Orbea is revolutionizing eMTB with the new Rise: less "e" means more "MTB"

Migue A. - 2020-10-22 16:17:00 - Mountain bike

There is a new electric mountain bike in Orbea and, honestly, it looks like it's going to hit hard. Because the Spanish factory has opted for a model that combines lightness and electric assistance better than any other. Orbea Rise aims to make an e-MTB more mountain bike than electric.

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Orbea Rise: Rider Synergy, less "e" in an e-MTB

Without forgetting that this is an e-MTB, it seems that the trend towards making an electric mountain bike more and more similar to one for (muscular) use is on the right track. Orbea Rise is attempting to reduce this "e" in e-MTBs so that it is increasingly relegated to the background.

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Orbea Rise aims to give the cyclist a more real experience, closer to the sensations offered by a standard mountain bike. What's the point of having a great bike with lots of autonomy and lots of electric power, if it doesn't let you dance on it on a trail, if it doesn't let you do pure mountain biking. That is what Orbea must have been thinking about, because this Orbea Rise has such a subtle system that you hardly notice it.

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A pure trail bike that rides a torque of 60Nm on an engine as popular as the new Shimano EP8. With it, they have managed to find what they were looking for: less electric and more mountain.

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The formula is not so complicated: if you add more battery and more power, you add more weight. If you lower the battery and lighten the power, you lower the weight. And, in both variables, the autonomy is balanced. So the decision for the Orbea Rise was clear: a more realistic mountain biking feeling is better.

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It is not that Orbea Rise does not have autonomy, in fact it is very optimised: 612Wh can be added up in total, although as a base it mounts an integrated one of only 360Wh. Of course, with this autonomy the route time cannot be so long, but with the extension it is more even. In any case, it will be quality time, because the Orbea Rise drops to 16.24 kilos, less than many mountain bikes that we still see circulating, especially on an e-MTB.

This is the concept they have named Rider Synergy (RS)

Why Orbea Rise means a revolution

There is a schism in the world of e-MTB. There is a choice to be made: either a heavier e-MTB, with more batteries, more autonomy but less mountain biking; or a lighter e-MTB, in all senses, with less battery, lighter motor, lighter frame and more similar to a standard mountain bike. In this duality, Orbea Rise is positioned in this second group. And they seem to be winning the game, to be honest.

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Its main battery only weighs a little over 2 kilos, one of the lightest on the market. Furthermore, everything is quite minimalist, to the point that they do without many control devices. It has a button integrated into the saddle bar, with an LED light that indicates the status, and a simple adjustment knob that nevertheless includes Garmin in its direct connection.

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An e-MTB that will undoubtedly come on strong and will move the basis of the e-MTB, as well as many pre-established ideas that seemed to be immovable. Because suddenly, electric mountain bikes can be less "e" and more off-road. Something like this was done on the road with the Orbea Gain. Now it's the turn of the Orbea Rise: manufactured in 4 sizes, customizable in MyO and with a range of 4 bikes:

Orbea Rise, price and models

Orbea Rise M-LTD

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Frame: Orbea Rise OMR 2021

Motor: Shimano EP8-RS

Fork: Fox 34 Float Factory 140

Shock: Fox Float DPS Factory 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima

Rollout: Shimano XTR M9100

Wheels: Race Face NEXT-SL TLR

Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” FB 60

Price: 9899€

Orbea Rise M-TEAM

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Frame: Orbea Rise OMR 2021

Motor: Shimano EP8-RS

Fork: Fox 36 Float Factory 150

Shock: Fox DPX2 Factory 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima

Rollout: Shimano XTR M9100

Wheels: Race Face TURBINE-R30

Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” 120

Price: 8999€

Orbea Rise M10

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Frame: Orbea Rise OMR 2021

Motor: Shimano EP8-RS

Fork: Fox 36 Float Factory 150

Shock: Fox DPX2 Factory 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima

Rollout: Shimano XT M8100

Wheels: Race Face TURBINE-R30

Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” 120

Price: 7599€ 

Orbea Rise M20

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Frame: Orbea Rise OMR 2021

Motor: Shimano EP8-RS

Fork: Fox 34 Float pERFORMANCE 140

Shock: Fox Float DPS Performance 3-Position Evol

Rollout: Shimano SLX M7100

Wheels: Race Face AR 30c

Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 2.40” 120

Price: 5999€

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