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New 2020 Trail Bike - Orbea's Fun, Capable Occam 9

With up-to-date geometry and very capable angles, this all-new trail bike from Spain punches well above its weight category.

New 2020 Trail Bike - Orbea's Fun, Capable Occam

What is a trail bike? The answer to that question varies from rider to rider, but the clear trend over recent years is towards bikes that are more and more capable, while retaining a more lively and efficient character than a full-blown enduro rig. Orbea's all-new Occam is a fine example, with 140mm of travel, 29-inch wheels, and angles that would have been commonplace in the enduro segment just a few short years ago. To put this new bike to the test, Orbea invited us out to spend a couple of days deep in the Spanish Pyrenees. With everything from hours-long climbs to full-on Enduro World Series trails on the menu, we were able to get a good feel for how this bike blends trail bike efficiency and descending capabilities - and we came away quite impressed. Check out our video review below for a full run-down of all the bells and whistles as well as a comprehensive on-the-trail ride report. Information on geometry and build kits can be found further down on this page.

2020 Orbea Occam Vital Video Review

 

2020 Orbea Occam Geometry

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2020 Orbea Occam Build Kits and Pricing

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2020 Occam Video from Orbea

 

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For more information, head on over to www.orbea.com.

Photos by Johan Hjord (bike) and Jeremie Reuiller (action)

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iceman2058 iceman2058 6/17/2019 6:58 AM

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The Trail bike offer is huge now. How does occam compare with with Devinvi Troy (Vital reviewed as outstanding) , Meta TR 29, Jeffsy,... Thanks

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It's quite similar to the Jeffsy in terms of overall capability and how it feels on the trail. The Meta TR offers a more direct (and slightly less forgiving) ride, but it is also more dynamic on the pedals and more rewarding when pumping the trail for speed. I have not personally ridden the Troy.

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I hope it doesn't crack like my Orbea Rallon M-team ... Orbea's warranty is worthless and they've left me completely unsupported on a GBP 6000 product I saved up for..... disgusting

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So Orbea had the reinforcement tube on the left side on the Rallon (where Specialized has it on the right on the Stumpy) then they switched it to the right blocking the access of the bottle while most of the rider pick it from their right hand...
Weird move from Orbea.

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But it's so much more convenient to take the bottle in your left hand, so that you can still shift and also use rear brake (unless you're from UK).

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That choice was actually made so that the weight of the water bottle could help offset the weight of the drive train (which is heavier than the brake on the other side).

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I can understand this process.
Compared to that, lowering the center of mass has a huge impact, we never reached the ground plane either with car or bikes so there's room to improve on that.
But it has a very low impact on the sides tho, meaning the center of mass when offseted left or right is still very close to the middleplan so without much effect, unless you ride with rack packs on one side only...
The brakes are on the left side tho, it's already balanced against transmission.

They must have kept their 'left side arm' DNA imo.

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It does feel a bit like splitting hairs for sure. But the question did come up during the presentation of the new bike, and this is the reason they provided for going the way they went.

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