2022 Orbea Occam LT M10 Bike

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Vital Tested - Orbea Occam LT Review
All the pieces come together for one heck of a great ride.
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Looks can be deceiving. With an aesthetically clean and appealing to the eye 150mm travel frame design, a coil shock, and geometry that isn’t radical, Orbea’s Occam LT poses the question- Is it a trail bike, an enduro bike, or simply a modern-day mountain bike ready to take on whatever climb, descent or trail obstacle thrown its way?


  • Carbon frame
  • 29-inch wheels
  • 150mm (5.9 inches) of rear wheel travel // 150mm (5.9 inches) fork travel
  • Coil shock
  • Asymmetric Design
  • Tapered headtube
  • Fully internal cable routing
  • Two-part linkage contains 4 key multi-tool
  • Customizable paint and build kits
  • Threaded 73mm bottom bracket
  • 148mm Concentric Boost rear spacing with 12mm through axle
  • Measured weight (size M, no pedals): 30.4 pounds (13.8 kg)
  • MSRP $6,899 USD


  • Superb climbing performance
  • Agile handling
  • Suspension feel
  • Efficient suspension design
  • As versatile as advertised


  • Would benefit from more robust tires

Orbea’s Occam LT (long travel) is a more aggressive version of the Occam. It features 10mm additional suspension travel (150mm front and rear), four-piston brakes with bigger rotors, a half-degree slacker head angle, and half-degree slacker seat tube angle. Sizing comes in small through extra-large.

Orbea did an excellent job on the appearance of the Occam LT. From design to paint, the bike turns heads on the trail with its downright sexy posture. The addition of the FOX DHX Factory coil shock on our M10 LT model only adds to the draw. The frame design is asymmetric, offsetting the shock to the left of the frame and allowing plenty of space for a left loading water bottle cage. A right-side cage will also work, despite being cumbersome.


While longer and slacker is the name of the game today, the Occam LT deviates from the trends in several ways. The 65.5-degree head angle is a bit steeper than many of the bikes we see these days. The wheelbase for our size medium is actually quite short at 1194mm (1224mm in size L) and chainstays are 440mm across all sizes. Reach is rather standard at 450mm and the seat tube angle is a comfortable 76.5-degrees.

Note the LT geometry to the right of the table


We removed our ice green Occam M10 LT from the box and within about 30 minutes (maybe 35 after spending a few gawking at its gorgeous looks), we were ready to hit the trail. Orbea did an impressive job with safely and securely packing the bike, using plenty of recyclable materials. We only had to install the bar, seat post, and wheels in addition to setting up the tires tubeless.

Once ready to ride, the Occam LT offers a very centered ride position which is evident from the get-go. The suspension setup was fairly straightforward with the FOX Factory 36 GRIP2 fork and we settled on air pressure settings within the suggested range and just a couple of clicks on the low and high-speed compression settings once we got a little time in on the trail. We went with 30% sag in the rear shock and once we fitted the proper size spring for our weight, this seemed to be the sweet spot.

As for cockpit setup, while we generally prefer no longer than a 40mm stem, the 50mm Raceface Aeffect R did allow us to easily transfer weight to the front wheel when cornering and never made us feel like we were going over the front end in steeper, technical terrain. The Raceface NEXT carbon bar measures 800mm in width and we found the 20mm rise to be very comfortable.

At 5’ 9”, our tester was on the edge of the size medium frame and could fit a large according to Orbea’s size chart. But we never felt cramped on the medium with the 450mm reach and enjoyed the snappiness that the shorter wheelbase provided.

On The Trail

Orbea claims the Occam LT was designed to be “hugely capable but also more versatile than a full-on enduro bike with efficient pedaling all-day rides.”

To put that statement to the test, we introduced our Occam LT to as much varied terrain as we could find over winter and early spring in Western Nevada and Northern California (higher elevation mountains were under snow). This included dry desert singletrack and flowy, jump-filled bike park trails in Reno, fast technical rocky singletrack in the East Bay area, feature-filled fun zones in the dense trees of inland Northern CA, and a mixture of roots, flow, and steeps on the Northern CA coast.

...we think the build kit, quality, and ride experience are worth the investment.

Orbea did increase the retail price across their entire line during our test period, with the Occam M10 LT going from $6,299 to $6,899. Seven grand is a lot to shell out, especially when bikes from direct-to-consumer brands can be found for less, but for the most part, we think the build kit, quality, and ride experience are worth the investment.

Visit www.orbea.com for more details.


About The Reviewer

Rick Reed- Age: 39 // Years Riding MTB: Lots // Height: 5'9" (1.75m) // Weight: 142-pounds (64.4kg)

Now a veteran of the bike industry, Rick is currently in his first phase of self-described “early retirement,” allowing him time to actually ride. Obsessive about bike setup, dissecting products and cake, Rick enjoys riding fast tech, backcountry singletrack, and bike parks, occasionally even doing so with the company of a select human being or two (you know who you are). He lives and takes naps in Reno, NV with his terror pup, Zuul.

Photos by Susie Theis


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Can't get enough
The Good
Frame Quality
Component Spec
Price (at time of purchase)
Made in Spain
Efficient Pedalling
The Bad
Left-handed bottle only
Price Increase
Overall Review:

Hi, you probably have seen my raving about this bike, either from my comments, or in my bike check. but I can't help to share my opinion on somethig that many may overlook b/c it's not as flashy as the other brands out there.

Here's a note taken from my Bike Check

"From basically never of hearing or considering an Orbea, I have fully converted to the Spanish brand. Previously, I was on a SB130 LR (L), and it was a great bike, but almost too much of a bruiser for me. If you have ridden that bike, you know it’s not a chill bike. It performs best when going full throttle, and if it’s not being pushed hard it can feel a little washy with the short rear end, and long front center, ei you have to actively weight the front end, or it will knock you off line. This made for a very demanding (yet extremely fast) ride, but doing 3+hour rides on it was pretty exhausting. And since that’s my typical weekend ride, I knew I would like to switch it up when something ticked all the boxes I was looking for.

What I was looking for was pretty hard to find in the day of long-slack enduro sleds. I wanted: a lighter bike, better pedaling characteristics, slightly longer rear end, 475mm reach, 65hta (any slacker and wheel flops too much imo), 440mm chainstays (yetis cs were comparably too short on size L) bottle cage in the frame, good aesthetics, sub $6,500 pricing. 

Then a long came the Occam LT. 

Originally, I was going to buy the M30 LT, which has the new DPX factory shock, and Fox 36 performance fork, with SLX components for $4600, but the wait time was too long, and I didn’t want to get stuck wishing for a bike as we continue to battle supply chain woes. So when my local dealer told me they would have an M10 LT in stock before the end of the year (2021), I decided to splurge and get the M10 LT for $6100, and then when full custom with it… and built a hard-charging, light enough for all day adventure trail eater! 

Everything was hand-selected, for good weight/performance ratio and installed by me. Magura MT7 Brakes, Galfer Pads / Rotors, DT Swiss XRC Wheels, Shimano XTR Cassette, XT shifting, SLX crank with XTR chainring. All comes together for a bike that weighs 28lbs with coil, Grip 2 36, and proper 4 pot brakes."

Back to the review:

Now I have had it for nearly 6 months, and put close to 500 miles on it... This is the perfect bike, it is my go to pick out of all my bikes b/c it just makes riding so much fun again! It’s a super light pedaling bike, and keeps me feeling fresh even on 4-hour rides! The geo is contemporary, but not crazy, which really helps with a comfortable body-position, seated, and standing. And when pointed down, it comes alive like nothing I have ridden before! I am not sure if it’s the coil, or what, but it soaks up everything in it’s path and is so incredibly confident that it just begs to go faster and faster! 


Suspension - Fox stuff is top notch, I am blown away with how it performs, I have never ridden a bike so smooth, yet still being lively and eager to change direction.

Geometry - I have a habit of measuring my bikes b/c you never know if the geo charts are 100% accurate. So after measuring and using a geo calculator, I found the geo to be exact what I wanted: 65hta, 76sta, 477 reach, 440 chainstay, 1237 wheelbase. It a very middle of the road geo, but I think more bikes will be coming back to this as a very fun, useful geo, that doesn't pretend it's the fastest bike on the mountain. I don't like how slack and long bikes are these days, so it was nice to find a bike that didn't lose its identity to a trend.

Frame Quality - I have just a clear coat, and you can see the carbon fiber, it is stunning!

Component Spec - Race Face Grips, Carbon Bar, Stem, Wheels, XT drivetrain, brakes, Fox Factory for just over $6k!

Price (at time of purchase) - see above, I paid $6k for mine, but prices have been raised.

Made in Spain - Why pay $15k for a Unno that's made in Spain, when you can buy a Orbea!

Lightweight - mine is 28lbs, but stock is still only 30, with a COIL!

Fast - Before this bike, I was a strava segement hunter (up and down) and my Yeti was perfect for that. But now with this bike, I have so much more fun that I am less concerned about racing the clock, but end up still getting a fair share of cups, and PRs when I am not even trying. But just having fun shredding!

Stiff, Playful, Smooth - not words you usually can use to describe 1 bike, but it works for this bike. I never liked jumps/drops, before this bike. But something about the body placement just makes me want to hit all the gaps, and drops I can! I love it! Oh and it eats brake bumps for breakfast, so smooth.

Efficient Pedaling - I have been doing intervals on this bike b/c it so much fun to ride on the way down, but I don't even notice pedal bob with the shock open when I am doing z5 intervals! This bike is a true do-it-all bike! 


Left-handed bottle only - I like it, b/c means I can still control speed with my right hand, but may not be for everyone.

Availability - hard to find, like anything...

Price Increase - they had a mid cycle price hike. Honestly, this bike was insane value at just over $6k, it was as good as canyon, yt, and other direct-to-consumer brands. And even with price increase it is much less than equivalent Pivot, Yeti, Santa Cruz...


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Orbea Occam LT M10 Bike
Model Year
Riding Type
Enduro / All-Mountain
Sizes and Geometry
Wheel Size
Frame Material
Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details
Orbea Monocoque Race (OMR) Carbon
Rear Travel
Rear Shock
FOX DHX Factory, 2-position, custom tune, 210x55mm
Option: FOX FLOAT X Factory, Kashima, EVOL LV, 2-position, custom tune, 210x55mm
FOX 36 FLOAT Factory, Kashima, GRIP2, QR 15x110mm
Fork Travel
Head Tube Diameter
ACROS alloy, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2", integrated
Race Face Next R 35, 20mm rise, 780mm width
Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm interface, 40mm length (S-M), 50mm length (L-XL)
Shimano XT M8120
Option: Shimano XTR M9120
Brake Levers
Shimano XT M8120
Option: Shimano XTR M9120
Shimano XT M8100, I-SPEC EV
Front Derailleur
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed, SGS cage, SHADOW+
Orbea OC top guide
Shimano XT M8100, 170mm (S-M), 175mm (L-XL)
32 tooth
Bottom Bracket
Shimano M6100
Shimano CS-M8100, 10-51 tooth, 12-speed
Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.50", 60 TPI/3C MaxxTerra/EXO/TR
Rear: Maxxis Dissector 29"x2.40", 60 TPI/3C MaxxTerra/EXO/ TR
Option: Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.50" DH/TR front and Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.40" DH/TR rear
fi'zi:k Taiga S-alloy rail
Option: Selle Italia SLR Boost SuperFlow L Carbon Keramic 7x9mm rail
OC2 Dropper, 125mm, 150mm, or 170mm travel
Option: FOX Transfer Factory Kashima dropper, 125mm, 150mm, or 175mm travel
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp
Single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts
Ice Green/Jade Green Carbon (Gloss), Infinity Green Carbon (Matte/Gloss), Metallic Mulberry/Black (Gloss), or Orbea MyO paint customization
Lifetime frame
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Where To Buy
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Free shipping on orders over $50 (continental U.S. only).
International shipping available. Some exclusions apply.
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International shipping available. Some exclusions apply.

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