February 25, 2016
I love so many things about this bike. The geometry and suspension setup is absolutely perfectly to ride the gnarliest XC terrain. Using all carbon except the aluminum seat stays is really smart from a long term durability standpoint and you couldn't ask for a better spec sheet, all Shimano groupset including the wonderful SLX brakes. The 32mm fox suspension is light weight and performs great, the 2 by drivetrain is needed for meaningful XC riding.
The Shimano XT rear hub is terrible as it uses old school cup and cone bearings instead of modern sealed bearings and has already broken on me. They are welded though so tubeless is incredibly easy to set up. Let's just hope the new rear hub holds up!
For anything short of leaving the ground for extended periods of time I don't know how you could ask for a better bike. I just completed a 67 mile epic ride at big bend state park and it held together perfectly. So glad Jenson USA had this on sale for 2999 instead of 5 grand! At that price point to get full carbon and a durable build kit is a no brainier. Also oddly the Medium size fits my 6'3'' frame perfectly so just know Orbea sizes their top tubes one size up from most manufacturers.