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Orbea Gain M10i e-bike review


Cleverly designed and well balanced, with a wide range of kit and customisation options

Lots of customisation and pricing options • Well integrated tech for a natural ride feel
Going custom has impact on delivery time

Orbea’s Gain platform has become something of an e-bike icon ever since it was among the first to truly integrate the battery inside the frame many years ago.

While the model you see here is the flagship with an £8,000 pricetag that will be far beyond most budgets, the Gain range begins at a far more agreeable £2,299 – and the cheaper models retain more similarities than you’d think from this top-end monocoque carbon-framed beauty.

For the 2021 model integration has come to play a greater role, enabling Orbea to enhance the visual appeal and build in safety aspects such as lighting and, more importantly, clever algorithms that help deliver a seamlessly and natural feel to the motor, which syncs to your riding style. Up top a new integrated display feeds back essential ride information at a glance.

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Those algorithms have got immensely good at optimising output too. With the battery as sleek and hidden as it is, it’s right to assume it’s on the small side, but thanks to the Enough Energy concept, the Gain will deliver just the right amount of power, never throwing too much behind your effort and thus conserving juice for when it’s really needed. Over long distances that will really be appreciated.

The bike’s new geometry provides a relaxed, intuitive cornering feel with a lower bottom bracket and shorter chainstays. Tucked between those are 700x30 tubeless tyres which will sail over the roads, though should you wish to explore the single chainring Gain specs will allow tyres of 700x40.

If your goal is to spend all weekend in the saddle you can add a range extender to any bike carrying the Ebikemotion X35 system. In the case of the Gain, this charges the battery, adding an extra 208Wh to the existing 248Wh built in, equating to 450Wh and a 70% boost. To mount this system you’ll simply need to put one of the frame’s bottle cage mounts to use.

If you’re planning to spend big, Orbea has the customer journey down to a fine art and has added the ability to configure your components, with its MyO led guidance which you can find on its website.

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This custom build platform enables you to switch out wheelsets, gearing and other components ahead of delivery to your local partner store where it will be given a final check before you hit the road or trail.

Orbea Gain M10i specs

Frame material Carbon
Motor Ebikemotion X35 Plus
Battery Ebikemotion 36V/6.9A 248Wh Ant+
Gearing Shimano Dura-Ace 11-speed
Saddle Fizik Antares
Wheels OC2 Carbon Tubeless Ready
Tyres Schwalbe ONE 700x30 Tubeless

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From £2,299 (£8,000 for model pictured)

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