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Orbea Wild FS 20 29S LR Tested: Orbea are known for producing well performing trail and Enduro bikes across many parts of the press, with their long travel Enduro bikes being some of the most respected bikes in tests. So when they turned their design team to E-Bikes, we were interested to find out how they would perform. Available in 27.5″ and 29″ versions we tested one of the high end models with the 29″ wheel size. Find out how well Orbea’s experienced in producing well respected trail bikes passed over into the E-Bike product line up below.
Profile: Orbea Wild FS 20 29S LR
A low profile design.
Orbea like to keep things simple and all their products have design elements that are there for a reason. The latest look for the Wild FS then is fairly ground breaking as they create a frame with flowing lines and integration at the core of their design. In fact there is nothing to suggest that the Wild FS is even an E-Bike from a distance, as their hydro-formed main frame manages to fit in a standard Shimano battery. Up close though we can see the motor and battery have been placed to give riders an optimal smooth ride with an excellent specification and competitive price. The use of 29″ wheels suggest this is an E-Mountainbike for rolling through the landscape and actually is the opposite of wild in it’s handling.
The price of our test bike is 5.299 € (RRP). | Bikemarkt: Orbea Wild FS 20 29S LR kaufen
Available frame sizes: S/ M/ L/ XL
Measured projection height: 770 mm (frame size L)
Weight: 23,1 kg (without pedals)
|Frame||Rahmen||ORBEA WILD Full Suspension 2018 Hydroformed Alloy 140mm Travel Boost 12X148|
|Fork||Gabel||Fox 34 Float Factory 140 FIT4 3-Pos-Adj QR15x110 Kashima E-Bike Optimized|
|Shock||Dämpfer||Fox Float DPS Performance 3-Position Evol custom tune 200x51mm|
|Cassette||Kassette||Sun Race 11-46t 11-Speed|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano ZEE Hydraulic Disc Ice-Technologies|
|Wheels||Laufräder||Duroc 35 TL 6-Bolt|
|Tires||Reifen||Kenda 1184A Havok 29x2,4" 60TPI TLR (E-MTB specific)|
|Seat||Sattel||Selle Royal 2077 DRN|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||Race Face Aeffect Dropper 31.6x385/125mm|
|Bar||Lenker||Race Face Ride 35 20mm Rise 760mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Race Face Ride 35mm interface|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||€ 5.299|
Motor & Battery
Solid well balanced Shimano Steps performance
Shimano as always are a solid performance element to build a bike around. We like the integration as it allows the battery to be removed easily so it can be charged off the bike or swapped out for another battery. Shimano solutions for integration are rather bulky and tend to be fixed into the frames. Orbea’s solution negates that weakness as they focus on having a top performing motor and control system as their priority. The use of the natural feeling the Shimano motor is also complimentary to the well rolling trail performance that Orbea have focused on.
- Motor: Shimano Steps E800
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Shimano
26.03 km / 562 hm / 1 h 17 min
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side, so we like to test eMTBs for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the E-Bike will go. For this test we managed 26.03 km and 562 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly. This was done on a well-used/cycled battery.
Other Observed Details
The colour choices of the Wild and frame styling are more suggestive than indicating extreme performance, in fact we are not quite sure why the Wild even has it’s name just by looks. When you get into the details including the use of a Boost 148 rear hub and short rear stays do you understand that it is hiding it’s true nature. The frame itself is very well constructed and finished, we like the rear suspension layout and use of high quality pivot hardware. The battery compartment is hidden behind a removable door and gives the user the option to easily remove the battery for charging off the bike.
Component wise the Wild FS has everything one needs for a good trail riding experience with performance components where necessary. We particularly like the use of Zee brakes, which are as powerful in our hands as the Saint high end models, but are extremely good value for money. They miss some tuning adjustments but generally are alined well out of the box and during our time required very little adjustment, as they need a tool. The use of high end suspension components obviously gives us an indication where Orbea see that the largest performance for price advantages lie. They have put the main focus on those elements. Including with tyres and the well performance Sun Ringle based wheel set. That being said the rest of the components are not discount non brand parts, everything has a purpose and reason for it being there.
On The Trail
Keeps moving forward no mater how steep it gets.
Uphill the wild is smooth and faultless. Tracking forward without stopping taking on everything that you put in front of it. Smooth rolling, even when the going gets sticky and muddy, the 29” wheels and Nevegal Pro tyres seem to be an inspiring choice. Orbea are famous amongst journalists for making very pleasing bikes. This comes down to choosing the right build and the right frame kinematics. Its a long while since we had tried Kenda tyres, there is a reason they are mounted on the Wild, they work, you can feel that in the climbs.
Cornering uphill is smooth, with the length of the bike being just right for manoeuvring on tight turns. The riders weight is always in the ideal location and when the trails become very steep, minimal body movements are required to put the power down.
The suspension tracks along with ease, smooth and leaves the rider unaware of what is happening, it just maintains contact, thats what we want a fire and forget ride.
A good bike for easy going descents
The smoothness on the climbs carries over into the descents. Let go of the powerful Zee brakes and the speed picks up in a stable way. There is no wobble or moment of indecision, the Wild knows where it is going. Popping the front wheel up, dropping off small features, everything is confidently handled and smoothly executed. The suspension maintains, with the 29er wheels, a solid grip that on fast, loose, wet corners that keeps you heading in the right direction. Even when corners are tight, its still pretty easy to get around and under hard braking we liked how the suspension stood up and balance was maintained.
When the trail gets rough the Wild takes a more over the top approach, its not going to bounce you around and throw you off, its not going to enjoy jaw dropping agressive trails, but its going to take you smoothly to a limit then suggest its time to slow down. Considering the build we would suggest tricky all mountain environments are the ideal place to put the Wild, hard Enduro should only be for the heroes, It can do it, but its not got the length we would prefer for that environment. The biggest market though is clear, All Mountain is the key, and the Wild is the lock that the key fits with.
Fun and smooth on flowing trails.
29er wheels immediately lead to the thought that this bike is aimed at all over trail riding. This is true. The wild is a non-stop roller, no matter what the rider does the E-Bike keeps moving forward smoothly and confidently. The suspension tune is just right for the wheel size and gives a feel that you can ride non stop along the mountain ridge then down the hill and up to the next peak. Its effortless smoothness that stands out with the Wild. Explore far and wide, have something in reserve for a few technical descents and smoothly climb the next trail to the next peak. Wild exploration is what the Orbea is good at.
Everything that is on the Wild has been picked for a reason to contribute to this smooth feeling.
We didn’t spend time on it, but now the Shimano software has the ability to be tuned via the app, we might spend some time playing with the motor settings to see how we can regulate on trail power regulation when in dynamic power mode. We would be interested to know if we can get the E-Bike to be even smoother than it is.
eMTB-News-conclusion: Orbea Wild FS 20 29S LR
The Orbea Wild FS is one of the smoothest E-Bikes we have ridden in an all mountain environment. The combination of 29er wheels with ample travel and an excellent all round suspension feel, give an eMTB that you can do pretty much anything with. We really like the feeling of the 29er wheels on ascents as they grip to well and allow the E-Bike to flow around corners and over tricky rock sections. The internal battery is a nice feature, keeps the bike looking smooth and is a good interpretation of integration with the Shimano system.
- Excellent smooth ride
- Good build quality
- Price competitive
- 29er Rear wheel flex noticeable on heavy g-outs
Can 29ers be a larger section of the e-bike market?
- Punta Ala Italy: On the trails around Punta Ala and Florence / Italy. All types of trails that can be ridden all year, we tried rocky and smooth flowing trails in a variety of weather conditions.
Tester-profile Alex Boyce
- Name: Alex Boyce
- Height: 183 cm
- Weight (with riding-gear): 95 kg
- Inside leg: 88 cm
- Arm’s length: 69 cm
- Torso: 67 cm
- Riding style: soft, jumps preferred, every terrain, Uphill in turbo-mode
- What do I ride mainly: E-Bike, Enduro, Gravel.
- Preferred suspension: Responsive and direct steering, Plus-Tires
- Preferred geometry: Wide bars (800 mm), long frame, chainstays mid-length
Further Information About The Orbea Wild FS 20 29S LR
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photography: Alex Boyce, The American
Wild FS 20 29 LR
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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