Sunday, March 28, 2010

2010 Orbea Rallon

"Designed around 150mm rear wheel travel, the Rallon will come in three trim levels with front suspension ranging from 150mm to 160mm via various Fox forks. The frame works with traditional and Hammerschmidt cranksets and prices range from $3,159 to $5,469.
Orbea’s goals with the new Rallon seemed to be a contradiction of terms: lightweight and raceworthy combined with freeride, all-mountain durability and versatility.  Weights for the various models range from 12.5kg (27.56 lbs) to 13.5kg (29.76 lbs), which are just on the lighter side for bikes of this category and right in between full-on freeride/DH bikes and XC bikes.  The top-end Rallon 10 comes with a Crank Brothers Joplin lever activated adjustable seatpost.  If you don’t use it for what it’s worth, swapping it for a Thomson or similar would shave 2/3 lb (300g) off the bike’s weight with no loss of durability.
The Rallon’s frame is hydroformed Tricone aluminum.  Other than the seat tube, each tube is heavily shaped to increase strength and stiffness while managing its weight.
The Lambda Link suspension was designed using Orbea’s Advanced Dynamics to take into consideration all of the forces acting on a suspension.  The results, they claim, provide very active small bump sensitivity that progresses to a very linear mid-stroke platform for predictable performance.  At the end of the stroke, the design firms up while still allowing for full movement through the shock’s stroke."


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