New Orbea Gain ebike drops weight while integrating lights and a power meter

Orbea claims third-generation Gain is lighter, with extended range and Mahle X20 motor

Orbea Gain Road eBike

Orbea has announced the release of a new third-generation Gain electric road bike with its lightweight frame, fork and motor weighing in at an overall claimed 11.5kg.

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The Basque bike manufacturer was one of the first brands to enter the performance e-road and gravel arena with the original Gain back in 2017. It also marked the first collaboration between Orbea and Ebikemotion, now called Mahle.

The new ebike takes the original Gain concept of being a road bike first and an electric bike second. It features a lighter frame and fork based on the lightweight Orbea Orca OMR race bike.

Assistance comes from Mahle’s lightest electric bike motor system, the X20, with a 350Wh internal battery and remote controls for the motor included as standard.

There are six models of the new Gain, which Orbea says will be available from February. There will be four 2x drivetrain options and two 1x drivetrain options. Pricing ranges from £3,500 to £11,500.

Find out how this new lightweight ebike rides in our Orbea Gain M10i first ride review.

‘Pure road’ geometry

The range-topping M10i was our riding option for the launch.
Orbea

Orbea says the Gain has ‘pure road’ geometry which looks to be very much in the endurance bike space. The bike has a taller stack and shorter reach than a race bike such as the Orca OMX.

Orbea has kept both the chainstays and wheelbase short and the fork trail is more akin to an endurance bike, too.

The bike can fit 700x35mm road bike tyres opening the door for all-road or light gravel riding. (Orbea has also hinted strongly that an electric gravel bike is on the horizon.)

The Gain gets 35mm tyre clearance.
Orbea

The Gain has small integrated front and rear bike lights. The front light is incorporated into the out-front GPS mount. Orbea’s light is wired into the ebike system. At the rear, a similar COB LED strip light is integrated into the cover for the hidden seat clamp.

Alongside the standard HMI motor controller that fits flush into the Gain’s top tube, Orbea has used Mahle’s optional remote controllers. These twin buttons are mounted onto the bar like SRAM’s MultiClics or Blips.

The remote controllers mean you can shift between modes without having to take a hand off the bars to reach for the top-tube controller. They also mean you can shift up and down between modes rather than having to cycle through them in a single direction, as with the HMI controller.

Orbea claims the range-topping and lightest model, the Gain M10i, weighs 11.5kg in a size large.

The alloy Gain Hydro is an unchanged design (apart from new colours) and comes equipped with Mahle’s X35+, priced from €2,999 / $3,450 / £2,899 to €4,499 / $5,200 / £4,299.

Orbea Gain geometry

XSSMLXLXL
Seat angle (degrees)74.57473.573.573.273.2
Head angle (degrees)7171.271.57272.272.5
Chainstay (mm)415415415415415415
Seat tube (C-T) (mm)430460490515540570
Effective top tube (mm)516535555569587602
Head tube (mm)113136158181203225
Fork offset (mm)505050505050
Trail (mm)64.563.361.4585755
Bottom bracket drop (mm)787878767676
Bottom bracket height (mm)263263263265265265
Wheelbase (mm)9849981,0111,0221,0351,047
Standover (mm)728756782803830844
Stack (mm)525547569591613635
Reach (mm)370378386394402410
Fork length (mm)380380380380380380

Mahle X20 motor

The new X20 motor is significantly smaller than the previous X35+ and now uses a standard thru-axle too.
Orbea

Orbea says it has worked closely with Mahle on tuning the standard X20 system, which is a service Mahle offers to brands. This has resulted in the Gain’s X20 motor having power profiles said to complement your power output while providing a natural ride feel.

With a claimed system weight of 1,399g, Mahle’s rear-hub X20 is the lightest on the market, beating even TQ’s mid-mounted lightweight system as found on the new Scott Solace.

MahleMahleTQ FazuaFazuaShimano Bosch
X20 X35+ HPR-50Ride 60 Ride 50 EvationEP8 RSPerformance CX
DU type HUBHUBCentralCentralCentralCentralCentral
Power 55Nm 40Nm 50Nm 60Nm 55Nm 60Nm 85Nm
Weight (g)1,3992,0061,8501,9603,2002,6002,900

The X20 hub motor is also said to be more user-friendly than the older Mahle X35 motor, thanks to the use of a standard thru-axle rather than a bolted rear axle.

Mahle’s new system now measures power and cadence, via a new bottom bracket, with the aim of giving a power delivery more in line with your input. Through the system’s software, this data is used to optimise the power assistance being delivered irrespective of which of the system’s three power modes you’re using.

Unlike the Mahle standard setting, Orbea has designed each mode to be able to have full-range motor power (usually reserved only for the highest setting). It’s just proportional to your input. So, for example, if you’re pedalling at 150W in the high-power mode, the system will match it. In the lower modes, it’s a fraction of your power, but all go up to the full 250W.

The effect is intended to be a natural-feeling response rather than a lump of power being dumped as you pedal. Therefore, the bike should never surge forward, unless you want it to.

In each mode, the X20 gives proportional assistance right up to the full 250W of power. The lowest mode (blue line) is providing around a quarter of your power. In medium, it’s 50 per cent, and in high it mirrors your input up to 250W.
Orbea

Like the older X35 motor, the new X20 makes great use of Mahle’s Smartbike app. The app can be used to adjust motor map settings, monitor and analyse energy consumption, and even link to your heart rate monitor, delivering power to keep you in the HR zones of your choosing.

Full route data is recorded through the app, too.

The X20 promises 55Nm of torque and is compatible with electric bike laws that state assistance must cut out at 25km/h in the EU, UK and Australia, and 20mph in the US.

The HMI controller is flush-fitted into the top tube.
Orbea

Like the older X35 motor, the new X20 makes great use of Mahle’s Smartbike app. The app can be used to adjust motor map settings, monitor and analyse energy consumption, and even link to your heart rate monitor, delivering power to keep you in the HR zones of your choosing.

Full route data is recorded through the app, too.

The X20 promises 55Nm of torque and is compatible with electric bike laws that state assistance must cut out at 25km/h in the EU, UK and Australia, and 20mph in the US.

Charging comes via a new Smart charger that Orbea says can deliver an 80 per cent charge in two hours, with a full recharge in just under four.

The charger also has a USB port so you can download any firmware updates to a USB stick and perform upgrades to the system at home without the need to take your bike to an authorised Mahle shop.

The charging port is located just above the bottom bracket.
Orbea

Orbea and Mahle remain tight-lipped about the bike’s range because it’s so dependent on riding style, rider size and the topography where it’s being ridden.

However, because the X20 motor is much more efficient than the previous X35+ and because of its clever monitoring and matching of power, its range is claimed to be approximately 1.5 times that of the older model.

Orbea prefers to give range examples in terms of elevation rather than distance travelled. This makes sense because with the 15.5mph limit on a standard ride, you’ll be riding beyond the speed limit on the flat or descending. So, the system will only come into play on climbs.

Power levelLevel 1 Level 2Level 3
350Wh Battery 4,000m 3,000m 1,500m
171Wh Range extender +1,900m +1,400m +700m

Mahle, however, does give approximate examples. A 94kg rider riding on flatter roads using full assistance could expect around 136km with a total elevation of 2,050m. Or a 78kg rider on a hilly route could achieve around 78km with 1,678m of elevation.

Range and pricing information

The Gain doesn’t look like your average ebike.
Orbea

The new Orbea Gain launches with six models – four road and two all-road options, equipped with SRAM XPLR 1x groupsets.

Prices start from €5,499 / $6,400 / £5,299, rising to €9,999 / $11,500 / £9,299.

Orbea Gain M10i

The range-topping M10i comes with Dura-Ace Di2.
Orbea
  • Price: €9,999 / $11,500 / £9,299
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO.
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 34x50t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Road Performance RP10-R carbon, rise 15, reach 70, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shockproof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, -8 degree
  • Shifters: Shimano R9270
  • Brakes: Shimano R9270 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250
  • Chain: Shimano CN-9100
  • Wheels: Carbon 42, tubeless, 21c
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 11-30t 12-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 700x30c
  • Seatpost: OC Performance XP10-S
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares R5 Versus EVO Regular
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A

Orbea Gain M21e 1X

The M21e comes in an all-road build with SRAM’s 1x Force AXS XPLR group and Pirelli gravel tyres.
Orbea
  • Price: €7,599 / $8,800 / £7,299
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Crankset: SRAM Force 1 DM Dub 40t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Gravel GR30, reach 80, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shockproof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, -8º
  • Shifters: SRAM Force eTap AXS
  • Brakes: SRAM Force eTap AXS
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force XPLR eTAP AXS
  • Chain: SRAM Force 12-Speed
  • Wheels: Alloy, tubeless, 700c, 21c
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1271 XPLR 10-44t 12-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H 700x35c TLR
  • Seatpost: OC Performance XP10 Carbon, 27.2mm, setback 0
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20, ALC
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A

Orbea Gain M20i

The M20i is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2.
Orbea
  • Price: €7,499 / $8,650 / £6,999
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra R8100 34x50t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Road Performance RP10-R Carbon, rise 15, reach 70, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shock proof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, -8 degree
  • Shifters: Shimano ST-8170
  • Brakes: Shimano R8170 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150
  • Chain: Shimano M8100
  • Wheels: Carbon 42, tubeless, 21c
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra R8100 11-30t 12-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 700x30c
  • Seatpost: OC Performance XP10-S Carbon, 27.2mm, setback 20
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20, ALC
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A

Orbea Gain M31e 1X

The M31e’s all-road build comes with SRAM Rival AXS and Pirelli gravel rubber for €6,599 / $7,600 / £6,299.
Orbea
  • Price: €6,599 / $7,600 / £6,299
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Crankset: SRAM Rival 1 Dub Wide 40t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Gravel GR30, reach 80, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shock proof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, -8º
  • Shifters: SRAM Rival eTap AXS
  • Brakes: SRAM Rival eTap AXS
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival XPLR eTAP AXS
  • Chain: SRAM Rival 12-speed
  • Wheels: Alloy, tubeless, 700c, 21c
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1251 XPLR 10-44t 12-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H 700x35c TLR
  • Seatpost: OC Performance XP10-S Carbon, 27.2mm, setback 20
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20, ALC
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A

Orbea Gain M30i

  • Price: €6,299 / $7,300 / £5,999
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Crankset: Shimano 105 R7100 34x50t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Road Performance RP20 Alu SL, reach 80, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shockproof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, 8 degree
  • Shifters: Shimano Di2 R7170
  • Brakes: Shimano R7170 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 Di2 R7150
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 Di2 R7150
  • Chain: Shimano M7100
  • Wheels: 42mm alloy, tubeless, 700c, 21c
  • Cassette: Shimano 105 R7100 11-34t 12-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 700x30c
  • Seatpost: Carbon, 27.2mm, setback 20
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20, ALC
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A
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Orbea Gain M30

  • Price: €5,499; $6,400; £5,299
  • Frame: Orbea Gain Carbon OMR, integrated seat clamp with integrated STVZO rear light, 700×40 maximum tyre, BB386 EVO
  • Fork: Gain OMR carbon fork, 700×40 maximum tyre
  • Chainset: Shimano 105 R7000 34x50t
  • Headset: FSA 1-1/2” integrated aluminium cup
  • Handlebar: OC Road Performance RP20 Alu SL, reach 80, drop 125
  • Handlebar Plugs: Orbea anti-slippery/shock proof
  • Stem: OC Road Performance RP10, -8 degree
  • Shifters: Shimano ST-7020
  • Brakes: Shimano R7070 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000 GS
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000
  • Chain: KMC X11
  • Wheels: Alloy, tubeless, 700c, 21c
  • Cassette: Shimano 105 R7000 11-32t 11-speed
  • Rear Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x142mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Front Hub: Orbea thru axle 12x100mm M12x2 P1 Lite
  • Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Race TLR 700x30c
  • Seatpost: Carbon, 27.2mm, setback 20
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante R5
  • Front light: Front position light, on display holder, COB LED, On/Off, 60 lumen, ECE50.
  • Motor: Mahle motor hub X20, ALC
  • Battery: Mahle iX350 36V 353Wh; Optional Mahle Range Extender e185Wh (extra external)
  • Display: Mahle Pulsar One monochrome ANT+ LEV Remote1 Mahle ONE Head Unit (BT/ANT+)
  • Charger: Mahle Active Charger up to 4A