New Orbea Oiz XC race bike gets stiffer and lighter

Boost hubs, flex suspension, internal dropper post routing, and more

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The Orbea Oiz is a proven winner. This year, a smattering of updates make it an even better choice for hardcore racers.

The Orbea Oiz is a proven winner. This year, a smattering of updates make it an even better choice for hardcore racers.

The Orbea Oiz was first released in 2005 and has since won two world titles under Catharine Pendrel. It’s also racked up a number of World Cup podiums with the Luna Pro Team. For 2017, this successful model has┬áreceived several updates to help make it an even better choice for hardcore racers.

Orbea Oiz Boost

While the new Boost standard is a major inconvenience for those who’d prefer to move a high end wheelset over to a new build, it has allowed manufacturers to make frames that offer better clearance and shorter chainstays. In the case of the new Oiz, the new boost standard allowed Obrea to increase the rigidity of the frame and improve tire clearance. The bike can now accommodate tires upto 2.4″ wide. Another minor update that helped increase stiffness was the move from a rear QR to a 12mm thru-axle.

The Oiz utilizes all internal cable routing, including an option for a dropper.

The Oiz utilizes all internal cable routing, including an option for a dropper.

The previous model featured external cable routing, but the new 2017 bike also has an option for internal dropper post routing. While most XC racers may still prefer to high post it, we’ve seen a number of athletes use dropper posts at World Cup events this year and it is clearly a growing trend even in World Cup XC.

Like the Kona Hei Hei, Cannondale Scalpel,  and others, the Oiz ditches the rear pivot for flex stays.

Like the Kona Hei Hei, Cannondale Scalpel, and others, the Oiz ditches the rear pivot for flex stays.

Out back, Orbea has eliminated the rear pivot to help reduce weight. They’ve now moved to a flexible seat stay design that further increases stiffness and reduces maintenance requirements.

The Oiz is available in two different wheelsizes, to adapt for different sized riders.

The Oiz is available in two different wheelsizes, to adapt for different sized riders.

The Oiz is available in two different wheelsizes. Small riders are limited to 27.5″ equipped bike, while medium bikes are available with either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels. The size large and XL frames are only available with 29″ wheels.

The New Oiz will be available in a stunning mint green as well as this all black version.

The New Oiz will be available in a stunning mint green as well as this all black version.

Unlike the majority of new XC frames released this year, the Oiz has a relatively steep 70 degree head tube angle and minimal amounts of travel. While many brands have moved towards 120mm forks and 110mm travel in the rear, the Orbea is designed around a 100mm travel fork and only has 95mm of rear travel.

All the Oiz completes will ship with 11 speed drivetrains and either Mavic or DT Swiss wheels. The new Fox SC 32 fork is also an option at the higher end. Prices start at $3,299 for a complete and top out at $8,999.

For more info, visit Orbea.

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