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2022 Orbea Occam LT M10 Bike

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2022 Orbea Occam M10 LT
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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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Vital Tested - Orbea Occam LT Review

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.

Fun? You betcha.

DH/Technical Performance/Fun Factor

Our testing began on flowy trails with fun, small to medium-sized jumps and occasional loose rock. The Occam LT was incredibly responsive and agile to the point of being rather playful without a lot of input required. The bike shined with its exceptional ability to corner in berms and power out, easily picking up speed, especially when pumping. The Occam jumps impressively well- balanced and quick to respond to input while airborne. Fun? You betcha. The shorter wheelbase made the rear end come around so easily for fun freeride flicks, cornering, and on-trail antics. Manuals on trail features were another fun aspect of the bike’s on-trail performance as the light front end is happy to come off the ground especially when bumps in the trail aid in doing so.


Barreling into technical sections, the bike held its line better than expected for a lightweight, 30-pounder with a short wheelbase. In nastier sections, we weren’t necessarily inclined to take the roughest line as the Occam LT certainly isn’t a plow bike, but with good line choice we never found ourselves in a situation that was too much for the bike. We even tied or exceeded our previous PRs on some local trails that we had ridden plenty with more gravity-friendly setups. So, is lighter and shorter faster? That depends, but who is keeping track on Strava nowadays anyway?

Rear Suspension Performance

Let’s get right to it and address perhaps the most noticeable aspect of this bike; a coil shock on a 150mm trail bike? Yes, they did. So what does that FOX Factory DHX mean for the Occam LT? First and foremost, suppleness. And lots of it.

While the Occam’s suspension design is progressive, it’s not radically so. The spec choice of the coil shock on our LT10 model offers a more linear feel than that of an air shock. There are plenty of positives and negatives (no air shock chamber pun intended) in regards to performance.


In most situations, the coil shock provides a perfect balance for the FOX 36 up front; lots of traction on both ups and downs and one of the supplest bikes we’ve ridden on chattery trails. With tunable low-speed compression- we ran three clicks of damping- response in G-outs and small bumps was impressive. Generally, mid-stroke support was great as well and we never felt any wallowing like we have on more progressive bikes. While the shock features a climb switch, it wasn’t necessary for us as we didn’t experience pedal bob when climbing. On the contrary, we preferred to leave the switch open as we achieved better traction while climbing when the shock was active. The shock was also responsive under braking.

On jumps and drops with good landings, the DHX felt completely dialed, soaking up the impact with ease. The Occam LT is certainly at home on these types of features and is an absolute blast on flowy jump trails.


The only criticism we have is on bigger hits with flat landings or when coming up short on longer reaching jumps (yeah, we did that), the limit of the 150mm travel was noticeable. It would be beneficial if the shock had a high-speed compression adjustment so that the bottom out for bigger hits could be adjusted. That said, even when we did bottom the shock, we never felt out of control or “oh, shit,” only aware that we used all of the travel. If that style of riding is something that happens more often than not, one may want to consider either a stiffer spring, upgrading the shock, or looking at Orbea’s longer travel option- the new Rallon.

Orbea does offer an air shock on other Occam LT builds and we’d be curious to test the bottom-out capabilities against our coil shock.


Unique Features

Orbea has made innovative use of its two-part linkage by installing a handy magnetic tool. The tool slots easily inside the linkage and is held in place safely by a magnet. With 2, 3, 4, and 5mm hexes, we found this to be very convenient and even saved our and a buddy’s ride more than once.


Orbea has put together a geo package that works exceptionally well for a diverse array of riding. While the 65.5-degree head angle is steeper than other comparable trail and all-mountain bikes we have ridden recently, this proved to not be an issue. We never felt like we needed a more aggressive head angle to be comfortable or were leaning too far forward over the front end on steeper descents.


The 1194mm wheelbase is short, despite the 440mm chainstay not actually being as short as it feels when cornering. This shorter front center results in a snappy, nimble ride on trails where speeds aren’t incredibly high. Higher speed descents with technical obstacles will slow the bike down a bit and require some finesse to navigate.

The bottom bracket- at 336mm- is low enough to provide excellent cornering prowess without sacrificing many pedal strikes on the 170mm XT crank arms.

Perceived Weight

At just over 30 pounds, the Occam is noticeably light right out of the box. Once on dirt, it feels nimble and snappy. On rolling terrain, when really getting on the pedals, it’s an outright rocket ship, efficient and quick.


With the stock EXO casing Maxxis tires, the bike is quite quick to respond and initiate roll when throwing the power down. It’s no XC race bike but noticeably quick nonetheless, without pedal bob.



Climbing is quite efficient, so much so that we often found ourselves attempting tougher lines uphill, ones that we typically wouldn’t even consider on heavier, less snappy rigs. The front end rarely if ever wavers and traction wasn’t an issue unless we were out of the seat hovering over the front end, leaving the rear tire unweighted and even this was limited to dry, slippery dirt. The Occam LT climbs efficiently with the rider seated and centered. Because of the climbing efficiency, longer rides became the norm as we knew our legs could hold up over the course of the day.

Build Kit

The Shimano XT component package and FOX suspension are the standouts of the M10 LT build kit. Another notable mention is the cable-actuated Orbea in-house seat dropper post, OC MC20, which performed flawlessly and is tied to a Shimano I-Spec compatible lever at the handlebar. We would have preferred the 170mm length post as our 150mm required us to set the post a bit higher in the seat tube than we would like. Fortunately, seat post dropper length is one of the options you can select when building your bike on the Orbea site with no additional charge for selecting a longer length.


While the seat post was worry-free, the Fizik Taiga saddle was a literal pain in the ass. Featuring no channels and a mostly flat and very, very firm surface, we never felt comfortable on it. It also felt slippery when damp.

Fork Performance

The FOX Factory 36 with GRIP2 damper was straightforward in setup and a beauty to ride on the trail. Our air pressure was within the suggested range for our weight at about 70psi and we ran the low-speed compression with 3 clicks of damping and high speed at 4.


Small bump sensitivity with the GRIP2 damper is superb. The fork offered all the support we needed and never felt like it was diving under braking. It soaked up the big hits just as smoothly and even when we used all the travel on the biggest of hits, we never felt like we had maxed out its performance. It’s impressive what 150mm of travel can achieve. It’s worth noting that our fork did not feature a quick release despite the spec sheet listing “QR” and requires a 6mm hex to remove the axle, which ironically the hidden tool in the linkage does not have.

Tire Performance

At first glance, it seemed Orbea did its homework when selecting tires, as a 2.5 Minion DHF handles front end traction, and a 2.4 Dissector brings up the rear, controlled skids and all. But from the first ride, we noticed something wasn’t meshing on the front end. Our front tire felt sketchy on loose corners, not holding its edge like we would prefer. We could feel the sidewall giving and pushing rather than holding us to our line. This was especially evident in flat and drifting corners and loose rock. Even putting extra weight on the front end did little counter to the vagueness and lack of grip. On closer look, we realized Orbea opted for the 3C MaxxTerra compound in EXO casing- a firmer, faster-rolling compound in a light casing with softer sidewalls.


We swapped the front tire to a Specialized Butcher T9 that we had been using for our local terrain, often loose over hardpack, and the difference in grip and support was immediately noticeable.

For the capabilities of this bike and the terrain we typically ride, we would opt for the Butcher or the Maxxis MaxxGrip compound with the stronger, more supportive EXO+ casing for both the Minion and Dissector. While these options will wear more quickly and have slightly more rolling resistance, we feel these concessions are a worthy tradeoff for trusted grip and support. On the rear, we are fans of the Dissector’s tread and its predictability but again the EXO+ casing would be more ideal and MaxxGrip would perform better on roots, slick surfaces, and loose climbs.


Wheel Performance

While, “Those hubs are huge, what wheels are those?” was one of the most common questions we were asked on the trail, the wheels were ironically one of the components we thought about the least. Those unique wheels are the Raceface Turbine R30 alloy with Vault hubs. We experienced no dents, dings, or issues and the hub engagement was quick enough that once our tires were installed, it was set it and forget it. For us, the Turbine wheelset is plenty stiff and definitely worthy of aggressive trail riding.

Brake Performance

The four-piston Shimano XT brakes exuded plenty of power to slow us down, though in typical Shimano brake fashion, the feel is more on/off rather than modulating. It does take some getting used to if you ride SRAM or other brakes with a more modulating feel. The 200mm/180mm Galfer rotors are a nice touch. Eye-catching with their large ventilated cutouts, they performed well. The brakes were quiet in most situations, and we never experienced any annoying squealing. They were still functioning just as well when we packed up our bike to ship it back as they were when we began the test.


Drivetrain Performance

Orbea equipped the Occam LT with a Shimano XT drivetrain with a 32 tooth chainring and 10-51t gearing range. We like the smoothness of the shifting across the range, the feel of the lever, and generally quiet performance.

The only issue we experienced was when the chain became exceptionally dry from a long ride in fine, very dry desert soil. Our drivetrain began to complain loudly and shift unevenly, so much that we thought our derailleur must be loose. When we found no loose parts and the cable was functioning properly, we oiled the chain and were back to a quiet and smooth drivetrain. Lesson learned, more lube is indeed better.

For keeping the chain secure, Orbea specs their minimalist OC chain guide bolted to the chainstay linkage and we never had a reason to give it a second thought.



We did experience some noise from chain slap, especially in technical sections of trail. The chainstay protector is a rather firm material so it may not be absorbing much of the noise upon impact. It also fails to wrap entirely underneath the chainstay, leaving the underside exposed and prone to impact. We experienced no noise from the mostly internally-routed cables.

Long Term Durability

Orbea offers a lifetime warranty to the original owner on the frame. Should the frame crack or break due to “external factors,” Orbea offers an accident policy with a discounted price on a replacement frame.

We saw no signs of anything particularly unreliable or concerning with the Occam LT. The paint and clear coat are of top quality. We did begin to experience some occasional creaking in the linkage later in the test period, so buyer be aware that routine cleaning and maintenance is necessary.


What's The Bottom Line?

Is Orbea’s statement of the Occam LT being hugely capable yet versatile accurate? We certainly think so. We reached for the Occam LT for almost every ride, sans aggressive downhill shuttles where we prefer a bit more travel for the bigger hits.

Orbea has designed a trail bike that is downright playful and fun, which is exactly how a mountain bike should feel in our opinion. Well-balanced and versatile, the Occam LT excels during long days of flowy singletrack, is an efficient climber, and holds its own when the descents become technical. Its limits of 150mm of rear travel and short wheelbase only become evident when speeds and size of hits become intimidating. The Occam LT should easily achieve most trail riders’ daily needs, ready to shreddy with max fun factor and style along with it.

...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.

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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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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! But gives it fun, poppy, and begs for more!


Suspension - Fox stuff is top notch, I am blown away with how it perfroms, I have never ridden a bike more smooth, bu this 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 bike 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 current 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 is 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...


Product Orbea Occam LT M10 Bike
Model Year 2022
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 565 592 619 649
Head Tube Angle 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5°
Head Tube Length 95 105 120 140
Seat Tube Angle 76.5° 76.5° 76.5° 76.5°
Seat Tube Length 381 419 457 508
Bottom Bracket Height 336 (32 drop) 336 (32 drop) 336 (32 drop) 336 (32 drop)
Chainstay Length 440 440 440 440
Wheelbase 1165 1194 1224 1259
Standover 710 736 766 776
Reach 425 450 474 500
Stack 604 613 627 646
* Additional Info Measurements are in mm unless otherwise noted
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Orbea Monocoque Race (OMR) Carbon
Rear Travel 150mm
Rear Shock FOX DHX Factory, 2-position, custom tune, 210x55mm
Option: FOX FLOAT X Factory, Kashima, EVOL LV, 2-position, custom tune, 210x55mm
Fork FOX 36 FLOAT Factory, Kashima, GRIP2, QR 15x110mm
Fork Travel 150mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset ACROS alloy, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2", integrated
Handlebar Race Face Next R 35, 20mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm interface, 40mm length (S-M), 50mm length (L-XL)
Brakes Shimano XT M8120
Option: Shimano XTR M9120
Brake Levers Shimano XT M8120
Option: Shimano XTR M9120
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters Shimano XT M8100, I-SPEC EV
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed, SGS cage, SHADOW+
Chainguide Orbea OC top guide
Cranks Shimano XT M8100, 170mm (S-M), 175mm (L-XL)
Chainrings 32 tooth
Bottom Bracket
Pedals N/A
Chain Shimano M6100
Cassette Shimano CS-M8100, 10-51 tooth, 12-speed
Rims Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Hubs Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Spokes Race Face Turbine R30 TLR wheels
Tires 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
Saddle fi'zi:k Taiga S-alloy rail
Option: Selle Italia SLR Boost SuperFlow L Carbon Keramic 7x9mm rail
Seatpost OC2 Dropper, 125mm, 150mm, or 170mm travel
Option: FOX Transfer Factory Kashima dropper, 125mm, 150mm, or 175mm travel
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Ice Green/Jade Green Carbon (Gloss), Infinity Green Carbon (Matte/Gloss), Metallic Mulberry/Black (Gloss), or Orbea MyO paint customization
Warranty Lifetime frame
Weight N/A
Price $6,299
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