Orbea Oiz XC Full Suspension

4.21/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 2197 grams


Product Description

The ultimate full-suspension racing bike is here. Using Orbea’s incredible knowledge of composites and alloys we have created a bike that gets 3 inches of travel and weighs pounds less than the competition. The Oiz front triangle is built from a proprietary scandium-enhanced tubeset that is tuned to balance weight and efficiency. The rear uses an amazingly light carbon chainstay that flexes to give the Oiz its travel. It is a design that uses the natural properties of carbon to minimize drivetrain and brake influence on the suspension.


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark Swofford a Racer

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2013

Strengths:    A high quality finish that's well built,reliable and attractive. Double water bottle mounts. Simple clean design.

Weaknesses:    Bob prone, difficult to reach lockout and not that light considering the short travel.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was the second of four Orbea mountain bikes i have had and still own an Alma Carbon hardtail and Occam. I got the Oiz mainly for its double bottle mounts, weight, stiffness and simplicity. But the ride was hopelessly bob prone and the short travel really was no improvement on a hardtails. So I found the idea of it pointless in practice. I traded it in on a Pivot Mach 5 which proved a big improvement but its gone now also.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by OODJ a Cross Country Rider from Sebastopol,ca, us

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2009

Strengths:    Handles like a sports car, climbs like a jeep on crank.

Weaknesses:    None and I've had mine for a little over two years and I havent had a single problem.

Bottom Line:   
I rode a few different brands before I bought this bike and I just kept coming back to it. Its just such a sweet ride. I have a few buddies that ride stumpy's and sore by them. From the very first ride till now I usually end up waiting ten to fifteen minutes for them at the top of climbs, and they have more skill then me. I can ride for hours on end and still want more at the end of the day.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything at Boggs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Breakaway

Similar Products Used:   Stumpy, Epic, Scalpel, Rize

Bike Setup:   XTR wheel set, XT shifters, XT derailers, easton bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CRBondur a Cross Country Rider from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2009

Strengths:    Wow! This bike has a ton of good things going for it. This includes really light weight, nice suspension action, awesome handling and great component group.

Weaknesses:    The saddle that comes with the Oiz is too stiff. I like a little cush in my saddles. Swap their saddle out for a WTB or Physique gel saddle and you're good to go.

Bottom Line:   
Just bought the bike recently and I instantly fell in love with it. I'm moving over from a hard tail, so I wanted a bike that was fast, efficient and quick handling. Boy, Did I ever get it!

When I hit the trails, I was a bit timid at first, since I had been warned the bike was "twitchy." I wouldn't say it was twitchy, but it did demand my attention as I rode. Of course, I like this. No hands off riding for me.

The bike carved corners well and fairly shot across the flats, even when the trail was twisty. For climbing, the only real limitation was my fitness. And descending was great as well. No brake jack or forward pitching.

Price wise, I got a great deal. This bike has been a demo bike at other locations, so picking it up from the Orbea outlette allowed me to knock off half the price. Very nice.

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Robinson

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Orbea USA Factory Ou

Similar Products Used:   Giant XTC Carbon, Turner Flux, Trek Fuel, Fisher Sugar

Bike Setup:   XT component group (disc brakes), w/Reba front fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by boogievoogie a Cross Country Rider from Ukrain

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2008

Strengths:    Stable, fast, no problems with suspension, no limits on turns
easy to set up, v-brakes possible


Weaknesses:    a lit bit heavy, after 120km+ trips you feel it

Bottom Line:   
good choice, recommended
forget about stand ups on roots and stones on good road use lock out and you got a hardtail
no suspension blocking when using disc brakes

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Bike Setup:   Orbea Oiz pv, marzocchi fork, shimano system cassette pedals chain, ritchey seatpost handlebar bars, avid juicy 3 disc brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vigelante74 a Cross Country Rider from westtisbury, MA. usa

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2008

Strengths:    This bike rips! Uphill, nothing faster. With lockout and xtr components, it takes of like a rocketship. This bike can create a seasoned racers esteem in one ride. Orbea hit the sweet spot when they set this bike up, from the scandium frame to the carbon stay this bike exudes supremacy. I have over 4500 miles and asides from a couple of scratches and a bottom bracket, sprocket, pad replacement this bike needs nothing. I guess my drool keeps it looking good, I enjoy it more every time I ride.

Weaknesses:    None!!!.... well, all the guys/gals you pass try to slow you down to see what you are riding.

Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for!!!! If you want a bike to show off your skills in climbing, sprinting and get you podium finnishes this is the bike. This has it all, Spains touch of finese through and through. I have this bike set up for me, you could easily shave a couple more lbs. I have purchased a second frame just incase something happens to my other... and oh yea orbea has a limited lifetime warranty. Does it get any better?

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Favorite Trail:   Marthas Vineyard has over 2000miles of trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   friends whole sale

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compares.... Hands down the best.... Multo Bene!

Bike Setup:   Full xtr group wheels hubs shifters derauiler brake pads crank pedals bottom bracket.maxxis larsen ust tires. fox rlc 100 '08 (from rs black ;(). easton monkey lite carbon bars. chris king headset thompson elitex4 stem. o2 carbon seat post. Fizik custom nisenehp saddle. 24.1 lbs of sweetness.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brandon a Cross Country Rider from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, great handling, unique

Weaknesses:    Integrated headset, no full carbon in the US that I can find

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I've gained much needed confidence and speed since getting it. It weighs about the same as my Felt, but has 3 in of rear travel to smooth out the trail.

I absolutely love this bike. The only thing I'd change when purchasing would be to get the full carbon model.

Thanks to Get a Grip Cycles in Chicago for sponsorship!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Get a Grip Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Felt RXC

Bike Setup:   REBA Team, X.0, DT Swiss wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Den a Racer from Mill Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2007

Strengths:    Very Light and laterally stiff.

Weaknesses:    Not as smooth as some designs. This is not a trailbike.

Bottom Line:   
This is a lightweight XC racing bike with 85mm of travel. It is great at what it is designed for, racing. My bike built up a little over 23 lbs with pedals. Which is only about a pound more than my ti hardtail. It climbs as well or better as any XC bike I have ridden. With the rear suspension active, there is very little loss to bob, and if the climb is smooth, lock the handlebar mounted lockout and climb like a hardtail. It will handle any descent you're going to find at your typical XC race. The cockpit is long and the handling stable. 85mm of travel soaks up the smaller chatter and takes the edge off the bigger hits, but won't eliminate them. Some people want to compare this to the Scalpel because of the flexing carbon main pivot, but note that the OIZ has a Horst link (rear pivot on the chainstay in front of the rear axle) and thus a more linear and slightly rearward travel path, like a Specialized 4-bar (FSR). I like this system much better than the Scalpel's "single pivot." A great race bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Paradigm Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Intense Spider, Specialized Epic, Ventana El Fuego

Bike Setup:   Manitou R7, Crossmax's, flat bars, V-brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joris a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2006

Strengths:    Lightweight full suspension bike, excellent climbing, excellent acceleration for a fully, good stability, stiffness of the frame, no pedal kick back

Weaknesses:    Limited slope of the frame, limited space between rear tire and the frame

Bottom Line:   
The stiffness and the acceleration of the bike are superb and with the 85 mm rear suspension you can remain seated on technical trails. This is an excellent bike for marathons or technical XC racing. In addition you have lifetime guarantee of the frame.

I have always had excellent service of my LBS and I cannot understand the complaints of the Greek bikers.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   XTR, reba race poplock, XTR wheels, XT disk brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2006

Strengths:    Very lightweight, less moving parts. Climbs extremely well. Fairly stable descender with 100mm Fox fork and the addition of Gravity Dropper post. This slackens the head angle by a degree and makes the bike a bit more stable. I'm not a fan of Manitou, but the S-type rear shock's adjustments work very well and seem to have a wider range of adjustability than an RP23. This frame is made in Spain and not shipped over to Taiwan-a very nice touch.

Weaknesses:    Zeus carbon bars scratch very easily as do any carbon parts. Headset isn't sealed very well and is integrated so options are limited.

Bottom Line:   
The bike really moves and with the addition of the 100mm fork it is fairly stable on steep and sketchy terrain. Responds very well to out of the saddle sprints. Doesn't have the feeling of any slop in the rear end, I don't feel any side to side flex even at 200lbs fully geared up. My only real complaints are I don't care for integrated headsets and would like to have the option of putting a King headset on the bike. The marring on carbon products can take away from the bling factor of a bike of this caliber.
It's also nice to be able to order derailleur hangers and other parts online from Orbea. The lifetime warranty on the frame is a nice addition as well.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Contender Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz 'Superlight', Ellsworth 'Truth', Rocky Mountain 'ETSX-70', Titus 'Moto-Lite'

Bike Setup:   '06 XL frame, '07 Fox F100, Manitou S-type shock, '07 XTR crankset and SRAM X0 shifters, cassette, chain, Mavic CrossMax SL's, Kenda 2.1" tires, Avid Juicy Carbons, Gravity Dropper 3" drop post, WTB Devo saddle.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Papas from Athens

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2006

Strengths:    Cheaper than the Scalpel. Suposed to be light

Weaknesses:    Unstable in cornering. Easy to break (mine has and no support from dealer).

Bottom Line:   
Looks very much like the Cannondale, but from a brand that has only made a little name in road cycling. Those guys have no experience in MTB or XC. After having tryied both Oiz and Epic in same course i was much faster and stable on the Epic. The weight even though the Oiz is claimed to be lighter it was the same. My Oiz frame broke by a little rock that was lifted by the wheel at the carbon part and is not covered under warranty.

I give it 1 chili for the value as it only last a period and is not a serius brand and 1 chili for the support and handling.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Ideal Race Pro, Specialized M5 HT, Specialized Epic

Bike Setup:   Shimano XTR, Mavic Crossmax, Ritchey components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eagle a Weekend Warrior from greece

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2006

Strengths:    Great rear end stifness and no bobbing. The bonding of the rear carbon chainstay adds to the coolness factor of the frame. Light for a full sus bike.

Weaknesses:    None that i can think of.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is that while i tested many bikes and reviewed several others, the guys at www.cycliststore.com were more than helpfull to fit me properly on my new bike. As they are cyclists themselves, they really know what they are doing and most important they have respect for the customer. IMHO its the best bike shop in Greece!

PS. as far as to the unhappy customer all i can think of is that he must be some really angry competitor

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Favorite Trail:   St. George at Parnitha mtn.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   www.cycliststore.com

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic S-works, Giant XTC, Scott Genious RC.

Bike Setup:   Full Sram X.0, Fox 100RLT fork, XTR crankset, DT wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Mabus a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2006

Strengths:    Climbs like a space shuttle

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
The guy from Greece is entitle to his opinion, and every story has two sides, but I am extremely impressed with this frame. It turns like great in tight stuff, and decends well enough to give plenty of cross country racing confidence. I have noticed the way the rear end is set up it tends to foster no suspension bob out of the sandle climbing. The only thing that bumbs me out is that they are about to release a full carbon version. It is not a comfortable suspension setup, but I did not want comfort, I wanted and efficient race bike and that Orbea has more than delivered on my hopes.

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Favorite Trail:   Boulder

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Colonels

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Racelite, Santa Cruz Superlight.

Bike Setup:   Avid-Truvative-Sram, Mavic Crossmax SL, Manitou R-7

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Keith a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2006

Strengths:    Very light and perfect for XC racing. Climbs very well.

Weaknesses:    Remote lockout for rear shock difficult to use. Not alot of standover for 17" frame size.

Bottom Line:   
I think the other reviewer may have an axe to grind with his local dealer. That's a shame, because this is an excellent frame for XC racing and it is plenty stiff for what I have ridden so far. Can't speak for long-term durability yet, but will post a detailed review after spending more time on it. This bike climbs great and responds very quickly in tight singletrack. It is not quite as confident downhill as my Yeti AS-R, but climbs better in most situations.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Yeti AS-R, Titus Racer-X

Bike Setup:   OIZ frame, Reba Team 85mm, DT Swiss wheelset, etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by George a Racer from Athens

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2006

Strengths:    It is light


Weaknesses:    Expensive, Flexy, unreliable

Bottom Line:   
This bike is just for the shop window. Ok, of you are a poser & you have the extra cash go & get it.
But in the real world this bike just can't handle the abuse of a XC race, especially in the rocky terrain of Greece.
The bike is handling like if the whole frame is twisting from every axle possible.... Thisis especiall notisable when turning hard in high speed or if you'll try to clear a rocky section.
Also, very Imporant:
ORBEA's dealer in Greece should be your last choise of a bike shop. These guys have nothing to do with... biking!
Bad (really bad) altitude
Bad service
No support at all for the products they import.

My advice.
IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE A ORBEA JUST DON'T GET IT FROM CYCLIST.GR. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED!

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Favorite Trail:   Tatoi - Vasilika

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   www.cyclist.gr

Similar Products Used:   GT arrowhead, GT avalance, Raleigh, IDEAL RACE PRO (way better than ORBEA)

Bike Setup:   Asw it came from the shop (ORBEA's dealer in Greece)

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