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2018 Orbea Rallon Review

By Bruce Lin
Photos By Chris Motta


Orbea Rallon Mountain Bike

The 2018 Orbea Rallon is one of the most competitive new long travel 29er enduro bikes on the market. It's long, slack, and designed to inspire extreme confidence downhill.

Orbea Rallon Highlights

  • Asymmetric carbon monocoque frame
  • Fox Factory 36 Fork HSC/LSC
  • Slack 65/65.5° headtube angle
  • 160mm travel front / 150mm travel rear
  • Fox Float X2 Shock
  • 29” wheels w/ DT Swiss 30mm rims
  • SRAM X01 Eagle Drivetrain
  • Steep 75.5/76° seattube angle
  • Adjustable geometry 

Orbea Rallon Details

For 2018, Orbea completely revamped the Rallon to make it one of the most competitive new enduro bikes on the market. It has an all new carbon monocoque frame, 29” wheels, and 150mm of travel. The frame features an attractive asymmetric shock mount that allows for a stiffer chassis and lower top tube. The geometry has been modernized with a slacker headtube and longer reach (430mm Medium / 455mm - Large) which give riders more confidence and stability when pointed downhill.

Orbea Rallon

The geometry has been designed around 32-50mm stems. The new steeper seattube keeps the rider in a more forward position for pedaling. This is all coupled with the wide range SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain. Geometry is also adjustable between a “low” and “lower” setting, allowing you to change the ride height for your particular terrain.  

Orbea Rallon

For suspension, this Rallon has Fox’s benchmark 36 up front with 160mm travel and a Float X2 in the rear. This suspension is beefy and perfect for taking big hits and helping you stay in control through the roughest terrain. The fork has adjustable high and low-speed compression and the shock has both high and low-speed compression and rebound. This gives the suspension a wide range of tuning options for advanced riders looking for the perfect setup. The rear suspension kinematics provide a large amount anti-squat (over 100% in some of the middle gears) to produce a solid pedaling platform for climbing. The leverage rate is slightly progressive, meaning it will also work with a coil shock if you so desire. 

Orbea Rallon Mountain Bike

Rider Type 

  • Enduro racers
  • Bike park riders
  • Downhill focused trail riders

The Rallon is a bike that is designed to inspire confidence downhill. It can climb well enough, but it will best serve those who worry more about going as fast as possible on the descents. The bike rides best in the lower geometry setting, which opens up its downhill potential. It will suit those who want to race enduro or simply push their limits as far as possible on the trail.

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Bruce is a writer who loves getting his bikes dirty, trying new tech, and riding tough trails that make him suffer for hours at a time. 

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