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2020 Orbea Alma OMR + Spirit Fork
When you know you want a hardtail, then the next step is considering whether you might not love to have a rigid fork as well to be even snappier and lighter over your favorite trails. The Orbea Alma OMR + Spirit Fork will be the perfect suspension-less XC mountain bike for anyone who values speed and lightweight performance as well as the simplicity and efficiency a well-designed rigid fork can offer.
And if the thought or rigid fork makes you think of those clunky early mountain bikes you learned to ride on, then rest assured that the Spirit fork is much, much more than that. Weighing just 575 grams, the Spirit fork is a carbon fork tuned to the type of riding where an Alma OMR will excel. The carbon layup helps shed the excess weight of a suspension fork, while still providing the type of springiness that will allow you to keep your traction without getting rattled. Available in a 27.5 and 29 option, the Sprit is Boost compatible, and also works with traditional spacing. It will be able to handle up to 2.8 inch tires, so traction will never be in doubt. Not only is the weight savings a big plus for this fork, but the reduced level of maintenance that it will need in comparison to a suspension fork means that it is much more versatile and reliable, especially if you have some long distance traveling in mind. Fewer moving parts to gunk up or get broken.
As for the rest of the bike, it is the same great OMR frame that means this is a pure racer. This is a hardtail that is capable of tackling the toughest XC trails and races. Orbea has designed the top tube to take the slightest extra little bend as it approaches the seat tube. It’s just the tiniest little curve which Orbea calls their 4×4 structure. It accomplishes a number of different things. First, the extra bend offers an additional flex point that will help absorb the trail hits keeping your tires tracking the ground, and saving your backside from the woes of rough vibrations. And then it allows the top tube to hit lower down on the seat tube, flowing neatly into the seatstays, and tightening up the rear triangle. It’s a clever method to get you the compliance you need while also increasing how stiff and responsive the rear end will feel.
Orbea has also expanded their Big Wheel line with the Alma, meaning that all four sizes will be available with 29 inch wheels, with the small and medium sizes still being available with the smaller 27.5 inch wheels. They want to make certain that all riders, no matter how tall, will have the type of rollover and handling they prefer. With that in mind, they have also incorporated their World Cup Geometry which will be aggressive enough for those important races, while slackening the head angle, you can feel super stable on demanding descents. But the steep seat angle will work with the lower stack height to increase the precision of the handling. Shorter chainstays will then keep the whole level of nippy acceleration that is essential for race winning attacks.
The Orbea Alma OMR + Spirit Fork is available in four stock colors as well as the Orbea MyO color customization.
- Frame: Carbon
- Rear Triangle: Carbon
- Fork: Orbea rigid Spirit fork, 575g
- Fork Axle: 15mm Thru x 110mm Boost
- Headset Included: Yes, ACROS Alloy 1 1/8” – 1 1/2” integrated
- Bottom Bracket Type: Press fit 92mm
- Cable Routing Brake: Internal
- Cable Routing Shifter: Internal
- Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
- Front Derailleur Mount: Direct mount
- Front Derailleur Pull Type: Front pull
- Front Derailleur Swing Type: Side swing
- Wheel Size Options: 27.5”, 29”
- Brake Mount Type: Post mount
- Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
- Seat Collar Included: Yes
- Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm Boost
- Sizes (27.5”): 15.75” SM | 17.5” MD |
- Sizes (29”): 15.76” SM | 17.51” MD | 19” LG | 21” XL |
- Colors: Anthracite Black, Black Anthracite Orange, Mint Black, Red Blue, Custom
- WARRANTY: LT
16.53 in CT SM l TT 23.03in, 17.91in CT MD l TT 23.62in, 19.02in CT LG l TT 24.21in, 20.39in CT XL l TT 25.00in
Anthracite Black, Black Anthracite Orange, Mint Black, Red Blue