Orbea updates the Occam and introduces the Occam LT
After the successful launch of the Occam last year, Orbea has found a wide range of Occam riders, using the bike for many styles of riding. Riders who appreciate its lightweight and pedalling efficiency, then riders who are loving the bike's capability when descending. With that, the brand has unveiled the new and updated Occam along with a brand new, longer travelled Occam LT.
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The new Occam sees quite a change in its linkage. For this year's bike, Orbea has built it with a new two-part linkage claiming that fewer pieces mean fewer interfaces and less chance of something coming loose.
Along with that, the brand has created a space in the rear axle and has filled it with a handy multitool that's held in place magnetically. Ideal for some speedy fettling. The new linkage and the multitool will come with both the Occam and the Occam LT.
Apart from the updated linkage, Orbea has kept the standard Occam true to its original form, taking an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach. As such, it gets the very same geometry with 140mm of travel at both ends, supplied by a Fox DPS shock and 34 fork.
The new Occam LT edges towards the wilder side of riding with a slightly more aggressive geometry and as its name suggests, more travel.
This bike gets 150mm of suspension up front, provided by a sturdier Fox 36 fork which then slackens the head angle by half a degree. The rear suspension remains the same but there are coil shock options with this bike if you would like to get extra rowdy.
Moving onto the Occam LT's geometry, it gets a slacker 65.6° head angle, with the seat tube getting slacker too, at 76.5°. The reach and chainstay measurements remain the same at 440mm for the former, and 474mm for the reach on a large frame.
As with last year, there will be an Occam H model that gets a high polish, gloss finish and fresh graphics with new colour options.
Then, with any Occam C model, from the M10 upwards, you can take advantage of Orbea's MyO system, allowing you to customise the colour of your new Occam to your very own tastes for no additional costs.
MyO then stretches to component swaps for the Occam M30 and Occam H models.
The 2022 Orbea Occam and Occam LT is available in four sizes from S up to XL and can be picked up from £2,400 up to £8,000.