Orbea Occam TR H10 review

Naturally fast and efficient 29er that’s still up for a ton of fun

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£2,800.00 RRP

Our review

A naturally efficient, high-velocity ride that relishes ripping up technical singletrack or crushing epic adventures
Buy if, You want a fast and efficient bike and don't mind adding a few upgrades to the well-priced packge
Pros: Impressively light, responsive and stiff for an alloy 29er chassis; naturally efficient suspension kinematic flattered by top-quality compression dampers; well-priced kit package with additional customisable options but LBS set-up
Cons: Digit seatpost soon gets sticky once it starts to get gritty
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There were several contenders for the winner of the naturally fast yet technically tenacious XC/trail 29er sub category of Trail Bike of the Year and this well-equipped, naturally sorted, user-friendly and infectiously rapid all-rounder from the Basque Country is definitely up there.

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For a start the triple-butted frame makes the Occam one of the lightest bikes on test, despite its 29er wheels. The short ‘Advanced Dynamic’ kicker linkage and rear-axle concentric pivot combine to deliver an efficient and well-balanced suspension action even if you run the compression damping fully open, with fine tuning easy via the extra three-position low-speed compression fine tuning on the gold Kashima-coated Factory shock.

The gold Kashima-coated Fox Float DPS Factory shock
The gold Kashima-coated Fox Float DPS Factory shock
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And it doesn’t throw its travel away, so you can push it hard through punishing terrain as long as you use its precision to stay clear of, or finesse, the really big stuff. The Factory fork is similarly smooth and tunable, and at 120mm travel isn’t over stretched in terms of stiffness.

Combined with the stout down tube, asymmetric 148mm-wide Boost rear axle, yoke-mounted shock plus seat stays and rear top-tube section that’s exactly aligned with the shock loads, it’s a very accurate chassis despite its low weight. The DT Swiss Spline wheels with their straight-pull spokes and Boost-width hubs are equally light and accurate, underlining the naturally precise and responsive feel of the Occam.

Shimano Deore XT 32x11-46t
Shimano Deore XT 32×11-46t
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As a result, while the 68-degree head angle elicits faster steering than some of the other 29ers here, the stiffness and communication make it actually feel more on point and controllable. The 740mm-wide bar and 60mm stem are appropriate to its XC/trail character and together with the sorted suspension it just feels ‘right’ as soon as you’re aboard.

Apart from the obvious lurch into the biggest 46t sprocket of the rear cassette, the XT gears benefit from a direct-mount derailleur to stay accurate and positive. While all the bikes are built to order near Bilbao, they are delivered to your local Orbea dealer for final set-up so you’ve got local dealer support but with internet price advantage.

This 29er is a lot of fun
This 29er is a lot of fun
Russell Burton / Immedite Media
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Despite being one of the cheaper bikes on test for Trail Bike of the Year, the only thing obviously missing is a dropper post. While the auto-align ‘Digit’ seat post sounds a good idea, it rapidly becomes sticky in muddy conditions. Note that the online options buffet gives a Reverb option for £239 extra. I’d also recommend switching the tyres so that the grippier Forekaster is on the front not just the back, but that’s the only odd aspect of an outstanding high-velocity package.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Occam TR H10
Brand Orbea

Brakes Shimano M506 180/160mm
Fork Fox 32 Float Factory Kashima FIT4 120mm
Frame Material Hydroformed triple-butted alloy
Front Tyre Maxxis Ardent Exo 29x2.4in
Head Angle 68
Rear Shock Fox Float DPS Factory Kashima EVOL 120mm
Rear Tyre Maxxis Forekaster 29x2.35in
Seat Angle 74.5
Weight (kg) 12.5
Wheelset DT Swiss Spline X1900 wheels
Frame size tested L