Orbea Loki 27+ Plus bikes

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Orbea Loki 27+ Plus bikes 

DESCRIPTION

The Loki frame is hydroformed triple butted alloy and comes spec’ed with a Fox 32 Float Performance fork with 120mm of travel. The H10 also comes with a Shimano SLX/XT 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes, Orbea wheels and Maxxis Chronicle 3.0? tires.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 30, 2016]
stb
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

Well spec'd for the price
Slack geometry and 27+ tires gives exceptional stability and control
Excellent stand-over clearance for shorter than normal inseam folks

Weakness:

Low bottom bracket is a trade-off

This review is for the 2016 H-10 build.

For the asking price the build kit is a great value. Mine has the 2X gearing, which I prefer for the trail types, distances and duration of the type of riding I do. The relaxed "modern" geometry, combined with the plus sized tires make for an incredibly stable, controlled ride over all sorts of trail conditions, keeping in mind it is a hardtail. Compared to my previous steel 29er hardtail with high volume 2.4 tires, I find I'm much less fatigued after a long ride.

With the Loki you get all the benefits of the plus size tires: traction (especially loose, off camber and ruts); holds lines at most speeds over rough tracks (e.g., rocky/rutted trails); big tire & low pressure envelopes rocks/roots and noticeably smooths out the trail compared to a 2.4 high volume tire.

The stock Maxxis 3.0” Chronicles work very well on most so-cal trails (hardpack/loose over hardpack, rocky, sandy), but do have limits in very loose and muddy conditions. The low profile tread rolls surprisingly well for a true 3.0" tire. The wear and durability of these tires has been exceptional.

The low bottom bracket, while adding to the overall exceptional handling, also meant noticeably more pedal strikes for the first 5-10 rides. While this diminishes over time, it still may be a consideration if you ride very rocky/rooty trails most of the time. I'm using Azonic 420 flats. A lower profile pedal would probably reduce pedal strikes to minimal.

The "Digit" dropper post that comes with the bike is OK if you don't use a dropper frequently. It's really just a quick release clamp with an adjustable stopper at the top and bottom built into the post. Using it frequently (more than twice per ride) means fiddling with the quick release clamp position as it tends to migrate, both up and around. You also need to adjust the release tension every month or so. The frame does have cable routing for a stealth dropper post.

Bottom Line: A great bike for those looking for value, exceptional handling for all-around trail riding, and an overall more fun and less fatiguing hardtail experience.

Similar Products Used:

I didn't test ride any other 27+ bikes, but did research them quite a bit. Other bikes lacked at least one of the qualities I was looking for: build kit and fork, standover height, available with 2X.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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