The Oiz first hit markets 12 years ago. XC has changed a lot since then. So has the Oiz. Today, that evolution continues. There a few things happening with the new XC machine from Orbea, including the fact that it is actually two xc machines. The bike is available as either a 100-millimeter racehorse, or a 120-millimeter trail rig. And every model is, of course, completely customizable through Orbea’s MyO.
Orbea’s linkage is designed to allow for running a shallow sag. In this case, Orbea claims less sag allows for firmer pedaling while still allowing for full travel when needed. Through the first three-quarters of the shock’s stroke, the leverage curve is progressive, but once you pass that three-quarter mark, it reverses course to swallow bigger hits. The shock’s damping, instead of the frame’s kinematics, is there to handle harsh bottom-outs.
Orbea has also done a clever sizing trick. Small frames get small wheels. All additional Oiz frame sizes will also be available with 29-inch wheels.
Suspension and wheel-size are important, but it’s the details that make this an appealing bike. The Oiz has internally routed cables--including the shock lockout. There are zero external cables on the front triangle. This is important for two reasons. One: it looks great. Two: it makes room for two bottle cages inside the front triangle on Medium through XL sizes. Yes, you read that right--two bottles. The bike is also dropper compatible and 1X specific.
And now, let’s do the numbers:
The Oiz will start at $5,000 for the M10 build and go all the way up to $8,300 for the M-LTD build. Find all the build specs, or customize your own, here.