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First Ride Review: Orbea Rallon 5 – returning to the weapons industry

While it may have been 87 years since Orbea stopped producing weapons, with the new Orbea Rallon 5 it seems as if the spanish bike manufacturer wants to return to its roots. An asymmetrical monocoque carbon frame, 29″ wheels and a coil shock are details that would surely get Tony Stark rubbing his hands with excitement.

Orbea Rallon 5
Orbea Rallon 5 M-LTD | 160 mm/150 mm (f/r) | 12.61 kg | € 7,999

The frame of the Orbea Rallon 5 in Detail

The Spaniards have spent two years developing the latest Rallon, striving to lift the enduro bike to the next level of its evolution. The end result is a stunning asymmetrical carbon frame that is not only an aesthetic show stopper, but should also provide tremendous stiffness. In addition, the frame includes some neat features, such as the portable storage bag above the bottom bracket for mini tools or energy bars, internal cable routing bedded in foam, as well as a flip-chip system for altering the geometry. Each Orbea Rallon 5 frame can be custom painted in one of 7.4 million color options through their online configurator at no extra charge. The suspension decals are available in six different versions, offering even more room for custom styling.

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The massive tubes not only deliver stunning looks, but also contribute to the frame’s stiffness.
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A small bag in the lower mainframe provides space for some trail essentials.
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The small bottle doesn’t replace a hydration pack, but we appreciate to have the option for short after work loops.
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The internal cable routing looks very tidy and a foam shell inside the frame prevents noisy rattling.
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The custom painting is guaranteed to attract some attention.
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Simple but clever: …
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… The rear axle runs right through the link.
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Carbon everywhere: only the rocker link is made from aluminum.
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The burly rocker arm creates a strong connection between main frame and rear triangle.
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The entire frame can be disassembled with a multi tool and the “hanger tool”.
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The asymmetric design doesn’t only look unique, it also allows easy access to the shock for setup and servicing.

The Specifications of the Orbea Rallon 5

The new Rallon comes in 3 different build specifications, all are very well thought out for the intended use. The Rallon M10, M team and M-LTD all come with a SRAM Eagle drivetrain, taking the form of the GX, X01 and XX1 respectively. FOX takes care of the suspension, with the 36 Float Factory in the more expensive builds and the Performance model in the M10. The rear travel is controlled by FOX Factory shocks on all bikes, stepping up from the DPX2, via the Float X2, all the way up to the DHX2. Shimano’s XT brakes keep the base model on track, the more expensive models come with SRAMs Guide RSC. The online configurator lets customers decide between several saddles, wheelsets, brakes, shocks, seatposts and chainrings.

Fork FOX 36 FLOAT Factory 160 mm
Shock FOX Factory DHX2 150 mm
Brakes SRAM Guide RSC
Drivetrain SRAM XX1 Eagle
Seatpost Race Face Turbine Dropper
Handlebar Race Face Next R 800 mm
Stem Race Face Turbine R 35 mm
Tires 29″ MAXXIS Minion DHF 2.5″
Wheelset DT Swiss XMC–1200

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The FOX coil shock perfectly complements the Orbea Rallon and would be our prefered choice for the bike.
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The MAXXIS Aggressor on the rear rolls fast and offers plenty of grip on hardpack, but with the high speeds we reached on the Rallon, we would prefer an even burlier thread.
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The proven MAXXIS Minion DHF delivered as expected, coming in the new 2.5” Wide Trail version.
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The SRAM Guide RSC gets the job done …,
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… but on such a capable machine you can never get enough braking power.
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SRAM’s Eagle drivetrains will get you up the steepest climbs without any issues.
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Low or lower: that’s all you need to know, right?

The Geometry of the Orbea Rallon 5

The geometry of the Rallon 5 can easily be described with two word: downhill oriented. This becomes clear as soon as you look at the flip chip with its two settings, low and lower. The head angle comes in at 65° or 65.6° respectively, generating a high degree of stability in steep terrain when combined with the big 29” wheels. A reach of 455 mm and a wheelbase 1217 mm delivers a very balanced fit, our 1.80 m tall test rider felt immediately at home in the Large. Short 435 mm chainstays give the Rallon a playful character, despite the big wheels.

Size (low/lower!) S/M L XL
Seat tube 406 mm 444 mm 483 mm
Top tube (eff.) 582 mm 611 mm 644 mm
Head tube 100 mm 110 mm 125 mm
Head angle 65.5°/65° 65.5°/65° 65.5°/65°
Seat angle 76°/75.5° 76°/75.5° 76°/75.5°
Chainstay 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm
BB Height 343 mm/336 mm 343 mm/336 mm 343 mm/336 mm
Wheelbase 1187 mm 1217 mm 1253 mm
Reach 430 mm 455 mm 485 mm
Stack 615 mm 624 mm 637 mm

Riding the Orbea Rallon 5

Like the geometry suggest, the Orbea Rallon really shines on the descends. If you don’t have a shuttle or helicopter at hand, you’ll need to earn the vertical meters with your own leg power. Despite the lightweight 12.61 kg build, the 29” wheels and the SRAM Eagle drivetrain, the Orbea Rallon is not the bike to earn uphill KOMs. Climbing is more of a relaxed affair, but thanks to the steep seat angle it never feels uncomfortable.

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The uphill is forgotten as soon as you point the Rallon downwards.

Once the trail points downwards, the Rallon starts to fly. Man and machine seem to blend into each other and riding the Rallon is as fun as it gets. The Orbea seems to soak up everything you throw at it, delivering lashings of confidence. No trail is too steep, no rock too big, no drop too high. The position in corners is very balanced, the more you dare to weight the front wheel the more it bites. Tight switchbacks were a breeze and the Rallon is perfectly suited for alpine terrain.

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The Orbea Rallon 5 would be the perfect tool for the mountain troops.
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Loose ground is not an issue for the Orbea.

If that’s not enough, you can change the geometry setting to “lower” and turn the Rallon 5 into a real downhill beast. After two days of riding and 6000 vertical meters of descending in the Spanish Pyrenees, we’ve not encountered a trail where we could bring the Orbea to its limits. The only thing we can’t comment on yet are big jumps, but we’re very confident that the Rallon will handle these as good as everything else. We strongly recommend going for the FOX Float DHX2 coil shock, that now comes with a pedal platform for efficient climbing and offers a big performance boost on the downhills.

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An incredible day of riding onboard of an incredible bike.
The only question left: Who’s the Rallon for? Everyone looking to maximize fun on alpine terrain, home trails or bike park descends will have a blast on Orbea’s new flagship!


Well done, Orbea! The new Orbea Rallon 5 takes us right back to the spirit and roots of the best enduro bikes, but comes with the latest tech and some clever details. The Spanish secret weapon is a phenomenal enduro bike and we’re looking forward to spending some more time on this machine.

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