On Test | The 2020 Orbea Occam M10 Brings Some (Much Needed) Spanish Flair To Flow HQ

The latest full suspension mountain bike to be pulled out of a big cardboard box at Flow HQ is this bright orange and blue Orbea Occam. Brand new for the 2020 model year, the Occam has been distilled into a pure do-all-the-things trail bike, with Orbea eliminating the TR and AM variants of the previous incarnation. Instead, the new Occam is simply called…err…the Occam. It’s now built solely around 29in wheels, features 140mm of rear wheel travel. You can pair that to either a 140mm or 150mm travel fork, and like every Orbea model, there are about a zillion customisation options available through the MyO program.

Mick took the Occam on a recent trip to Derby, Tasmania. Where it handled the mellow trails really well, but was somewhat out of its depth on the EWS racetrack sections of the forest.
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Ooh what do we have here then?

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

The most distinctive aspect of the new Occam is its asymmetric chassis, which employs a reinforcing strut that connects the middle of the downtube to partway up the seat tube. As well as cutting a unique profile, the strut helps to strength and stiffen the pivot platform for the main rocker linkage. Furthermore, the rocker link is rolling on an oversized splined axle that claims to reduce twisting as the suspension crushes through the travel.

Orbea offers the Occam in both alloy and carbon frame options, and they all feature the same distinctive shape, along with internal cable routing, frame protection, and the Concentric Boost rear suspension platform. You can also fit a water bottle inside the mainframe, but you’ll only be reaching for it with your left hand, whether you like it or not.

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The 2020 Orbea Occam has been repurposed into a proper trail bike with 29in wheels, 140mm of rear travel and a 140-150mm travel fork.

Orbea Occam Geometry

There’s been a hefty and predictable update to the Occam’s geometry, with the seat tube angle getting significantly steeper, while the front end had gotten longer and slacker. Orbea has also moved to a reduced-offset fork, and has lengthened the chainstays to 440mm. All-up, it’s got a bigger footprint that should give it more high-speed chops.

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Descending into the abyss!
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The asymmetric frame profile looks cool, and you can still fit a water bottle in there.

What Occams Can We Get Down Under?

Basically all of them! There are eight Orbea Occam models available for us Aussies, with pricing starting at $4,499 for the alloy Occam H30, and going up to $11,999 for the carbon Occam M-LTD. You can also get a standalone carbon frameset with a Fox Float DPX2 shock for $4,999 if you fancy building up your own bike.

Alternatively, the top two Occam models (M-LTD and M10) can be customised via the MyO program. Be prepared though, because there’s a ridiculous number of paint combinations available. Since every Orbea is painted and built to order in the company’s Basque-based facility, this process doesn’t cost you a single dollar more – Orbea offers the custom paint at no extra charge. It’ll just take a few extra weeks to arrive, providing you can wait that long.

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We’re testing the Occam M10 in the stock configuration. There’s a bunch of upgrade options if you fancy though.

2020 Orbea Occam M10

The bike we’ve got on test is the Orbea Occam M10, which will sell in Australia for $8,299 in its stock configuration. If you want to jazz things up, the standard upgrades include a Fox 36 GRIP2 150mm fork (+$261), DT Swiss XMC 1200 wheels (+$1,746), a Crank Brothers Highline dropper post (+$278). You can even change the tyre spec and the fork’s thru-axle if you so desire.

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How will the Occam stack up against bikes like the Specialized Stumpjumper and Trek Fuel EX?

Mick has just gotten back from a whirlwind tour of Derby and Falls Creek, where he was able to put the Orbea Occam M10 through a barrage of trail riding to see just how capable it is. He’ll be giving the bike a good rip around his local test trails in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for his thoughts on this bright blue Basque beast.

In the meantime, you can get more info on the Orbea Occam range and see all those crazy customisation options via the Orbea website.


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