First Look: The Orbea Urrun is a Long Range Electric Hardtail

May 12, 2022
by Seb Stott  


Urrun means "far" in the Basque language spoken where Orbea are based. Their latest offering is an electric hardtail using the same Ride Synergy (RS) tuned Shimano motor as the full-suspension Rise, which limits the assistance to get more miles out of the 540 Wh internal battery. Orbea say the battery will last for up to eight hours of riding with as much as 3,500 m of climbing, which is pretty far in anyone's book. If that's not enough, there's a 252Wh range extender battery, which boosts the range by almost 50%.

Pedal-assist hardtails aren't necessarily the most exciting thing for purist mountain bikers, but with a starting price of €3.799 / $4,299 / £3,499, it's probably going to appeal to a lot of people who are getting into the sport.

Orbea Urrun Details
• Hydroformed alloy frame with RS-tune Shimano motor
• 540 Wh battery + 252Wh optional range extender = 792 Wh
• 120 mm fork travel
• 29" wheels
• Claimed weight: 19,6 Kg / 43.2 lb
• 74.6° seat angle, 66° head angle
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price: €3.799/$4,299/£3,499 (H30) - €4.799/$5,499/£4,299 (H10)
orbea.com



Motor & Battery

Orbea's proprietary RS-tuned motor weighs the same as this standard Shimano EP8 unit, but because it develops less peak torque (60 Nm rather than 85 Nm), this allows for lighter components to be used, especially in the drivetrain. The claimed weight of the top-spec Urrun 10 in size Medium, with tubes, is 19,6 Kg / 43.2 lb. The optional range extender battery, which costs €499, weighs 1.4 kg and slots onto the water bottle mount.

As always, e-bike range varies a lot depending on assistance mode, riding style, terrain, rider weight and more, so most riders won't be getting close to that claim of 3,500 vertical meters. But Orbea thinks the range with the internal battery should be plenty for most people.

With fast-rolling tires, a regular drivetrain, no motor friction and a relatively manageable weight, there's nothing to stop you from riding it with a flat battery.

As well as being more frugal with electrons and so offering more range, Orbea's other claim behind the RS tuned motor is that it delivers its power in a subtler, more proportionate way than the standard motor, making it feel more like a conventional bike.




Frame Details


The Urrun uses a hydroformed alloy frame with smooth welds, similar to the Rise Hydro. Bottle cage bosses on the seat tube and down tube mean you can carry a water bottle even when using the range extender. The in-tact downtube saves weight but it does mean removing the battery involves first removing the motor and you can only charge the battery in the bike.

A mechanic's worst nightmare?
The cables run through a special spacer under the stem.

One thing which makes Urrun stand out is the cable routing. It runs through a modified spacer just under the stem, through the headset and into the frame, so there are no unsightly cable ports behind the head tube. Unlike similar systems, the cables don't run through the stem itself, so it's easier to swap the stem out, but the cable connecting the motor to the bar-mounted controller runs through the stem and the handlebar too.

Electric hardtails are often used as a tool for commuting and shopping, and the Urrun's rear axle is compatible with accessory mounts for kickstands, trailers and carriers. I can see the Urrun, especially the entry-level model, appealing to people who want one bike for the school run or commute during the week and exploring at the weekend.




Geometry

The Urrun isn't trying to break the mould with its geometry. With a 445 mm chainstay and 66-degree head angle, it should be easy enough to manoeuvre at low speeds. The 74.5-degree seat angle is relatively steep by hardtail standards.



Models and specifications


Urrun H10 - €4.799/$5,499/£4,299

Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance, 120 mm, Grip
Drivetrain: Shimano XT/SLX cassette
Brakes: Magura MT5 E-STOP
Wheels: Race Face AR 30c, 29"
Tires: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” 3CMaxxTerra, Exo+
Seatpost: OC MC20 Dropper, 100mm travel

Urrun H30 - €3.799/$4,299/£3,499

Fork: Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 120mm
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M4100, 10-speed
Brakes: Magura MT30
Wheels: Orbea OC1 29c, 29"
Tires: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” 3CMaxxTerra, Exo+
Seatpost: Alloy 31.6x400mm



According to Orbea, the first bikes are arriving with dealers now.




103 Comments

  • 183 19
 "With fast-rolling tires, a regular drivetrain, no motor friction and a relatively manageable weight, there's nothing to stop you from riding it with a flat battery"

Yes there is. Dignity and self-respect.
  • 15 9
 Lol nice one. Also for that money one could buy a sur ron.
  • 36 14
 Not much dignity and self respect left after riding a hard tail emtb to begin with
  • 15 4
 Riding an ebike with a dead battery will remind you if you are in the senior citizen group or not.
  • 53 5
 @someguy101: I could buy 8,000 lbs of bananas for the same price. I also can make irrelevant comparisons.
  • 13 0
 43lbs is a way to get me to stop riding with a flat battery.
  • 9 1
 I'm trying to decide which statement has the highest BS factor. This one or "One thing which makes Urrun stand out is the cable routing. It runs through a modified spacer just under the stem, through the headset and into the frame, so there are no unsightly cable ports behind the head tube."
  • 4 1
 @kokofosho: hey man, there is a lot you can do with bananas Wink I don't judge. you do you
  • 9 1
 @someguy101: For that money you could buy a mid range full-sus and a cheap gravel bike. N+1, one as capable for distance, and the other more capable on tech.
  • 2 3
 As stupid as this is, and as much as it makes us roll our eyes, it will sell very well, probably sell out completely.
  • 1 4
 It's funny how sometimes it's difficult for someone to understand someone else's point of view, as it is my case in relation to your comment. I just don't get it. In addition, I can say that if I had an electric bike, purposely riding it with a dead battery would absolutely be on the menu. It's just the reality of the thing. In fact, I would probably delay charging it for a long time. I guess that just means you are an ebike rider or potential ebike rider and I am not. So excuse me for the intrusion, and sorry for what seems to be an intrinsic incomprehension of the "ebike" phenomenon.
  • 1 0
 @DavidGuerra: To be fair, if you want a good workout, doing intervals with the motor on/off isnt such a terrible idea.
  • 3 1
 @noplacelikeloam: It's a challenge, it's part of what makes me want to ride a bike. This idea that sweating it out to reach the top of the hill is a violation of dignity and self-respect reminds me of motorcycle riders and car drivers looking down on cyclists. I guess bare pedal cyclists (i.e. cyclists) are also subject to the same snobbery now by battery assisted riders.
  • 1 1
 @ROOTminus1: see the banana comment
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: This bike will be way more popular with commuters (and weekenders) on paved bike trails than with MTBers "getting into the sport".
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: commuter going pay $4k?
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: commuter has car. Fills up tank with expensive gas weekly. Believes $4k is cheap and will buy ebike.
  • 100 7
 Urrun means pee in English
  • 5 24
flag ZanderShredsMtb (May 12, 2022 at 8:14) (Below Threshold)
 Urine, but yeah I guess so
  • 5 32
flag rallyimprezive (May 12, 2022 at 8:16) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure where you got that from. Urrun means "far" or "far away" which makes sense for an e-bike with long range..
  • 37 0
 If you’re a pinker, urine into puns.
  • 16 1
 Orbea must be taking a piss on us with this name
  • 15 0
 @DubC: And if you post facts, urrun the minority.
  • 3 0
 Hardtails are good for shaking the piss out of you so I feel like this name is on par. Kudo's to the Orbea marketing team.
  • 4 0
 @DubC: *urine to puns
  • 3 0
 @rallyimprezive: Urrun but you can't hide
  • 87 4
 Another brand doing cables through the headsetr..

*crosses Orbea off list*
  • 36 0
 The headset cable routing plague will get worse before it gets better. Don't lose faith. We can still win this.
  • 9 14
flag schulte1400 (May 12, 2022 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 Got to admit though, that is clean handlebar set up especially for an e-bike. No massive ipad hanging off the bars with a bunch of cable coming out of it.
  • 1 7
flag lenniDK (May 12, 2022 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 Lots of other brands to choose from,calm down..
  • 3 0
 @schulte1400: shimano motors all have this small control screen. Bosch seem to have the ipad screens
  • 2 2
 Who has actually worked on this set up before? I haven't so I won't judge yet, and it looks super clean. For those who HAVE worked on routing like this, is it really that bad?
  • 9 0
 @Evo6: yes. It’s not fun. My road bike routes through the headset and it sucks. It’d only be worse for mtbs. The aero rationale can be stomached but my guess for mtbs is that this routing saves time and complexity when laying up a frame with ports in the downtube for houses and cable housing.
  • 9 0
 @Evo6: it's not just potential headache everytime you want to clean or replace your headset, its also the proprietary headset spacers and less stem height tuning that I have a problem with
  • 2 0
 @DanielP07: It's also the compromised shifting performance from those tight turns in the cable. Brand that do this show that they are completely clueless about mountain bikers priorities and that they are roadies at heart.
  • 57 1
 "...but with a starting price of €3.799 / $4,299 / £3,499, it's probably going to appeal to a lot of people who are getting into the sport."

I know y'all are the MTB bourgeois but this is exceptionally out of touch.
  • 9 1
 smooth welded frames and headset cable routing arent going to pay for themselves
  • 49 1
 A 43 lb e-hardtail? for "long distances"? just ride a hardtail. I feel like bike brands are just taking the piss now
  • 28 0
 But you can ride it with the battery drained, you see
  • 20 0
 Agreed. At $4500 you could build a hard tail that weighed dang close to 20lbs.
  • 7 0
 @hughbm Well, it is called a Urine.
  • 1 0
 @DBone95: takin a piss
  • 45 1
 Hi, yes I'm just trying to get into biking and looking to spend more than $4000. Thanks for pointing this out as most reviews suggest I look at $2-3k bikes as a beginner, but I don't want people to think I'm poor.
  • 4 0
 Urrun to something here, then
  • 33 0
 If your Urrun is that color you should drink some more water.
  • 14 2
 ? Orbea are you trying to tap into a market that exists...or create a market...of people who hate pedaling up...and want to be tortured on the way down? Cabellas already has a hardtail E-bike just designed to get hunters deeper into the woods for about $1500 less...
  • 6 0
 pretty specific use case scenario for sure, but I fell into this category. I needed a bike to commute on (10km each way) but then wanted something that wasn't total junk. Most hardtail ebikes are garbage and overpriced for what they are. I ended up buying the Commencal ebike hardtail and it shreds trails, but I can still easily commute on it. My bike when it came out was 3700CAD and it specced a 150mm coil fork and a deore drivetrain. This seems like a ripoff in comparison for something that is nearly 2k more.
  • 1 0
 This will sell excellent in places like Korea, where older folks cruise around on bike paths in packs on high end hardtails that are already 5K+. This will allow a lot more fun and range in one day, so I can see the appeal to these type of crowds. Only issue is the increased weight getting them in and out of apartments buildings.
  • 15 3
 Effing cable through the headtube stikes again. It doesn't even look good, actually less clean. If I had a bike shop I would refuse to sell any bike that comes with crap.
  • 5 0
 I am not sure if that's a smart business decision.
  • 12 2
 maybe it's just the lighting, but those welds look incredible.
  • 3 0
 woah, was about to comment how those surely aren‘t welds and it sure is a carbon frame…but wow, that is impressive!
  • 3 1
 @lejake: it says hydroformed alloy
  • 1 0
 Aside from the ones on the chainstays
  • 2 0
 @DanielP07: Yeah, I know, but that doesn‘t necessarily say anything about how the tubes are joined. Many Aluminium and Steel Bike frames are made from hydroformed tubes welded together. I was just saying how those joins look so good, I misstook the frame for a carbon one.
I don‘t know what part hydroforming should play in creating these sorts of joins, but that doesn‘t mean there isn‘t one Wink
  • 1 0
 @lejake: I completely misread your comment, sorry. I though it was carbon at first too
  • 1 0
 @DanielP07: No worries Smile
  • 1 0
 It's pretty good, yes. I remember being similarly impressed by the headtube of a KTM Score RC, it's completely smooth and seamless.
  • 2 0
 Little bit of filler goes a long way. I hear even brass fillet brazers sometimes cheat and use filler paste.
  • 4 0
 Those aren't welds. Orbea uses a thick layer of some kind of paint primer to make cover the welds, thus making them look so smooth. Then they paint it over.
  • 1 0
 @Marcignano: Huh, interesting, thanks Smile Where do you know that from?
  • 3 0
 @lejake: a guy in the orbea Occam owner's group on Facebook sanded his Occam down to bare metal to repaint, you can clearly see the headtube's welds.
  • 1 0
 @Marcignano: Cool, thanks!
  • 6 0
 I’m sorry but does anyone really need this? Just get yourself a nice full suspension xc bike, and it’ll be a hell of a lot lighter and more fun, plus you won’t be frowned on by everyone else on the trail…
  • 6 1
 I don't get the point of this bike ... why in the world would anyone choose this over the rise H ?
  • 3 3
 because it's a hardtail?
  • 9 3
 Maybe I'm the only one but I want one.
  • 2 3
 Me too, looks dope
  • 2 0
 Would be the ultimate commuter bike for me, to be honest. Put a pair of slick tires on it, maybe have a spare wheelset with mtb tires lying around for some weekend riding towing the kid.
  • 2 0
 Not sure I've seen this brought up before, but that render with the transparent headtube/stem got me wondering... wouldn't those super tight radiuses in the cable affect shifting performance? I've always wanted to keep cable bends as smooth as possible so things don't hang up.
  • 2 0
 I think the paragraph about racks/accessories hits where this bike is at. I can see buying this Sting. Sting would be another person who's a hero. The music he's created over the years, I don't really listen to it, but the fact that he's making it, I respect that. for use as a commuter, access tool (I currently ride my full suspension up a lot of 4x4 roads to access hikes/scrambles, but the sandiness of many is draining), and as a backup mountain bike when my non-e full suspension bike is down or I need a loaner for friends.

I can't see a mountain bike person buying this as a principal mountain bike, but it seems great as a do it all utility bike/back up mtb. I'm just not rich enough to afford a 4k bike for that role.
  • 2 1
 Hmm, I have no idea how I inserted a Zoolander quote in the middle of my reply and then didn't notice before posting.
  • 2 0
 @MarcusBrody: I respect that
  • 2 0
 I tell people not to get a hybrid bike because it's bad at being a mountain bike, and worse at being a road bike. Try to get a XC/Trail spec mountain bike for $200 more... This seems a little silly, but I guess there's a market.

Lots of people want an e-bike commuter, but this gives them something that can commute just fine and ride e-friendly mtb trails. The weight sucks, and the ride quality is probably very poor to our eyes, but for someone already budgeting $4-$5k for an e-bike commuter then something like this makes sense.
  • 2 0
 yessssssssss best city bike i've had was emtb hardtail...assisted to 28mph, shitty hardtail deathtrap but it was an absolute blast around town. Hooligan maniac machine. Early battery tech saw rapid capacity degradation but it was by far the fastest way across the city and a great beer-buzz summer machine.
  • 2 1
 @owl-X: My understanding of the basic specs for a city bike is cheap, light & bombproof.
Cheap so you're not too upset when an a*shole cuts the lock and robs it.
Bombproof to stand up to the abuse of smashing potholes, withstanding weather, and long periods between washes / deep maintenance. Simplicity is a boon for this requirement.
And light so it's responsive when navigating traffic.
They might be deeply smeared with the hipster scene but it's why fixies make good city bikes, instead it sounds like you bought a convoluted expensive toy that was e-waste within a couple of years.
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: hmm.

Cheap: I got it from my work for zero, sold it for 600 bucks five years later...cool. Wealth is hard to measure but this seems a solid move for anyone. Looking back, I'd've bought it for retail too, probably like 2500 at the time.
Bombproof: yeah, for sure. I blew up the fork but kept it as locked out as it'd get.
I never had trouble washing it, maybe I'm doing that wrong? Even ferrying a bucket back and forth from my apartment I was able to keep it and my mtb clean as often as I wanted.
Light: is 50 pounds light? The thing roasted everywhere.
I think fixies are garbage in my city, we have tons of hills. I like coasting and I like going fast down hills. Fixies don't do that. But we're talking about this ebike I had, right?
.

Man. Maybe my city sucks, maybe I'm just a complete dumdum? Ignorance is bliss I guess, that bike rrrrrrrrrrrrripped!
  • 3 1
 I really want to like what Orbea is doing but the customer service issues I and my LBS are having with them for problems with my H15 are a dealbreaker. I’ll be looking elsewhere for my next bike.
  • 2 0
 Care to elaborate? My experience has been generally good.
  • 1 0
 Yes, pease elaborate. I am looking at getting a Rise, and I am interested in your or anyone else's experiences with Orbea
  • 2 0
 @stuaci: Ive had 2 issues with my brand new rise H15: Main pivot wont stay tight despite repeated tightening with a torque wrench and the rise H battery issue (drains to ~84% when left plugged in) which everyone I know with a Rise H has (4 ppl + me). You can find info on these issues on the emtb forums in the orbea group. Worst is, when you reach out to Orbea for support, they just say take it to your LBS and wont assist directly. Battery issue they have no solution for yet still told me to take it to the LBS which was a waste of both our times. Pivot issue Im more than competent enough to deal with. I take it back to the LBS I bought it from and they also struggle getting answers from Orbea and they have poor things to say about their support. This is a HUGE dealer with 10+ stores, so not some fly-by-night place Orbea might not justify giving attn to.
  • 5 0
 Thats a failed urrun test right there.
  • 1 0
 "Pedal-assist hardtails aren't necessarily the most exciting thing for purist mountain bikers, but with a starting price of €3.799 / $4,299 / £3,499, it's probably going to appeal to a lot of people who are getting into the sport."

Lol en.meming.world/images/en/thumb/f/f0/Thomas_Had_Never_Seen_Such_Bullshit_Before.jpg/300px-Thomas_Had_Never_Seen_Such_Bullshit_Before.jpg

Someone just getting into the sport usually thinks £3.5k is ridiculous for a bike. Since when someone just getting into the sport is looking at ebikes in the first place? If someone just getting into the sport indeed wants to buy a £3.5k bike and not a £600 Vitus, why would they not get a nice proper full suspension mtb for that price?
  • 1 0
 If an Ebike makes one get off the couch or their phone for a number of hours a week, I'm all for it! The reason COVID affected so many bags of blood and water is due to lack of healthy lifestyles (in general). We healthy folk all had to pay with our freedom for others laziness! FACT!
  • 3 0
 I think reach numbers have gone way to far, BUT surely
I’m misreading a reach of 405 on a medium?
  • 4 0
 If your seat tube is longer than your reach you are doing it wrong
  • 1 1
 After seeing the quality problems and technical issues with my friends Orbea Wild FS (replaced the motor, controller, frame [cracked], fork [blown cartridge], rear triangle [cracked in 3 places] and rear wheel [spokes snapped on first ride], his warranty has expired and he's only been able to ride it for 4 months out of the 2 years he's owned it) then I'm really beginning to get the impression that Orbea are just a company that takes the piss. Steer well clear of them, popular brand in my area and they are plagued with issues from the Oiz to the Wild FS and they deny every one of them.
  • 3 1
 These Ebikes are getting out of hand, I can barely see that they're electric anymore!
  • 1 2
 I shouldn't be surprised at the disparaging comments, but thought it would fair more favourably.

It looks good, and one of the cleanest ebikes I've seen. I'm not too familiar with routing cables through stem - also looks clean but potential headache?
  • 2 0
 Ride to work and a bit of light weekend MTB, sounds ok to me. Oh, all the other kids hate it so I better agree with them.
  • 2 0
 Gonna pass on this Urrun. Will wait for Orbea’s next model… the Feeces.
  • 1 0
 When "long range" actually means "as long as there's an electrical outlet at the end of your ride"
  • 1 0
 I have an ancient Haibike commuto warrior ebike that's like 65 pounds. I can pedal it 12mph on the flat paved bike path with the motor off. Once you're up to speed it's fine. Could hypermile this thing like crazy!
  • 1 0
 That is a great looking hard tail. Hope they make one without the "e" in front.
  • 1 0
 So bike companies are doing fleet sales now apparently. Not sure who else is buying a 43lb hardtail
  • 2 0
 ALUMINUM NICE !!!!!!
  • 4 5
 For $4,300 I could have a Sur-Ron X and actually have fun if I wanted electric assist.
  • 7 1
 Sur Ron is an electric dirtbike. Not a pedal assist bicycle. Go buy an e-dirtbike by all means. Both can be fun, but they are in no way comparable so spare us.
  • 4 2
 @dontcoast: it's true. This electric dirtbike is far less powerful and fun to ride
  • 1 2
 First paragraph says “sull suspension” figured I’d let y’all know
  • 2 0
 In reference to a different bike . . .
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