Rallon R30 Brown/Black

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  • R 39,000.00

American riders think of Orbea as the brand that Julien Absalon rides. The most dominant modern day cross-country racer in the world has made the name Orbea synonymous with superior high-speed, cross country weaponry: hardtail weaponry. Now that’s great if you are a cross-country racer, but where does it leave the rest of us? Orbea, a Spanish company, understands this and offers the Rallon trailbike platform. WHO IS IT MADE FOR? The Rallons are trailbikes in the classic sense. They are made for riders who would never dream of shuttling a hill but still want to let it hang out on the downhills. These riders want a bike that doesn’t beat them up on long rides but still keeps them in touch with the trail. These are riders who attack technical sections. In other words, these bikes are made for the vast majority of mountain bikers. WHAT IS IT MADE FROM? The Rallon’s hydroformed aluminum frame is backed with a lifetime warranty. The gusset-less frame uses box-section tubing everywhere but on the seat tube and tapered head tube. The result is an industrial-strength look that appears boxy and is all business. The suspension’s pivots swing on sealed bearings, and the hardware is etched with recommended torque settings. The asymmetrical swingarm has replaceable dropouts, and Orbea outfits the frame with cable guides under the top tube should you decide to add an adjustable-height seatpost. The Rallon is available in four models: from the $3299 Rallon 50 to the $5999 Rallon X10. They all use the same frame and are distinguished by the component group selected for each model. WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT? The Rallon 30 could be dubbed the Rallon Shimano as it uses their new 3×10 drivetrain and Shimano components pretty much throughout the bike. Orbea specs 175-millimeter cranks on the large and X-large frames (170-millimeter cranks on the smaller models) to better fit big riders. The Fox RP23 shock is fitted with an extra volume air canister. Finally, the Selle Italia SL T1 saddle, with its shiny black cover, is eye-catching. HOW DOES IT PERFORM? The setup: The Rallon 30 runs the Fox shock upside down (the ProPedal lever pointing upward), so remember that in this case, the ProPedal is engaged when the blue lever is pushed away from the chainring side of the bike. With the ProPedal in the off position, set the rear suspension for 20-percent sag, and then do the same for the fork. You are ready to go. Moving out: While the handlebars feel slightly narrow, don’t worry, Orbea doesn’t expect the Rallon rider to be stretched out like their star, Julien. Instead, the rider is positioned in a fairly upright position with his weight biased toward the front of the bike. With the shock’s ProPedal option on, the bike accelerates nicely without noticeable pedaling induced suspension movement. The bike does, however, bob noticeably with the ProPedal off or in its softest setting. The bike feels lighter than its almost 30-pound weight. The slim frame and stays never make contact with the rider. Hammering: Again, the ProPedal must be engaged when powering down a trail. The rear end is laterally stiff, and this means that when you put down the effort, it doesn’t lose anything in the translation to forward momentum. The low top tube allows you to whip the bike without making leg contact. Cornering: If you want fast-twitch steering, Orbea offers plenty of bikes with cross-country racing geometry. The Rallon slows things down with a slack front end that makes cornering a fairly slow proposition. Slowing things down even more is the bike’s long wheelbase. The Rallon doesn’t slice-and-dice corners; it arcs through them. Climbing: The same flex-free traits that we liked while hammering the Rallon come into play on the climbs. The 3×10 drivetrain on 26-inch-wheeled bikes is sweet, because there always seems to be that extra gear needed to clear the top of a climb. You are already biased forward, so there is no need to slide to the saddle’s nose for the steep stuff. You do not want to use the fork’s travel reducer for climbs, because a phantom drive-train drag is evident when the fork is in the low rider position and the granny gear is driving the chain. Descending: Be sure to remember to turn off the ProPedal before hitting the slopes. This allows the rear suspension to fall into its travel and slightly slackens the head tube angle. Even with the extra volume air-canister shock, the rear suspension delivers a noticeable jolt when pegging square-edged bumps. You need to get light or pick a smoother line to carry your speed. Braking: The rear suspension firms under braking, so it is best to scrub speed before or after rolling the bumps into a corner. The bike has a tendency to dive under braking, so the rider needs to keep his weight back. TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS? Flipping the stem to give it a 10-degree rise will help move the rider’s weight closer to a balanced position. If that isn’t enough, a higher rise bar that is a bit wider would benefit the Rallon rider while descending, or during hard braking. The Rallon’s shock valving could use some mid-stroke fine tuning?not something you can do without the help of a suspension shop like Push Industries, Hippie Tech Suspension or Isotuned. We found it too firm, and that translates into taking harsh hits or living with a rear end that feels too high.

Specifications and Options

Shock FOX RP23 XV

Crankset SHIMANO XT 24x32x42
Headset FSA GRAVITY 1 1/2


Rear derailleur SHIMANO XT SHADOW
Front derailleur SHIMANO SLX


Rear cogs SHIMANO HG81 11-36 10S

Tyres HUTCH COUGAR TL 26x2.20

Seat post ORBEA OC-II Other



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