Bicycle manufacturers have a propensity to give every slight change in design some sort of new jargon, but some things mean more than others. Orbea’s key phrase in marketing the Gain, “Enough Power, Enough Energy”, doesn’t seem to have much meaning. However, in the case of the 2019 Orbea Gain M30 carbon e-road bike, those words mean the Gain is all the power you’ll ever need, with nothing extra to distract the rider from anything that isn’t pure riding bliss.
Orbea says that the Gain M30 “embraces sweat and hard work and works in unison with your efforts to tick off the kilometers.” This unison effort starts with the iWoc ONE, a small LED-backlit button found on the bike’s toptube. The LED color shows how much battery life is left, as well as the ability to control how much assist one might want throughout a ride. The button relays the info to the Ebikemotion X35 motor, which offers quiet operation and butter-smooth assist with 250 W power and up to 40 Nm torque. This rear hub-mounted motor does little to make itself known, but the rear hub motor has inherently less friction than a mid-mounted motor, and is lighter too (under 8 pounds for the whole drive system). From here, riders can select between three levels of assist, and see where their battery life is mid-ride. Need more information? Ebikemotion offers a companion app that not only offers battery life and power output, but GPS navigation and auto-uploading to Strava.
Accompanying the stealthy motor is a 250 W battery that offers strong performance despite it’s diminutive size (Orbea doesn’t make any claims, but many riders say that the battery gets 60+ miles of range with juice to spare). This keeps weight low (the whole pedal assist system weighs in at under 8 pounds), and combined with the M30’s carbon frame and fork, ensures the bike handles much more like a normal road bike than a hulking e-bike. The hub-based drive motor is drag-free when not offering a helping hand, but when they do offer a helping hand, assist is sneaky and well-disguised. Generally speaking, it’s not until you look at how fast you climbed the mountain that you see that there was a bit of motor-doping going on; it’s that good.
The 2019 Orbea Gain M30 pedal assist all-road bike starts with the Gain carbon frame and fork, as well as the Ebikemotion X35 drive motor. This is accompanied by a Shimano 105 R7000 drivetrain, a Mavic Aksium Elite wheelset, Mavic Yksion Pro 700 x 28c tires, and a FSA cockpit. Five sizes are available (XS-XL) in a Black-Grey, Orange-Yellow Gloss, or a Blue-White-Black Matte colorway.
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