At this years Eurobike show, Orbea chose to release their brand new Alma carbon race hardtail. The Alma has been one of their most long-standing names in the Orbea lineup, having been both their very first carbon mountain bike and also becoming one of the worlds first mass production carbon 29ers. For 2014, Orbea have stripped back the weight on the Alma, tweaked the geometry, drastically improved vertical compliance and have created an intriguing sizing scale that sees 27.5″ wheels used on the Small and Medium frame sizes, and 29″ wheels on the Medium, Large and X-Large frame sizes. Like the new Yeti ARC carbon hardtail, it appears that Orbea are using wheel size as an extension of frame sizing, though for Medium-sized riders you’ll actually have the choice between 650B and 29″ wheels. There’s a whole schwag of features and improvements beneath the surface, including the switch to internal cable routing that is Di2 compatible… Check out Orbea’s press release below to see why they’re so excited about the new Basque speed machine!

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– Press Release –

The Alma is the reference in the leading races around the world. It has won legendary XC circuits, accompanying top elite athletes. And this is something you don’t get all at once. It is achieved through innovation and development, work that led to the creation of the XC bike with the latest technologies in the market.

Monocoque
The philosophy behind our bike design and making leads us to put on the market excellent, extremely durable solutions. This is the reason why we have chosen the monocoque construction system. The monocoque construction results in a single piece for the front triangle and two for the rear triangles, which ensures improved carbon frame performance in terms of weight, stiffness and comfort.

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The Alma comes in two frame models: Orbea Monocoque Race (OMR) and Orbea Monocoque Performance (OMP), which have different carbon properties. Keeping the same stiffness, Orbea has built a lightweight OMR frame for top-level racing. To make sure that the frame meets all the required standards, Orbea has it extensively tested under highly critical conditions. This way we guarantee frame quality and are able to offer lifetime warranty.

4×4
4×4 means full traction. Absolute reliability. Best results on any surface. This is Alma and this is its characteristic technology. Look at the Alma frame to see that both the front and the rear triangles are four-point instead of three-point triangles, as you might expect.

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We go beyond tradition and logic and we have many good reasons to do so. Improved rigidity: We improved the Alma’s lateral rigidity by 15%. The reduced lateral torsion means better transmission of the rider’s power. Improved comfort: The new angles created on the front and rear triangles allow the downtube and seat tube to merge in a lower area for greater impact absorption, even on the roughest terrains. With this we make 211% more comfortable bikes.

Big Wheels Concept
The Alma geometry has been redesigned for better adaptation of the frame to various sizes: the bottom bracket moved up and the stem became shorter. These changes favor the attacking position.

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Stack and reach: The stack & reach concept involves the longitudinal measures from the seat to the handlebar and from the stem to the front wheel axle. Taking these measurements, we passed from the previous seven sizes for the Alma 26 and 29 to the current five sizes (two with 27.5” and three with 29″ wheels) to cater for the whole range of XC riders. The new Alma’s geometry grows linearly, and with this concept, the smaller sizes come with 27.5″ wheels while the bigger ones use 29″ wheels. We believe size matters: the bigger the better. This is why we approach sizes considering users’ height. Depending on how tall users are, we offer them bikes with 27.5” or 29” wheels.

DCR, Direct Cable Routing
Our Direct Cable Routing is a cable guide system that routes the cable path efficiently and directly

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Precision: No cable turns leads to reduced friction. Sealing: Perfectly sealed, it prevents water and mud getting into the system, which increases durability. Ultralight: Our exclusive ultralight coating reduces weight by 50g on conventional full housing. And also… Tapered Headtube, Press Fit, Di2 Ready and Direct Post Mount… See all the details in www.orbea.com!

Luna Pro Team
Luna Chix is the oldest and most successful MTB and XTERRA pro team. The Luna Chix women have participated in the Olympic Games, Georgia Gould earned bronze in London 2012, have won MTB world championships, Catharine Pendrel, Champéry 2011 and XTERRA events; they have lifted the UCI MTB World Cup title three times, and have taken five National Xterra Championships in USA, Canada and the Czech Republic.

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Katerina Nash is currently second in the overall standings of the World Cup and one of the main candidates for the title, with just one race left! Moreover, they are going to take part in the XC World Championship in South Africa this Saturday with great chances to take the title!

More info: http://www.orbea.com/int-en/sites/alma_2014/