Orbea pioneered road electric bikes with their ground-breaking 'Enough Energy' concept. They revolutionized thinking by blending the road bike and the electric bike categories and created incredibly lightweight road ebikes that look just like normal bikes. Welcome the Orbea Gain.
Orbea Gain completely redesigned the Gain in 2021 to improve the ride quality and integration with a new motor and new geometry. There also added some handy new user-friendly features that take advantage of having an electric drive system. Their most road-like 'E' yet.
'Enough Energy' Gets a Boost: New Motor and Display.
- A new motor, remapped and now with torque simulation, and
- A new, larger display
The 'Enough Energy' concept was released in 2018. Orbea changed the way ebikes were perceived with their lightweight, minimalist Gain ebikes that operate on a power-on-demand basis. In 2021 the Gain motor got a boost and all Gains feature a new motor, the EBikemotion X35 Plus.
The new motor incorporates a Torque Simulation Algorithm which provides a more natural assistance response. The motor has also been re-mapped to bring the assistance modes closer to the natural roll feel expected on a manual bike.
Overall this provides a motor that still has the same oomph that has made it such a hit, delivered in a way that provides an even more natural feel.
Orbea have also introduced a new display which is bigger and more legible while riding.
New Frame and Geometry: Handling and Integration
A new frame incorporates the new motor and enhances the handling, comfort and integration of the Gain this year. The centre of gravity of the bike has been lowered to provide more stability, and cornering and handling is improved with a shorter chainstay.
Orbea have also adapted the ICR+ integration techniques featured on their Orca road models to completely hide all the cables.
Already a great looking bike, the new Gain has the speed sensor and motor cables concealed inside the frame and the cockpit cables are integrated under the stem and through the headtube. Overall its a very clean look and a bonus is that it is still easy to maintain.
New User-Friendly Features: Comfort, Safety and Convenience
While Orbea has sought to deliver an ebike that is more road-like than ever this year it has taken advantage of the 'E' through the provision of daylight running lights.
Each Gain this year will come with integrated front and tail lights that run off the battery. The front light is a 60 lumens daylight running light that has an optional high beam, and the tail light is seatpost mounted and is 11 lumens.
Each Gain also comes with
- a carbon fork which is more forgiving on rougher surfaces, and
- is fitted with 700 x 30C (min) tubeless ready tires. These are slightly wider and offer more comfort, grip and efficiency. The single chainring versions have 700 x 40 gravel tires.
The Gain 'M' (carbon) models also come with a carbon seatpost which provides even more comfort.
Orbea Gain Range: Naming Conventions
As for last year the Gain road ebike models come in either a Carbon or an Alloy frame. There is more variety offered this year with the introduction of new gravel and carbon flat bar versions.
If you're trying to decide which Gain to get it helps to understand their naming convention:
- "M" is a carbon frame; "D" is an alloy frame eg. Orbea Gain M20 or D20
- "i" is Di2 gearing eg. Orbea Gain M20i
- "1X" is their gravel series, offered in multiple versions this year eg. Orbea Gain M20 1X
- "F" is flat bar eg. Orbea Gain M20 F
Orbea Gain Carbon EBikes: Summary
Orbea have expanded their carbon offering in Australia this year with more gravel and flat bar versions. What is quite special about this range of bikes though is the ability to customise via Orbea's MyO portal.
With MyO you can choose your frame and fork colouring, add extra logos or detailing, and choose different components such as handlebars, cranksets, tires etc.
Here is an overview of the models available. Note that all groupsets and brakesets are Shimano, all groupsets are 11-speed and all brakes are hydraulic disc.
|Gain M10i*||Dura Ace Di2||R9170||OC2 Carbon||$16,499|
|Gain M20i||Ultegra Di2||R8070||OC2 Carbon||$11,699|
Fulcrum E-Racing 900
|Gain M20 1X||GRX RX810||ST RX810||Fulcrum E-Racing 900||$9,699|
|Gain M20 F||Ultegra||XT M8100||Fulcrum E-Racing 900||$9,699|
|Gain M30||105||R7070||Fulcrum E-Racing 900||$8,499|
|Gain M30 1X||GRX RX600||RX400||Fulcrum E-Racing 900||$8,499|
|Gain M30 F||105||SLX M7100||Fulcrum E-Racing 900||$8,299|
Orbea Gain Alloy EBikes: Summary
Orbea have also expanded their Alloy ('D' models) range with a new gravel bike. The 'D' range offers excellent value for money and is consistently popular with those looking for dip their toes into the ebike world and still have a great quality road bike.
Here is a summary of what's on offer:
|Gain D20||Ultegra 11-sp||R8070 Hydraulic||Ready GR||$7,999|
|Gain D30||105 11-sp||R7070 Hydraulic||Ready GR||$6,399|
|Gain D30 1X*||GRX RX600 11-sp||RX400 Hydraulic||Ready GR||$6,299|
|Gain D40||Tiagra 10-sp||Tiagra Hydraulic||
How Can I Get One?
Electric Bikes Brisbane has a good selection of Orbea Gain models in stock and in transit. We are also very happy to help you to customise your Gain if you want to custom order.
Please contact us for assistance or if you wish to place an order.