Orbea Goes Big With the New Rallon - First Ride

Jun 26, 2017
by Kike Abelleira  



A brand new Orbea Rallon is here. It is the 5th generation of this bike, and it is the most revolutionary one. Completely redesigned, the Rallon gets modern geometry with a number of very interesting details.

Over the last years, the previous generation of the Rallon was surpassed in terms of geometry and performance, and it was no longer the top tier racing machine it once was. A real change in the enduro bike category was needed for the Rallon if Orbea was looking for something that could do more than just fill a spot in their bike catalog.

Orbea Rallon Details
• Intended use: enduro
• Wheel size: 29"
• Rear wheel travel: 150mm
• 65º or 65.5º head angle
• Frame material: carbon
• Metric shock sizing
• Boost hub spacing
• MSRP: €4499 - €7999 Euros / $4999 - $8999 USD (complete bikes)
www.orbea.com

The revamped Rallon has been a long term project. Instead of copy-pasting their existing Rallon geometry and technology and launching an enduro carbon frame years ago, they decided to take a more challenging and more expensive route. They were looking for a unique new bike, one that would stand out among the ever-growing field of options.

The bike has been conceived to work as a dialed body, and every single detail has been taken into account. Orbea has teamed up with Fox for this project and it's been months of designing, testing prototypes and long-term discussions to get Fox tuned shocks that work at their best with the Rallon frame design and geometry.


Orbea Rallon 2018
Orbea Rallon 2018
Orbea has gone asymmetric in search of the best possible balance for shock performance, stiffness and driving forces handling.

Bike Technology

The most striking feature of the new frame design is the asymmetric front triangle, with a tube running from the top tube to the seat tube on the non-drive side, leaving the shock exposed on the other side. Orbea has used their OMR carbon technology for the Rallon, which is their top of the line carbon construction, to construct the asymmetric frame. The full range features the same monocoque frame and the same carbon fibers.

Orbea was looking to build a gravity oriented bike, with a progressive shock performance. They opted for a higher pivot point than in their previous Rallon and their goal was reaching an optimal balance between brake and suspension performance while maintaining an efficient pedaling platform. Orbea has worked closely with Fox Shox to get a tuned performance with the three shocks they offer with the Rallon, claiming that every customer could be able to achieve his desired shock behavior without needing to buy an aftermarket shock.

Another Orbea partner in this new Rallon project is DT Swiss, with the renowned brand providing the 30mm wide rims on all the Rallon complete bikes. The Rallon frame features Enduro bearings, 180 mm post mount brake compatibility, internal cable routing, threaded bottom bracket and a 6mm thick downtube protector in a honeycomb structure.


Orbea Rallon 2018
Orbea Rallon 2018
A honeycomb structure is used for the downtube protector.


Orbea Rallon 2018


Both aluminum and 27.5'' wheels are gone. Orbea offers three builds for the Rallon: the M-LTD, the M-TEAM and the M-10. In every build Orbea offers several parts as an upgrade/downgrade that can change the final price for the complete bike. Some of the parts that are open to a change within the Myo program are are the shock, fork, brakes, wheelset and saddle.

Orbea has included the Rallon in their Myo program, which allows the customer to design his own paint artwork at no added cost, giving the chance of owning a unique frame. With the Myo program, available on Orbea's website, the customer can also change the aforementioned bike parts at a competitive price. The promised delivery time for a Myo complete bike goes from 15 to 45 days.


Orbea Rallon 2018


Geometry

The fifth generation of the Rallon has seen a big change in terms of geometry. With a 65-degree head angle in the Lower geometry setting, and 150mm of rear travel paired with a 160mm fork up front, the Rallon sits firmly in the enduro race category. Thankfully, Orbea didn't forget that enduro racing / all-mountain riding includes climbing, and gave the Rallon a relatively steep 76/75.5º seat angle (depending on geometry position). The reach is longer than the previous version, measuring 455mm for a size large, but Orbea didn't go completely wild, saying that they believe in finding a balance for a better performance in different riding situations. The Rallon has been designed around 32mm and 50mm stems, depending on the frame size.





Faster is better. But faster, safer and playful is way better. This is how the Rallon felt during two days of riding in the demanding terrain of the Spanish Pyrenees.

Rough straight lines? Keep the right body position, hold your bars, don't touch your brake levers and trust your bike - you'll be amazed by how the bike gets the job done. Being used to riding 27.5" wheels on a daily basis, I was expecting the bike to feel like a big ship, as has happened to me with other enduro-oriented 29ers, but that wasn't the case, and when it comes to cornering this bike keeps up with the smaller wheel ones.

The frame offers two geometry modes, Low and Lower. You can easily change the position in less than five minutes with a small dedicated tool that Orbea supplies with the frame. I didn't feel the need to go to the lower setting, as the low already feels safe and aggressive enough, but it's nice to have the option go change things up for even gnarlier terrain.

As I was between sizes with 1.71m height, I got the opportunity of testing both the S/M and the L sizes. Initially, I felt good on the S/M size, although I found myself a bit too much on the bars, and ended up changing to the L size. The large worked really well for me, feeling stable and in control at high speeds while keeping a surprising maneuverability on tight corners.

I tested the Rallon with an air shock, the FOX Float X2 and also the coil shock FOX DH X2. Both shocks work really well on the bike, with the Float doing its job for the usual rides and the DH X2 coming in handy when we rode on extreme terrain and very long descents, setting off from 2700 meters altitude on rocky trails. Taking time to dial in the proper shock settings paid off, and it would have been even better with a longer period of testing. The rear shock kept the back wheel glued to the to the ground, providing plenty of grip and giving room to play with the bike while looking for more speed.

On the trails, the Rallon feels stiff and agile. This bike asks for speed, and rides true to its racing-oriented spirit. The climbing and general pedaling position make you feel comfortable without the feeling of fighting against the bike as with some other enduro beasts.

A couple of days of riding and testing, even in a demanding area like the Pyrenees Mountains, might not be enough for a final statement on the Rallon, but the first impressions are very positive.






170 Comments

  • + 171
 What an awesome looking bike!
  • + 29
 I second that, I also like the ability to choose different frame colors. You have a pretty wide selection and not just 4 colors like Specialized did.
  • + 22
 @tblore: no photo showing full bike on the non drove side. Must look good only from the right profile Wink
  • - 11
flag IluvRIDING (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 I am not so impressed. At first, I actually thought its an XS sized 27.5er.
  • - 1
 @TheJD you and me don't share the same tastes, I guess
  • + 4
 @tblore: Or if your lucky to be Canadian, Specialized gives you one colour potion on the S-works, or a 2nd option if you went down to Expert.
  • - 15
flag viatch (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:47) (Below Threshold)
 they went all out copying specialized. im no fanboy but the one sided shock placement and "enduro" yoke. come on, unique my ass
  • - 12
flag Brightside (Jun 26, 2017 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 I like the look, but wouldn't it be balanced better if the shock was on the non-drive-side?
I mean will it always fall on the drive-side if you're letting stand alone?
  • + 9
 @Brightside: Is the shock maybe directly over the bb? its just that the seat tube flares over the non-drive side? hmm
  • + 1
 @Uhlrichl1: You don't have this many choices when buying complete bike and besides it's US only. In my country you can get each model in 1 colour except for 2, where you can get it also in black.
  • + 4
 @Brightside: Shock is on the centre line. Frame flares off on the left to go round shock.
  • + 3
 Totally agree
  • + 4
 @tsuful: Here is the only pic I could find of the non-drive side on the internet. Gorgeous if you ask me!

goo.gl/images/qEq7Me
  • + 5
 Yes! So sexy!
  • + 2
 I talked to my local Rep and the 27.5 it's not going away. Current 2017 models will carry over to 2018
  • + 1
 I saw that but it's only an s-works frame for $3500.......not a chance I'm ever going to buy that@Uhlrichl1:
  • + 3
 the promo video is sick, check it out
  • + 2
 @stumpymidget
@steviestokes :

Thank you guys. Now that I've seen it from the other side I got it.

BTW: I wonder why some people downvoted my comment. No doubts or questions allowed?
  • + 1
 ????@tblore:
  • + 1
 @tsuful: there's one in the extra photos gallery... Looks ok actually...
  • + 1
 @mackster23:
@FernandoRV:
@Worm-Burner:

Doesn't look half bad actualy Pimp
  • + 1
 @stumpymidget:No shock is offset slightly, to allow access to shock settings, so looking from the back to front you see shock to the right and frame to the left, offset equidistant from centre line.
  • + 55
 First time I see calves in the shin ! Wtf ?
  • + 5
 that actually made me laugh out loud...
  • + 2
 Also looks like his shin bone caves inward from his knee. :O
  • + 2
 I thought I was the only one to notice this!
  • + 2
 I can only imagine he is flexing his toes and just has huge lower leg muscles. Or PB has outsourced their post production to the same folks who work for Cosmo.
  • + 2
 Maybe he ran into a tree earlier?
  • + 2
 @TucsonDon: i'd feel sorry for the tree...
  • + 1
 Reckon those PB socks are too tight?
  • + 30
 And a threaded BB. Orbea is on it.
  • + 25
 1.71 on a size Large, guess that at 1.89 I'd need an XXXXXL, ffs
  • + 2
 I do feel for taller folk. I am 1.75 and thinking the large is somewhere between perfect or a touch short...
  • + 2
 Orbea's sizing is definitely off the mark. Damn, even Santa Cruz has more room in its latest models. Orbea needs to add XXL to the sizing chart. Props for designing the reasonably sized CS and ESTA though. Finally, bike industry seems to be taking these geometry parameters into consideration.
  • + 8
 I think the sizing is good, at least for the XL. I prefer Orbea's approach (longish reach with shorter ST) to, say, YT's with the Jeffsy (short reach with a monster 520mm ST jammed up your backside).
I'm 6'4" and would happily run the XL with a 150mm dropper, and 40-50mm stem.
  • + 2
 @Franziskaner: Enduro is 523mm. I don't see why any manufacturer should go over 490mm anyways. In my opinion XL should have been a tad longer in reach, to give a bit more ETT, which is a bit shorter due steeper ESTA number. It would make room for another size inbetween i.e reach M:425, M/L:450, L:470; XL:495.
  • + 3
 @Franziskaner: and you can even ride a 175mm dropper on the Orbea Rallon XL
  • + 1
 @kabelleira: I absolutely could! I prefer a slightly higher saddle than most even when slammed tho - feels weird down around my ankles... #TallPersonProblems
  • + 21
 But... I like 27.5
  • + 1
 Me too... So sad!
  • + 10
 Sat here looking at my 26in wheeled bike and laughing my ass off. Now you know how it feels!
  • + 30
 @Fix-the-Spade: We all had 26 before 27.5. We all know how it feels.
  • - 6
flag asboites (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:16) (Below Threshold)
 Throw some 27.5 wheels with wide rims and some 2.8's and this thing would be sick!
  • - 16
flag IluvRIDING (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:51) (Below Threshold)
 Exacly. 29ers are too heavy for enduro. With current materials and tyres you just can't get the best stiffness, weight, rolling, and aceleration whith 29ers. The speed factor is not even proven on DH bikes, where weight is much less importanat. And I don't want my enduro rig to weight 15kg+ or cost $10000 to get the weight right.
  • + 5
 @IluvRIDING: You are talking about 15 kg+, yet this one in top configuration weighs 12.4 kg. I'd say it comes to personal preference. And also rider height, yeah that too.
  • - 1
 @TheJD: Oh sorry mate, I meant $9000.
  • + 0
 @IluvRIDING: I'd be very surprised if the base build weighed more than 13.7 kg.
  • + 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: damn i do feel good on my 26in
  • + 2
 @GXMV: hahaha I love my 26er. Has XL reach of 477 steep seat angle long wheelbase and is only held back by the rider.
  • + 2
 @headshot: E-X-A-C-T-L-Y what i feel !
  • + 15
 Nice photos, beautiful bikes. But if Pinkbike is going to release a paid advertisement they should at least be honest and mention it. Canning this brochure article under titles like 'Riding Impressions' usually reserved for actual bike reviews is disingenuous at best and makes all the other bike reviews less believable.
  • + 3
 Check out vitalmtb then, they'll got you covered.
  • + 17
 I just can't get past marketing speak like, "Pure Enduro Geometry".
  • + 14
 Pureduro
  • + 13
 EndPuro
  • + 3
 Peeduro
  • + 0
 Puraduro
  • + 0
 PEMetry
  • + 1
 Pure endurO geomETRY... Poetry
  • + 14
 "ok guys, let's protect the chainstays everywhere except where it matters!"
  • + 13
 Hottest bike I've seen this year hands down. Feels like I'm looking at the future. Holy @#$@#$!
  • + 3
 I hope this isn't the future
  • + 0
 @Theeeeo: Name a better looking enduro bike this year?
  • + 2
 @High-Life: it's not about looks.
  • + 3
 Not to be a debby downer but this thing looks like any other bike in the category to me, bar the asym bracing. Some carbon wunderbike that comes in more colors than Skittles. Seent it.
  • + 1
 @Theeeeo: for a lot of people it is though. If its hideous, it won't sell.
  • + 7
 Looks pretty cool, the former rallon was already quite good.
Still it's funny how some brands work really hard to release complex designs and yet one of the most recommended bike remains the Transition Patrol, a pretty "simple" bike with good numbers.
  • + 8
 TBH other than the rear-most pivot being around the rear axle, this design is no more complicated than the Patrol.
  • + 1
 @dingus: he's probably referring to the asymmetrical design and weird shock linkage
  • + 8
 "Enduro bearings", sign me up!
  • + 5
 Never thought twice about Orbea. However, those bikes look great. Not a huge fan of the colors, but the frame and design itself
  • - 52
flag mollow (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:14) (Below Threshold)
 Are you retarded or just illeterate? You can design your own color scheme
  • + 45
 You spelt illiterate wrong
  • - 40
flag mollow (Jun 26, 2017 at 10:45) (Below Threshold)
 Who cares... I'm sure you understood. Sorry for making typos when typing my third language. Fucking grammar nazi
  • + 19
 @mollow: well, you failed pretty hard with that one didn't you bahd?
  • + 18
 @mollow: nice humble brag loser ("my third language"). The irony of misspelling illiterate when calling someone out for being "retarded" is lost on you and you can't blame that on your language skills (you don't even live in Quebec you live in BC Smile )

I'd suggest you sit this one out and try again another day.
  • + 9
 @mollow: wake up on the douche side of the bed today? You went at a dude for his take and called him illiterate and retarded. Now, when people come to you to question your level of literacy based on legitimate spelling issues, you freak out and say who cares. You are a special kind of sensitive aren't you?
  • + 6
 the real irony is that earlier this month @mollow called out another poster for their grammar and here he is accusing someone of being a "grammar nazi". Mollow - maybe you should try eating more fiber?

check the link:
imgur.com/a/xvqmO
  • - 9
flag mollow (Jun 26, 2017 at 19:23) (Below Threshold)
 The whole point was about the fact he clearly hadn't read the article before commenting but whatever makes you feel good justice warriors
  • - 8
flag mollow (Jun 26, 2017 at 19:26) (Below Threshold)
 @tincancharlie:

Sorry champ I didn't know living somewhere made you change your place of birth as well
  • + 2
 Cant see a single picture on any of the sites today with a view of the non drive side... I wonder if that's because it looks a little awkward from that angle with big brace strut behind the shock. Good geo however and looks from the drive side are ok.
  • + 4
 Go to their website...good views from all sides
  • + 4
 When the American dude gets out danced by the Spanish dude. Looks like best parts of a Slash and an Enduro while being all sassy.
  • + 4
 Cant wait to get my hands on one. I own the 27.5 version and it is the dogs bollocks, can only imagine this will be much better, especially with the longer chainstay length.
  • + 2
 The short chainstays are my favorite trait of my Rallón. I love the way it handles tight switchbacks. My old 27.5 model has also a roomier front center in L size.

I'd take a carbon version of the 650b any day, but this one has lost a lot of it's appeal to me.
  • + 1
 @southoftheborder: Don't get me wrong, it makes the bike very playful which I like, but it feels like you are constantly hanging off the back when going downhill and doesn't feel as planted at higher speeds. I like the new frame, especially the bottle cage mount on the downtube, but would agree with you about getting the 27.5 in carbon.
  • + 1
 @doe222: numbers don't tell the whole story. I'm 6 ft tall and switching to a 40 mil stem has improved the Rallón's handling both on the ups and on the downs. I do have a tendency to center my weight on the back, since I have a street/DJ background. Never felt the need to overhang at the back of the bike, precisely because the 27.5 model is longer then this one on the front center.

I'm guessing they had to lengthen the CS and shorten the front center when jumping to big wheels in order to keep the overall length in reasonable figures.
  • + 1
 @doe222: darn autocorrect. When writing "I do have a tendency to center my weight on the back", it should say "I do have a tendency to center my weight on the bike".
  • + 4
 so he's 5'8" and riding a Large, what the hell are people like me 6'2" supposed to ride
  • + 2
 The XL with a 45mm stem. That's where I'd be ( 6'2" tall with a 6'5" wingspan)
  • + 3
 Ticks all my boxes!

Are the '30mm' rims inside width? The available DT Swiss XMC–1200 wheels are only shown in 30mm outside/24mm inside width on DT's web site?
  • + 5
 The 30mm internal width DT rim is custom for this bike... The rim is not yet available aftermarket. Cheers!
  • + 1
 @JMHPB: you're absolutely right!
  • + 2
 @JMHPB: Cheers for that....I had a quick look on the DT site and assumed they were the 25mm internal/30mm external version.
  • + 5
 Bastard child of a trek specialized tinder hook up.
  • + 4
 Rad bike with 7.5 million color combos!!! Thats how you mother fudgen do it!
  • + 4
 If a demo and a jeffsy had a love child this would be it. Looks so beautiful.
  • + 5
 This thing looks massive! I like it!
  • + 5
 27.5 ain't dead!
  • + 3
 Never thought much of the brand but this bike has my attention. It looks sick!
  • + 4
 Looks purty. Not a mention of the Split Pivot or did I miss that?
  • + 1
 I noticed that too. Not a mention in the article.......weird.
  • + 3
 Orbea have used that layout for several years now, it's their own version rather than 'Split Pivot' licensed from Mr Weagle.
  • + 4
 First 29er since the Jeffsy that's caught my eye.
  • + 3
 Amazing looking bike. keep it up.
  • + 2
 Great design

Do you remember the fake new enduro specy demo looking?

Seems that orbea copy that design
  • + 0
 Enduro/stumpy shock link with a demo single sided main triangle and a session axle concentric pivot. A bit of "borrowing" going on here but I actually don't mind it. I'll bet it is a weapon to ride!
  • + 3
 Comparisons to 27.5 rallon which is also no slouch.
  • + 3
 485mm reach with 483mm ST. For dwarf with monkey arms?
  • + 5
 Or for people who want to run a 170mm dropper?
  • + 4
 Dropper post anyone?
  • + 2
 Is there a media blackout on images taken from the left side of the bike? Only allowed to take shots from "my good side"?
  • + 2
 Looks like an awesome redesign! I'd like to see what the other side looks like though!!!
  • + 1
 Looks like you could get your dinglehopper stuck in the spring in and around full compression of the shox -- awesome concept! Haha!
  • + 2
 Specialized is calling you right now.
  • + 2
 Can you provide info on frame weight??
  • + 4
 Orbea declares 2.6 kgs
  • + 2
 @kabelleira: wow if so that is pretty impressive
  • + 3
 awesome looking bike
  • + 1
 So this guy is pint sized and feels comftable on a L...
I'm 6,1" so take it the XL is the way forward?!
  • + 2
 What a sexy rocket...! I love it
  • + 2
 Looks like I need to start saving my lunch money for an AM rig.
  • + 1
 Im getting Scott voltage vibes from the one in orange thats a good thing for sure
  • + 2
 So....what does the other side look like?
  • + 1
 I'm glad it so affordable...
  • + 2
 My next bike.
  • + 1
 Looks great but it's pricey compared to a YT or Canyon.
  • + 1
 Finally an euro-usd exchange rate thats real!!!
  • + 1
 Tires 27.5″/29″ MAXXIS Minion DHF 2.5″ ?? Can the bike run 27.5 ?
  • + 0
 Every bike can run it's native wheel size and all smaller sizes (if they aren't too small).
  • + 2
 Sure you can run 27.5. You'll just be dragging your pedals on the ground...
  • + 1
 The purple and blue coloured one on another bike mag looks very good Smile
  • + 0
 Looks like a Demo wannabe.
  • + 1
 Kinda looks like what many thought the new E29 would be if it was going to based off the Demo.
  • + 1
 Show the other side.
  • + 0
 No 27.5! That SUCKS!!! #275aintdead
  • - 1
 What a weird looking frame. Looks like they really tried to keep this bike looking XC.
  • - 1
 Oh, this is the new Cannondale Rallon. Gotcha.
  • + 0
 Specialized.
  • - 2
 Look like Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29''.......
  • + 13
 Mixed with an Enduro 29. Stumpduro? Endumper?
  • + 8
 @necros: +1 for endumper
  • + 3
 Way better geo and sizing than an Enduro 29.
  • + 0
 @colemanb: yeah, asymmetric knock off with a bit more travel. Wish they would update the stumpy based on a assym frame design like the Demo. It looks possible!
  • + 2
 @Loamhuck: How will that improve the bike?
  • + 2
 @necros: Endumpertrek (ABP Wink
  • + 0
 @jclnv: Increase travel and provide pivot location flexibility, clearance for alternate shock models, reduce dependence on using shock as a strut, seat stay angle, increased stiffness.... ummm it might look neat?
  • + 2
 @Loamhuck:

The Enduro already has 165mm. How much do you need? It can also run any shock so I'm not sure what compatiblity issues there are? Using the shock as a strut? eh? Stiffness? No way is it as stiff using an aysemetric layout. Seat stay angle? eh?

It's completely pointless. Plus it simply wouldn't work due to there not being enough seat tube insertion for a dropper.
  • + 0
 @jclnv: Especially in the ST length department, but on all fronts really. Sizing chart though should be "wider", with a better resolution and at least one one more frame size. Jumps between sizes are too big. I guess they wanted to save on production costs, but compromised the sizing chart.
  • + 2
 @jollyXroger: Yep fair point.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: Yeah, you obviously don't understand the frame design - shock is a strut and carries load. I guess you haven't seen the endless cane creek and ohlins air issues. FX2 doesn't clear frame. Travel was in ref to the stump. There is enough insertion depth if the design is correct.
  • + 1
 The strut should not carry load, though that shite proprietary design makes it look as if it does, and may (?) allow some small amount to be transferred to it. The X2 & DHX2 do clear frame, at least on the Enduro. Everything is solved with a bike yoke.
  • + 1
 @Loamhuck: No more load is transfered to the shock with direct mount than any other design if the shock link is designed correctly, which in the case of the 16 Stumpy and 17 Enduro it most definitely is. You'll get far more lateral load transmitted to a traditional shock eyelet design if the link has excessive flex. See the 2015 Trance for example.

The Ohlins STX leak is a faulty seal. Those replaced have been finer to my knowledge. No idea re the Cane Creek. I really don't think there is the 380mm+ or anything like it for a fully inserted dropper if a pointless single sided seat tube is used. Definitely not on a small frame. It would be a aesthetic gimmick, plane and simple.
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