It’s simple and effective: A 1x11 XT drivetrain gave us all the
gears that we needed, especially on the climbs. The 28-tooth
front chainring was comfortable on the climbs, but did limit us
on the descents.
Good bones: Arguably the most impressive part of the Rallon is the suspension platform that it comes with. Orbea was sure to give
riders a consistent and smooth ride. With a Fox EVOL shock and 34 fork, the Rallon has a plush and controlled ride.
Easy up: A taller head tube makes the front end easy to pull
up over rocks or other obstacles. We found ourselves sitting
into the rear suspension and letting the front float over whatever was laid before us.
The rear suspension felt active over big obstacles, but we
struggled with small bump compliance at times. Even on flowing
sections of trail that require more pedaling or that are more suited
for 29ers, the Rallon carried its momentum well and was easy to
TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
While we liked most aspects of this build, a more powerful set
of brakes would have been nice. The Shimano M506 brakes that
came stock didn’t give us any issues but didn’t seem to have quite
enough power. That might be due to the smaller rotors, which we
would also swap out for larger ones.
Depending on your riding style, you might want to put on a
wider bar that allows for more leverage and aggressive riding. We
did play around with a longer stem, but in the end we preferred the