Bike Check: Victor Koretzky's Orbea Oiz - Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

May 17, 2021 at 7:50
by Ed Spratt  


Victor Koretzky had an incredible opening race in Albstadt as he beat Nino Schurter to the line. For the second round in Nove Mesto, he may not have been quite as successful with a 24th place finish at the end of the day. Despite this, he is still sitting third in the overall and his bike features plenty of interesting little details. Let's take a look at how Victor Koretzky set up his race machine for the tricky Nove Mesto course.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor Koretzky
Instagram: @victor_koretzky

Orbea Oiz Details

Frame: Orbea Oiz
Fork: Fox 34SC, 75 psi
Shock: Fox Float, 135 psi
Wheels: Mavic Crossmax wheels with PTN Inserts
Tires: Michelin Jet XC (1.3 bar front and back)
Drivetrain: FSA Powerbox Carbon Cranks and power meter // 36t chainring // KMC Chain // Shimano XTR Rear Mech and Cassette
Brakes: Shimano XTR // Galfer Rotors
Bar/Stem: FSA KFX Bar and Stem
Seatpost: KS Lev dropper Ci
Saddle: Prologo
Weight: 10.5 kg (23.1 lb)
More info: Orbea

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor is running FSA's Powerbox carbon cranks offering a claimed +/-2% accuracy power meter and hollow carbon composite cranks arms. The complete chainset has a claimed weight of 789 grams for a single ring setup. For Nove Mesto, this is paired with a super minimal chain guide for some added security against dropped chains.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
For the main race, tire choice is looking to be Michelin's Jet XC tires front and rear (He was running a Force tire up front for the photos); this is a big change from his XCC short track set up where he was running Power Gravel tires. Inside the 25mm Mavic Crossmax rims are PTN tire inserts front and rear.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
For his front suspension, Victor is running the new Fox 34 SC fork. We have seen quite a few riders running beefier forks this year, choosing between the Fox 34 or the 35mm RockShox SID.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
While most of the bike is looking fresh, his Look pedals have seen plenty of use with quite a few battle scars.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
For this year he is running a full FSA KFX cockpit with some very bright orange foam grips. Victor likes to have his brake levers all the way out and set up to grab immediately.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz
For braking duties Victor is running a Shimano XTR calliper paired with Galfer rotors and some fancy oil slick bolts.

Victor Koretzky Orbea Oiz



44 Comments

  • 43 0
 23 lbs with a 34 fork and dropper post!
  • 12 0
 Thing is light af. Looks good too.
  • 1 0
 I've got one of those. More travel on my Top Fuel, though, and my wheels are way more stupid.
  • 1 0
 Also when you consider he's running these heavy AF powermeter crank
  • 26 0
 Full sus, 34mm forks, dropper post, inserts front and rear... XC bikes have grown up
  • 1 0
 All these xc bikes are making me want to buy one
  • 1 0
 ...but still just 23lbs.
  • 11 0
 While most of us recreational riders have settled on gear shift right thumb, dropper left thumb under bars, the XC guys clearly have more going on and different priorities. @brianpark can we get a pro-xc cockpit controls comparison article?
  • 3 0
 Looks like a suspension lockout lever mounted under the bar, dropper lever over the bar (both on the left). Rockshox makes a GripShift-style lockout, but without that, having the extra set of controls will always mean some kind of ergonomic compromise.
  • 6 0
 @anotherbikerguy: It looks like the squidlock - you can see them on the Orbea site. I've got an Oiz and the squidlock works pretty well. As you said, dropper level over and suspension controls under the bar. Makes the cable routing messy but all the controls are in easy reach.
  • 2 0
 @anotherbikerguy: Trek/Bontrager have a nice dual lever unit for f/r lockout and a dropper, not that anyone but Trek riders would use one on the WC cicuit, but for mere mortals, it's a nice piece.

www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-components/bike-stems-seatposts/bike-seatposts-accessories/bike-seatpost-parts-accessories/bontrager-droplock-remote/p/33107
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: That's a niche but nifty piece of equipment.
  • 11 1
 That Gulf livery is fire.
  • 2 0
 Glad someone else caught that!
  • 2 0
 I never thought I'd be this guy, but here I am. That front tire placement on the rim is unacceptable. And I'm not sure I'm ok with the rear either. Pros deserve better than this.
  • 4 1
 23 lbs with 34 fork with dropper post!
  • 3 0
 23 lbs with 34 work fand propper dost !
  • 3 0
 23 lbs with 34 fork or dropper post!!
  • 6 1
 Yes, weight really does make a big difference when a bike is this light. I turned my XC bike I turned into more of a trail bike and it's still a rocketship. Even after adding bigger/more durable 2.35" tires, a Fox34 SC fork, dropper post, 760mm bars,it still only weighs 23.1lbs (with pedals and bottle cage). Furthermore, bike has 120mm travel front & rear, so sure can't complain about 23.1lbs. www.pinkbike.com/photo/18607093
  • 2 0
 Would love to hear more about those tires, though it looks like they are not yet available to us mere mortals.
  • 2 0
 He was running green tires on race day. Were the old school Michelin muds??
  • 1 0
 Those did not exist in 29". The ones he rode had the modern logos too. Looked great and a cool nod to those days.
  • 4 1
 Tire logos arent lined up with the wheels...
  • 1 0
 Nice to see Victor's Oiz, now I want to see my Oiz TR which I ordered back in September! Last update I got was that it should ship sometime in early June!
  • 3 0
 Beauty !
  • 2 2
 I know that's for the joy of the sponsors, but those BIG tire logos on the sidewalls really do it for me. Michelins especially... noice.
  • 2 0
 Solid build. Those gravel tires he rode in the Short Track tho...crazy.
  • 1 0
 That brake setup is a thing I would have to try pretty hard to get used to it!
  • 1 0
 My Ripley LS in XL was also 23lbs in 2016 without a dropper though, 2.25 tires, Fox 34 130/120mm travel F/R
  • 1 0
 I like the color scheme, but taking raw carbon version should shave another 150 grams according to Orbea...
  • 2 0
 That shock pressure seems really low.
  • 2 0
 Yeah that does look really low to me too, I have the same bike and run at nearly 200psi
  • 1 0
 That chain is... interesting..
  • 2 1
 Curious why a KMC chain rather than an XTR one
  • 14 0
 I’d say probably because they are the team sponsor Smile
  • 4 0
 KMC is one of his team’s main sponsors
  • 3 0
 It does match the frame and fork. Isn't that enough?
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what model those Pedals are?
  • 1 3
 just look ffs
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure they're Look X-Track Race Carbons
  • 1 0
 What travel of 34SC is he running? Do anybody know?
  • 1 0
 The Oiz with the 34SC is the "TR" version, so 120mm travel if i'm right
  • 1 0
 @Nakat: On the production bikes the Oiz is 100mm with the 32SC and the Oiz TR is 120mm with the 34SC, but I imagine as a factory rider Koretsky has access to the 100mm 34SC if he wants it.





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