Orbea’s XC news for this summer is affordability – thanks to a new aluminum frameset for their latest Oiz full-suspension cross-country bike. The new hydroformed, polished-weld alloy frame is almost indiscernible from its carbon brethren, except for a few hundred grams in extra weight and its staring prices close to half of the carbon version.
2020 Orbea Oiz H affordable alloy XC mountain bikes
The new alloy Oiz H frameset uses a butted & hydroformed 2020 aluminum alloy tubeset that Orbea first welds, then smooths & polishes by hand.
Not only for a look that could easily be mistaken for the OMR carbon, Orbea says the careful hand work minimizes stresses at tubing junctions.
Besides the alloy frame, a new forged alloy link saves significant cost at a small weight penalty over the 59g Fiberlink of the OMR bike debuted last summer.
The alloy Oiz H frames all fall into the TR marathon trail category of Orbea’s XC Two Stroke travel & geometry concept. That means the bikes all feature 120mm or rear wheel travel, paired to 120mm forks, with a 68° headtube, 74° seattube & 435mm chainstays.
The alloy bike shares the same high single-pivot suspension design as the carbon version, relying on seatstay flex in lieu of an additional pivot in the rear triangle. All of the Oiz bikes feature the new hidden straight line hidden internal routing for a rear shock remote lockout.
The new alloy & carbon+alloy bikes get remote lock forks & shocks with standard remotes. But Orbea’s nice new Squidlock 3-position remote that combines fork, shock & optionally a dropper is available as an upgrade for an extra $75/60€.
You can also buy the Squidlock separately if you have any mechanically-operated, 3-position fork, shock & dropper you want to declutter into one remote.
OMR Carbon frame + Alloy link
Of course, the new affordable alloy bikes get the more angular, alloy link. But Orbea also added two more affordable OMR carbon framed bikes with the alloy link at the M20 & M30 level to help bring the price down by up to $1000€!
Pricing, options & availability
The Oiz OMR carbon frame + new alloy link is available in the 120mm travel $4300 / 3900€ Oiz 29 M20 TR with SRAM X01/GX Eagle, or the 110mm travel $4000 / 3700€ Oiz 29 M30 with Shimano XT/SLX.
The full aluminum Oiz H frameset is available in three complete builds, all with 120mm of marathon trail travel. The $3300 / 3000€ Oiz 29 H10 includes Fox Performance suspension, a GX Eagle groupset, Shimano MT501 brakes & a house dropper seatpost.
The $3000 /2800€ Oiz 29 H20 also gets Fox Performance suspension, with a new XT/SLX mixed 1×12 drivetrain, MT501 brakes & no dropper standard (can be added extra).
The $2600 / 2400€ Oiz 29 H30 gets the Performance-level shock & a Fox 32 Rhythm fork, plus a SLX 12sp drivetrain, MT501 brakes & again a rigid seatpost. No alloy framesets are available, only the $3500 / 3300€ full OMR carbon version.