With updates in geometry, weight, and motor performance, the all-new Orbea Wild is the new enduro offering in its e-MTB range. The nine models come in an impressively lightweight package featuring an integrated battery, slacker and longer geometry, with one showcasing the new BOSCH CX-R motor. Let's take a closer look.
Following Orbea’s Wild FS, the brand set out to create its most high-performance e-MTB to date with a 51% stiffer and up to 32.5% lighter frame, that tips the scales at a shade under 21kg.
Working off the same successful enduro-optimised geometry of the Rallon but with some e-MTB tweaking, the Wild is a much slacker beast with length to boot. Still holding on to its promise of bringing comfort and stability to the rider from the previous model, the new frame shape offers even greater control.
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With a 64-degree head angle and 450mm reach, it’s 25mm longer than its predecessor. Plus, a 77.5-degree seat angle and a redesigned shorter chainstay of 448mm will improve the bike's handling further. Another characteristic the Wild shares with the Rallon is the Steep 'N' Deep concept, allowing riders to use long-travel seat posts throughout all its sizes.
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To simplify things, Orbea has opted for a neatly integrated battery within the OMR carbon ‘Rallon-like’ frame design to eliminate rattling noises and potential damage and increase security. All models come with two battery options, 625Wh and 750Wh, with the former more suited to riders looking for a long day out. Battery power and suspension choice are all yours to make and are customised through Orbea’s MyO program, where you can change anything from the colourway to the specification.
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The bike comes complete with 160mm rear travel optimised for e-bikes, and riders can opt for either the same upfront or 170mm Fox 38 Float suspension that is compatible with a coil if needed. The progressive suspension has a higher ramp rate towards the end of the travel, so there is no chance of bottoming out and a greater chance of control on the rough stuff.
Shimano is featured throughout and the small details, such as the wireless Bosch Mini Remote control paired with the Sealed Internal Cables, “SIC” system, makes for a clean and clinical cockpit. Orbea offers up to four sizes ranging from Small to X-Large and is available in seven models ranging from four in carbon and three in aluminium.
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The Wild is available in early 2023 and will set you back from anything between £5,299 to £10,999 depending on the model.
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