, a tire lever, and two CO2 cartridges. There's also a mini-tool that's stashed in the main pivot, where it's held in place with a magnet, and another tool at the rear axle, which means most trailside repairs should be able to be accomplished with items stored in or on the bike.

Internal cable guides keep rattling at bay, and there are molded frame protectors at the chainstay and underside of the downtube. Orbea also increased the sealing on the bearings in order to keep mud and grit out. The endless fall rains will be arriving here in Washington any day now, so I'll have plenty of opportunities to put the new seals to the test.


Orbea Rallon 2022

Orbea Rallon 2022
The Rallon is coil or air shock compatible.
Orbea Rallon 2022
A handy little tool is hidden inside the main pivot.


Orbea Rallon 2022

Geometry

The new Rallon now sports a 64- or 64.5-degree head angle depending on the position of the flip chip at the rear shock mount. That's only a half-degree slacker than before, so it's not the most radical change, but Orbea did grow the Rallon's reach numbers by a sizeable amount, around 30mm per size. The chainstays grew too, and now measure 440mm on all sizes. All of those changes were intended to eke a bit more speed and stability out of the Rallon; after all, it is designed to be an enduro race bike.

Another key geometry update is the move to shorter seat tubes and a lower standover height. That makes it possible to run the latest crop of longer travel dropper posts – most riders should be able to run a post with 200mm of drop if they'd like. For mullet-curious riders, Orbea includes a shock extender with the Rallon that can be used to run a 27.5" rear wheel without any dramatic geometry alteration.

Orbea Rallon 2022
Orbea Rallon 2022

Orbea Rallon 2022


Suspension Design

Orbea tweaked the Rallon's kinematics to give it a more progressive leverage rate, and slightly less anti-squat. This was done by moving the main pivot location 20mm forward, and by lengthening the chainstays by 5mm. More progression should help the bike work better with a coil shock, which is one of the stock spec options.


Orbea Rallon 2022


Initial Impressions

I've been riding a whole bunch of heavy high pivot bikes lately, which has been fun, but I'll admit that I'm pretty excited to start spending more time on the Rallon M-LTD that's in for a long term review. It's a touch under 32 pounds, and that's with a coil shock, an impressive weight considering what it can handle on the way down.

I'm only a couple rides in, so it's still very early in the test period, but so far the Rallon seems to uphold the all-round abilities that the previous version was known for. It's a bike that's not a sluggish pig on the climbs, while still retaining a good level of grip and stability on the descents. The reach and chainstays may have grown, but it still maintains a more compact feel compared to some of the longer gravity sleds out there. Stay tuned for a much more in-depth analysis once I put in a whole bunch of miles in on this bike.




Builds

Rallon M-LTD / $9,999 USD
Orbea Rallon 2022
Frame: Orbea Monocoque Race Carbon
Fork: Fox 38 Float Factory 170
Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR
Wheels: Race Face Next R31 Carbon
Tires: 2.5" Maxxis Assegai EXO+ / 2.4" Minion DHR II EXO+
Seatpost Fox Transfer Factory 31.6
Saddle: Fizik Taiga Kium rail
Cranks: Race Face Next R
Handlebar: Race Face Next R 35 20mm Rise 800mm
Stem: Race Face Turbine R
Brakes: Shimano XTR



Rallon M Team / $7,299 USD
Orbea Rallon 2022
Frame: Orbea Monocoque Race Carbon
Fork: Fox 38 Float Factory 170mm
Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
Drivetrain: Shimano XT
Wheels: Race Face Turbine R-30
Tires: 2.5" Maxxis Assegai EXO+ / 2.4" Minion DHR II EXO+
Seatpost Fox Transfer Factory 31.6
Saddle: Fizik Taiga Kium rail
Cranks: Race Face Next R
Handlebar: Race Face Next R 35 20mm Rise 800mm
Stem: Race Face Turbine R
Brakes: Shimano XT




Rallon M10 / $5,999 USD
Orbea Rallon 2022
Frame: Orbea Monocoque Race Carbon
Fork: Fox 38 Float Performance
Shock: Fox Float X Performance
Drivetrain: SRAM GX
Wheels: RaceFace Turbine R30
Tires: 2.5" Maxxis Assegai EXO+ / 2.4" Minion DHR II EXO+
Seatpost OC2 Dropper 31.6
Saddle: Fizik Taiga S alloy
Cranks: SRAM GX
Handlebar: Race Face Aeffect 35 20mm Rise 780mm
Stem: Race Face Aeffect
Brakes: Shimano XT



Rallon M20 / $4,999 USD
Orbea Rallon 2022

Frame: Orbea Monocoque Race Carbon
Fork: Fox 38 Float Performance
Shock: Fox Float X Performance
Drivetrain: Shimano SLX
Wheels: RaceFace AR 30 C
Tires: 2.5" Maxxis Assegai EXO+ / 2.4" Minion DHR II EXO+
Seatpost OC2 Dropper 31.6
Saddle: Fizik Taiga S alloy
Cranks: Race Face Aeffect
Handlebar: OC1 35mm 12mm Rise 780mm
Stem: OC1 3D Forged 35mm interface 7-degree
Brakes: Shimano 6120










124 Comments

  • 238 0
 Forget SWAT, this is ORBEA Rallon Integration For Internally Carrying Equipment
  • 5 0
 Best acronym ever
  • 49 0
 ORIFICE....oh my
  • 18 2
 Get the right fork and you'll have FART with yout ORIFICE
  • 8 1
 They should make a storage bag like specialized and call it the Keister bag. The keister bag for your orifice storage.
  • 1 0
 Will it hurt when I put things into my ORBEA Rallon Integration For Internally Carrying Equipment?
  • 3 0
 @jammf: maybe you can put a dab of lube in to help?
  • 85 4
 Orbea really have their colors dialed.
  • 143 1
 Especially because you can customize it and basically pick any color you want, add to cart and boom...you get your bike 2 years later.
  • 44 0
 Kudos to Orbea for speccing the same juicy color for the top and entry level models. a nice middle finger to all the other brands that intentionally give the entry level bikes the ugliest colors.
  • 13 0
 Prices, too. Nothin' wrong with that M20.
  • 8 0
 @yupstate: so you get a custom colour and jump the queue
  • 3 2
 Good thing they don't make toothpaste though. Yeti has that crossover market.
  • 2 1
 @sngltrkmnd: I would definitely go with the m20. The only thing I would change is the brakes. I prefer margura mt5s
  • 25 4
 Extra $100 to get a DHX2 with a right-side up decal on the rezy.

And do the RaceFace wheels have different F/R decals or was one rim flipped on laceup?

And I was gonna make a "Looks like Stumpy 4 years ago" joke, but that's so 4 years ago.
  • 4 1
 The raceface wheels are most likely offset if they're alloy. The offset side, you flip the flatter side to the side with more load like the drive side on the rear wheel, or the brake side on the front.
  • 11 0
 This looks exactly like a Stumpjumper but with more travel and a lower price tag. And I'm very okay with that.
  • 6 0
 orbea and specialized released the frames with the asymetric stay at the shock the same model year, 2018.
  • 1 0
 @elemon58: "Wheels: Race Face Next R31 Carbon"

They are carbon rims, but also offset. Being a factory wheelset they are not 'flipped', it is just the way the decals are.

Offset spoke beds are always to the side of the hub with the widest centre-to-flange distance (typically NDS rear) so as to improve the bracing angle of the spokes on the side with the narrower flange distance.
  • 5 0
 Wait, nobody else peels the stickers off of everything as soon as you get the bike?
  • 1 0
 @yoimaninja: but split pivot vs FSR
  • 1 0
 Yup, definitely looks like a Stumpy to me.
  • 20 1
 Love the customization available. I don't know why other companies can't figure this out. Choice of drivetrain, suspension, wheels, etc. Buy what is important to you and save on the rest or upgrade later. Bikes are absolutely beautiful as well.
  • 6 0
 A few companies have offered it in the past, but they all seem to back away from it after a year or two. It seems like it's partly because it's difficult / expensive to keep a wide assortment of parts in stock, and partly because 95% of purchasers are completely unable to spec out a bike and they just want the company to do it for them.
  • 3 0
 Propain is similar
  • 2 6
flag sxy-slo (Sep 9, 2021 at 14:18) (Below Threshold)
 @SickEdit: you really cannot compare them. Orbea has nicer and 10 times more colours available.. specs are better too.
  • 2 0
 Unfortunately the chainstays are one size fits all.
  • 12 0
 @mikekazimer - I'm confused by your statement that the axle path more rearward. In the axle path overlay graph directly above that statement, it looks like the 2021 Rallon has a lot more rearward travel (>2.6 for 2021, 2.5 for 2022). Am I understanding that wrong? Looking forward to the long term review.
  • 9 1
 The labels were wrong on that graph - I swapped it out with another one that illustrates the changes correctly.
  • 8 0
 @mikekazimer: 2022 axle path is more rearward but anti squat is less. Something seems amiss here.
  • 13 0
 The M20 build is crazy good value compared to a lot of bikes on the market these days.
  • 4 0
 This is the way.
  • 11 0
 Woah, what are those fancy-looking rotors on some of the models?
  • 17 0
 Galfer wave, made in spain
  • 54 2
 @ppp9911: We've heard good things about Galfer rotors. Maybe we're biased, maybe we looked at World Cup XC/DH results
  • 2 0
 I like them
  • 19 6
 @galferusa: so the rotors themselves won world cups? Very impressive
  • 6 0
 @makripper: they rolled down the hill and got there first
  • 4 0
 @galferusa: Will buying your rotors make me win World Cups?
  • 3 0
 @pedalt0themedal: what I can say with confidence is that I wont be winning any World Cups on my current brake rotors
  • 7 1
 Orbea is on a roll. This bike looks really well thought out and their Rise ebike sounds like it's a winner based on what I've read. I am sure an ebike version of the Rallon is in the works.
  • 5 0
 Kinematics look exceptional. Digging the high anti-squat paired with low anti-rise and how mechanically progressive it is. Shock tuning should be easy and it'll probably climb just as well as it descends.
  • 3 8
flag jclnv (Sep 9, 2021 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 Unnecessary amount of AS.
  • 4 0
 Last year I had to decide between a Stumpjumper EVO and the Rallon. Went for the SJ EVO comp and have been very happy ever since. However, same choice now would be a different story. German prices 2021: Rallon M20 4299€, M10 5299€, SJ EVO Comp 5400€. The Rallon comes in every color you want.
I love the SJ EVO but I don’t think I could justify buying it again.
  • 2 0
 Now imagine I got 30% discount in 2019 for same year model M10.. Roll forward 2 years and similarly specced model costa 2 grand more
  • 1 0
 @sxy-slo: exactly I have a hard time justifying any bike after the purchase of my 2019 Rocky Mountain
  • 2 0
 @skiboot1: apparently everyone that bought bike in 2019 or early 2020 caught the last train..
  • 4 0
 Really interesting to see Galfer rotors on a stock bike, from a larger brand too. I wonder if Shimano will claim that running aftermarket rotors voids your warranty?
  • 1 0
 There is such a shortage of certain parts (notice all the RT66 rotors showing up on XTR builds?) that a lot of the previously-common "you have to use our stuff with only our stuff" business is out the window.
  • 6 1
 Good looking bike, great geometry, exceptional kinematics, lots of smart details. Orbea might have struck a home run
  • 5 0
 Looks decent, and another proper smasher.
  • 3 2
 Wait so frame manufacturers are legally allowed to have SWAT compartments they just don't bother? I assumed Specialized had this locked down. I am now furious at every single bike manufacturer who can't be bothered to build in this feature, and even happier to be a loyal Specialized fanboy. If you design bike frames and don't think this is an important feature you should get a new job.

Or perhaps this was a legal tit for tat in exchange for Specialized stealing the asym vibe...
  • 10 0
 From what I've heard, you can't patent a hole in the downtube, but you can patent the hatch / door mechanism. That's why every version that's coming out is a little different.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: I’d also heard that manufacturers found it a bit of a ballache to actually do well
  • 1 0
 Might be a mix of a Trek and Specialized in terms of feel and fit?

Finding 2020 Stumpy EVO DPX2 carbon S2 FSR 27.5 w/ 29 wheels to have a nice "active & poised" ride characteristic. Smooth. Flows. Loves power input. Feels like it needs a pedal mode, but is likely way faster without.

Finding 2021 Trek Fuel EX 9.9 with an RS Ultimate MegNeg ABP to have a very firm and upright ride characteristic with more anti-squat values than an overly low-speed compression-damped "Traction Tuned" DW. Plus, the BB feel of the EX is absurdly solid in combo with the anti-squat.

Both bikes are 210x55-mm stroke shock setups.
Both bikes have same BB height.
...Still testing... ;-)
  • 1 0
 I already run a 210mm dropper on my 2020 XL Rallon with 18mm to spare. For 2022 the XL became the L, and the chainstay size and anti-squat were altered for the worse in my opinion. It did improve aesthetically, with nicer colours and better details.
  • 2 0
 I enjoy this trend of Swiss army knife mtbs. Very cool seeing hidden tools coming stock. Hopefully that and the in frame storage keeps getting more popular.
  • 4 1
 Finally an long travel Enduro bike that doesn’t weigh over 36lb. Proof there’s no need for them to be almost 40lbs
  • 3 0
 Exo casing on the text bike they pictured though...Maybe the one they weighted? Still specced only with Exo+. Some of the more heavy bikes come spec with DD casing tires.
  • 1 0
 I don’t agree with the titular “now with storage” a great marketing about carry your bars and tubes... ok

For me the best improvement is better geo and kinematics...

Bravo orbea
  • 1 0
 My Rallon was a 2019 M10, swap the rear suspension link, get it more progressive, add a coil shock, and I have a "brand new" 2021 bike... This year will upgrade the fork and brakes. Gotta to love a bike you can grow with...
  • 3 0
 "with a port on the top tube " - or a down tube?
  • 4 1
 They also noted "a more rearward axle path" when the graph shows a less rearward axle path.
  • 12 0
 Let's go with "a port on the top of the down tube."
  • 5 0
 @mikekazimer: But if the port breaks, then you're down a port on the top of your down tube.
  • 4 0
 @yupstate: my brain hurts
  • 5 1
 Good looking bikes them.
  • 3 0
 Colonel Mustard called. He wants his bike back.
  • 5 0
 Professor Plum and Miss Peacock are missing theirs as well.
  • 4 0
 its actually a gold colour, had one at the shop on tuesday.
  • 3 0
 Weight?

Would be really cool to see the weight of each bike presented
  • 1 0
 The overall bike looks great...butt. whether its the orifice or just that shock mount that ican't take my eyes off. i do like that orange coiler tho
  • 5 2
 90% Of the mountainbike population is over biked. That is all.
  • 2 0
 10% of riders buy a new bike every year.
  • 5 0
 As long as those 90% are enjoying what they ride, does it matter?
  • 3 0
 A very specialized orbea!
  • 2 0
 Looks like the new Occam should be announced next week. Hopefully it gets the storage compartment as well.
  • 1 0
 Just going to leave this here!

Orbea Rallon Tailored Protection Kit
  • 4 1
 Geo on point
  • 3 1
 long leg proportions only
  • 2 0
 They could have made it with a shorter seat tube for sure, but the standover is a design limitation of any bike with the shock mount on the top tube, no way to lower it without changing the whole suspension design.

That said, the geo specs on this bike don't look too bad for shorter people. My wife (164cm) is looking for a new bike and at least on paper it looks like a Small Rallon would work.

She has ridden a friend's 2019 Spectral 27.5 and found it OK, and the 2022 Rallon has shorter seat tube, lower standover and shorter ETT.

geometrygeeks.bike/compare/canyon-spectral-cf-2019-s,orbea-rallon-2022-s-h-l,specialized-stumpjumper-comp-2021-s1-lo

Unfortunately in reality the measurements for standover seem to differ a lot between brands - despite a 12mm lower standover figure quoted for the Specialized Stumpy S1 compared to the Spectral, when she tried it in the shop she said it was a no-go (yes, we all know that standover doesn't matter when you're riding the bike, but she still likes to be able to stand over the frame while stationary without crushing her privates).
  • 2 0
 Standover and seat angle on the geo chart are mixed up.
  • 2 0
 pinkbike podcast was right about the storage with weird open-close types
  • 5 3
 Time for the aluminum version,.
  • 1 0
 How is it possible to have to have a more rearward axle path and less anti squat? Labels there also switched?
  • 1 3
 Really no pic of the storage opened? From that one shot it sure looks like a pretty narrow opening. Even the Spesh box isn't big enough to just toss a tube and things into, it takes a little maneuvering, especially for the last few things in. This looks like even tighter of a squeeze.
  • 2 0
 If I can't fit two sammies and a banana . Not interested!
  • 3 1
 Looks like a… wait a second… Specialized?
  • 1 0
 Orbea really makes some beautiful bikes. This one makes me wish I was in the market for a long travel bike.
  • 2 0
 Any chance for frameset?
  • 1 0
 It's available for €3800, but M20 full bike costs €4300
  • 1 0
 @wyric: ok, so it does not make any sense, that's a bit disappointing.
  • 2 1
 @lkubica: usually doesn't with any brand.. frameset gets you better rear shock though.
  • 1 0
 @sxy-slo: it's not true. Sometime you have good parts and buying a bike just to sell all parts and mount yours makes little sense. It may be even economically ok but it takes more time and effort.E3800 it's a lot even for carbon frame. You can have better frames for this money.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: I wonder which component would you transfer to the new bike? And what would you do with the old and still perfectly functioning frame? Throw it in the thrash? Parts wear and fatigue, there is no sense in just changing frame..
  • 1 0
 @sxy-slo: I would sell the frame (+shock) without any problems. And I think I could transfer all components except the BB and headset... We currently have a short window of standards stabilisation. A 29er with boost it the new black.
But of course would always evaluate whole bike, but brands like Orbea, Norco, Rocky have poor value builds really.
  • 1 0
 @sxy-slo: I have the original wheel sets of both my current bikes still here, so I could sell them as I bought them and keep the nice wheels.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: of course you can sell it. The question is why would you transfer the parts.. handlebar fatigues, stem is frame specific (length), pedals get battered, solid alu cranks are cheap, expensive carbon ones fatigue (go ask my biking buddie what happens when a crank fails), most of the drivetrain is consumable, wheels - don't remind me how my previous rims looked like after 5 seasons.. shock is frame specific. Only fork and perhaps hubs are worth transfering to the new bike. And go sell residual parts individually if you have time
  • 1 0
 @sxy-slo: Not all parts fatigue at the same rate, and generally parts fail before frames. So after a couple of seasons you have new parts on an old frame. Replace that frame and you have a pretty fresh bike. Yes, it just about always makes more sense to sell your old bike and get a complete new bike but selling a bike with fresh parts but a very well used frame is difficult.
  • 1 0
 seriously digging those colors, they all look dope!
  • 1 0
 7k USD gets you so much more then 7k Canadian Frown
  • 1 0
 7k canadian gets you so much more than 7k japanese yen or 7k pesos.
  • 1 0
 Can the storage fit 2 SunRype's?
  • 1 0
 Available in 2023. Getting tired of these vapor bikes.
  • 1 0
 Can't find any info on the BB...Pressfit?
  • 2 0
 Threaded apparently
  • 1 0
 the Lockr window and lever looks very similar to TREK Domane...
  • 1 0
 Orbea announces internal stowage known as, "De Bag". More at 10.
  • 2 0
 Some good looking bikes.
  • 1 0
 Oh good lord, that purple tho.
  • 1 0
 these are nice looking rigs, would totally consider if shop carried them
  • 2 1
 Where's the idler?
  • 1 0
 Why no M30 Model Frown
  • 1 3
 I was hoping for a slightly slacker head tube but it looks pretty amazing besides that
  • 1 1
 Looks like a session
  • 1 4
 Looks good. Nice weight. Sees price. Walks away. (I live next to my dentist).
  • 2 0
 For what you're getting the prices seem fairly reasonable to me. Certainly much better then the boutique brands.
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