Orbea Occam 29 H30 Complete Bike - $2,849.00

By now, you've no doubt heard the advantages of larger wheels. The Occam 29 H30, on the other hand, is new enough that it might not be so familiar. Designed for marathon use, Obea's Occam 29 H30 balances XC efficiency with enduro proficiency. And with aluminum H30 sports Fox suspension, Shimano SLX drivetrain, and Mavic wheels, Orbea's produced a package that favors frugalness without compromising anything in the speed department. Think of the Occam 29 as a cross between the XC World Cup-proven Alma 29 and the highly capable Rallon enduro bike. When you combine the two, the resulting hybrid is a surefooted, mile-munching machine destine for long days in the saddle. While it borrows technology, style, and design concepts from existing models, the Occam 29 is not simply the 26-inch Occam, tweaked -- it's an all-new platform using Orbea's Advanced Dynamics technology. It comes as no secret that the 29er FS market has quickly gotten crowded. However, while others rushed to market, Orbea spent three years to thoroughly develop its 29er full-suspension chassis. From the earliest stages of design, lead engineers analyzed the Occam 29's performance with computer simulations that use virtual riders. Most design parameters look at forces exerted to a frame, but forgo the variable and dynamic forces exerted by the rider to handlebars, pedals, and saddle over fluctuating terrain and conditions. Of course, when a prototype was ready, Orbea replaced the virtual riders with flesh and bone alternatives for exhaustive on-trail testing. Orbea's located in Spain, in the heart of Basque country, and the test mules are subject to epic mountainous terrain, fit to dial-in a chassis for worldwide XC endurance racing and trail riding. The resulting platform uses the 9-12 pivot system and Diamond Link suspension design packaged in a 105mm-travel chassis with short 17.5mm chain stays. The 9-12 pivot system uses a stiffness boosting 142 x 12mm thru axle that is concentric to the rear pivot. - $2,849.00

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