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    Orbea Rallon. Yes please.

    Anyone else really impressed with the new Orbea Rallon?



    I'm struggling to find any boxes it doesn't tick - long top tube, slack HA, steep SA, short chainstays, stealth routing, threaded BB, ISCG-05 tabs, adjustable geometry, simple leverage curve, big shock, etc.

    It's not carbon, but that also helps it from costing an arm and a leg. Plus, I'm thinking carbon wheels might make more of a difference than a carbon frame (ie alloy frame/carbon wheels>carbon frame/alloy wheels).


    There are some favorable reviews popping up around the internets:
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    Not overly impressed with the Geometry, but full BOS-Suspension is killer and the Rallon seems to be a serious fun-orientated AM-Bike overall. I like it.

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    I did a short ride on one (L sizeway), and I found the geometry to be bang on. I think Orbea's got a winner on it's hands.

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    This will be my next bike in early 2014! Facts are very nice. The geometry looks spot on and you can't go wrong with the BOS suspension.
    I am not sure yet which size and color to get. Beeing 184cm tall I could go with medium or large I think.

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    Whats your height and how do you felt on that large Rallon? From the numbers it seems to be more like x-large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadl View Post
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    Whats your height and how do you felt on that large Rallon? From the numbers it seems to be more like x-large.
    Hey, so I got in another ride on the large and I felt much more comfortable on the bike this time. I'm 193cm and rode with a 50mm stem. Felt perfect for me, but it's a BIG bike, long wheelbase, long toptube, etc.

    Based on your height, you could probably go either way, but you might want a 35mm stem if you go large? I'd try both and see which feels best to you. On the other hand, the medium will be lighter?

    A word on the BOS, it's aptly named! The rear suspension is really really good. Orbea did their homework there. This is a very fast bike. Curious to see if Noah's experience is similar to mine.

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    So it felt very big and not playfull in size L?
    So I might go with the medium. I like short stems but if the frame is that long..
    Do you felt stretched on the bike while pedaling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadl View Post
    So it felt very big and not playfull in size L?
    So I might go with the medium. I like short stems but if the frame is that long..
    Do you felt stretched on the bike while pedaling?
    I thought the geo of the large felt great and the short chain stays made it quite "playful". However, I'm 7cm taller than you and I weigh 200 lbs (91 kgs). My current trail bike is an Xl rip rdo which is also quite big, so you get the idea.

    Sounds like you could go either way, it just depends on whether you want a more compact fit or if you want to be stretched out a bit?

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    Well, I got to shred on it...

    Got to ride it today! Did about twenty miles on super flowy, buff trails - this baby rips! I'm really impressed so far. I've got it for a week, hopefully the weather holds out and I can get more time on it. Too early to make too many bold statements, but I can say it is a pretty impressive package. The large fits me well at 6'1" - feels like a natural position coming off XL Santa Cruz frames.

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    Better get on it. Weather is about to take a big dump! Let me how how that thing rails the trainer

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    Mr Colorado, if you get an opportunity could you throw that fine looking rig on a scale, any idea of the frame weight?

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    Not sure on frame weight, but as-is the scale reads a hair over 30 (with Mallet pedals).
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    What a bike !

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    I like this bike too. Someone have tried to change the geometry to the super-low position ? XX1 comes with 175mm or 170mm crankset ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pan-Bagnat View Post
    I like this bike too. Someone have tried to change the geometry to the super-low position ? XX1 comes with 175mm or 170mm crankset ?
    They all come with 170mm cranks.

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    Gotta spend 7K to get the BOS stuff

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    Does anyone know the shock size of the BOS Kirk on the Rallon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fadl View Post
    Does anyone know the shock size of the BOS Kirk on the Rallon?
    8.5" x 2.5" I believe.
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    Thank you!
    Any new impressions on the Rallon from you?
    Still trying to decide between a Lapierre Zesty/Spicy and the new Rallon.

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    8.5"x2.5" (216x63mm) according to the BOS Shock Compatibility Chart

    http://www.bosmtb.com/uploads/media/...12-2013_03.pdf

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    Does anyone know the shock size of the BOS Kirk on the Rallon?
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    Climbing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fadl View Post
    Thank you!
    Any new impressions on the Rallon from you?
    Still trying to decide between a Lapierre Zesty/Spicy and the new Rallon.
    I'm curious also to know more things about this bike. Mr Colorado, how was the bike to climb ? With short chainstays and a 160mm fork don't you have got too much wheelies ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaelP View Post
    I'm curious also to know more things about this bike. Mr Colorado, how was the bike to climb ? With short chainstays and a 160mm fork don't you have got too much wheelies ?
    Not with the really long front center measurement, the front end stays planted. The bike pedals really well because of the relation of the pivot to the chainrings but it's not going to win any Strava KOM's against a 125mm trail bike. But if you consider it weighs around 29 lbs and has geometry similar to a Demo 8 but with a longer cockpit, it climbs like a squirrel on fire! It feels really snappy the harder you pedal, so when you are throwing in a few quick pedal strokes between corners it really goes. I will post up a weight when I have my ENVEs set up.

    Edit: 28.3 lbs with Enve AM

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    This looks like a really killer bike. Enough to make my mind stray from my Bronson which is now feeling a little short in the cockpit. Has anyone else swung a leg over the new Rallon yet? Any riders who are about 5'9" with sizing feedback? I'm down to a shootout between the Rallon and the Kona Process 153 and I'm having a tough time deciding.
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    i am ordering the rallon today and i am 5'9.6" ( 177cm) and i am confused since the medium has really long top tube and wheel base but the size chart says 175 is the max for the small. can anyone help with this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omar Soliman View Post
    i am ordering the rallon today and i am 5'9.6" ( 177cm) and i am confused since the medium has really long top tube and wheel base but the size chart says 175 is the max for the small. can anyone help with this ?
    You can fit on a small but you are better off on the medium. These medium bikes are really med/large or large as in most brands. It's best described as an 18" or 18.5 inch bike.

    What's going on is the top tube is pretty darn long.

    But it is made to run 45-50mm stems and wide bars so the long top tube is key. The bike has a long wheelbase to make it stable when thundering through the chunder.

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    This bike is truly incredible and is the surprise of the Mtbr bike test. Orbea jumped two notches in the trail bike arena with this introduction.

    They are excelling in two levels:

    1) The geometry is different from the rest. Stays are short but wheelbase is long. What's going on is they wanted it quick on the rear but very stable on the fast and rough descents. What you get is a bike that is stable yet really playful. The rear will want to drift on you (specially with that small Mavic rear tire) but it is all very controllable (if you're good ).

    BB is low at 13.3 inches but they countered it with short cranks to prevent pedal strikes when climbing and cornering.

    Seat tube is steep at 74.5 degrees and this thing pedals like a champ. Rear shock has things under control and there just doesn't to be a lot of pedal bob.

    2) Components are amazing! BOS suspension, Mavic wheels, Raceface, Fizik. Everything is best of breed!!! Except the brakes.

    The key is the ride is rad. It is like a hammer on the downhills. And it can climb.

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    Downsides are:

    There is some rear swingarm flex for very powerful or heavy riders. The suspension arm is very beefy but it is not supported by the seat tube at all.

    The rear tire is squirrelly. It was made to drift and get around switchbacks fast. It's cool but it's not for everyone.

    Brakes are not as good as Shimano XTs. And the BOS suspension, despite being awesome has knobs that are very difficult to turn.

    The key is that this is a race bike. It's like an F1 bike for the aggressive rider. It will be awesome for many but it's not for everyone looking for a weekender bike with simple geometry and suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Downsides are:

    There is some rear swingarm flex for very powerful or heavy riders. The suspension arm is very beefy but it is not supported by the seat tube at all.

    The rear tire is squirrelly. It was made to drift and get around switchbacks fast. It's cool but it's not for everyone.

    Brakes are not as good as Shimano XTs. And the BOS suspension, despite being awesome has knobs that are very difficult to turn.

    The key is that this is a race bike. It's like an F1 bike for the aggressive rider. It will be awesome for many but it's not for everyone looking for a weekender bike with simple geometry and suspension.

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    Thanks the candid pros and cons on the bike. Being from Orbea, I think the Rallon is really a surprise and isn't getting the same attention to be reviewed like other brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    Thanks the candid pros and cons on the bike. Being from Orbea, I think the Rallon is really a surprise and isn't getting the same attention to be reviewed like other brands.
    It is starting to make waves. But as waves are, slowly at first.

    Because it's from Orbea (aka not a dominant player) in all mountain, they had to get the best parts available and not rely on house brands or lucrative existing OE relationships.

    Also, we mock 'Enduro Racing' all the time. But that is what made this bike possible. It's given a company like Orbea a target and clear marching orders for building a bike. The needs for Enduro are clearly defined by Enduro World Championship rules. And the rewards of the podium are concrete too. It's easier to gain budget and resources when the rules and rewards of the game are spelled out.

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    Hello,

    I've ordered a frame. Would a chris king i2 headset work with it?

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    Hey! I have found a great deal on Orbea Rallon R3, 26" inch wheels, size M. My height is 6'(183 cm), and wheigh around 86 kg(190 pounds). Normal legs(lenght) and rather shorter arms(1-2 cm shorter than normal). Do you think it fits me or maybe is too small?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgor View Post
    Hello,

    I've ordered a frame. Would a chris king i2 headset work with it?
    If the headset is the same as the Occam you need a IS-42 / 28.6 top and a IS-52 bottom headset.. as far as I know Kind does not make "integrated" headsets so I got a 110 series cane creek, very nice actually..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicirila View Post
    Hey! I have found a great deal on Orbea Rallon R3, 26" inch wheels, size M. My height is 6'(183 cm), and wheigh around 86 kg(190 pounds). Normal legs(lenght) and rather shorter arms(1-2 cm shorter than normal). Do you think it fits me or maybe is too small?
    Thanks!
    I ride a large 29er Occam been 6.2" but I wish I got the medium frame, the top tubes are super long on Orbea's

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    Quote Originally Posted by patineto View Post
    I ride a large 29er Occam been 6.2" but I wish I got the medium frame, the top tubes are super long on Orbea's
    Thanks for the quick reply my friend! So for the rallon r3(26" wheels) the same thing applies? That means I should go for it? Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicirila View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply my friend! So for the rallon r3(26" wheels) the same thing applies? That means I should go for it? Thanks again!
    I don't know the R3 but if you measure the top length in a horizontal line from the top of the headset (at the center axis) to the middle of the seatpost and get around 24" the bike will fit you just fine, actually 23 3/4" will be perfect for most people of your size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicirila View Post
    Hey! I have found a great deal on Orbea Rallon R3, 26" inch wheels, size M. My height is 6'(183 cm), and wheigh around 86 kg(190 pounds). Normal legs(lenght) and rather shorter arms(1-2 cm shorter than normal). Do you think it fits me or maybe is too small?
    Thanks!
    I'm 183cm and last two years had a R3 size M with a 55cm stem. perfect fit for me. You must try it! it depends in how you like to go in your bike but probably will fit you better the medium than the large...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicirila View Post
    Hey! I have found a great deal on Orbea Rallon R3, 26" inch wheels, size M. My height is 6'(183 cm), and wheigh around 86 kg(190 pounds). Normal legs(lenght) and rather shorter arms(1-2 cm shorter than normal). Do you think it fits me or maybe is too small?
    Thanks!
    Go for it. Had mine in size M and I'm the same height as you. Was running with 9cm stem as I liked it to be a bit longer in the front.
    BTW, I will also have my bike for sale for ridiculously low price in a few weeks time.

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    Thanks for the answer! I got it, and it seems fine(didn't get the chance to ride it yet)

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    This is mine...




    Orbea Rallon X-team, with some updates.
    Size: S
    Weight: 28,88lb

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    Quote Originally Posted by rokesoke View Post
    This is mine...




    Orbea Rallon X-team, with some updates.
    Size: S
    Weight: 28,88lb

    regards.
    Hi Rokesoke, how tall are you if you don't mind me asking? Looking at either the s or m I'm 5,8'.

    Cheers

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    Here is mine too:

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    Re: Orbea Rallon. Yes please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fugg View Post
    Hi Rokesoke, how tall are you if you don't mind me asking? Looking at either the s or m I'm 5,8'.

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    Hi.
    I'm 5,61'.
    S size fits perfect for me.

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    Fugg, ksink, rokesoke: Those are some nice looking rides! I'm jealous!

    I was able to place an order for the frameset through my local dealer but latest word from the factory has the delivery scheduled for April. It's going to be a long wait.

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    Don't worry Foxbat. I have been waiting from first week of November until end of January. But it the deserves the wait!

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    Re: Orbea Rallon. Yes please.

    One pic more for the wait?


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    Pinkbike review is up:

    Orbea Rallon X-Team - Review - Pinkbike

    What a bike!

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    yeah, i jest read it, looks like something i would be interested in!
    However the trails that they tested it on look laughable, a BMX would be just fine on those smooth berms. riding a bike like this on a trail like that is just wasted potential. makes me wonder how comprehensive the review was, looks almost as bad as taking it for a lap around a parking lot and making drawing conclusions about how it soaks up bumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdawg21892 View Post
    yeah, i jest read it, looks like something i would be interested in!
    However the trails that they tested it on look laughable, a BMX would be just fine on those smooth berms. riding a bike like this on a trail like that is just wasted potential. makes me wonder how comprehensive the review was, looks almost as bad as taking it for a lap around a parking lot and making drawing conclusions about how it soaks up bumps.
    I get the sense from reading the two reviews that Pinkbike tested the bike on more challenging terrain. I drew the conclusion from PB's review that it was quite capable descending.

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    Yep cross bike terrain from the pics and they talk about climbing on a fire road - how about rocky, steep chunky climbs? And they complain about the low BB on the Rallon at 13.3 but say nothing about the 13.2 BB on the Solo and of ourse, any bike with a BB higher than 13.5 is labeled a circus bike by most. Also all the reviews seem disjointed and not very consistent. I think this comparo is a great dea but poorly executed. I don't get the drip feeding of reviews either.

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    Starting to ride a Small. It's a serious ripper, suspension is very plush en geometry is quite spot on. While the rear tire is quite small and doesn't seem that grippy it really wants to drift in the corners while in muddy terrain I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of traction is gives.

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    congratulations K2-man. enjoy it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksink View Post
    congratulations K2-man. enjoy it!!
    Unfortunatley it is not mine yet, its a testbike for a magazin. But I am convinced 100% of the potential from this machine and will swap my current bike for one of these.

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    I demoed one of these a couple of weeks ago and was blown away. It rode better than any AM/Enduro/whatever the hell it's called now bike I have demoed in the last six months including a $10K+ Bronson. If I could have bought it on the spot I would have. However, it retails for $7000 and I already have a full spec ready to go. I almost considering buying just the frame, but that alone with the BOS is nearly $2700 and the CC DB Air I have will not fit due to clearance issues. In the end it's a very nice bike, but it has a lot of very good competition and I think most will be swayed by the lure of carbon versus paying for carbon prices for an aluminum bike. I have to say that the SixC crankset were the stiffest cranks I have ever pedaled, again though at stratospheric prices.
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    I think the Rallon is a pretty good value compared to the carbon Bronson (which I currently own). Orbea is selling the frame with the BOS Kirk shock for $2299 while the Bronson is $2899 with a much less capable Fox CTD shock. A better comparison is probably the new carbon 650B Nomad which I'm guessing will inch closer to the magical $3000 mark, probably higher with a CCDB-Air. With a little careful shopping you could build a killer Rallon for much less than the $7000 X-Team model and much much less than the builds from Santa Cruz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    I think the Rallon is a pretty good value compared to the carbon Bronson (which I currently own). Orbea is selling the frame with the BOS Kirk shock for $2299 while the Bronson is $2899 with a much less capable Fox CTD shock. A better comparison is probably the new carbon 650B Nomad which I'm guessing will inch closer to the magical $3000 mark, probably higher with a CCDB-Air. With a little careful shopping you could build a killer Rallon for much less than the $7000 X-Team model and much much less than the builds from Santa Cruz.
    Sorry, my numbers were a wee bit off. My situation was unique as I already have an entire component set, wheels, fork and a Cane Creek DB Air. The DB Air I have is the correct size for the Orbea, but there is not enough clearance between the top tube and the shock mounts for it to fit. Sure, I could sell it, but the difference still would set me back an additional $450-500 over the frame I have chosen. Performance wise, I spent an hour on a BronsonC/ENVE/XTR last fall and and an hour on the Rallon. The Rallon was far more solid feeling and suspension never felt taxed. The geometry on both was killer, but Rallon was ridiculous in how much you could fearlessly blast through anything at warp speed as well as get nutty in any air war. I think the Bronson built with a Pike and a DB Air would rival or surpass it, but the Fox stuff hinders that bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HELLBELLY View Post
    Sorry, my numbers were a wee bit off. My situation was unique as I already have an entire component set, wheels, fork and a Cane Creek DB Air. The DB Air I have is the correct size for the Orbea, but there is not enough clearance between the top tube and the shock mounts for it to fit. Sure, I could sell it, but the difference still would set me back an additional $450-500 over the frame I have chosen. Performance wise, I spent an hour on a BronsonC/ENVE/XTR last fall and and an hour on the Rallon. The Rallon was far more solid feeling and suspension never felt taxed. The geometry on both was killer, but Rallon was ridiculous in how much you could fearlessly blast through anything at warp speed as well as get nutty in any air war. I think the Bronson built with a Pike and a DB Air would rival or surpass it, but the Fox stuff hinders that bike.
    HELLBELLY I didn't direct my comment at you. I'm sorry if it seemed that way. Your situation is totally reasonable and I'd do the same thing in your position. I wish the DBAir fit on the frame too.

    I was reminded more by comments over on other sites "cough, Pinkbike, cough" where people seemed fixated on the fact that the bike isn't carbon yet has price tag north of $7000 - it has some very high-end components that contribute to that cost.

    When I ride a bike I notice the quality of the suspension or the geometry far more than the extra pound less that carbon might provide.

    Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    HELLBELLY I didn't direct my comment at you. I'm sorry if it seemed that way. Your situation is totally reasonable and I'd do the same thing in your position. I wish the DBAir fit on the frame too.

    I was reminded more by comments over on other sites "cough, Pinkbike, cough" where people seemed fixated on the fact that the bike isn't carbon yet has price tag north of $7000 - it has some very high-end components that contribute to that cost.

    When I ride a bike I notice the quality of the suspension or the geometry far more than the extra pound less that carbon might provide.

    Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky?

    Nope, I just believe that one's bs detector becomes more acute with time. That said, the Rallon X-Team has a pretty damn amazing parts spec. The SixC cranks are fantastic and even though I am not a Shimano fan the drivetrain was spot on. Obviously the customized suspension is top tier as well. IMHO, there are no weight issues to complain about on that bike.
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    maybe could be lighter in carbon, but I'm sure that we're not going to feel that difference.
    It's true that most people was expecting a carbon frame, but the bike feels quite light when you ride it!
    More important is to reduce weight of the rolling parts...like the wheels

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    the Rallon frame is almost similar to Trek slash 650b .

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    where are you able to demo one? there arent a lot of orbea dealers around the northeast, and most of those are road oriented.

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    Vital MTB just posted their review: Vital MTB 2014 Orbea Rallon X-LTD Review

    Looks like a fairly honest assessment of the bike between three separate test riders.

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    Mine is that color too. Love the wheels/rims. What are those?

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    they're ZTR Flow EX rims with Hope Pro 2 EVO SP hubs. I added a fluorescent yellow rim decal, like motorbikes...

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    I seem to be right on the cusp of Medium and Large at 6' even . What would the experts recommend for frame size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretch View Post
    I seem to be right on the cusp of Medium and Large at 6' even . What would the experts recommend for frame size?
    I am the same height and would personally go with the large.

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    I'm the same height as you and decided to choose M with a bit longer stem (7 cm in stead of 5 cm as in the standard configuration).
    The bike feels great on climbs, just perfect lengthwise and is performing excellent on downhills.
    I would advise you to choose M as I prefer shorter bikes for their maneuverability.
    Also bearing in mind that my hands and legs are on average longer compared to other people this height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    I am the same height and would personally go with the large.

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    Thx Kirk. I would presume this set up would include a short stem (40mm)? Seems to be the trend with the long front centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _prodigy_ View Post
    I'm the same height as you and decided to choose M with a bit longer stem (7 cm in stead of 5 cm as in the standard configuration).
    The bike feels great on climbs, just perfect lengthwise and is performing excellent on downhills.
    I would advise you to choose M as I prefer shorter bikes for their maneuverability.
    Also bearing in mind that my hands and legs are on average longer compared to other people this height.
    If I understand the geometry numbers correctly running a medium with a 70mm stem would be roughly equivalent to a large with a 40mm, but maybe a bit better for descending? The seat angle seems to be steep enough for OK climbing even with the longer front centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretch View Post
    Thx Kirk. I would presume this set up would include a short stem (40mm)? Seems to be the trend with the long front centre.
    Yes, a short stem and wide bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti View Post
    Yes, a short stem and wide bars.
    Wide bars aren't a problem.. all three of my bikes are 780mm + in width. Thx again.

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    Wich position

    Hi all.

    I've the Rallon X-Ltd from 2 weeks now. I've not tried the "Lower" position.
    In which position do you use your Rallon ?

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    Hi,
    I tried the lower position some weeks ago to enjoy the bikepark, and never changed again from this position...je,je,je

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    Anyone in the USA picked up a Rallon recently? I'm trying to get hold of the frameset. Who else is waiting?

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    I received my frame about a month ago after ordering in February. From what I can gather Orbea did not foresee the level of demand for the bike leading to longer wait times.

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    If you guys ever suffer from creaks on your Rallon's here is the fix..

    The "Bushing" above the bottom brackets needs to be "Glued" with Locktite to the frame and all the troubles will be gone.

    Here is the piece on my Occam.
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    I have the X30 complete, (just easier to get than the frame only) and have had it for a month. But I've yet to ride it. I'm swapping out to full XT, and I9 wheels. Maybe a Pike also down the road.

    Sadly, I've been working too hard with the rep to get my hands on the thru axle drop outs so I can mount my new wheels. It's been very hard waiting on such a small piece. Almost everything else is ready to go.

    I rode a Bronson recently, and really hope this Rallon surpasses it.
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    the Bronson is a nice bike, but I'm sure the R4 will surprasse it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10speedbiopacefreewheel View Post
    I have the X30 complete, (just easier to get than the frame only) and have had it for a month. But I've yet to ride it. I'm swapping out to full XT, and I9 wheels. Maybe a Pike also down the road.

    Sadly, I've been working too hard with the rep to get my hands on the thru axle drop outs so I can mount my new wheels. It's been very hard waiting on such a small piece. Almost everything else is ready to go.

    I rode a Bronson recently, and really hope this Rallon surpasses it.
    I'm selling my Bronson and building my Rallon from the frame up. From my experience riding the new Nomad and Kona Process with their new school geometry, I'm really looking forward to the Rallon.

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    Rallon = Superb

    Just finished building up my Rallon L frame in blk/white. Road it a few days ago. Loving the frame very much. Orbea has great attention to detail, frame is real stiff, and quality is top notch. Previously owned a Focus SAM. It was ok but the size large was a bit too small for me. I like everything about the Rallon more than the SAM.

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    congratulations phlstrk!!!enjoy it!!

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    Rallon Race Report

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    Well I finally got my hands on my Rallon last Thursday with just enough time for a quick shakedown ride before heading to Bend for the Oregon Enduro Series race on Sunday.

    Pulling the trigger on the Rallon with only a handful of reviews was a bit of a leap of faith. Coming off a Santa Cruz Bronson, I knew I wanted something a little a little longer, a little slacker, with more suspension, and a longer cockpit. The Rallon looked like a good option so I made the jump and placed an order for my frame.

    And like so many other bikes this season, I waited.....so that first ride left me thinking "I hope it was all worth it."

    My shakedown ride gave me a hint of what the Rallon was capable of. I decided to ride some trails that featured lots of square edge and off camber rocks and roots that challenged the composure of the Bronson once the speed started to really pick up. Immediately I knew that this was a different bike. I could pick lines through obstacles at speed that would have been dicey before. I can vouch that the Rallon really is really stable and predictable when pinning it through chunder. Despite this, it still feels quite agile through tight switchbacks and I really didn't feel slower than when piloting the Bronson. Looking at my Strava results for the ride matched my impressions. PR's on each of the test runs was a good sign.

    Having never been to Bend before I didn't know exactly what to expect and with only one pre run of the course before the race, I didn't have a lot of trail knowledge to work with. The Rallon helped pick up the slack and was a champ through the technical first stage the high speed park-like second stage. The later stages had some longer sections that required dedicated pedaling effort which is the one area that the Bronson is a better bike, but not by a large margin. Sprinting out of the saddle, I didn't feel an unreasonable amount of bobbing. By comparison, the Rallon is a better sprinter than the Kona Process 153. Like any design, there are tradeoffs and I feel the downhill capabilities of the bike more than make up for the pedaling performance.

    Given that I only had enough time to set the sag and tire pressure, I feel like there is a lot more performance to be extracted but my initial impression is that the Rallon is quite a ripper.

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    Uh funny...I will also be riding in Bend (leaving less than a week) but for vacation and taking my Rallon. 5 days of riding can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlstrk View Post
    Uh funny...I will also be riding in Bend (leaving less than a week) but for vacation and taking my Rallon. 5 days of riding can't wait.
    Awesome! Make sure you ride Funner and Tiddlywinks while you're there. With any luck, you'll be just in time for the opening of the bike park at Mt. Bachelor too.

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    Congrats! Now go get her dirty this weekend!

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    Done! And what a ride...!!! That bike is awesome! It is fast and fun! Much more fun to ride than the new Carbon Nomad that I had before! Great buy and I can recommend this bikes to all who want to ride a bike that is capable to go scary fast but also want to keep it being a fun ride!

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    X30 Medium, upgrade to XT brakes rotors, ispec shifters, both ders.
    I9 enduro wheel set. Left stock bars and threw on 44mm flat force syntace stem.

    What do you think?
    Really, really, thought I was gonna get a Bronson. So did all my friends. (both of them)
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    So you had a Bronson huh? was it carbon? I'm curious to hear how you rate the climbing ability between the 2 bikes. I'm certain the rallon will shred way harder down, but when I tested the bronson I couldnt believe how well it went up.

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    Hey 10Speed,

    I just got a new 2014 X30 large, all stock but i threw on a reverb stealth. Absolutely love the bike, but i'm curious to hear if your rear shock's climb mode is also oddly plush. mine seems *very* similar to trail mode, rather than closer to a stiff closer-to-hardtail setting. how's yours?

    Thanks!

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    you should feel big difference between the 2 modes...

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    Dirt Magazine Review

    I just got the latest issue of Dirt which features a review of the Rallon. They had claimed in the past two issues that the YT Capra and the GT Sanction were the absolute top of the heap without any competition after a shootout with other current "Enduro" bikes. It was interesting to see them make room for three at the top after reviewing the Rallon as a dark horse contender.

    Dirt Issue 150

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    It was interesting to see them make room for three at the top after reviewing the Rallon as a dark horse contender.
    Far more interesting to me is that in the last few months Dirt have declared bikes from Kona, Lapierre, Ghost, Focus, Norco and Canyon essentially irrelevant in the face of the Capra, Sanction and now the Rallon.

    They aren't mincing their words at the moment, must be some very sore feeling designers after reading those reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Far more interesting to me is that in the last few months Dirt have declared bikes from Kona, Lapierre, Ghost, Focus, Norco and Canyon essentially irrelevant in the face of the Capra, Sanction and now the Rallon.

    They aren't mincing their words at the moment, must be some very sore feeling designers after reading those reviews.
    I can appreciate their willingness to have a shootout even at the cost of some hard feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    I just got the latest issue of Dirt which features a review of the Rallon. They had claimed in the past two issues that the YT Capra and the GT Sanction were the absolute top of the heap without any competition after a shootout with other current "Enduro" bikes. It was interesting to see them make room for three at the top after reviewing the Rallon as a dark horse contender.

    Dirt Issue 150
    Nice review. It is interesting to see individual sizing preferences. The writer is 6' tall and said he felt "OK" on a large but feels they should produce an xl. The vitalmtb review stated that their testers were 5' 10" and 6' and they all felt good on a medium with the 5' 10" riders swapping the 50mm stem for a 35mm. I'm 5' 11" and I went with a medium. Should have it built up by the end of the month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yemi View Post
    Nice review. It is interesting to see individual sizing preferences. The writer is 6' tall and said he felt "OK" on a large but feels they should produce an xl. The vitalmtb review stated that their testers were 5' 10" and 6' and they all felt good on a medium with the 5' 10" riders swapping the 50mm stem for a 35mm. I'm 5' 11" and I went with a medium. Should have it built up by the end of the month
    Somebody on their staff likes really BIG bikes because the XL Sanction they're testing right now is monstrously long when you look geometry charts.

    I think you'll really in for a treat. The Rallon is the sleeper hit of the year as far as I'm concerned. I've had the chance get some miles and a couple of races on mine and it continues to impress me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    Somebody on their staff likes really BIG bikes because the XL Sanction they're testing right now is monstrously long when you look geometry charts.

    I think you'll really in for a treat. The Rallon is the sleeper hit of the year as far as I'm concerned. I've had the chance get some miles and a couple of races on mine and it continues to impress me.
    yeah no kidding. I'm 5'11" and the Med Rallon felt a tad long with a 50mm stem. I now run a 40mm stem and it's right on the money.

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    @hevans

    I hadn't checked til you said something.
    My rear shock hardly feels different in ANY of the three settings.
    Also when I put the lever all the way towards the non drive side it doesnt really feel like a positive click, like it does in the other two settings. Not a huge fan of the fox shock really. So far I've only had one chance to the ride the bike. I left the shock open the whole ride. Sadly I dented the front rim on the maiden voyage. Fuc..
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    My buddy is 6'0" and I'm 5'9" we are both on the medium.
    He says he thinks he is probably maxing it out, but is happier with a smaller more chuckable bike. I think mine fits spot on after changing out the stem.
    no chain no gain.

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    For anybody else concerned with their rear fox float ctd performance....

    Just got off the phone with fox. really nice and helpful, the guy helping me looked up the tune and said its a very light tune since the bike is designed to go downhill so the climb mode isn't ever fully engaged as you find with xc and trail bikes. he said it's normal for downhill am/enduro bikes with lots of travel and a longer wheelbase, especially with the boostvalve on the shock.

    So, it's totally normal to have a plush climb mode on the X30.

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    Orbea Rallon. Yes please.-rallonsnap.jpg

    Finally built up my Rallon this weekend. It was well worth the wait. I'm very very impressed.

    Quick overview of my build:

    Medium size Rallon with Bos Kirk shock
    Pike RCT3 160mm
    Hope Tech3 E4 brakes front and rear
    RaceFace Next SL 175mm cranks with 26T direct mount chainring
    Shimano XT 10-speed with 11-36 cassette
    125mm Reverb Stealth seatpost
    Renthal Duo 50mm 10 degree stem
    Renthal Fatbar carbon DH bar 780mm wide with 30mm rise
    Light bicycle 23mm inner width carbon rim with I9 classic hubs
    Specialized Butcher control 2.3 front tire
    Pacenti Neo Moto 2.1 rear tire

    Weight is close to 28lbs.

    Rode ~25 miles and climbed ~3800 feet in Santa Cruz, CA. The trails took us through UC campus and Wilder ranch. Mostly flowing single track with some exciting descents that I ride quite frequently. Popular trails included "Mailboxes" and "Sweetness".

    Let's start with the fit/sizing impressions. I'm 5'11" with long arms and ~33" inseam. The medium frame combined with 780mm bars feels perfect. The Renthals have very little sweep which is what I prefer. The combined height of the riser bar and 10 degree stem is great. No excessive hunching while seated and it's easy to shift my weight to the rear when descending.

    The cockpit is roomy and I love the upright pedaling position thanks to the steep seat angle. The bike is a great climber and reacts well to quick bursts. I spent most of the time riding with the shock climbing lever open so pedal induced bob was not really an issue. A few friends even remarked that I seem to be motoring uphill a little quicker than usual. Was this just "New Bike Psyche"? hard to tell, but the Rallon can climb.

    We hit the flowy stuff I seemed to have gained some new carving skills in the twists and turns. The low bb and short rear end make the bike really flickable. Once we started to descend things got even better! The bike just rips. My confidence level was at an all time high. The bike felt really composed…..the low centre of gravity makes you feel "in the bike" instead of "on top of the bike". The bike is easy to maneuver. It seems to have the right mix of feeling playful and stable.

    At the end of the ride, friends who observed said I looked like a whole new rider: more aggressive, more confident. I love this bike.

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    I'm thinking about making the switch to the Rallon from my Ibis Mojo HD. I'm 5'-7.5" (172cm) and I'm thinking the size small would work considering it has a much longer top tube than my medium HD.

    I would assume a carbon frame can't be too far out. Any rumors of a carbon 2015 Rallon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock05 View Post
    I'm thinking about making the switch to the Rallon from my Ibis Mojo HD. I'm 5'-7.5" (172cm) and I'm thinking the size small would work considering it has a much longer top tube than my medium HD.

    I would assume a carbon frame can't be too far out. Any rumors of a carbon 2015 Rallon?
    I am also 172 and running a Small sized rallon. Toptube is quite longer then my previous bike (Nicolai Helius AM) and works perfect for me as I figured the Seattube on the medium would be a little too long.

    It's a great bike, true Downhill weapon while still being a good climber. The bike gives so much confidence to pick up speed going downhill and the short rear end makes it really playfull, it just wants to rip through the berms.

    I only upgraded the Shifters with I spec and was considering to swap the SLX brakes by XTR, but even these brakes are performing really well (much better than the crappy Formula brakes) so just leaving them on for now. Only doubting to see if the rear tyre is suited for muddy conditions.

    Not to sure if Orbea will come with a Carbon version as their vision really was that good performing BOS suspension is resulting in a better bike then just a light frame with stock suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock05 View Post
    I'm thinking about making the switch to the Rallon from my Ibis Mojo HD. I'm 5'-7.5" (172cm) and I'm thinking the size small would work considering it has a much longer top tube than my medium HD.

    I would assume a carbon frame can't be too far out. Any rumors of a carbon 2015 Rallon?
    Ibis tends to design their bikes with short cockpits so I think your probably spot on for a size small coming from a medium Mojo.

    No word on a carbon Rallon yet. I'm sure Orbea is still working to recoup the tooling costs for the aluminum frame and get feedback from the public before they invest in carbon molds.

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    Orbea Rallon. Yes please.

    Can anyone comment on how the bike climbs up very chunky technical Rocky rooty steep trails? I don't care how it performs on a 2 mile fireroad just how it climbs on the steep technical terrain thanks

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    I think Orbea now list their 2015 models on the website. Looks like the Rallon is still the same aluminum frame with some updates to the component packages. I'm so stoked on the geometry and handling of the bike. I don't feel like I'm missing out on a carbon frame. The biggest surprise is that it seems to climb better than my Santa Cruz TRc. I think this is largely due to the steeper seat tube. It just feels more comfortable for long climbs in the saddle. The Bos shock is on another level - It's so plush it feels like you're on a coil shock.

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    I'm thinking about making the switch to the Rallon from my Ibis Mojo HD. I'm 5'-7.5" (172cm) and I'm thinking the size small would work considering it has a much longer top tube than my medium HD.

    I would assume a carbon frame can't be too far out. Any rumors of a carbon 2015 Rallon?

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    Well mine has the Fox setup, NOT the BOS. And it is not a great climber at all. It makes it up fire roads fine, I guess. Up trail, I just feel the 30+ pounds. Alot of spots my hardtail cruises up, the Rallon always needs pushed.

    I'm already considering ditching the bike
    I regret not going balls out and just getting the BOS equipped model.
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    Re: Orbea Rallon. Yes please.

    Quote Originally Posted by 10speedbiopacefreewheel View Post
    Well mine has the Fox setup, NOT the BOS. And it is not a great climber at all. It makes it up fire roads fine, I guess. Up trail, I just feel the 30+ pounds. Alot of spots my hardtail cruises up, the Rallon always needs pushed.

    I'm already considering ditching the bike
    I regret not going balls out and just getting the BOS equipped model.
    Seriously. Fox vs. Boss is not going to magically make you climb a 29 # bike better. Training, fitness, and skill are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10speedbiopacefreewheel View Post
    Well mine has the Fox setup, NOT the BOS. And it is not a great climber at all. It makes it up fire roads fine, I guess. Up trail, I just feel the 30+ pounds. Alot of spots my hardtail cruises up, the Rallon always needs pushed.

    I'm already considering ditching the bike
    I regret not going balls out and just getting the BOS equipped model.
    I'm nor sure the BOS or the Fox shock is going to feel all that different with the climb lockout engaged. More so, even for moderately technical climbs, I don't find the Rallon all that much different than my old Bronson that had a Cane Creek DBAir. I demoed a new Santa Cruz Nomad and its not a magic flying carpet either unlike all of the reviews describe it.

    I'd give the Rallon a chance. In the 160mm trailbike category, it's in the top of the heap.
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    Foxbat,

    I've had a chance to ride a BronsonC, and now own the Rallon. IMO the Bronson climbs 5-10 times better than the Rallon. The only area where there is any contest in my mind is the way back down the mountain. Hmmm.. different strokes I guess.
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    I've had several more rides on my Rallon since my earlier posting and I'm convinced I'm climbing better than on my old TRc. This is not a new bike placebo affect. The pedal assist lever on the BOS shock really ramps up the low speed compression. So much so that it's only really useful on long fireroad climbs. I get better traction climbing on rough/loose stuff with the shock open. It's hard to make a direct comparison with another Rallon. So many variables involved….bike sizing, setup, components, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by 10speedbiopacefreewheel View Post
    Foxbat,

    I've had a chance to ride a BronsonC, and now own the Rallon. IMO the Bronson climbs 5-10 times better than the Rallon. The only area where there is any contest in my mind is the way back down the mountain. Hmmm.. different strokes I guess.

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    Just picked up my 2015 Rallon x-team Friday night and was able to get it out for a quick 10 mile shake down ride on my local trails Saturday morning. All I did was set the sag and put all suspension settings to the middle the their range.

    A couple of things stood out right away:

    1) The geometry is perfect. I immediately felt comfortable on this bike. No need to take time getting used to the feel, it is so well balanced. I was impressed.

    2) It is "sneaky" fast. The bike is not the most immediate accelerator, but once up to speed it carries that speed exceptionally well. The bike urges you to go fast and seems to just want to continue to accelerate.

    3) Short chainstays are fun! Coming off of a bike with 17.4 inch chainstays, the Rallon feels like a BMX bike by comparison. It is easy to manual and feels playful while remaining unbelievably composed at high speeds.

    I will have more to add later once I have been able to spend a bit more time on the bike dialing in the BOS suspension. After just one ride the KIRK shock has already impressed me greatly. One of the better air shocks I have felt, although more time will be needed to really form a strong opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrowSD View Post
    Just picked up my 2015 Rallon x-team Friday night and was able to get it out for a quick 10 mile shake down ride on my local trails Saturday morning. All I did was set the sag and put all suspension settings to the middle the their range.

    A couple of things stood out right away:

    1) The geometry is perfect. I immediately felt comfortable on this bike. No need to take time getting used to the feel, it is so well balanced. I was impressed.

    2) It is "sneaky" fast. The bike is not the most immediate accelerator, but once up to speed it carries that speed exceptionally well. The bike urges you to go fast and seems to just want to continue to accelerate.

    3) Short chainstays are fun! Coming off of a bike with 17.4 inch chainstays, the Rallon feels like a BMX bike by comparison. It is easy to manual and feels playful while remaining unbelievably composed at high speeds.

    I will have more to add later once I have been able to spend a bit more time on the bike dialing in the BOS suspension. After just one ride the KIRK shock has already impressed me greatly. One of the better air shocks I have felt, although more time will be needed to really form a strong opinion.
    The BOS Kirk is the best air shock I have ever used... enjoy the new ride.

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    Hi, anyone 172cm tall riding a medium size Rallon ?
    If so how does the sizing fit ?

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    Orbea Rallon. Yes please.-rallon.jpg

    I'm 171cm and ride a small...... fit is perfect with a 50mm stem
    Bought just frame / Kirk and custom built. Mix of XX1 and X01, Hope V2 brakes, plus hope headset, BB etc. KS Integra dropper. DT Swiss XM1501 wheels all blinged up with Enve 750 bars.
    I have been riding this now since Spring and I cannot rate it more highly. I would agree with foxbat, 'the Rallon is the sleeper hit of the year'

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    Orbea Rallon. Yes please.-15169979121_42bbec14aa_k.jpg

    Well after a summer of riding including a good bit of local trails, lift assisted riding, and a couple of races, I'm liking the Rallon more and more.

    The slack and roomy geometry really works well for steep and technical terrain. I was nervous at first when I ordered the size medium, being 175cm tall, but the cockpit length feels very natural and now I'm not all that interested in riding a shorter bike. Despite it being roomy and quite stable at speed, it doesn't have the unwieldy feeling of a comparably sized large Santa Cruz when the trail levels off.

    I would like to try the bike with the BOS Kirk and Deville but any attempt to contact BOS USA or BOS France has been like putting messages in a bottle - hopeless. Anybody have any luck with support? At this point the suspension is good but I can't help but tinker. Maybe I'll have Avalanche custom valve the Float X as a winter project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    I would like to try the bike with the BOS Kirk and Deville but any attempt to contact BOS USA or BOS France has been like putting messages in a bottle - hopeless. Anybody have any luck with support?
    I live three miles from the current UK BOS distributor, yet I have an easier time dealing with Craig getting spares for my Avy gear across the Atlantic than either me or the distributor (that I have shopped with for pushing 20 years) do with BOS.

    My Deville is currently broken and I'm putting off sending it back to BOS, because it's likely they will quote 10+ weeks for a repair, I've been there before (two distributors ago no less!). The performance of the BOS stuff I have (a Deville 160 and a Stoy) is fantastic, a match for Avy, but had I known in 2012 how bad the servicing and aftercare is I never would have bought them, as soon as the DVO fork and shock are on the market they're both going on Ebay.

    By contrast, Avalanche are great, Craig ships spares, his turnaround times on send away jobs are always good and he's always happy to discuss options with home mechanics like me. I've got an ancient (2005-ish) 5th Element that has been progressively upgraded with versions of the SSD rebuild and it's not far off the BOS shock. I also have a 55 with the Avy cart in it, that's not quite as magic carpet as the Deville is, but it's been easier to live with.

    If it weren't for the constant battles with customs when stuff goes for servicing, I would have more Avy stuff on my bikes in a heartbeat. As it is I'm looking at DVO for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    I live three miles from the current UK BOS distributor, yet I have an easier time dealing with Craig getting spares for my Avy gear across the Atlantic than either me or the distributor (that I have shopped with for pushing 20 years) do with BOS.

    My Deville is currently broken and I'm putting off sending it back to BOS, because it's likely they will quote 10+ weeks for a repair, I've been there before (two distributors ago no less!). The performance of the BOS stuff I have (a Deville 160 and a Stoy) is fantastic, a match for Avy, but had I known in 2012 how bad the servicing and aftercare is I never would have bought them, as soon as the DVO fork and shock are on the market they're both going on Ebay.

    By contrast, Avalanche are great, Craig ships spares, his turnaround times on send away jobs are always good and he's always happy to discuss options with home mechanics like me. I've got an ancient (2005-ish) 5th Element that has been progressively upgraded with versions of the SSD rebuild and it's not far off the BOS shock. I also have a 55 with the Avy cart in it, that's not quite as magic carpet as the Deville is, but it's been easier to live with.

    If it weren't for the constant battles with customs when stuff goes for servicing, I would have more Avy stuff on my bikes in a heartbeat. As it is I'm looking at DVO for next year.
    I've been looking at DVO myself. I was talking to a local shop manager whose experience with DVO being very customer centered. He has an Emerald in the shop that was repaired by DVO in a week door-to-door. That is impressive compared to Fox or Rock Shox let alone BOS. Nothing sucks worse than having a shock/fork turned expensive hydraulic paperweight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxbat View Post
    I was talking to a local shop manager whose experience with DVO being very customer centered.
    Indeed, I've had good experience with them when they were still with Marzocchi, which is why I'm so interested in their new fork.

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    Thought I'd bring this thread back from the dead and see how you're all finding your rallons a fter a good few months of ownership.

    I just bought a frame set only (bos kirk model), put a 160mm pike rct3 on, and a few other bits from my previous bike (ibis mojo HD), only had it for a couple of weeks, but this thing really flies down a rough downhill.

    Weight is good at a smidge under 30lb with pedals.

    Any issues to report? how are people setting up the kirk shock?

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    I'm still blown away after 4 months on my Rallon. The bike has really made me question the need for carbon frames. At 28lbs, my Rallon weighs 2lbs more than my old carbon 5" bike and just totally outperforms it. The geometry/fit and the suspension performance is awesome. I also have the Kirk shock with a 160mm Pike. I started off with all the shock settings all set in the middle: 12 clicks in for LSC, HSC and rebound.
    I now have just 4 clicks of LSC and maybe 10 clicks of HSC. It smooths out the trail like no other air shock I've tried. I recently upgraded to the Roval Fattie SL carbon wheels with 30mm inner rim width. I run about 24lbs in the rear and 20lbs in the front. The traction is awesome. The bike just feels incredibly well balanced and composed.

    I'm now shopping for a shorter travel rig for more XC all-day rides and I want similar geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julians View Post
    Thought I'd bring this thread back from the dead and see how you're all finding your rallons a fter a good few months of ownership.

    I just bought a frame set only (bos kirk model), put a 160mm pike rct3 on, and a few other bits from my previous bike (ibis mojo HD), only had it for a couple of weeks, but this thing really flies down a rough downhill.

    Weight is good at a smidge under 30lb with pedals.

    Any issues to report? how are people setting up the kirk shock?

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    Hi All,

    Looking for advice from the owners of this bike. I've been looking to change bike for the past few months & having just sold my 26" Heckler I was adamant that a Rallon X10 (with upgrades) was the bike for me. However, having looked at geometry comparisons I'm worried it maybe too long.

    I'm 165cm tall and the SC in medium was perfect as they are quite a tight fit but I'm concerned that even a small Rallon will stretch me out too much? Having had a 2011 Mondraker Foxy before which was far too long for me I dont want to go down the same road again of the reach being too long.

    Any words of advice guys - especially from the shorter members of this thread?

    Thanks in advance

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    I'm 171 on a small with a 50mm stem. I wouldn't want the frame to be any smaller. Orbea's size guide states small starts at 160 up to 175 and medium starts at 170 up to 185. So at 165mm you sit nicely in the middle of the small range of 170 is a medium. You could always use a smaller stem if you want to shorten the reach.

    I can't rate the bike highly enough, you won't be disappointed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saxon6 View Post
    I'm 171 on a small with a 50mm stem. I wouldn't want the frame to be any smaller. Orbea's size guide states small starts at 160 up to 175 and medium starts at 170 up to 185. So at 165mm you sit nicely in the middle of the small range of 170 is a medium. You could always use a smaller stem if you want to shorten the reach.

    I can't rate the bike highly enough, you won't be disappointed
    Thanks for the reply Saxon6,

    I'll probably order it with the stock 50mm stem and see how she rides. Could always swap out for a 35mm stem if needs be in the future.

    Looking forwards to putting my order in next week. Going with a X10 but with X-team drivetrain, cranks & bars and Shimano XT brakes.

    I'll be like a kid at Xmas waiting for it to arrive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernik12 View Post
    Hi All,

    Looking for advice from the owners of this bike. I've been looking to change bike for the past few months & having just sold my 26" Heckler I was adamant that a Rallon X10 (with upgrades) was the bike for me. However, having looked at geometry comparisons I'm worried it maybe too long.

    I'm 165cm tall and the SC in medium was perfect as they are quite a tight fit but I'm concerned that even a small Rallon will stretch me out too much? Having had a 2011 Mondraker Foxy before which was far too long for me I dont want to go down the same road again of the reach being too long.

    Any words of advice guys - especially from the shorter members of this thread?

    Thanks in advance
    I am 172 with long arms and am on a small with 40mm stem and I am loving it. Recently switched to a handlebar with less sweep and found that I preferred it to the OG race face bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrowSD View Post
    I am 172 with long arms and am on a small with 40mm stem and I am loving it. Recently switched to a handlebar with less sweep and found that I preferred it to the OG race face bars.
    Thanks for the feedback. I've average length arms so a small will be ordered and I'll see how I get on with the 50mm stem.

    Cheers

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    Well, put the order and deposit down 10 days ago and as per the system was told bike would be here Wednesday however there has been an issue and next production run is not until end of April. Shop owner is trying his best to source me a small frame at least but its not looking good.

    Any other perspective buyers finding this issue or any hearing about production delays with bikes at the moment. I've been told it could be down to the stronger dollar price and brands delaying productions hoping it will fall and they can maintain the margins based on 2015 prices?

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    has anyone with a height around 6'-6'1" tried/owns a size L?, I'm asking for a friend who is interested in one; the other bikes he had were all a tad smaller..for instance, his current xc bike is size M FFS, which is what I would have brought for myself; I think he has warmed to the idea of a long TT and short stem... but, considering the fact that there is no Orbea dealer in our country(thus, buying the bike 'blind') and the fact that the L size has an ST of 19.2 inches..., it would be ok for his height?, that is why I'm interested to know if owners around 6ft have purchased M or L sizes?

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    I'm 5'9" tall with a 31" inseam and my size medium Rallon with a 40mm stem did not feel too long even in the slightest. I bought the bike blind as well and all of my fears about it being too large were unfounded. If anything, I like longer bikes now. At 6'-6'1" I wouldn't consider anything smaller than the size large.

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    Hello fellows, thanks for nice thread! I would like to ask a question about shops with international shipping, becasue my local shops cant order it for me. Best solution is ordering a frame, because other staff I already have.
    Thank you for any help or advice.

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    I have a large frame x-team and about 6ft, 32 inseam. My lower back is a little strained, not sure if that's the length. I want to switch the standard 65mm stem for a 35mm stem. Does anyone have any experience with changing the stem to a shorter one? I wanted it to feel like a Mondraker since I read how fun it feels.

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    Let's keep this thread alive. I've been riding my Rallon R4 since August and the bike is f**king incredible. One thing though....I've only ever ridden it in the 66.5 degree setting (low). Who's tried the 66 degree (lower) setting? Please share your experience. I'm a little concerned about pedal strikes with 175mm cranks. How much sag are you running on the rear shock?

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    I have been riding some time at lower possition and it's an amazing ride too. Maybe, you touch the rocks with the crancks more often when you are pedalling rocky tracks. uphill maintains pretty good attitude and downhill is where you can notice the improvement...
    I use this position mostly when we go to the bikepark and some race. for everyday ride I preffer the LOW possition. It's more balanced for all around use..

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    I have mine in the lowest position, I tried with 175mm cranks but got too many pedal strikes,so switched to 170mm cranks. I still get pedal strikes,but it's just about ok for me,but you have too be careful, if you lean the bike over in a corner and pedal you are likely to bash a pedal.


    I do wonder about putting it in the higher setting, but I quite like how it goes in the lowest setting

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    I like the idea of going to the 66 degree head angle but I don't like pedal strikes. Perhaps increasing the low speed compression and slightly reducing the sag may help. I have the BOS Kirk shock. The manual recommends 17-21mm of sag.

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    I put the bike in the lower/slacker setting and rode some of my favorite Santa Cruz trails this weekend. It rips! The bike still feels pretty balanced overall but it now it really rails the turns and I felt like I charged a bit harder through rougher terrain. The slacker head angle helps when attacking steep descents. I did hit the cranks a few times but I think I'll eventually get more disciplined with my pedal position. The bike feels great in the air too. Climbed around 7000ft total and I didn't suffer too much.

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    I like the idea of going to the 66 degree head angle but I don't like pedal strikes. Perhaps increasing the low speed compression and slightly reducing the sag may help. I have the BOS Kirk shock. The manual recommends 17-21mm of sag.

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    Can anyone tell me headset standard of the Rallon? I canīt find it anywhere...

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    Do Orbea supply the bike with a decent stack of spacers on the steerer? I'm going to sell the new forks when i get mine and could do with as long a steerer as possible!

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    I know this is a old thread and all but I found it while looking for info on tall clydes riding the rallon. I'm 6'2" ish with a 33.5" barefoot and actually went to the dealer to talk to him about a occam trail when he started talking about making me a good deal on a rallon demo. Problem I'm having is they stop at L . I started riding a L el mar that was to small then moved to a longer kona taro size large that the top tube length was good on but I still had to run every bit of the seat post out when ever I climbed or was running xc trails (cause I'm giant and out of shape and needed all the leverage on the cranks I could get. I do have a 2014 size large orbea alma 29er that fits me pretty good but it is my understanding that the alma 29er runs pretty big. Anyways I was just wondering if there are any other tall people running this bike as I really love the look of the bike. Haven't test rode one yet since all he had at the time is a medium. I also have long ass monkey arms to. Just picture a very slightly less hairy sasquatch.
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    I'm around 6' tall and the medium Rallon fits me great. I think the Large Rallon should work for you. The geometry features a long front end so you should have plenty of room up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    I know this is a old thread and all but I found it while looking for info on tall clydes riding the rallon. I'm 6'2" ish with a 33.5" barefoot and actually went to the dealer to talk to him about a occam trail when he started talking about making me a good deal on a rallon demo. Problem I'm having is they stop at L . I started riding a L el mar that was to small then moved to a longer kona taro size large that the top tube length was good on but I still had to run every bit of the seat post out when ever I climbed or was running xc trails (cause I'm giant and out of shape and needed all the leverage on the cranks I could get. I do have a 2014 size large orbea alma 29er that fits me pretty good but it is my understanding that the alma 29er runs pretty big. Anyways I was just wondering if there are any other tall people running this bike as I really love the look of the bike. Haven't test rode one yet since all he had at the time is a medium. I also have long ass monkey arms to. Just picture a very slightly less hairy sasquatch.

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    That is kind of what I figured I was just mainly concerned with the seat tube length as i do a lot of xc/mup riding with my son. I actually live 10 miles from some good rocky rooty xc trails and then 20 miles from a fairly new bike park with xc flow beginner and intermediate slopstyle, downhill, pump track, and skills park that they are still adding onto also with some other trails with a hours ride. I think slaughter pens in ark is also only 1hr and half away but i haven't made it there yet. So really I got a lot of varied stuff around me ride. Sorry if I'm babbling pain meds make me chatty still getting over surgery I had not long ago.
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    I'm 6.1 and ride a large Rallon with 40mm stem. The seat- and headtube are fairly long for a size L, so no issue here...

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    The specs show the seat tube length is 455mm on the medium and 495mm on the large. I reckon I have at least a 32" inside leg and I use a 150mm Reverb dropper post on the medium frame.

    Quote Originally Posted by mantra View Post
    I'm 6.1 and ride a large Rallon with 40mm stem. The seat- and headtube are fairly long for a size L, so no issue here...

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    Will have to see if he can get a hold of large one for me check out then.
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    Sent the shop owner a message last night and it turns out the Rallon that he has that I thought was medium, and didn't check out because of it, is actually large. Guess I am going to go check it out tomorrow. Still getting over umbilical hernia surgery so I can't do a much more then pedal around the parking lot on it though yet
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    So rode it around the lot today not a bad fit. It is a 2014 xteam with the bos suspension. It will run me 2200 plus the credit from my old bike still as all the original parts minus the carbon crank . Will have to play with the suspension some to get it right even with the lockout flipped on the kirk it still bobbed pretty good (keep in mind it doesn't help that I'm built like a grizzly bear getting ready for hibernation). The shop owner admitted I was pretty much on my own with the suspension set up since he was really all that familiar with it (they are mostly a road bike shop). Anyways does it seem like a decent deal. Crossmark wheels full xtr bos suspension reverb dropper atlas bars and stem tubless for that price. It was a demo bike he got from utah for a buddy of mine to try out and it was ridden a fair amount from looking at it lots of chips in the paint but everything worked good on or seemed to.
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    Maybe one more thing for you to check out....

    I personally donīt find the rear end to be verry progressive. If I ride it with about 30% sag it tends to bottom out alot when Iīm riding it hard. I weight ~165lbs without gear and after reading you post I assume you are a "little" more than that...

    Iīm now down to 25% sag and the traction with the BOS shock is still verry good and the lower sag also helps with the climbing position. I do notice the steeper headangle though and the balance between front and rear feels different. Iīm using a DVO fork btw.

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    I too find it easy use to all the travel on the bike. I am run 25% and am going to add a volume spacer to the rear shock for some bottom out resistance.
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    Has anyone considered changing the Deville with the new Lyrik?, I'm thinking, 170mm Lyrik(562mm AC length) versus Deville 160mm(555 AC lenght). Flipping the shock in the lower setting(BB height, originally 338 mm).

    Now, from my rougher calculations, flipping the shock in the lower position means 66 HA but 7mm in height from the Lyrik fork will mean another (approx.) 0.3 HA decrease. that would mean, around 65.7 HA. On the same time, the BB will rise a little from the rock striking 338 to a higher 342-343mm, while still being marginally lower than the 345mm the high setting was offering...so, best of both worlds?(170mm instead of 160mm, lower HA but slightly higher BB in order to not get so many pedal strikes); what do you guys think?

    As you can tell, I am referring at 2014 and 2015 MY bikes; and I'm asking this because I can get a very good deal on a brand new 2015 model and this could be the first mods on the bike. Especially since there is no official distributor or service for BOS suspension system in my country and I would like to deprive myself of the hassle of sending back and forth the fork.(I would keep the BOS shock though )

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    I think that a 7mm longer fork would not be such a big deal. You probably wonīt even notice any of the mentioned geometry changes, plus....more travel usually means more sag.

    As far as "rock striking" bb hight goes....I personally donīt find that the bb hight feels excessively low in "heels grinding" terms. My last bike was a 2014 Banshee Rune with 170mm Lyrik (26") with a higher static bb-hight, but my heels were on the ground all the time. This doesnīt happen any more since I ride the Rallon. Probably because Iīve to ride less sag than I used to, to prevent it from regularly bottoming out?!

    Regarding fork changes...I like the way the Rallon behaves/handles, and from what I hear/read, it is a verry balanced chassis with BOS front and rear. Iīve bought it as a frame set with BOS Kirk and ride it with a DVO Diamond. This setup kinda feels unbalanced in a way that Iīve never felt before. I tent to like my forks to be on the firm side, and the rear more soft with round about 30% sag. Now, Iīve to ride the rear with little more than 20% sag to prevent bottoming and to achive a little more support and fork has to be soft, because I find it to be spiking and Iīm not able to use the travel if I try to get it more firm.
    So now...Iīve a soft front and a firm rear end. Maybe there are people who like it this way, but to me it feels strange somehow, even though I canīt say that it affects the riding much...

    Why did I mention this...perhaps itīs true after all, that not every fork suits every frame out of the box?!

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    Eugen,

    in terms of geometry changes - can't speak to the new Lyrik: I run a 170mm Fox 36 on it, A to C should be 559mm. Bottom bracket in the lower setting. Plus a -1.5 angleset. Works beautifully for me - moreso, for me it made the bike come alive. Didn't like the original head angle on the 2014 model I have very much. Most climbs are fire road, so no problems with 175mm cranks there. On the few trails I get to climb, I have to time the pedal strokes, but even so, it climbs better than the Rune I had before.
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    Proud owner of Orbea rallon 2015 frame there - Currently using it with Monarch rc3 debonair +, not rly satisfied, pumping a lot of pressure into the shock and still bottoming out easily, have been thinking about switching to Cane creek double barrel air but previous owner said its not a good idea, did not say a reason, so heres my question, is this a good idea? Cane creek seems to be a shock that can be tuned to any frame

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    I'm not sure if anyone has fittedva double barrel on it. Why don't you gibe a tray to a bos kirk from another rallon that it's tunned for the bike specificaly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiremux View Post
    Proud owner of Orbea rallon 2015 frame there - Currently using it with Monarch rc3 debonair +, not rly satisfied, pumping a lot of pressure into the shock and still bottoming out easily, have been thinking about switching to Cane creek double barrel air but previous owner said its not a good idea, did not say a reason, so heres my question, is this a good idea? Cane creek seems to be a shock that can be tuned to any frame
    I have a Rallon with the Bos Kirk. The suspension design is very plush and sensitive to small bumps and rocks. The traction and control is excellent. However, I have to use plenty of high speed compression damping to prevent bottoming out. If your Monarch RC3 does not have a high speed compression control, check to see if you can add volume reducers. They will make the shock more resistant to bottom-out without requiring so much air.

    How much do you weigh? Bigger or more aggressive riders will often add volume reducers to a shock or a fork.

    The Cane Creek DB air should work, assuming it is correct size and stroke for the Rallon. Try adding reducers to your Monarch before you buy another shock.

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    before you try a big can shock make sure it will fit. The shock position on the Rallon is tight. I ride a small frame and couldnt get a Fox X2 to fit without hitting the bottom of the top tube and the front shock mount hit shock to prevent it from using the slack bolt position.

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    i've got an info from a dude from other region of my country that cane creek wont fit due to its big can.
    got 3 spacers in my monarch, did not make any difference

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    Are you sure that you are going to get such improvement over the bos kirk? The x2 and the cane creek are great, but i'm not sure that you would get a lot of improvement...

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    I think so, my monarch lacks middle and end stroke support, i had an opportunity to try float x and ccdb air shocks, tho on different bikes but both felt a lot better, eventho the ccdb wasnt setup correctly, but the float x felt amazing, it just smoothened everything under the back, giving you just a little bit of the info of whats going on under ur rear wheel, while my monarch chokes after few roots and lets me know about that very harsly

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    I run a float X with the EVO can on my Rallon.

    Set the sag at 25% and adjust the compression to match the trail. No complaints but I don't have a reference to other shocks.

    However, I did lend my shock to a guy who had blown up a Bos. His opinion was that the float X was a better shock for the bike. But he might have been bias due to massive number of failure of Bos shocks.

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    I'm not saying that they are no better shocks, but that the improvement shouldn't be so big in this bike with a proper functioning bos kirk. of course, everybody is free to spend his money how they like...

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    while I like the 'idea' of BOS, I just cant get around their lack of customer service. I emailed them 3x asking about which tune of the new Kirk2 I needed for my Rallon to replace my Fox X Evol... not a single response. I at least get a response from Fox.
    I ended up replacing it with the DHX2 and its proving to be an amazing shock for both my local trails and the bike parks here in CO.
    While its a 2017 X2 its not the climb switch version. At first I was worried about not having it but once the non CS version is dialed you wont need it on the Rallon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforcephoto View Post
    while I like the 'idea' of BOS, I just cant get around their lack of customer service. I emailed them 3x asking about which tune of the new Kirk2 I needed for my Rallon to replace my Fox X Evol... not a single response. I at least get a response from Fox.
    I ended up replacing it with the DHX2 and its proving to be an amazing shock for both my local trails and the bike parks here in CO.
    While its a 2017 X2 its not the climb switch version. At first I was worried about not having it but once the non CS version is dialed you wont need it on the Rallon.
    Whoa! thats hot shock! How do you manage with no air chamber and no climb switch? Unless you do mainly downhills. Anyway, how does it perform on such a linear frame? I've always wondered how would a coil shock perform on my orbea, got in love with coils after a ride on my friend's DH rig, damn that sensitivity on small bumps...

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    well everyone of my rides is about 3000 ft of climbing so I do climb every ride, i'm just not going to beat any climbing records. climbing seated or out of the saddle I dont notice any annoying bob or the feeling I'm loosing power transfer. I always used my float x in full open mode unless I was riding the pavement to the traiheads(trail seems too firm). When the trail turns downward or chunky.. the DHX2 is a complete charger. Its incredibly smooth through rock gardens and technical features.
    so far I love it.. it's pricey but a worthy upgrade

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    not a single piece of carbon on it.
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    Doesnt it bottom out too much? I mean the rear shock. Btw. still damn hot

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    bottom out as in the harsh "you've smashed through the bumper stop?' I'm sure I'm using all of my travel but its using it properly, Bottoming out (IMO) is when you can feel metal on metal. This is more like, You've used 6.29" of travel like you did with the Float X evol.
    I am also only 145lbs with all my riding gear and pack so I'm a featherweight.
    what works for my weight might not for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gforcephoto View Post
    bottom out as in the harsh "you've smashed through the bumper stop?' I'm sure I'm using all of my travel but its using it properly, Bottoming out (IMO) is when you can feel metal on metal. This is more like, You've used 6.29" of travel like you did with the Float X evol.
    I am also only 145lbs with all my riding gear and pack so I'm a featherweight.
    what works for my weight might not for others.
    Since we are about the same weight and on the same bike what is your set up in your 36 up front? Pressure, HSC, LSC and volume spacers.

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    believe its 55psi, factory 1 spacer, no idea on hsc/lsc.. but I leave lsc pretty much wide open and hsc has maybe 2 or 3 clicks from full open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gforcephoto View Post
    believe its 55psi, factory 1 spacer, no idea on hsc/lsc.. but I leave lsc pretty much wide open and hsc has maybe 2 or 3 clicks from full open.
    I am 56psi. 11clicks HSC from closed and 15 clicks LSC from closed. No spacers though. I use the HSC to control bottom out.

    Sweet set-up on your Rallon they are great bikes. But I have to confess I think I am going to replace mine with an Occam. My wife has an Occam and she has no problems keeping up on the burliest descents and then crushes us all on the climbs. (To be fair she would crush us if we were on XC race bikes)
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    Would all brands of rear coil shocks fit the rallon not just the fox? Are there any angled headsets that are available for a tapered steerer tube to slacken the head angle? I have a 2014 rallon and I wanted to slacken the head angle?

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    Works Components Angle Headset

    I have a 2014 Rallon and I've been torn between the two geometry settings for a while. 'Low' feels great for all-round trail riding with 66.5 deg head angle. 'Lower' is better for descending but the pedal strikes were killing me with 175mm crank arms. I like what they've done with the 2016 Rallon with slightly slacker head angle. I purchased a 1 deg angle headset from Works Components and tried it out this weekend. Feels perfect in the 'Low' (higher) setting with 65.5 deg head angle without the pedal strikes. I think I did a good job aligning the headset cups - No binding or creaking whatsoever. There is a slight increase in stack height because the upper 44mm cup is now external (EC). No problem for me because I used a couple of spacers with the original Zero Stack head cup.

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    Medium or Large...on the fence!

    Sorry to resurrect this post but I am currently looking at what bike to buy and have narrowed it down to the Orbea Rallon X10 (2016), NukeProof Mega 275 and the Mondraker Dune.

    Sizing is confusing me, currently I have a 20" hardtail and a 58cm road bike, I am 6'0", inside leg measures 33.5" and 13 stone in weight.

    On the sizing guide I seem to fall into a grey area that is top end of medium and low end of large.

    In regards to the Rallon what size would you recommend? will the medium be more responsive but not as stable downhill and will the large make me stretch out too much and feel like I am trying to steer a tractor?

    Any help appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northseasurfer View Post
    Sorry to resurrect this post but I am currently looking at what bike to buy and have narrowed it down to the Orbea Rallon X10 (2016), NukeProof Mega 275 and the Mondraker Dune.

    Sizing is confusing me, currently I have a 20" hardtail and a 58cm road bike, I am 6'0", inside leg measures 33.5" and 13 stone in weight.

    On the sizing guide I seem to fall into a grey area that is top end of medium and low end of large.

    In regards to the Rallon what size would you recommend? will the medium be more responsive but not as stable downhill and will the large make me stretch out too much and feel like I am trying to steer a tractor?

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    Hello, Surfer.

    I'm 5'11'' and use a large Rallon X30, though I changed the 60mm stem for a 40mm stem. I'm quite happy with the geometry, but I'd strongly recommend that you test ride one if it's possible. Numbers from a specifications sheet might give you an idea, but they're no replacement for a test ride. If none are available, I'd buy the L.

    Good luck! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renzo7 View Post
    Hello, Surfer.

    I'm 5'11'' and use a large Rallon X30, though I changed the 60mm stem for a 40mm stem. I'm quite happy with the geometry, but I'd strongly recommend that you test ride one if it's possible. Numbers from a specifications sheet might give you an idea, but they're no replacement for a test ride. If none are available, I'd buy the L.

    Good luck! Let us know if you have any other questions.
    Thanks Renzo,

    Thats good to know as an Orbea Dealer 45 miles away has a large demo 2016 Rallon X10 and it is up for sale for the price of the new 2017 X30 so it could possibly be 'the one' :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by northseasurfer View Post
    Thanks Renzo,

    Thats good to know as an Orbea Dealer 45 miles away has a large demo 2016 Rallon X10 and it is up for sale for the price of the new 2017 X30 so it could possibly be 'the one' :-)
    Awesome! Best of luck with that deal. Sounds like a winner!

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    I was too into the grey area. i'm 183 cm tall and I went for the medium. now I've changed to the new frame and continued with the medium size. really happy with it.

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    Im about to order ccdb coil cs, i weigh 90kg without gear, may be 95, 97 with all stuff, not sure if 450 or 500 spring would be better to avoid bottom out?

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    min 500lb.
    I weigh 65kg all kitted up (ya I'm a featherweight) and I run a 350lb spring on my DHX2

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    ordered 500, will see how it goes in about 3 weeks, damn waiting time for
    CC in europe.
    Anyway, to all of u having coil shocks on orbea, did the bike felt a bit less popy after u changed from air? Is it less palyful in any way?

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    its still lively as ever but better composed on the rock garden hits.

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    Hi gforcephoto.

    Did you have to modify your frame to fit the DHX2? Can you mount in both the low and lower mount positions?

    Better performance with harsh square edge hits? I think I would appreciate more bump sensitivity, especially since I run flat pedals.

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    its still lively as ever but better composed on the rock garden hits.

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    I only run my shock in the low setting. In that setting the frame mount "tab" was hitting the shock body just so slightly. It was fine in the steeper setting but I dont run it that way so I used a exacto blade and shaved the paint where it was causing it to bind and that's it. The DHX2 is the best rear shock I've used(from Avy,Pushed Foxes,RS Vivid air).
    Once you go coil there is no going back to air (IMO)

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    Just got a new to me large 2015 xteam. Been wanting this bike for a couple years now and snagged a good deal on a used one. Going to test it out tomorrow......feels pretty big but geo numbers weren't much different than my large Spider 275. May swap the 70mm stem to a 50mm.....maybe a 35mm.

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    Has anyone with the Bos Kirk shock tried adding volume reducing rings? If so, are you happy with the results?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gforcephoto View Post
    while I like the 'idea' of BOS, I just cant get around their lack of customer service. I emailed them 3x asking about which tune of the new Kirk2 I needed for my Rallon to replace my Fox X Evol... not a single response. I at least get a response from Fox.
    I ended up replacing it with the DHX2 and its proving to be an amazing shock for both my local trails and the bike parks here in CO.
    While its a 2017 X2 its not the climb switch version. At first I was worried about not having it but once the non CS version is dialed you wont need it on the Rallon.
    replacing a Kirk, did you need new mounting hardware for the DHX2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yemi View Post
    Has anyone with the Bos Kirk shock tried adding volume reducing rings? If so, are you happy with the results?

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    Hi Yemi.

    I've a 2014 Kirk on my Rallon. It has 3 volume reducing rings. Now with only one I'm happier, it's more comfortable, stable, and the bike push a lot when you get out of curves. Anyway without any special requirement this simple revision have increase all the shock performances. Thanks to Downhill suspension center . A really good work. I've got a lot of doubts about this shock but now I think it's a really a fantastic product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
    replacing a Kirk, did you need new mounting hardware for the DHX2?
    my Rallon came with a fox X so I had the hardware already. I believe you need a new set of cones for the rear of the shock for non BOS shocks. (BOS used specific ones).

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    I want to try the rings as well. I am a heavier rider and would like to see if the rings would improve the ride more.

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    Anyone know where to get the lower shock spacers to run an alternate shock than the Kirk? Wanting to try something different but looks like the Kirk is wider at the shaft mounting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meSSican View Post
    Anyone know where to get the lower shock spacers to run an alternate shock than the Kirk? Wanting to try something different but looks like the Kirk is wider at the shaft mounting.
    which shock are you looking to use? I went with a X-Fusion and was also puzzled with the spacers and bushings. If I recall correctly, I just used the stock bushings. Orbea wasn't very useful telling me different things when I called them a few times. Once they told me it was interchangeable and another told me I need the Fox kit. Like I said the stock spacers from X-Fusion eventually worked, it was tight so wasn't sure initially that they were a match

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    Quote Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
    which shock are you looking to use? I went with a X-Fusion and was also puzzled with the spacers and bushings. If I recall correctly, I just used the stock bushings. Orbea wasn't very useful telling me different things when I called them a few times. Once they told me it was interchangeable and another told me I need the Fox kit. Like I said the stock spacers from X-Fusion eventually worked, it was tight so wasn't sure initially that they were a match
    I got lazy and read mis-information. I measured the shock and you are right, any shock should work with the stock setup. Just need to press out the lower eyelet bushing. I am thinking of going with a Manitou McLeod as I had one on a previous bike and it was amazing. My Kirk needs a service and the cost of the McLeod will be very close to what it will cost to rebuild it so I was thinking of giving it a try.

    What Xfusion did you go with and how do you like it?

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    Has anyone tried running a 220x70mm bos kirk ? If so any issues and how much travel would it deliver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by meSSican View Post
    I got lazy and read mis-information. I measured the shock and you are right, any shock should work with the stock setup. Just need to press out the lower eyelet bushing. I am thinking of going with a Manitou McLeod as I had one on a previous bike and it was amazing. My Kirk needs a service and the cost of the McLeod will be very close to what it will cost to rebuild it so I was thinking of giving it a try.

    What Xfusion did you go with and how do you like it?
    Stage, not so great, wish I had gotten the Vector instead. But frankly, I only ride the bike a few times a month and most of the my trails are better suited for either a 29XC or plus hardtail. Going to give DH a try with the Rallon a try this spring.

    Also for anyone who is 5'9" get the medium, I went small, after reading all the reports on the sizing, and find the bike smallish. Have a 80mm stem and seat back all the way. Doesn't feel great and will likely look for something which fits better next year.

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    I ended up with a Ccdb coil inline and first ride was great. Fit was fine with stock hardware. I was worried about bottoming out but never felt like I did. Climbing was a bit of a compromise as with the Kirk I could climb open but with ccdb with climb switch engaged I lost some traction but with it open it bobbed. Still working with settings as their website has nothing for the 2015 r4 Rallon.

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    I've just tried to fit a bos kirk on my x30 rallon that came with a fox shock and the eyelet is smaller on the bos and it won't fit! Anyone know what my options are ?

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    What is the inside width of the fox? Lower eyelet on Kirk without bushing is 15mm as is the axle on my xteam. I was told the X2 eyelet is 17mm without bushing so maybe Fox is wider.

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    The fox has a 12.7mm eyelet and the bos has a 12mm apparently ! I've found a few options on orbea.com but they don't state the actual sizes!

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    Is this for the upper or lower shock eyelet?

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    Lower shock mount

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