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Orbea Alma 29 Silver
Retail Price: $1899.00
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We can think of few mountain bikes with designs so forward-thinking that their legitimacy endured for more than a couple of years. We recall even fewer that were remembered, let alone still revered after five years. The modern Ibis Mojo is one such example, and a big part of its legacy is the dw-link rear suspension. Perhaps more remarkable is the Orbea Alma since it's a simple bike, a hardtail. It's a testament to the developmental energy and prospective design work by Orbea, and the Alma 29 Silver hits the target best with respect to stiffness, durability, and cost. Aside from being the world's first production carbon 29er, the Alma stands as a model of sharp design. We don't mean just sharp angles, though the Alma 29 has a few of those. We mean thoughtful, like a downtube that's oversized for stiffness and shaped to provide some protection for the rider from mud and spray from the front tire, acting like a fender. We also mean well-engineered. Take the 4x4 design; both the front and rear triangles are actually quadrangles, with four corners. The reasons for this are simple - to increase the comfort for the rider. Couple this with the advantages of 29er wheels and the Alma 29 Silver is a true all-terrain bike. The 4x4 design is based around the understanding that a triangle is nature's stiffest geometrical design because any forces on its points simply become tension or compression in the members (think chainstays, seatstays, and seat tube in the case of the rear triangle). By adding a short fourth member, which you can see in front of the dropout, Orbea's engineers have designed the rear end of the Alma to deflect some of the harsh input from the trail by way of the joints, or nodes, flexing slightly. The carbon lay-up is designed to allow a small degree of movement here without losing any torsional stiffness. This is the beauty of carbon in comparison to metals; where metals exhibit the same characteristics in all directions, carbon fiber can be tuned for dif...