Orbea released the Rallon in 2014 and it was received with rave reviews across the industry, quickly becoming one of the enduro bikes of choice for people in the know. For 2016 the Rallon keeps its shape, but gains some size in all directions. Pinkbike took a First Look
and a posted a comprehensive Review of the Rallon
last year. Here we take a quick look at improvements after two years of racing, riding and customer feedback as Orbea strive to keep the Rallon on the cutting edge for 2016.
Orbea have stuck with the numbers that made the Rallon a success in the first place: long top tubes, short chainstays and a low bottom bracket. There are still three sizes to choose from and the generous sizing means that even tall guys should find a comfortable fit. The frame's reach has grown slightly by 5mm on all sizes to give even more breathing space. Head tubes have grown by 5mm on small frames and 10mm on larger sizes, Orbea noticed in general riders were hiking up the handlebar for attacking steeper terrains, so a longer head tube means less stem spacers and increased stiffness and surface area for welding.
The head angle slackens half a degree to 66 degrees in the high, and 65.5 in the low setting. Orbea found that nearly all Rallon users set the bike in the previous low setting with a HA of 66 degrees and rarely went higher. For 2016, this angle becomes the high setting and now riders can drop a further half a degree with the low setting . Switching to the low setting also means the bottom bracket height drops 7mm to a ground hugging 338mm.
Rear hubs have been boosted up to 148mm x 12mm, compared to the previous 9mm x 135mm QR or 142mm x 12mm thru-axle options. This increases stiffness and has allowed the 'Concentric Boost' pivot/drop out system to be simplified. The wider Boost hub and chain line adjustment also allowed Orbea to gain more tire clearance which was an issue on the older Rallon, now 2.4" tires in the short 420mm chainstays are no problem.
The high D-Mount front derailleur has been changed to a removable, rather than a fixed mount. With 1X systems becoming the norm, and more affordable, Orbea decided to to clean up the lines of the frames and save a few grams, although the front derailleur option is still there if riders desire. The 'Cable Highway' on top of the down tube has been also been modified, neatening up the routing and allowing all cables to head down the same path before splitting off to their respective destinations.
Existing hydro-formed tubes have been tweaked slightly across the entire bike, not to reduce weight but to increase stiffness and give a slightly more refined look. The alloy frame still comes with Orbea's lifetime warranty.
The Rallon's suspension has also been updated, working in conjunction with BOS and FOX to supply bikes with custom tuned dampers. Shock bushings have been replaced by bearings to increase sensitivity, and the suspension curve has become slightly more progressive at the end of the stroke for absorbing big impacts. Dependant upon model, you can choose from BOS Kirk V2 shocks and the updated BOS Deville FCV fork which now has updated 27.5" lowers. FOX equipped bikes have options between 34 and 36 chassis, and Float or Float X shocks with EVOL air cans.
There are three standard models to choose between, the X30, X10 and X-Team. Orbea also offer their MyO customization service where you can pick and choose any aspect of the bike. The frames are fabricated in Asia, but are painted in Spain, then bikes built to order. This means you can choose a base model then mix and match components or colours to suit your desires, and have the bike delivered to you within three weeks.
Find out more at Orbea.com