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The Orbea Rise – Trail riding, only better

Words by Cycles UK

on 10/11/2020 20:10:29

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Orbea brand is synonymous in the mountain bike arena, known for their inventive and empathetic approach to components and the build, coupled with attention to detail and design all the way to the paint job.

2021 Orbea Rise Electric Mountain Bike range has a strong concept behind it designed to expand your trail experience and bring you closer to the moment. Capable of handling the widest variety of terrain without making big compromises in any aspect of performance. Orbea wants to give the benefits of an e-bike without losing the joy of riding manually. They achieved this by creating their own power plant for Rise, which is a daunting task, but Orbea believed that this would be the only way to realise the goal of a complete RS system for trail bikes. When Shimano shared the plans for their new EP8 motor, Orbea realised that this awesome drive unit offered the perfect platform on which to build the RS Power concept. Working jointly with Shimano, Orbea developed the proprietary electronics and batteries while Shimano configured their EP8 motor to work perfectly running Orbea's specific RS firmware.

Rider Synergy (RS) is a new riding experience that enhances the joy of traditional trail riding with smooth support that feels as natural and alive as your own body. Less e more bike is the tagline used, and the concept seems to be to take away the disconnection an electric bike can have instead to enhance rather than dominate the ride. Created in league with Shimano the harder you pedal, the more power rise responds with, giving you immediate full assistance with a natural feel at the right time in the right places.

Rise custom electronics are tuned so that the peak power delivery comes at rider cadences of 75-95 rpm. No coincidence, as this range happens to be where experienced riders produce the most power and efficiency optimising human and bike interaction and enhance natural riding.

RS battery pack is light small and discrete. Lower power consumption and more reliance on your legs extend battery consumption to up to 4 hours for those big rides. For longer rides, you can get the range extender with gives an additional 4 hours ride time that's an Eight-hour day in the saddle.

Customisation As we are all different riders and we have different needs, Rise comes with two pre-set RS Power profiles. Both profiles can be fine-tuned in seconds to your liking, using the Shimano E-tube mobile app. Profile one delivers a more subtle support feel, maximising range, and natural riding experience. Profile two is tuned for slightly more assistance within the RS Power parameters.

RS interface is uncluttered, a simple switch and two LEDs to broadcast data. The power button is tucked away by the bottom bracket, and all wires routed internally—the same with the charging port on the side of the seat tube. Protected by tough water and dirt-proof cover, it has an integrated Clean Clip feature that holds plugs tightly when using the RS Range Extender or just sealing the connectors when closed. Rise benefits from the classic GPS and cycle computer data. Orbea developed a unique tool that adapts the Garmin IQ ecosystem to our RS e-bike platform, sending all the data you could wish for to your favourite cycle computer or smartwatch. All this recorded riding info is stored within the Garmin IQ interface for further study, sharing with friends or just for reference months later to see how much battery was used in that epic ride you want to repeat.

Orbea Monocoque Race (OMR) frames add high modulus and high strength fibres to a standard layup to improve stiffness-to-weight ratios.

Bladder moulding with EPS forms and PU headtube and bottom bracket inserts stop wrinkling and unconformities in critical zones, allowing less carbon to be used while maintaining strength. The Rise can weigh as little as 16,5 kg or 36,3lbs. The beauty of the RS system is that assistance torque and power is provided within a range where normal, high-quality trail bike components can be used.

Alloy E*thirteen 32T Chainring Without the need for an overbuilt steel chainring Orbea developed an exclusive alloy forged and CNC-finished 32T chainring that fits the EP8 RS spider for weight savings but more importantly perfect gearing.

MAXXIS EXO+ REKON MAXX TERRA Orbea worked directly with Maxxis to create an EXO+ version of one of their favourite Trail tires – the Rekon 2.4 3C Maxx Terra EXO+ is an Orbea exclusive.

Final word

Rise ticks all the boxes an e-bike that's lightweight and as close to a manual bike as you can get whilst still benefitting from an e-motor. When it comes to weight, noise, and visual distractions, the Rise has done it all for you already. Huge attention to detail and desire has been paid to create something simple yet complex and efficient. Whether you crave riding greater distances, reaching more epic locations, improving efficiency, or increasing the frequency of your adventures, Rise is beyond expectations and the new standard in eMTB.