New Orbea Laufey will get trendy geometry and inside storage, however it misses a trick


Whereas Orbea’s newest hardtail will get a 140mm fork and a down tube storage compartment, we expect the Laufey may very well be even higher with mullet wheels.

On paper the brand new Orbea Laufey ticks all of the containers you’d search for within the greatest hardtails in the marketplace. It comes with trendy geometry, a mid-travel 140mm fork that offers sufficient isolation from bumps with out enormous swings in geometry, and there’s a hidden down tube compartment for storing necessities – one thing not often seen on a hardtail. So what’s lacking? Properly, whereas 29in wheels entrance and rear make sense on a full-suspension bike, we expect a hardtail would profit from a mixed-wheel mullet set-up. Learn on to seek out out why.

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The Orbea Laufey H LTD will get an alloy body with inside down tube storage.

Orbea Laufey must know

  • Versatile path hardtail with triple-butted, hydroformed, alloy body
  • 29in wheels and 140mm journey fork
  • Down tube cargo bay
  • Inside cable routing
  • Low-slung high tube for improved dealing with
  • Three fashions with costs beginning at £1,599

Orbea’s Laufey initially began life as a Plus bike with 3in extensive tyres. For these of you new to mountain biking, Plus bikes used oversize tyres, with widths of something between 2.6in and 3in, to provide higher consolation, traction, and management. The additional air quantity allowed decrease pressures, which helped the tyres conform to the bottom and isolate the rider from high-frequency path buzz.

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The LOCKR has a small hatch within the body, so it’s not the best system to get issues out and in. 

The principle disadvantage was that the sidewalls needed to be made comparatively skinny to maintain the load of the tyres acceptable, and this meant that they’d squirm unpredictably when ridden aggressively. Ultimately the bike trade gravitated in the direction of mid-size 2.5in to 2.6in tyres as the very best compromise between tyre stability and traction/consolation and Plus bikes died out.

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Inside cable routing goes by way of ports within the body somewhat than the headset, which will get the nod from us. 

However on hardtails, the place you don’t have the luxurious of any rear suspension, our annual Hardtail of the Yr take a look at often reminds us that fatter tyres carry enormous advantages when it comes to consolation and confidence. It’s our view that hardtails may very well be improved considerably by working a 29in wheel up entrance for correct, predictable steering, and a 27.5in rear wheel with a 2.6in or 2.8in tyre for a smooth-rolling journey. Though the Laufey does include 2.6in tyres entrance and rear, sadly Orbea hasn’t tried the 29 x 2.6in entrance and 27.5in x 2.8in choice with the brand new mannequin, regardless of the mannequin’s Plus bike roots.

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Slender seatstays are all properly and good, however you’ll be able to’t beat a fats tyre for final consolation and compliance. 

What we do like is the 140mm journey fork up entrance. As a result of hardtails primarily pivot across the rear axle, because the fork compresses the top angle solely ever will get steeper. So, to maintain the dynamic geometry comparatively steady and predictable, it’s necessary to not go loopy with fork journey, and we’re glad to see Orbea has taken this method.

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Sloping high tubes maximise clearance, and may make sure the Laufey is good and chuckable. 

The geometry on the Laufey additionally appears dialled, with quick seat tubes throughout the 4 body sizes, and a straight seat tube, to provide riders the selection of a small body for final agility, or a bigger body for extra room and stability, with out having to compromise on standover clearance. The attain is pretty common throughout the body sizes, going from 427mm on the small to 500mm on the XL in roughly 25mm increments. Orbea has stored the top angle fairly relaxed at 64.5º and the seat angle steep at 77º. All 4 body sizes get the identical size chainstays, however at 440mm they’re neither extremely compact nor overlong.

We’re impressed to see Orbea incorporate its LOCKR inside body storage within the new Laufey. Whereas it gained’t be as capacious or helpful because the bigger down tubes on the new Occam path bike or revised Rallon enduro bike, it’s nonetheless a pleasant choice for stashing instruments and tyre plug package, or some emergency jelly infants. For peace of thoughts, Orbea can also be providing a lifetime guarantee on the body.

Orbea Laufey vary

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Orbea Laufey H LTD 2024 

There are three fashions within the new Laufey vary. On the high of the tree is the H-LTD at £2,699 ($2,999, €2,499). It will get a Fox Float Efficiency fork and Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain. Wheels are Race Face AR 30c with Maxxis Dissector 2.6in tyres.

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Orbea Laufey H10 2024

The Laufey H10 is £2,099 ($2,499, €1,899) and comes with Marzocchi’s Z2 Bomber fork and Shimano Deore/SLX drivetrain.

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Orbea Laufey H30 2024

Final, however positively not least, there’s the Laufey H30. This prices £1,599 ($1,899, €1,499) and comes with a RockShox Recon fork and Shimano Deore drivetrain with 11-51T SunRace cassette. It nonetheless will get the Orbea Mountain Management dropper submit as normal.