Orbea’s lightweight e-bike, the Rise, is now being offered in an aluminum frame too, adding just a little bit more weight, and reducing the cost to a wallet-dropping $5,300 for the base model.
The Rise Aluminum, with 140mm of rear travel, still comes with Shimano’s EP8 RS motor, developed in collaboration between both Shimano and Orbea. This collaboration brings a natural and efficient feel that minimizes drag, says Orbea. The motor has been optimized to provide max assistance between 75 and 95 strokes a minute, an optimum pedal stroke for the body and where most people pedal standard bikes, according to Orbea.
Orbea adds in a press release that because of the Rise’s light weight, lower power consumption, and greater dependence on the rider’s legs, the battery lasts about 50% longer compared to bigger e-bikes.
The new aluminum version has a redesigned 540Wh battery and the frame features double- and triple-butted hydroformed tubes, with thickness optimized throughout the tubes for weight and stiffness in the right places. The welds have been polished and smoothed through the tube joints too for a better aesthetic. The Rise Aluminum frame weighs just 100g more than an Occam aluminum frame, and completes weigh between 41.8 and 44lbs.
The Rise carbon keeps a 360Wh battery, but is available with a Range Extender, increasing the capacity to 612Wh.
Geometry on a medium starts with a 419mm seat tube, 445mm chainstays — across all sizes — a 1,205mm wheelbase, a 66° HTA and 77° STA in the low geometry setting, and a 450mm reach. The bike is available in sizes S-XL.
Rise carbon buyers also get the option to personalize colors and parts through MyO, but aluminum models only get three color options. Buyers still have the option to customize some parts and can pick either a Fox 34 or 36. Sizes S and M include 165mm length cranks and sizes L and XL get 170mm cranks. The bike can be configured with a 140mm or 150mm fork.
Aluminum Rise models will be available starting in December. Prices start at $5,300. For more information, check out the Orbea website.