The Orbea Rise


A Mountain Bike with a Little Pick-Me-Up

The electronic assist mountain bike scene began with unsightly monstrosities clunking around 4x4 roads without much style or grace. Ever since their introduction, manufacturers entered an arms race to provide a sensible hybridity of form and function; an ever shifting landscape of batteries, integration, and compliance has shaped the Orbea Rise into an attractive eBike that will likely exceed expectations for some time to come.

While there are lots of complicated technical aspects embedded within eBikes due to the addition of a motor and battery, we know that at the end of the day we just want to get out there and ride–untethered by worldly concerns of mechanical malfunction. In this regard the Orbea Rise scores highly; nimble, intuitive, and ready to rip for hours a time, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised with Orbea's offerings.

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Answer: It's Just Fun.

Excessive muscular fatigue from cycling? In a time crunch? Want to spend the whole day lapping a remote trail? If you can identify with part of any of these questions then you're going to love the Orbea Rise.

The greatest compliment an eMTB can receive is that it pedals just like a standard mountain bike. If you can close your eyes and feel an intuitively eager handling response akin to the eMTB’s non-electric brethren, then you know you’re on a top-tier machine; the Orbea Rise exceeds this bar with ease. Once you experience the Rise, you’ll understand why Orbea stands at the top in terms of seamlessly infusing electric assist into what is already a stand out mountain bike. One of the lightest electric mountain bikes available in the world, but also one of the most fun arou

At the end of the day, if the Orbea Rise only succeeds at getting us outside for a little longer, it's a worthwhile investment.

Orbea Rise M-Series: OMR Carbon

Carbon Fiber Orbea Rise

Orbea's OMR Carbon frame warmly greets Shimano's EP8-RS motor to form an eMountain bike that perfectly emulates traditional mountain bike feel. The Rise is essentially an Orbea Occam with a motor with almost identical geometry and slight changes to suspension. Crafted out of Orbea's OMR carbon, you'll be turning heads as you blast up and down local trails.

If you aim to emulate analog bike feel via a reduced bike weight, the Orbea Rise M series will be right up your alley.

Orbea RS Internal 360 Wh Battery

Orbea RS Internal 360 Wh Battery

At just 2.2 kg (4.85 lbs), and an overall capacity of 360 Wh, the Orbea Rise battery is the Goldilocks of ebikes: just right. Paired to the efficient Shimano drive motor, the Rise battery - and lighter bike - offers similar range to other eMTBs. This battery is all about longevity; Orbea claims 80% capacity after 500 full charge cycles.

If your riding style is all gas and no brakes, Orbea offers a range extender that gives a quoted eight hours of battery life and roughly 14,000 feet of climbing.

Orbea Rise H-Series: Hydroformed Aluminum

Orbea Rise Hydroformed Aluminum

Does an eBike need to be sculpted out of carbon fiber? This is a very valid question. The nature of weight savings in a style of bike where the lightest offering isn't 'light' becomes a personal question: do you ride an eBike ridden with a performance mindset? If you answer, no, then aluminum might be your jam.

You don't lose much with the alloy frame. While a Rise carbon frame weighs in at a claimed 2.2kg (4.85 lbs), the Rise alloy frame weighs just 3.4kg (7.5 lbs). This is just 100g more than an Occam aluminum frame and 2kg lighter than most aluminum ebikes on the market.

Orea RS Internal 540 Wh Battery

Orbea RS Internal 540 Wh Battery

A slight increase in weight necessitates a corresponding increase in battery capacity. The Orbea Rise H-Series battery is stated to get riders approximately 11,500ft of climbing in Eco Mode, 6,600ft in Trail mode, and 5,250ft in Boost - plenty of battery power to assist with backwoods weekend adventures.

The 540 Wh battery has estimated charge time of 7 hours and weighs in at a just 500g (1.1 lbs) more

An Orbea Occam With a Motor

A Mystical Hydroformed Orbea Rise Appears
Orbea Occam in Purple and Gray

The similarities between the Orbea Rise and the Orbea Occam are striking. From a geometry standpoint, the numbers are virtually identical. The Rise combines the trail prowess of the Occam with a sweet little electronic kick to tack a few extra hours of enjoyment onto the day.

On both models, the swingarm is essentially held together by the thru-axle, and the shock linkage is held in place by a large splined axle – much like how modern cranks fit to bikes. The suspension kinematics are very similar as well. The Rise receives a leverage curve with a little more progression to make up for extra weight and torque coming from the drie unit. This is a necessary change to aid in giving longevity to the suspension; you never want to bottom out!

While the Rise gains a little weight, a battery, and a motor, it’s not dominated by these additions. Amid an ever increasing array of eMountain bikes, the Rise strikes balance in the aspects it borrows from Orbea’s tried and true trail bike.


Comparison: Orbea Rise M20 vs Orbea Rise H15

Orbea Rise M Team Series
Component Highlight

Frameset

Orbea Monocoque Carbon Fiber

Suspension

Fox Float 34 Fork, Fox DPS Shock (140mm)

Battery

Orbea RS Internal Battery - 360Wh

Motor

Shimano EP8 RS

Range

Up to 12 hours or 14,120 ft climbing (with range extender)

Rise M20 Weight

40.12 lbs, size M

Orbea Rise H10
Component Highlight

Frameset

Orbea Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy

Shock

Fox Float 36 Fork, Fox Float X shock (150mm & 140mm)

Battery

Orbea RS Internal Battery - 540Wh

Motor

Shimano EP8 RS

Range

Up to 13 hours or 16,400 ft climbing (with range extender)

Rise H15 Weight

41.97 lbs, size M


Learn More About the Orbea Rise

The 2022 Orbea Rise Hydro Buyer's Guide

While it utilizes the same motor, suspension kinematics, and geometry as the Rise Carbon, its larger battery and lower price is a revolution unto itself. We break down the differences Rise H20, Rise H15, and more.

Orbea Rise Tech Review - 35 Pounds of Power

One of the lightest eMTBs available, but perhaps the best-riding one too. We break down every detail, from suspension kinematics, the Shimano E-Tube app, and more.

Questions?

The Orbea Rise is available at Contender Bicycles in several options. Reach out and we will be happy to get back with any questions you may have. Contact us at info@contenderbicycles.com or (801) 364-0344.