2022 Orbea Rise H10 E-Bike

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Long-Term Review - Orbea Rise Hydro E-Bike
Every bit as good as the carbon model, but for less money and with more range.
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Launched back in December of 2021, the Orbea Rise H made its grand debut as the aluminum alternative to the carbon Rise M. Following Orbea’s lightweight e-bike philosophy with Shimano EP8 RS motor, the Rise H features the same 140mm of travel and identical geometry to its carbon counterpart but makes use of a bigger battery. Since the release, we have had the privilege to spin the Rise H10 through various terrain and weather conditions to conclude a long-term review.

Highlights

  • Aluminum frame with high-polish finish
  • 29-inch wheels
  • 140mm (5.5 inches) rear wheel travel // 150mm (5.9 inches) fork travel
  • Concentric boost suspension design
  • Internal cable routing
  • Tapered headtube
  • Shimano EP8 motor with the Orbea RS tune (60Nm max torque)
  • 540Wh battery
  • Optional 252Wh range extender ($599)
  • 12x148 boost rear hub spacing 
  • Measured weight: 44 pounds (size medium, no pedals) 
  • $7,999 USD

Strengths

  • Lightweight design with a greater than average max torque (60Nm)
  • Impressive range due to larger battery paired with restricted motor 
  • Sleek electronics 
  • Nearly Invisible aluminum welds
  • Customizable build kits
  • Great value for high-end builds
  • Handles remarkably well through various terrain
  • Excels on technical climbs
  • Mimics a natural ride experience on a mountain bike

Weaknesses 

  • Stock tires are not on par with the abilities of the bike
  • Battery life display is vague 
  • Power button positioned in a spot that collects dirt

Overview

The Rise H is a lightweight aluminum e-MTB designed for versatility and playful trail riding. Based on the same blueprints as the Orbea Occam, it features 29-inch wheels, 140mm rear travel, and the option of a 140mm or 150mm travel fork. These ingredients matched with the compact motor make for a snappy e-rig.

All aluminum and carbon Rise models are equipped with the same custom Shimano EP8-RS system. While the guts of the two models are seemingly identical, the Rise H is designed with a 540Wh battery, whereas the carbon Rise M comes with a 360Wh battery. An optional 252Wh range extender is available, providing 70% more battery life for an extra $599 USD.

There are three different Rise H build levels to choose from, each featuring select upgrade options to better suit rider preferences. In comparison to the Rise M, the price points start significantly lower without compromising on quality. The build levels include the Rise H30 ($5,699 USD), Rise H15 ($6,799 USD), and our test bike, the Rise H10 ($7,999 USD).

Geometry

Our Rise H10 test bike came with the 150mm fork upgrade, giving a head angle of 65.5-degrees and seat angle of 76.5-degrees. The Medium size measured a 450mm reach and 445mm chainstays, putting it on par with other comparable trail bikes.

Setup

Referring to the suggested suspension adjustments, we set the FOX Foat DPS shock to 25% sag and the FOX 36 fork to the proper PSI range for rider weight, aiming for 20% sag. This suggested setup worked flawlessly for our ride feel preferences. The cockpit felt long for a 5’5” rider, so we swapped the 50mm stem for a 35mm stem, bringing in the reach for better handling.

The Shimano E-Tube app connects the Rise to a personal device for access to bike settings, e-system information, and customization. In the app, the rider can choose between two different profiles for more or less assistance, or create custom profiles for specific power preferences. Profile 1 requires the most rider input to maximize range with less assistance and torque in each mode. The assistance levels in profile 1 were too low for our preferences so the majority of our rides were spent in profile 2, giving 30% power in Eco, 60% power in Trail, and 100% power in Boost. On days we were riding alongside full-size e-bikes, we created a custom profile to close in on the large percentage gaps, giving more assistance in each mode.

On the trail

Some of our first outings with the Rise consisted of Idaho snowfall and whooped moto tracks. To break up the monotony of winter conditions, we traveled to Washington with our test bike to enjoy some beloved PNW goodness. For the majority of spring and summer, the Rise has lived in the Boise, Idaho area, exploring moto trails and E-friendly bike parks.

DH/Technical descending/Fun factor

Descending steep, fast, and raw terrain, the Rise held its own like a longer travel, more aggressive rig while maintaining all of the responsive benefits of a 140 trail bike. When we took it on some beat-up moto trails, it smashed through the roughage, going exactly where it was pointed. On steep terrain, it always gave an “in-the-bike” ride experience which opened up different line options. For being roughly 10-pounds heavier than a mountain bike, it is impressive how lively the bike felt. Between playing around on flow trails and following a sketchy friend down a sketchy line, we had a blast discovering what versatility the Rise had to offer.

Rear suspension performance 

Despite our uncertainties about how the FOX Float DPS shock would perform on the variety of trails we descended, the combination of the shock and rear suspension design stayed predictable and supportive throughout the travel without feeling overwhelmed. The slightly longer and stiffer chainstays contribute to stability and precision through harsh terrain giving a confidence-inspiring ride.

Perceived weight

Orbea’s main priority while designing the Rise was to mimic a natural ride experience and after several months on the bike, we believe they nailed it. With rider weight being 120-pounds, the compact design of the Rise was really beneficial for maneuverability and made the transition from a 32-pounds mountain bike feel like a breeze. The low position of the motor and battery gives the perfect weight advantage for stability on downhills without feeling bulky.

Climbing

A clear advantage of an e-bike is the ability to ascend nasty, steep terrain to maximize the downhill. The kind of climbs that make you say “I will never do this on my mountain bike,” become commonplace and previous all-day adventures become afternoon strolls. We dedicated our most dreadful climbs to the Rise and it flew up technical climbs without giving surges of unwanted power during a half crank at slower speeds. The motor input maintained assistance up the steeper jaunts and stayed very consistent without looping out. The Rise delivered its most efficient power at 75-95 RPM which relates to a natural pedaling experience. The bike itself is very comfortable, allowing for hours of saddle time without fear of discomfort.

Altogether, we can’t recommend a better ‘do it all’ e-bike than the Rise Hydro.

What’s the bottom line?

The aluminum Orbea Rise leaves a significant impression on the lightweight e-market by exceeding our standards as a playful yet capable bike. Coming in at $1000 (USD) cheaper than the equivalent build spec on the Carbon Rise M, the aluminum Rise has insignificant weight penalties and triumphant range advantages. The 540Wh battery and 60Nm max torque motor distinguish the Rise H from other lightweight designs, all at a competitive price. Altogether, we can’t recommend a better ‘do it all’ e-bike than the Rise Hydro.


About the Reviewer

Lauren Williams - Age: 23 // Years Riding MTB: 3  // Height: 5'5" (165cm) // Weight: 120lbs  (54.4kg)

Originally from Reno, Nevada, Lauren spent her formative years competing in rodeos with her horses across the southwest. After moving to Idaho to attend Boise State University, she was introduced to mountain biking and quickly became consumed by her new found passion. The better part of her college years were spent working at a bike shop and spending debatably too much time around bikes. Nowadays she is somewhere on some trail in the PNW, having fun on two wheels with her fellow bike lovers.

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Specifications

Product
Orbea Rise H10 E-Bike
Model Year
2022
Riding Type
Trail
Enduro / All-Mountain
Rider
Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
SM
MD
LG
XL
Wheel Size
29"
E-Bike Class
Class 1: Pedal Assist (Pedelecs)
Motor
Shimano EP8-RS, custom tune, 60 Nm max torque
Battery
Orbea RS Internal
Option: Range Extender external battery, 252 Wh ($599)
Battery Capacity
540 Wh
Display/Remote
Shimano E7000 switch; Shimano EN100 small inline LED junction box provides support mode info and broadcasts wireless data
Option: Shimano EM800 display
Modes
Boost, Trail, Eco, Walk Assist
Max Speed with Assist
20 mph (32 km/h)
Frame Material
Aluminum
Frame Material Details
Orbea double- and triple-butted hydroformed tubes, smooth welds, molded chainstay protection
Rear Travel
140mm
Rear Shock
FOX FLOAT DPS Factory, EVOL, 3-position adjust, Kashima coating, custom tune, 210mm x 55mm
Option: FOX FLOAT X Factory, EVOL LV, 2-position adjust, Kashima coating, custom tune
Fork
FOX FLOAT 34 Factory, FIT4 damper, 3-position adjust, Kashima coating
Option: FOX FLOAT 36 Factory, GRIP2 damper, Kashima coating
Fork Travel
FOX 34: 140mm
FOX 36: 150mm
Head Tube Diameter
Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Headset
ACROS, alloy, integrated
Handlebar
Race Face Next R, 780mm width, 20mm rise, 35mm clamp diameter
Stem
Race Face Aeffect R, 35mm bar clamp
Length: 40mm (SM), 50mm (MD/LG/XL)
Brakes
Shimano Deore XT M8100, 2-piston, 180mm rotors
Option: Shimano Deore XT M8120, 4-piston
Option: 203mm front rotor
Brake Levers
Shimano Deore XT
Drivetrain
1x
Shifters
Shimano Deore XT M8100, 12-speed, I-SPEC EV bracket
Front Derailleur
None
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Deore XT M8100, 12-speed, SHADOW RD+, SGS cage
Chainguide
Orbea upper slider
Cranks
e*thirteen Plus, alloy
Length: 165mm (SM/MD), 170mm length (LG/XL)
Chainrings
e*thirteen e*Spec, 32 tooth, direct mount
Pedals
None
Chain
Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed
Cassette
Shimano Deore XT M8100, 12-speed, 10-51 tooth
Rims
Race Face Turbine R30 wheelset, tubeless ready
Hubs
Race Face Turbine R30 wheelset, 15x110mm Boost front, 12x148mm Boost rear with MICRO SPLINE driver
Spokes
Race Face Turbine R30 wheelset
Tires
Front: Maxxis Dissector, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO, TR, 60 TPI, 29" x 2.4"
Rear: Maxxis Rekon, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR, 120 TPI, 29" x 2.4"
Saddle
fi'zi:k Taiga, S-Alloy rails
Options: fi'zi:k Taiga, Kium rails; Selle Italia SLR Boost SuperFlow L, carbon Keramic rails
Seatpost
Orbea OC MC20 Mountain Control dropper, Shimano MT500 I-SPEC EV remote lever
Drop: 125mm (SM), 150mm (MD/LG), 170mm (XL)
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp
Single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions
12x148mm Boost
Bottle Cage Mounts
One inside front triangle
Colors
Mouse Grey/Sky Blue Matte, Leo Orange/Black Gloss, Glitter Anthracite/Black Gloss
Warranty
Lifetime frame, 2 years paint and finish
Weight
N/A
Miscellaneous
• Concentric Boost 2 rear suspension design
• Rider Synergy (RS) Concept
• Motor settings and profiles can be fine-tuned via Shimano E-Tube mobile app
• Compatible with Garmin IQ ecosystem to display support mode, assist level, cadence, range, and speed data
• Includes Orbea 42V 4A Smart Charger
• Internal cable routing
Price
$7,299.00
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