BIKE TEST / ORBEA RALLON X10
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Orbea uses a mix of carbon and aluminum for most of its bikes,
but the Rallon only comes in an aluminum version. The front and
rear triangle use triple-butted, 7000-series aluminum, which is
surprisingly light. The Rallon uses downtube cable routing, which
keeps the cables out of the way and makes it easy to replace them
if you’re in a rush.
Orbea uses an enduro geometry for the frame design with an
adjustable head angle that goes from 65. 5 degrees to 66 degrees.
The top tube is a little longer, which allows riders to get into a
more aggressive position. The Rallon uses Boost spacing that
keeps the chainstays very short, keeping the wheelbase tight and
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
It’s tough to overlook solid suspension, and the Rallon has it.
With the Fox 34 Float CTD Kashima fork and Float X EVOL rear
shock, we felt right at home right away. We liked the feel of the
bar/stem combo from RaceFace with the 35-millimeter bar/clamp
setup. While tires can be hit or miss, the Maxxis High Roller and
Ardent combo on the Rallon seemed to suit the bike well.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting up the fit on the Rallon was pretty simple. We set the
saddle height and played with the drop on the bars. We ended up
dropping the bars a little to make the reach slightly more aggressive, but even with the bars dropped lower, the bike felt comfortable. We set up the suspension with 30-percent sag, put about 25
psi in the tires and went in search of some personal records.
Moving out: The cockpit on the Rallon felt spot on. Between
the short stem and 760-millimeter bars, it all felt very comfortable.
Given that this is a bigger bike, we could see riders wanting to go
to an even wider bar. The slightly longer top tube gave the bike a
more aggressive feel, but only when we wanted it to.
Cornering: The Rallon wants to go fast and wants to be
pushed. Through tight corners and switchbacks, the enduro
geometry felt comfortable and gave us confidence that we could
take corners a little faster than usual. It was easy to lean the bike
over and weight the inside through bermed and even off-camber
turns. The Maxxis High Roller up front was an added bonus on this
already capable bike.
Climbing: When you think enduro, you definitely don’t think
“pure climber,” especially if you’re expecting the bike to be a
heavier, mid-level machine. But, we were pleasantly surprised
with the climbing ability of the Rallon. We didn’t set any personal
records going uphill, but we left the suspension open and the bike
climbed well. Out of the saddle we got a little feedback from the
rear triangle, but oddly enough we thought that this bike climbed
best with the shock open.
Descending: The fun never stopped going downhill. The wheelbase is tight, and the Boost spacing on the back end changed the
balance of the bike. On the first steep pitch we hit, we slid back
the way we normally would but found ourselves back much farther
than usual. It took a couple descents to get the feel of the geometry, but once we did, we pushed the Rallon hard and didn’t shy
away from either technical or high-speed lines.
Seriously, it’s enduro: The Rallon has a new geometry built around enduro racing. The head tube is a little taller and the top tube a
little longer, allowing riders to get in a more aggressive position for the diversity of enduro tracks.