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Review of the Orbea Rise Hydro H30

Looking for a playful eMTB for fun all mountain riding with small jumps and pops?  Check out the Orbea Rise Hydro H30, with 140mm of travel, superlight weight, a full-size battery, and components comparable to a much higher end eMTB.
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 eMTB in grey and blue, side view with sunset background
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 electric mountain bike in orange, riding uphill on rocks
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 eMTB in grey, jumping downhill
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 in orange, cruising uphill
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 Review on Fly Rides
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 eMTB in grey and blue, side view with sunset background
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 electric mountain bike in orange, riding uphill on rocks
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 eMTB in grey, jumping downhill
Orbea Rise Hydro H30 in orange, cruising uphill

Orbea’s origins go all the way back to 1840 when the company started as a gun and ammo manufacturer. Fast forward to 1930 when Orbea went from warfare to the light hearted world of bicycles. As the company grew they have taken the biking world by storm and with the new release of their Hydro series are showing why they are one of the best in the industry.

 

I don't feel like I need a bike that's more powerful, and I definitely don't need crazy specs. I just don't ride that hard. For the fast, flowing singletrack that I like to do, there's no doubt that the H30 performs very well, and I never had any issues climbing up hills or running out of battery just with that 540 watt hours. You also can't ignore how good this bike looks in person. It's incredibly sleek and low profile. You can tell Orbea's done a lot of work, for instance on the welding to keep this aluminum frame lasting longer. It's just a really beautifully designed bike. I really fell in love with that Shimano EP 8 RS Motor of the last couple days. I think Orbea and Shimano really did a great job of designing a motor that is so good for the specific bikes they're used on. It's pretty rare that you get a motor that is so tuned to a specific bike, but that is definitely one of the advantages of going with the Orbea Rise series, is that Shimano EP 8 RS motor. If you ride a bit harder and hit jumps above 3 ft consistently you may want to look into a full powered ebike built with longer travel.

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