An all-new Occam from Orbea for 2018

New range rocks updated geometry, wheel sizes, suspension travel and frame design

Considering Orbea’s Occam is named after the problem-solving principle that says if there are two explanations for something, choose the simple one, you’d think it would be a bike based on simplicity. However, the latest and greatest Occam is made up of two platforms with new geometry, wheel sizes, suspension travel and frame design. But hey, there is one less pivot, so there’s that.

For the new Occam, Orbea has done away with the pivot point at the rear axle and instead added flexible seatstays, which the brand claims improves stiffness and acceleration, saves 140g, and of course means one less pivot to develop a creak.

The new frame comes in TR (trail) and AM (all-mountain) versions, and Orbea puts both under its Advance Dynamics suspension umbrella, but each bike is decidedly unique in its squishy bits.

The top-end AM M-LTD frame gets a 150mm front and rear with a Fox 34 fork and Fox DPX2 rear shock, while the TR M-LTD is a bit shorter with a 130mm Fox 34 fork and 120mm Fox Float DPS shock with the EVOL can. And the differences don’t stop there.

It's complicated

In addition to the extra travel, the Occam AM sees a slacker 66.5-degree head angle, 74.5-degree seat angle and 27.5in wheels wrapped in 2.4in rubber. On the other hand, the Occam TR is 67.5 degrees at the front, has a 74-degree seat angle and Double Duty wheel sizing, which means the frame can take 29er wheels and tyres or 27.5+ wheels with up to 3in tyres.

Both platforms feature wider bars, rims and tires on every spec.

Both frames also feature Boost 148 rear hub spacing to make room for wider tires as well as 435mm chainstays to keep the rear-end compact. The 148 spacing movies the chainline outboard by 3 mm, maximising space around the bottom bracket.

The AM and TR platforms are available in monocoque carbon frames, with internal cable routing including provisions for a stealth dropper, post mount brakes, ISCG05 tabs and integrated frame protection.

The TR model sees four carbon builds and three aluminium builds — one of each being a 27.5+ build — and the AM gets three carbon builds and three aluminium builds.

Both the TR and AM will be available in S–XL sizing.

International pricing and availability are to be announced.

Orbea Occam TR M-LTD

Occam TR M-LTD
Occam TR M-LTD

  • Carbon Frame
  • Fox Float DPS Factory 3-Position Adjust EVOL Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Factory 130 FIT4 3-Pos-Adj Kashima fork
  • SRAM Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Turbine Dropper
  • €7,500

Orbea Occam TR M10

Occam TR M10
Occam TR M10

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float DPS Factory 3-Position Adjust EVOL Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Factory 130 FIT4 3-Pos-Adj Kashima fork
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €5,000

Orbea Occam TR M20 Plus

OccamTR M20 PLUS
OccamTR M20 PLUS

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 130 3-position fork
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €4,700

Orbean Occam TR M30

Occam TR M30
Occam TR M30

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 130 3-position fork
  • Shimano SLX XT mix 11-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €3,700

Orbea Occam TR H10

Occam TR H10
Occam TR H10

  • Alloy frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 150 3-position fork
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €3,200

Orbea Occam TR H20 Plus

Occam TR H20 PLUS
Occam TR H20 PLUS

  • Alloy frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 130 3-position fork
  • Shimano SLX 11-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €2,000

Orbea Occam AM M-LTD

Occam AM M-LTD
Occam AM M-LTD

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Factory DPX2 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Factory 150 FIT4 3-Pos-Adj Kashima fork
  • SRAM Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Turbine
  • €7,500

Occam AM M10

Occam AM M10
Occam AM M10

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Factory DPX2 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Factory 150 FIT4 3-Pos-Adj Kashima fork
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Effect
  • €4,999

Orbea Occam AM M30

Occam AM M30
Occam AM M30

  • Carbon frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 150 3-position fork
  • Shimano SLX XT mix 11-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €3,700

Orbea Occam AM H10

Occam AM H10
Occam AM H10

  • Alloy frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-Position Adjust Evol Kashima custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 150 3-position fork
  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €3,199

Orbea Occam AM H30

Occam AM H30
Occam AM H30

  • Alloy frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox 34 Float Performance 150 3-position fork
  • Shimano SLX 11-speed
  • Race Face Effect Dropper
  • €2,699

Orbea Occam AM H50

Occam AM H50
Occam AM H50

  • Alloy frame
  • Fox Float DPS Performance 3-position custom tune shock
  • Fox RockShox Recon
  • Shimano SLX 11-speed
  • Orbea Digit Fixed seatpost
  • €1,999
Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
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