Orbea Alma H70 Mountain Bike Review

5.00 out of 5
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Orbea Alma 29 World Cup
Orbea Alma 29er H70 2012
Orbea Alma M-LTD
Orbea Alma M-Team
Orbea Alma M10
Orbea Alma M20
Orbea Alma M30
Orbea Alma M50
Orbea Alma H10
Orbea Alma H30
Orbea Alma H50
Orbea Alma H60
Orbea Alma H50

April 18, 2015
Pros: Great and durable

Cons: Expensive so use bike bling to order through AT your LOCAL BIKE SHOP

Recommendation: Fun durable fast and handles the rides well. As a 15 year old I have put it through everything imaginable and it survived and is right now being cleaned for the first time since MTB mudding with it. I love and reccomended it to my friend and he got one in blue and in the large 29 frame. Anyone looking for a quality hard tail should buy this.

April 10, 2010
Pros: Wicked fast and very light. Carbon frame + carbon steering. Carves tight single track without lots of body English.

Cons: More expensive than my LT2 F/S. Still not a lot of options on upgrading components (wheels/tires etc)

Recommendation: I was home in NZ for 6 weeks...didn't bring a bike so went off to the LBS to demo the local brand, Avanti. I've been intrigued by the 29ers and the Avanti spec'd 29er was a tank. They had an Orbea Alma 29er World Cup on display and priced at a level that local Kiwi's weren't biting on. So I plopped a deposit and rolled it out the door for some Kapiti Coast single track.
Blown away at the ease that this bike rolled over obstacles. At 23.5lb/10.6kg it was light and nimble climbing. Even though it's only 5 LBs lighter than my LT2, that difference seems like another gravity on another planet. It was difficult to gauge my speed, it felt really fast and with my Garmin FR 305 I was able to get some feedback and slow down to avoid disaster. It descends great on true XC type terrain, it can handle some rougher stuff better than a typical 26 HT but I'm still feeling out the integrity of 29er wheels. I can feel a bit of flex in the wheels.
Frame absorbs plenty per the four point rear triangle.
This will be my travel abroad bike, as at 23.5LBs plus a hard case it's well under the luggage limit.
A serious XC racer and will be used on some 12 hour races this Summer. I'm eager to compare times against prior years with F/S bikes.
If you need to cover lots of ground fast in an XC environment, this is a rocket!!