Bike Check: Two Orbea XC Race Bikes

Sep 29, 2023 at 20:28
by Dario DiGiulio  
Pierre De Froidmont's Orbea Oiz


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.

100mm Fox Transfer SL dropper and a Pro Stealth Superlight saddle.
With a fairly aggressive saddle-to-bar drop.
Full XTR drivetrain.
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.

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

David Campos' Orbea Alma


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.

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

Full XTR drivetrain.

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  • 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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