Orbea Alma XC Hardtail

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  • Frame: Orbea Alma
  • Fork: RockShox SID Team
  • Shifters: Shimano XTR
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR Disc
  • Chain: Shimano XTR
  • Post: Thomson Elite
  • Crank: Shimano XTR 44-32-24
  • Wheels: DT Swiss 240 XC
  • Tires: Michelin XCR 2.0
  • Bar: Easton EC70
  • Stem: Thomson Elite X4
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Signo

User Reviews (13)

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CLT_Mtbiker   Racer [Oct 10, 2011]
Strength:

Light, stiff, geometry, components

Weakness:

None so far

This is an amazing bike. I really debated about going from a full suspension to a hardtail. Let's just say I don't miss full suspension at all. This bike is agile and forgiving. I can ride it for over two hours with no issues on my back. In fact, my back hasn't bothered me at all since getting this ride.

I love the geometry. Even though it's a much taller bike than my Pivot you feel like your sitting within the bike and not on top of it.

When you stand up to hammer you can feel the bike lurching forward. There's no wasted energy on this bike.

Similar Products Used: Pivot Mach 4, Specialized S Works M4
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Stu   Weekend Warrior [Jun 17, 2011]
Strength:

F^$*#'n light and has not broken with my ape butt riding it! Makes you sit in the garage and stare at it... I guess it's looks are hypnotizing. Setup is fun to listen to while riding.

Weakness:

To be honest, so far... none. I have bunny hopped logs and pipes, done 10 foot whoopties up and down fast and she's holding together so far!

So far so good! I am a 43yo 6'2" 230# dude and I ride for fun. No big jumps/drops, I have learned in life, if you break it, you have to pay good money to fix it so, the goal is not to "see what it takes to break it" since my money tree withered away a while back. I do have fun on it and ride it 4 days a week... all trail, It gets rinsed off after every ride so if it's ever sold, it will look as close to how it looks now as possible so a future rider will enjoy sitting in the garage staring at it as much as I do! (Plus, you take care of your bike, you get more when selling to eventually buy a new bike). Did I mention that this bike is stinking fast? I feel like Slim Pickens riding the bomb down in Dr Strangelove. If you are young... see referenced clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcW_Ygs6hm0

Similar Products Used: 1997 Specialized FSR & 1996 Rockhopper, 1995 Cannondale Super V 1000 (present second bike), Cannondale F700
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Digital01   Cross Country Rider [Apr 12, 2011]
Strength:

Rides great, good handling.

Weakness:

The lacquer is thin and frail.

The Bottom line is the paint chips easy and the lifetime warranty is not a lifetime warranty. After speaking with Jason Macom at Orbea USA, he stated that there was a run of bikes in White that had a paint issue- magically when he gets the bike, that was not the issue. Then they offered to replace the bike for $1400, other bike companies do not charge half that for a replacement,and that would be for a crash. Orbea does not state how their warranty truly works. I was then promised by Jason's boss Tony Karklin to have the frame by Monday. He said "we will give you an Odin helmet and have this out tonight, so you could have it by Monday." Monday comes along and NO BIKE. So, I have to set up to get this thing painted, then have it rebuilt, we are looking at 2 weeks to resolve and Tony says, sorry. I don't know about this company in Europe, but in America, steer clear and get yourself a Specialized or Scott.

Buy this if you want are prepared to spend more money on toughening up the lacquer. Orbea knows there is an issue with their paint job and putting crankskins on a frame, as well, but they won't tell you that.

Similar Products Used: Orbea Lanza, GT Zaskar Expert,
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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tmc721   Racer [Apr 07, 2011]
Strength:

Light, responsive.

Weakness:

Fragile frame

Rode this bike for less than 100 miles. Slid out on a right hand turn of loose, dry dirt, laid the bike down and cracked the seat stay. Frame is now garbage and Orbea says that the crack was NOT caused by mfg defect but by me crashing it so the warranty doesn't apply. If a mtn bike can't survive a mild crash (not sure I can even call it a crash) like that, it shouldn't be a mtn bike. Really disappointed because I did really like the bike. It was very fun to race - the bike just wanted to go.

Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Juliana, Seven Sola
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
vparshall   Racer [Mar 21, 2011]
Strength:

Light with superior stiffness and believe it or not, vibration absortion. Extremely responsive...especially for a 29er. Steep head tube makes this possible. Great climber and super tough.

Weakness:

Tight rear triangle. Can only handle a 2.25 tire with a true rim. Anything larger rubs.

This is an awesome bike for the raer or the novice. The racer can certainly see the handling capabilities. Quite frankly, it handles as good as any bike i've ridden. I do live in Tesas and ride a variety of trail. One could easily argue a hardtail is the most "raceable" bike for this type of terrain. I would ague the Alma is the best bike fo this terrain...Fast, rocky, step ups requiring explosive climbs, and fst downhill sections with curves, roots, and rocks. Full suspension bikes don't even hold a candle to this bike in our racing environment.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Epic and Spot Brand 29er SS. Wouldn't say these are close comparisons, but do give a great contrast to the Alma.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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verve825   Cross Country Rider [Jun 07, 2009]
Strength:

Extremely lightweight; extremely well-designed and engineered; beautiful component spec; looks great; limitlessly fast; very responsive.

Weakness:

Few, indeed. About the only improvement I would make would be to design the frame and spec the bike toward an 80 mm XC/race fork, instead of the 100 fork the bike came with: on a bike of this nature, 80 mm will handle everything the frame is designed for, and will save weight and lower the center of gravity vs. 100 mm.

I've waited a year to write this review; I really wanted to get to know the bike, as I feel that there is a kind of "new bike aura" that leads many new bike owners to fawn over their fresh steed for a month or two, and perhaps overlook faults or drawbacks to the bike that might become apparent with more time in the saddle.

That said, this is a truly remarkable bicycle. I did a tremendous amount of research and riding before I bought his bike, even going so far as to speak at length on the phone with the product manager of carbon hardtails at Bianchi, Specialized, Giant, and Orbea. Orbea has done a truly amazing job of blending comfort/compliance and stiffness/rigidity on this bike. If you look at the carbon layup, you can see that Orbea paid a great deal of attention to the details of fiber direction on the frame.

In terms of the ride, this is an undiluted race/cross-country bike. It loves to go really fast and be pushed hard. It's actually a little awkward at low speeds, but totally revels in climbing fast and drawing fast lines on technical descents. I don't race, but I'm really into big, solo epic days in the backcountry, covering lots of ground quickly. For this purpose, it is my opinion that nothing beats a lightweight, crabon hardtail. Between the compliance of the tubeless Crossmax SLs and the give of the superbly designed carbon rear triangle, this is a very comfortable, very responsive bike that is supremely suited to big adventures.

Clearly, this bike is not for everyone- if you think that the shuttle is a viable means to the top, this is not your bike. If you feel that climbing is located in the seventh circle of hell, this is not your bike. If, however, your goal is to cover heaps of ground quickly, be able to throw your bike over your shoulder (or over a fence) easily, climb without having (or being able to) make excuses for the weight of your bike, and slide through technical single track with superlative ease, I would strongly suggest taking a hard look at the Alma.

Similar Products Used: Numerous high-end hardtails and FS bikes.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
schlim   Racer [May 02, 2009]
Strength:

Light! 1270g for a large frame. 21.2 lbs for the full bike. Stiff bottom bracket. Instant-acceleration. Snappy handing. Visible carbon weave under clear coat is eye-catching. Geometry feels both racy and stable into the corners. Frame has some vibration dissipation qualities that are nicely executed.

Weakness:

The future durability of the brake caliper mount and dropout cluster on the rear triangle concern me. The downtube carbon seems quite thin as well. However, Orbea offers a lifetime warranty on this frame.

The Orbea Alma is a truly remarkable frame that far exceeded my expectations. I bought it because I was looking for a fast, short-course cross country race machine that I could also use for road to trails riding from my home. The frame itself is 1270g with collar and derailleur hanger. Fully assembled with some fairly light pieces, but nothing dangerous, the full bike is 21.2 lbs.

What I love about this bike is how comfortable it feels in the cockpit. It inspires confidence on and off road. For instance, like a good carbon bike, road and trail vibration dissipates. Further, when off-road it offers a bit of give to soften the ride somewhat over roots and rocks.

It gives up nothing in the bottom bracket, which is as stiff as anything I've found. All my energy is channeled into the rear wheel and the surge in acceleration is unlike anything I've found with aluminum (hardtail or fuly-suspended). Leaned over, it feels completely solid and trustworthy.

I was worried that the steep headtube and racer SID fork would make the bike nervous, but the opposite is the case. This machine carves through corners and between trees in a surgical fashion that is breathtaking. Climbing off-road is almost an experience of being pulled by a tow rope compared to full suspension.

The future durability of the bike concerns me somewhat, but Orbea is good at honoring their lifetime warranty, and I don't intend to crash it in rocks. Some reviews say that the bonded and riveted dropout and caliper mount cluster stays intact, and others say it separates from the frame. Provided it remains sound, the four point rear triangle is a nice concept that seems to enhance this bike's ride characteristics well. One note is that the carbon acts as a soundboard for the shifters and derailleurs. Shifts are loud!

So far, the Alma is a great bike and more than worth the price paid for the frame and components. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be fast.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Full suspended Brain   Weekend Warrior [Apr 15, 2009]
Strength:

weight, climbing ability

Weakness:

Stifiness, build quality, strengh and reliability...

At the beginnig the bike Was amazing! light, stiff and very agile! I mean, technical sections required less effort! also Its the best climber I've ever ridden! The frame weights 1250kg!!!
But after a few months of abuse at technical trails, few races, and all that.. Its stifiness disappeared completelly, the carbon protection laminade started to peal at the botton bracket area and I could feel the frame has weakened at the rear triangle "VERY MUCH"!
Disappointing!
The little aluminum piece that holds the caliper at the rear triangle is not strong, its a sh*t really! A very annoying noise started from the back of the bike! nhecnhecnhec It didnt feel like a "world class championship bike" at all...

I basically rode it at the same spots I rode my Aluminium Hardtail bike for 3 years! I am not a heavy rider, I am 75kg. This bike should be able to take much much more!

I think ORBEA changes Absalon's frame every 2 or 3 months (I am serious!) This is one bike that can definatelly not take the abuse!

Buy it if you want to try riding an eggshell! Or if you re pro and/or rich enough to have a "XC Competition only!" bike lying around...


Similar Products Used: KHS Comp, Specialized Stump Jumper 2004, S-works 2007 fsr, Cannondale Taurine, Litespeed
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
paul haworth   Racer [Apr 04, 2009]
Strength:

climbs like a scalded cat! weighs less than scott scale cr1,
handles extremely good,

Weakness:

none

got to be one of the best pro racers out there, ive owned a scott scale 20, but the orbea handles better!

Similar Products Used: scott scale 20
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
JT   [Jul 10, 2006]
Strength:

Unbelievably light
Carbon Fiber
Looks slick
Orbea Service

Weakness:

Frame cracked at the seatpost collar after three months

While I've had this bike it has been absolutely amazing. Incredibly fast, stiff, responsive and an awful lot of fun to ride. Plus there's something kind of cool about a 20 pound MTN bike. It's just been a great all around ride ...

Until the frame cracked right at the seat tube after three months. I don't know how this happened as I havne't had a chance to take the bike offroad yet but it happened and it sucked. However, between Bicycle Pro Shop in DC (one of the top two places I have been to) and Orbea, the frame is getting replaced under the lifetime warranty.

I'm willing to chalk this up to a one off problem and I do appreciate that Orbea is taking care of it. Plus, give it one ride, and you'll see why I'm more excited about the new ride and less upset at this happening.

If I was still riding this right now, I'd be giving it 5 each.

Similar Products Used: I could barely afford this one ... I certainly couldn't afford to try anything else like it.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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