In 2014, Orbea launched a completely redeveloped Rallon, just days after it was put through its paces in the last race of the Enduro World Series. It quickly grew in reputation as one of the best value and most coveted rides in enduro.
The 2016 X30 is the cheapest of the Rallon range, which is made up of three bikes that share the same geometry. Orbea doesn’t offer a carbon version, in a bid to keep the price down while offering a more competitive component package. At a touch under 15kg (33lb) the hydroformed aluminium Rallon is a touch on the porky side but feels solid and carries a lifetime warranty.
Orbea offers custom build options on its website and build the bikes to order from its factory in Spain. Our test bike was the stock entry-level model, with a solid specification for the asking price including a Fox 34 fork and Float rear shock, Shimano SLX running gear and Race Face finishing kit.
Industrial lines and geometry that talks the talk
Garish colours and unique tubing shapes make Orbea’s 160mm travel bike stand out. There is a lot going on here but the Spaniards have worked hard to keep the Rallon’s lines tidy yet somewhat industrial. The cable routing has been thought about and sits neatly on the top of the down tube in a way that avoids cable rub at the head tube and the welds look tidy underneath paint that seems to withstand knocks well.
Worth a few kit tweaks
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