Orbea Rallon 50 review

Tight feeling XC-style bike with a great high rise view

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £2,259.00 RRP | USD $3,299.00
Orbea Rallon 50

Our review

Accurate feeling ride but lacks control when pushed hard
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With its tapered head tube, heavily hydroformed humpbacked frame and subtle paintjob picked out in blue anodised detailing (including replaceable drop-outs both sides) the Rallon 50 chassis is an impressive unit.

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Fox 15mm axled tapered fork at a 68-degree angle, short stem and Formula RX brakes are all plus points and Orbea offers extensive custom options under the MyOrbea programme.

The basic FIT damped fork and heavily low-speed compression damped rear shock is chattery over small stuff, which keeps ride height high rather than keyed into the trail. A narrow bar and Hutchinson tyres that slip like soap in wet conditions don’t help cornering or sketchy terrain confidence.

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The back end can get choppy over square edged blocks too. While it rolls fast the 30lb weight and very short ride position can leave you short of breath. The Rallon X30 and X50 bikes use Fox 36 forks and more hardcore kit if you’re looking for something burlier.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Rallon 50 (11)
Brand Orbea

Available Sizes XS S M L
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.4
Seatpost Orbea OCII
Shifters Shimano Deore
Stem Orbea OCII, 70mm
Weight (kg) 13.66
Weight (lb) 30.12
Brake Levers SHIMANO DEORE
Chainstays (in) 16.7
Saddle Selle Italia Q-Bik MTB
Seat Tube (in) 18.5
Standover Height (in) 32
Top Tube (in) 23.4
Wheelbase (in) 44.25
Tyres Hutchinson Cougar Air Light, 2.2in
Front Wheel Mavic Crossride
Seat Angle 73
Rear Tyre HUTCHINSON COUGAR AIR 26x2.21
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
Front Derailleur Alivio
Brakes Formula RX, 180/160mm rotors
Cassette Shimano HG80 11-34, 9spd
Chain Shimano HG53
Cranks Shimano Deore, 44/32/22T
Fork tapered, 150mm
Frame Material Orbea Tricone custom hydroformed aluminium
Front Tyre HUTCHINSON COUGAR AIR 26x2.20
Rear Shock 150mm
Grips/Tape Orbea lock-on
Handlebar Orbea OCII riser, 660mm
Head Angle 68
Headset Type FSA Gravity, tapered
Pedals SHIMANO PDM 520
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Wheel Mavic Crossride