Orbea has a solid foundation in the road market and with the inclusion of some new mountain bike models as of late, they are aiming to delve deeper into the mountain bike segment.
The Rallon is available in four complete models (X10, 10, 30, 50). We are taking a look at the Rallon 30. All Rallon bikes share the same basic frameset and are available in three sizes: S, M, or L. Color options are the black-brown/ or white-black.
The frame is a hydroformed aluminum design featuring a tapered headtube (uses a Zero Stack 44mm top cup and a FSA 55mm lower cup), ISCG-05 chainguide tabs, and also comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Rallon represents Orbea’s idea on what is necessary out of an Enduro mountain bike. Endurance bikes are typically used in marathon series terrain where riders have to traverse uphill as well as downhill. You don’t want an XC bike, but you also don’t want a downhill bike. Most would put this bike into the “all mountain” segment.
It’s a bike that fits into the All-Mountain segment as it features some relaxed geometry numbers compared to XC specific bikes as well as offering 150mm of rear wheel travel. The Rallon has a stock 68 degree headangle with a 150mm fork but ours measured a bit slacker.
The Rallon has a fairly long seat-tube compared to a lot of other all-mountain frames. This certainly helps get good seat post extension/height but for shorter riders might prove harder to get adequate clearance.
Short 17.2″ chainstays
The tapered head tube utilizes a 44mm top cup and a standard 1.5″ lower cup to work with tapered steerer tubes (or a standard 1.125″ steerer).
All Rallon models use a custom Fox RP23 boost valve shock with XV air canister that they’ve tuned for the bike’s suspension design.
Recommended air pressure is fairly high (~200-230psi recommended for an 180lb rider). Getting the high volume canister up to pressure certainly takes a few strokes out of a high volume air pump. Orbea included an air pressure chart on the side of the bike as a starting point but we found it a little on the high side if you like a plusher feel.
What helps set the Rallon apart from other bikes is the use of sealed bearings in just about every pivoting interface. Typically the shock on a mountain bikes uses standard bushings that press into the shock eyelets. On the rear eyelet of the Rallon it utilizes bearings instead through the frame top pivot. Specialized has started to do this on their bikes as well and it certainly helps the suspension move a bit more freely with less friction in the system, especially during low speed suspension oscillations.
The Rallon is a linkage actuated single pivot at heart and Orbea’s goal was to design the Rallon suspension to use their custom FOX air shock but provide a linear coil-like feeling through their Lamda linkage. It’s designed to have good small bump sensitivity in the initial part of the stroke, then a linear feeling for the rest of the travel with some bottom out support at the end of its travel.
FOX RP23 custom rear shock (no rear eyelet bushing) as the shock rotates on sealed cartridge bearings and solid shock hardware. All pivot hardware has the torque ratings on each attachment point.
Out of the box, the current Rallon in general has some XC-ish parts to it. The Rallon 30 for example has a 90mm stem, a 670mm handlebar, and some XT wheels in their more XC width (19mm internal rim width). Orbea offers some additional builds that have burlier AM parts to it, but at a price jump of + $1500 with the Rallon X-10. Orbea is also working on some alternative build options so ask your dealer if you’re interested in a Rallon but are looking for a less XC-inspired setup.
The Rallon 30 came equipped with the Shimano XT Dynasys 10 speed components offering 30 gears to pick from.
The Rallon 30 was supposed to come with XT brakes, but as with most complete bikes, this can vary depending on availability. Formula RX brakes were spec’d instead on our build. The rear disc cable could’ve been a little bit longer.
The Rallon 30 came with a FOX 32 RLC Talas (120/150) tapered fork. Orbea didn’t skimp on suspension here, front or back. Often manufacturers will equip their bikes with more basic OEM features. Typically you’ll see a FOX/RockShox fork on a bike of this level, but it will lack adjustments to have the appearance of a high end fork. Orbea chose to include all the options (Rebound, Lockout, Compression) on this Rallon 30 Talas fork which was nice to see.
The frame Includes mounting holes to mount a gravity dropper seatpost cleanly to the bike along the underside of the toptube. The rest of the cables traverse along the downtube of the bike.
If you’re interested in checking out a Rallon, contact Orbea to see if they have any Demo’s at your closest dealer.
|Orbea||Large Rallon frame only||
|Orbea||QR Seat Post Collar||
|FOX||RP23 XV shock||
We’ll be swapping a few parts out on our Rallon 30 as we get more time on it. A shorter stem, wider bars, and a better quick release collar is on our short list of things to change out first.
Check back next year as we tweak our Rallon and get more time on it for the full review.