Bike Check: Two Orbea XC Race Bikes

Sep 29, 2023 at 20:28
by Dario DiGiulio  
Pierre De Froidmont's Orbea Oiz
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Pierre De Froidmont
Age: 26
Hometown: Theux, Liège, Belgium
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Instagram: @pierre_de_froidmont

Seeing as he's just won two national titles, both in the XCO and XCC, it seems fitting that Pierre De Froidmont would get a special frame to commemorate the achievement. Through their custom paint option, Orbea has done just that, giving Pierre this yellow whip to race on for the remainder of the season.

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100mm Fox Transfer SL dropper and a Pro Stealth Superlight saddle.
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With a fairly aggressive saddle-to-bar drop.
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Full XTR drivetrain.
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And an adorable little chain keeper.

The build kit is as you'd expect at the sharp end of the modern XC field, with a good mix of lightweight yet robust components ready for heavy sprints and some fairly technical riding. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of Orbea's own house-brand components on the bike, from the Oquo wheels to the "OC" components for the cockpit. Other key components are taken care of by Fox, Shimano, and Maxxis.


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120mm Stepcast Fox 34 with remote lockout.
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Remote lockout on the non-Kashima rear shock. Those bars are cut to 740mm, mounted to a 75mm stem.
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Shimano XTR single-piston brakes and little 160mm rotors front and rear, with a flat-mount brake out back.
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For the Belgian champ.



David Campos' Orbea Alma
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David Campos
Age: 23
Hometown: Spain
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Instagram: @davidcampos51

David Campos just won the European XCC title on this bike, with one key setup difference: he was running the bike fully rigid, sporting an Orbea Spirit carbon fork instead of suspension of any sort. Seems more like a gravel bike to me, but apparently it was the tool for the track.

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Teeny little 70mm Transfer SL post and a Pro saddle.
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Near-slick Maxxis Aspen STs as well.
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Plenty of room for a water bottle.
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Stars and accolades for the Euro champ.

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Full XTR drivetrain.


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43 Comments
  • 35 0
 hometown: spain... lol
  • 19 0
 Is that a neighborhood in Europe?
  • 15 2
 @xciscool: yeah, its a suburb of Europe. Technically unincorporated.
  • 33 0
 No bike weights, tire pressures, or any other setup details? That's not a bike check.
  • 19 1
 Interesting shoulders.
  • 8 3
 It's the jersey. Has some black panels on top that throw it all off. I had to double take.
  • 4 10
flag btjenki (Oct 2, 2023 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 You're on a poor monitor phone screen and/or have brightness turned down so it looks weird.
  • 26 0
 XC is a hell of a drug
  • 2 2
 Interesting serious boring faces.
  • 1 0
 Clavicle removal for weight savings.
  • 23 8
 my god the orange fork has done it again. rip
  • 7 3
 At least in one case that shade of blue and orange are fairly complementary.
  • 5 5
 The kashima is worse than the orange imo. Orange and navy always go nice
  • 8 7
 @sjma: With few exceptions, I think kashima looks tacky.
  • 8 7
 Sometimes the kashima goes well with some colors, sometime the orange goes well with others. But kashima and orange never goes well together. Change my mind
  • 8 0
 XC race bike check without stating its weight is like Enduro bike check without stating its suspension travel.
  • 2 1
 Personally if someone, who isn't obviously a once in a generation better athlete than their peers, can win (or podium) on a hard tail, either at XCC or XCO, then that track does deserve to have WC, European Champs or National Champs status. I get that bike companies still want to sell hard tails but I want to watch XC racing on a tracks like Snowshoe where even descending on a 110 mm bike is a marginal experience!
  • 1 0
 Agreed, kill the hardtails!
  • 4 0
 Cool to see David on Pinkbike!!! More XC please!
  • 1 0
 Would love to know weight (as others have stated), saddle height, suspension settings, gearing, tire pressure, etc Smile Keep the xc coming!
  • 2 0
 I wish I could get a set of those Aspen ST's for my Oiz
  • 3 1
 26... Looks more like 40.
  • 3 1
 That's what XC does to you.
  • 4 1
 where the F is levy?
  • 1 0
 Is that thumbnail a test? A private joke amongst pb staff? I'm missing something
  • 1 0
 Bike weight would have been of more interest
  • 6 8
 As an American, I have no idea how much David weighs or how tall he is.
  • 1 0
 google translate it!
  • 2 0
 @andrewbikeguide: I know I can do that. It is just funny that I can read 56cm and have no idea if that is 6 inches or 10 feet. I am making fun of myself. Not the metric system.
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