Orbea Rallon All Mountain Full Suspension


We have a fondness for bikes in the 150mm travel range. Perhaps it?s because we always come back to the postulate ? what bike would we load for a mountain biking vacation if we could take only one? It would have to be stout, with a frame and components built for serious riding. We would want a bike that pedals up hills as well as it descends. It wouldn?t have to be as light as our cross-country hardtails, but we?d want it to respond efficiently when we?re really feeling like hammering down. These are all traits that describe the Orbea Rallon. And since it?s an alloy frame, you may have a few extra dollars left over for gas money to get you there.The Rallon is the result of Orbea?s Advanced Dynamics modeling and research. The key element was that they designed the bike with the rider in mind, and their modeling and testing always included a virtual rider to exert forces on the frame the way you would as you ride the bike over all types of terrain. The rear suspension relies on a swing link that hangs near the intersection of the top and seat tubes. The length of this linkage and placement of the pivots shapes a leverage rate curve that?s distinctly regressive at the top of the stroke and also at the very bottom. When charted on a graph, the rate curve looks like the Greek letter Lambda, hence its Lambda Link moniker. What you get at the saddle is a suspension that feels very much like a coil spring, with similar responsiveness to small bump input from the trail surface. As you bump through the middle of the stroke, the leverage rate becomes progressive. Coupled with the progressive spring rate curve in the Fox RP23 rear air shock, you?ll get a stiffer mid-stroke feel. It?s perfect for climbing up steep grades out of the saddle, and you?ll have its stability to depend on when you huck the Rallon off medium sized drops or as you push it hard into deep berms. As we said, the leverage rate regresses again towards bottom out, but here it works in contrast to the rapidly rising spring rate in the rear shock to soften the end of the stroke a bit and allow full travel over really big hits.Orbea makes liberal use of advanced hydroforming technology to shape the triple-butted alloy tubes in the frame. And where their newer Occam uses carbon fiber, it?s a bike made for trail riding. The Rallon employs the TIG welded aluminum on the front triangle and for the rear suspension elements because it?s made to be a serious enduro bike. The durability and crash-proofness of the alloy frame is hard to dispute. And though it?s tough as nails, the butting process reduces the wall thickness away from the weld zones where the tubes can be thinner, and therefore lighter, to control the overall weight.One place on the Rallon frame that remains inescapable to the eye is the front portion of the top tube and head tube. The aesthetic is the result of a drive towards steering stiffness. Since true enduro riding often pits a rider against the clock for timed downhill


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[Oct 02, 2012]
Blake P.
Cross Country Rider


CC acceleration and braking, flickability, very solid DH capacity


People complain about handlebars but I don't feel any softness and can clear some very tight tree sections. Pait chips by who cares? Less contact on the front wheel in big DH sections.

Bought this bike from a 2011 demo fleet, so it is hard to say about value. I like the value for what I paid anyway. Can't complain considering the tech that you get - top flight fork, dialed rear suspension, nice wheels, light components that have been incredibly solid and steady except for worped rotors, and a beautiful frame. I am psyched whenever I get on a technical section to have a light bike with massive travel and great climbing ability at 29.5 lbs. I liked a 29 Stumpy that I rode once but I can really flick this bike and weave when the rocks present themselves in chunky sizes, as they do on 75% of any ride you get into here in AR. You really get an overall package I think, with acceleration and braking, very solid DH capacity - be careful, you will fly and have a tendency to be in more of a CC position until you get accustomed to leaning on back. Careful on the front brake, esp. in 150mm setting on the fork. Maybe that is the only drawback I see in the 26 setup here... less contact on the front wheel in big DH sections. Work the rear brake and the rear geometry and you can carve tight turns at speed, which IMHO makes a fun CC experience. The Rallon gives you fun in the flats and climbing, but then you have the plushness you are looking for right there when you need it, even in Pro Pedal and the 130mm setting on the fork. 130 is the best position by far for all but the very steep and deep runs.

I know there are sections where you could have had a better roll over those particular rocks on a 29er, but I think that balances out with 1) damn good suspension for most sections and 2) the ability to pick a line to handle the terrain. For me that is what it's all about anyway.

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