Last year, Orbea pulled off the coup of the year by introducing the Orbea Rise Carbon, a light e-mtb that weighed close to 36 lbs, answering the call for many buyers not sold on full-powered 50+ bike offerings. The Rise targeted the 140/150mm travel market with a detuned and retuned version of the Shimano EP8 motor they called the EP8 RS. The bike included a modest internal 360wh battery and they engineered an external, modular 254wh add-on battery for longer rides.

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The bike was a massive success as the Rise quickly sold out with a 3-6 month waiting list. And in Mtbr's 'intent to buy' surveys, the Orbea Rise quickly became one of the Top 3 e-bikes to buy in 2021. In the trails of Northern California, the Orbea Rise became a common sight and our impromptu surveys of the owners revealed very happy customers. Riders appreciated the light weight, usable power, modular batteries and a great riding bike. We compared it to the reigning king of the category, the Specialized Levo SL and declared it the winner in many key aspects.

Today, Orbea introduced the aluminum version called the Orbea Rise H.

What Changed?
The key change is the use of aluminum for the frame material. Double-butting, Triple-butting, hydroforming were all key technologies to minimize weight while maintaining the strength and the looks of the Rise. The weight of the aluminum frame comes in at 7.5 lbs 3400 grams compared to the carbon frame's 5 lbs and 2300 kg.

The other key change is the use of a bigger, 540wh battery compared to the carbon version's 360wh battery. That's an increase of 50% of capacity, which usually equates to a similar increase in range. The Orbe Rise H is still compatible with the 254wh battery extenders of the Rise family.

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Other changes are the spec'ing of a handlebar display called the SCE7000 on the lower-priced models where gram shaving is not as critical. Connectors were improved as well with some lessons and improvements learned from the experience with the Orbea Rise Carbon in the field.

At what price now?
The key motivation for making aluminum versions is price savings compared to carbon versions. And Orbea has succeeded indeed. Offered will be three versions:

Rise H30 - $5300 - Fox 34 Performance, Shimano SLX, Deore mix
Rise H15 - $6300 - Fox 36 Performance, Shimano SLX, XT mix
Rise H10 - $7300 - Fox 34 Factory suspension, Shimano XT components

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From Orbea
Orbea adds the popular Rise family with new aluminum models that bring their key technologies of lighter, modular, more natural riding e-mtbs to a more attainable price point.

The popularity of “light e-bikes” has not stopped growing since its recent introduction to the market. The feeling of rolling like a mechanical trail bike and its handling on the trails have made some ebikers opt for this type of bike, enabling more riders to try assisted bikes without the downsides of 50+ lb bikes.

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Orbea hit the table by debuting a whole new philosophy for e-bikes last year with one of the lightest e-mtbs on the market: The Orbea Rise, with its Rider Synergy (RS) philosophy, introduced the idea of a fully integrated system where power, weight, interface, and autonomy are considered together. Now, Orbea brings this philosophy to a wider audience with the addition of three aluminum models that are joining the Rise family.

Like its carbon sibling, Rise Aluminum’s power comes from an EP8 RS motor, developed in an exclusive collaboration between Orbea and Shimano. Orbea designed the motor firmware to offer the most natural and efficient assistance possible, eliminating drag and power delay that’s typical of conventional e-bikes. The motor was also optimized to provide maximum assistance between 75 and 95 strokes per minute, the cadence at which the human body pedals the most efficiently, and where we normally pedal our standard mechanical bikes.

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This means that the harder we pedal, Rise responds instantly with more power, with a feeling of natural assistance. This allows a more natural feeling ride with immediate motor support available. And in our experience, it doesn't seem to eat up more battery since the rider is able to keep momentum and allow the rider and motor to tackle climbs without bogging down to a crawl.

Due to the lower power consumption, the lower weight of the bike, and the greater dependence on the rider’s legs, the battery in the Rise lasts about 50% more compared to a standard e-bike. This translates into a surprising range for the 360Wh battery in the carbon models and now a whopping 540Wh in the aluminum models with a completely redesigned battery, a full 50% increase in battery capacity.

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Weight is another key to the Rise as Orbea optimized the details of the models: frame, integrated battery, cable routing, and control buttons were taken into account. Motor optimization through the Rider Synergy also allows for trail components to be mounted, which saves weight and enables the bike to handle like a mechanical trail bike.

The recently debuted aluminum version features a completely redesigned 540Wh battery, developed by Orbea, who rethought the distribution of the 21,700 cells, the housing arrangement, the wiring, and the brackets to find a battery that is as optimized and lightweight as possible and with one of the highest energy densities on the market available today.

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For the frame, Orbea selected the best materials and applied the most advanced manufacturing processes with double- and triple-butted, hydroformed tubes. Orbea optimized the thickness and shapes of the tubes and reinforced the most delicate areas. In other words, it saves weight where you don’t need material and adjusts the stiffness in the important areas.

In an effort to give the highest level of attention to the new aluminum version, Orbea applied its polishing process to the frame. This technique smooths the welds at the tube joints, matching the aesthetics of a carbon frame. In fact, it’s difficult to discern the differences between an aluminum frame and a carbon frame. This process also increases aluminum’s fatigue resistance in critical areas.

All this design and development work has resulted in an aluminum frame weight of merely 3.4kg or 7.5 lbs — just 100g more than an Occam aluminum frame and 2kg lighter than most aluminum e-bikes on the market. The total weight of the new aluminum Rise is an impressive 19kg for the top-of-the-range model and 20kg for the entry-level model.

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Electronics changes for aluminum versions

The Rise carbon version maintains its 360Wh battery, enough for rides of 3–4 hours, depending on how the battery is managed. This battery will continue to the be preferred favorite for riders looking for the lightest Rise experience. For longer rides and bigger outputs, Orbea offers a Range Extender that increases the total system capacity to 612Wh.

Orbea considered the needs of riders looking for the experience and autonomy of a carbon Rise but at a more accessible price, so they equipped the aluminum versions with a new 540Wh battery, making Rise Aluminum more appealing for a wide spectrum of riders, reducing the price and increasing the simplicity of the system for those looking for a light ebike without the need for a Range Extender. The new 540Wh battery has a record weight of just 2.7kg.

In Eco mode, the stated range for the battery on aluminum models has a range of more than 3,500m of elevation change; 2,200m in Trail mode; and 1,600m in Boost mode. As if that wasn’t enough, Rise Aluminum can be paired with a new 252Wh Range Extender, which results in a “light ebike” of almost 800Wh.

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Extra battery capacity usually means a longer charging time, so Orbea developed a new smart charger for aluminum Rises. This charger detects if you’re charging the new 540Wh battery or the new Range Extender and will adjust the charge voltage accordingly. For the main battery, the charge will be at 4A, reaching an 80% charge in just 3 hours; the Range Extender will be charged at 2A.

While Rise Carbon sees full personalization through MyO, the aluminum models feature three different color options and numerous components to choose from:

A Fox 34 or Fox 36 fork is available on all models; a Shimano display with more information or the elegant and discreet Junction EW-EN100; and different options for wheels, brakes, or tires to fit the needs and preferences of each rider.

Complete Specifications of H30, H15 and H10:
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