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  1. #1
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    any love for Orbea Rallon

    just took hold of my orbea Rallon. anyone else riding one, ive come from a mondraker foxy xr.

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    Unbelievable handling bike. Rode one for 10 days in the Pyrenees

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Unbelievable handling bike.

    That bad huh?

    Like constant endos? Squats so bad pedaling that the wheel hits the back of your neck?

    That is pretty unbelievable.
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Unbelievable handling bike. Rode one for 10 days in the Pyrenees
    A lot of folks saying that. Not unbelievabke enough to temp you to own one?
    which setting did you have it in low or lower?

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    Kind of needs a bit more expansion in my comment

    It was a loaner while in the Pyrenees. Had it set up in lower then switched to higher as we were in rock gardens plus we were in tight switchbacks requiring quick direction changes.

    Loved situations like tight handling in narrow singletrack. Turned on a dime.

    Yet comfortable in steep loose runouts pointing straight downhill

    Also comfy going fast. Not minster truck downhill bike plow style but faster than my mental ability to go fast. Having said that I'm slow. But the other people on it sure were fast im straight lines

    Didnt wallow overmuch ie sink all the way into travel when pedalling so was pretty good climber. However suspension activated for small hits (but I never used lockout as Id forget to turn it on/off) so you feel the rear wandering and deflect in babyhead climbs for eg. Required getting used to working with the suspension rather than simply mindlessly pedalling

    For the odd janky technical modes eg downhill into sharp uphills or sharp turns the bike and suspension comes back so quickly to equilibrium its pretty snappy to link a series of technical moves.

    Did not buzz ass on 29er tires.on steeps so another plus for the geo

    Will think of more later. Overall its a above average high speed bike; better than average technical trail bike

    Other longer travel pedally bikes Ive used and compared it to

    Pivot Firebird 27.5
    Devinci Spartan 27.5
    Trek Slash 29er
    Spec Enduro 29er

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    I have an Orbea Occum TR for XC rides, it's a surprisingly great bike. Reading this thread makes me think Orbea knows what they are doing.

    Lemme know how you like the Rallon.

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    I've got a few friends that own or have owned them including one that wrote this review:

    https://www.sicklines.com/2018/09/01...-m-ltd-part-2/

    Everyone seems to love them. The only complaint is an issue with the linkage not working very well with a coil shock. Supposedly there is an updated linkage but it sounds like it's hard to get a hold of right now.
    Last edited by dfinn; 06-28-2019 at 10:47 AM.

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    I liked this build video.
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    Just thought of one thing. Had next to zero time on bikepark runs on the Rallon. The half run we had on a ValD'Aran bikepark i thought Id locked the rear out as the rear suspension was packing up. But I hadn't.

    Mind you that was first day on an unfamiliar bike. I'd have to ride it more on bikepark type groomed trails yo know and there wasnt much of that in that area of Spain

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfinn View Post
    I've got a few friends that own or have owned them including one that wrote this review:

    https://www.sicklines.com/2018/09/01...-m-ltd-part-2/

    Everyone seems to love them. The only complaint is an issue with the linkage not working very well with coil shock. Supposedly there is an updated linkage but it sounds like it's hards to get a hold of right now.
    That was a good review. I had the bike stock. Pyrenees trails are a bit more mellow than our local trails so the Rallon was fine there. Totally agree with the writer that the stock build would be undergunned for the more difficult local trails around SW BC bellinghan

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    Have heard the rear can be fairly stiff/ maybe thatís what you were just referring to? Def giving it a look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Kind of needs a bit more expansion in my comment

    It was a loaner while in the Pyrenees. Had it set up in lower then switched to higher as we were in rock gardens plus we were in tight switchbacks requiring quick direction changes.

    Loved situations like tight handling in narrow singletrack. Turned on a dime.

    Yet comfortable in steep loose runouts pointing straight downhill

    Also comfy going fast. Not minster truck downhill bike plow style but faster than my mental ability to go fast. Having said that I'm slow. But the other people on it sure were fast im straight lines

    Didnt wallow overmuch ie sink all the way into travel when pedalling so was pretty good climber. However suspension activated for small hits (but I never used lockout as Id forget to turn it on/off) so you feel the rear wandering and deflect in babyhead climbs for eg. Required getting used to working with the suspension rather than simply mindlessly pedalling

    For the odd janky technical modes eg downhill into sharp uphills or sharp turns the bike and suspension comes back so quickly to equilibrium its pretty snappy to link a series of technical moves.

    Did not buzz ass on 29er tires.on steeps so another plus for the geo

    Will think of more later. Overall its a above average high speed bike; better than average technical trail bike

    Other longer travel pedally bikes Ive used and compared it to

    Pivot Firebird 27.5
    Devinci Spartan 27.5
    Trek Slash 29er
    Spec Enduro 29er
    ive yet to give it a good ride (im on a weekend away with family, Gona try and give it a blast on the trails here if the wife allows) but 1st impressions on the little bit ive done since thursday
    it doesnt feel like an ocean liner and is very nible and doesnt mind bashing in to rocky rooty features just absorbs them like a fanny pad.
    coming from a trail bike in the roudy end of the trail bike scale(mondraker foxy) it blows it out the water on the small experience so far.

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    update
    The bike is mint.
    I'm far from the fastest rider and far from the most experienced. I dont get my leg over many other bikes either.
    For me the bike is fun and playfull but at the same time a bit of a monster riding through rowdy rocky/rooty sections(as previously said im not the fastest but in someone elses hands there's plenty left in the tank to go harder and faster) it lets me get away with my biking inefficiencies just bashing through instead of chosing a smoother line and using better bike skills.
    It climbs surprisingly well also.
    Tighter switch backs i could feel the difference being on a 29er, i found weighting the front tyre a bit more and drifting the back round helped though however going fast and hard round switch backs aint in my skill set so nothing lost there anyway.


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    Seems like new linkage is gonna address a bunch of common concerns, and be backwards compatible, so they got that going, which is nice.

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    Had a buddy get a hold of the new linkage just before he put in a solid 3 days of PNW riding including a few laps at Whistler. He said it totally changed the bike for the better. He was already running a coil and had run into some issues with the shock blowing, hopefully this fixes it.

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    Nice!

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