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The All-New Orbea Rise Hydro E-Bike 5

Lower cost, larger battery, and a negligible weight penalty. Orbea does it again with an instantly impressive e-bike.

The new Orbea Rise is now offered in aluminum. Orbea completes the Rise family with new aluminum models that bring the Rider Synergy experience and technology to a wider audience. The manufacturer stands out in the market once again with the lightest model in its category.



  • Full aluminum frame with high polish finish
  • 140mm (5.5-inches) rear travel // 140mm or 150mm fork options
  • Shimano EP8 motor with Orbea RS tune (60Nm max torque)
  • 540Wh battery
  • Three models, all customizable
  • Identical geometry as the carbon model
  • 1.4 kg heavier than the carbon model
  • 252Wh range extender available
  • Weight range: 41 to 44 pounds (19-20kg)
  • Price: $5,299 - $7,299

The popularity of “light e-bikes” has not stopped growing since its recent introduction to the market. The feeling of rolling like a mechanical trail bike and its handling on the trails have made many e-bikers opt for this type of bike, while many others have made the leap from traditional mountain bikes.

Orbea hit the table by debuting a whole new philosophy for e-bikes last year with one of the lightest electric bikes on the market: the Rise. Developed with the Rider Synergy (RS) philosophy, this model introduced the idea of a fully integrated system where power, weight, interface and autonomy are considered together. Now, Orbea brings this philosophy to a wider audience with the addition of three aluminum models that are joining the Rise family.

Same RS experience but in aluminum.

Like its carbon sister, Rise Aluminum’s power comes from an EP8 RS motor, developed in an exclusive collaboration between Orbea and Shimano.

Orbea acted on the motor firmware to offer the most natural and efficient assistance as possible, eliminating drag and power delay that’s typical of conventional e-bikes. The motor was also optimized to provide maximum assistance between 75 and 95 strokes per minute, the cadence at which the human body pedals the most efficiently and where we normally pedal our standard mechanical bikes.

This means that the harder we pedal, Rise responds instantly with more power, with a feeling of natural assistance.

Orbea Rise Geometry

Another unique aspect of the RS philosophy is its autonomy. Due to the lower power consumption, the lower weight of the bike and the greater dependence on the rider’s legs, the battery in Rise lasts about 50% more compared to a standard e-bike. This translates into surprising autonomy for the 360Wh battery in the carbon models and a whopping 540Wh in the aluminum models with a completely redesigned battery.

Weight is another key to Rise and something Orbea invested many hours in to optimize the details of the models: frame, integrated battery, cable routing and push buttons were taken into account. Motor optimization through the Rider Synergy also allows for trail components to be mounted, which saves weight and enables the bike to handle like a regular mountain trail bike.

The lightest in the category, also in aluminum

Natural pedaling and handling are the two aspects that differentiate Rise the most. To keep these characteristics intact in the aluminum versions, Orbea’s engineering team scrutinized all the details and invested many hours in development.

The recently debuted aluminum version features a completely redesigned 540Wh battery, developed by Orbea, who rethought the distribution of the 21,700 cells, the housing arrangement, the wiring and the brackets to find a battery that is as optimized and lightweight as possible and with one of the highest energy densities on the market.

For the frame, Orbea selected the best materials and applied the most advanced manufacturing processes, just as it does for its highest-level carbon frames. Thanks to the double- and triple-butted, hydroformed tubes, the team optimized the thickness and shapes of the tubes and reinforced the most delicate areas. In other words, it saves weight where you don’t need material and adjusts the stiffness in the important areas.

In effort to give the highest level of attention to the new aluminum version, Orbea applied its polishing process to the frame. This technique smooths the welds at the tube joints, matching the aesthetics of a carbon frame. In fact, it’s difficult to discern the differences between an aluminum frame and carbon frame. This process also increases aluminum’s fatigue resistance in critical areas.

All this design and development work has resulted in an aluminum frame weight of merely 3.4kg — just 100g more than an Occam aluminum frame and 2kg lighter than most aluminum e-bikes on the market. The total weight of the new aluminum Rise is an impressive 19kg for the top-of-the-range model and 20kg for the entry-level model.

Electronics news for aluminum versions

The Rise carbon version maintains its 360Wh battery, enough for rides of 3–4 hours, depending on how the battery is managed. This battery will continue to the be preferred favorite for riders looking for the lightest Rise experience. For longer rides and bigger outputs, Orbea offers a Range Extender that increases the total system capacity to 612Wh.

Orbea considered the needs of riders looking for the experience and autonomy of a carbon Rise but at a more accessible price, so they equipped the aluminum versions with a new 540Wh battery, making Rise Aluminum more appealing for a wide spectrum of riders, reducing the price and increasing the simplicity of the system for those looking for a light e-bike without the need for a Range Extender. The new 540Wh battery has a record weight of just 2.7kg.

In Eco mode, the stated range for the battery on aluminum models has a range of more than 3,500m of elevation change; 2,200m in Trail mode; and 1,600m in Boost mode. As if that wasn’t enough, Rise Aluminum can be paired with a new 252Wh Range Extender, which results in a “light e-bike” with almost 800Wh.

Extra battery capacity usually means a longer charging time, so Orbea developed a new smart charger for aluminum Rises. This charger detects if you’re charging the new 540Wh battery or the new Range Extender and will adjust the charge voltage accordingly. For the main battery, the charge will be at 4A, reaching an 80% charge in just 3 hours; the Range Extender will be charged at 2A.

As always, Orbea personalized

While Rise Carbon sees full personalization through MyO, the aluminum models feature three different color options and numerous components to choose from:

A FOX 34 or FOX 36 fork is available on all models; a Shimano display with more information or the elegant and discreet Junction EW-EN100; and different options for wheels, brakes or tires to fit the needs and preferences of each rider.

Orbea Rise H30

Rise H30 - $5,299 // €4,999

  • FOX Float DPS Performance - 140mm travel
  • Marzocchi Bomber Z2 - 140mm travel
  • Shimano SLX/Deore blend drivetrain
  • Race Face AR30 Wheels
  • Shimano E7000 Display
  • Claimed weight - 44-pounds (20kg)

Orbea Rise H15

Rise H15 - $6,299 // €5,799

  • FOX Float X rear shock - 140mm travel
  • FOX 36 Performance - 150mm travel
  • Shimano XT/SLX/Deore blend drivetrain
  • Race Face AR 30 Wheels
  • Shimano E7000 Display
  • Claimed weight - 44-pounds (20kg)

Orbea Rise H10

Rise H10 - $7,299 // €6,799

  • FOX Float DPS Factory rear shock - 140mm
  • FOX 34 Factory - 140mm travel
  • Shimano XT drivetrain
  • Race Face Turbine R30 wheels
  • Shimano EN100 Junction display
  • Claimed weight - 41-pounds (19kg)

Rise & Rider Connect

The new aluminum Rise models are available through dealers right now. Through Rider Connect, users can reserve a Rise and manage their purchase at the dealer they selected, or personalize the bike thanks to MyO Lite and receive it at their nearest store – all at the click of a button.

Vital's Test Bike

We only just took possession of our Rise H10 with FOX 36 upgrade and had just enough time for some quick photos during our shakedown laps. Compared to our long-term Rise M-Team, there are a few standout differences in the parts spec. To start, our brakes are only the 2-piston Shimano XT, not the 4-pistons we've come to love. Additionally, the smaller FOX DPS is going to have its work cut out keeping up with this bike. We liked the DPX2 on our carbon bike and dubbed it the little shock that could. Lastly, our stem measured out at 55mm, not 35mm as on our carbon model. Otherwise, getting on the aluminum Rise was just like reuniting with an old friend.

We have a long-term test set up for this bike and will be reporting back in a few months. We are quite excited to see how the larger, 540Wh battery performs for us. We were already impressed with the carbon's smaller juice plant and have to think the minimal weight sacrifice will be well worth it. In fact, is this new aluminum model going to be even better than the carbon one? Vital readers will have to stay tuned.

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