Orbea OIZ M-TEAM Review
- Price: $8,599
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 29 inches
- Gear: 1×12
What we like about it: Updated geometry, a more robust frame, and increased integration while still maintaining a very lightweight.
What we don’t like about it: The price is too expensive and may not fit everyone’s budget.
The Orbea OIZ M-TEAM is equipped with 29-inch wheels, 120 mm of travel front and rear, and a lightweight carbon fiber frame, keeping the overall weight below 10 kilograms. It also improves stiffness to enhance climbing efficiency.
We will analyze the riding experience, key features, components, specifications, and other versions of the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM.
In the latter part of this article, we will also compare it to several other top bike models. If you want to learn more about bike reviews, you can follow us.
The Orbea OIZ M-TEAM has longer, lower, and slacker geometry than other comparable full-suspension bikes. This design gives the bike a greater ability to descend.
To test it out, I took the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM to Windrock Park in Tennessee and booked a nearby hotel in advance using IHG. The park offers a range of difficulty levels, from gravel roads to extremely rugged mountain terrain. I must admit, it’s a great place for riding.
Thanks to its ultra-lightweight and excellent suspension design, the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM makes climbing feel easier. It performs just as well as some hardtail mountain bikes.
The Orbea OIZ M-TEAM features Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain components with a 34T chainring and a 10-51t freewheel. Combined with its excellent pedaling efficiency, it gives me the confidence to tackle steep slopes.
I locked the front and rear suspension and maintained a relatively steep seat angle to maintain good balance and deliver more direct power with each pedal stroke.
Lastly, the Maxxis Rekon Race 2.40″ WT 120 TPI Exo TLR tires provide excellent traction, allowing my pedaling effort to be transformed into upward momentum more effectively.
In summary, this is a full-suspension mountain bike that performs as well as some hardtail bikes during climbs. It has been instrumental in assisting me during my climbing rides.
Although the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM excels in climbing, it also has impressive descending capabilities.
The Fox 34 Float SC Factory fork and Fox i-line DPS Factory rear shock provide 120mm of front and rear travel, giving me a stable and powerful riding experience during descents.
On rough terrain, the strong tension provided by the Shimano XTR M9100 rear derailleur ensures that I have no worries about chain drops during descents.
In terms of geometry, Orbea has lengthened the front end and slackened the head angle, combined with 29-inch wheels, making the bike longer and more stable during descents.
When entering winding trails that require frequent braking, the Shimano XTR M9100 hydraulic brakes offer a light and responsive feel. With just one finger, I can achieve perfect braking control.
Overall, the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM is a powerful full-suspension mountain bike. Its climbing and descending capabilities are among the best in its category.
The Orbea OIZ M-TEAM comes in four sizes (S-XL) with an internally routed carbon fiber frame. It has a clean and tidy appearance, making daily cleaning more convenient.
The Fox Transfer SL Factory Kashima Dropper with a 31.6mm seatpost provides 100mm of travel, allowing for adjustable saddle height to ensure stable riding balance during climbs and descents.
The chainstay features chain protection stickers, reducing the noise of the chain slapping against the frame during aggressive downhill riding. The frame also includes two mounting holes on the downtube and seat tube, supporting the installation of water bottle cages.
Additionally, this bike is part of Orbea MyO program, which allows customization of various paint panels and logos with multiple color options for a truly unique bike appearance.
The Orbea OIZ M-TEAM is a high-performance full-suspension mountain bike with an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber frame and top-level components. However, its expensive price tag may not be accessible to everyone.
To address this, we offer a bike under the same brand that uses the same frame but with lower-tier components. Let’s see how its performance compares.
Orbea OIZ M30
The Orbea OIZ M30 and Orbea OIZ M-TEAM both use the same carbon fiber frame. However, the former features more cost-effective components, making it more affordable.
For suspension, the Orbea OIZ M30 uses the Fox 34 Float SC Performance fork and Fox i-line DPS Performance rear shock. It provides good support but may have slightly less smoothness compared to higher-level options.
In terms of drivetrain components, the combination of the Shimano SLX M7100 and Shimano Deore M6100 offers a cost-effective option. It ensures efficient shifting and a smooth shifting experience.
Lastly, the Shimano M6100 Hydraulic brake components deliver reliable performance. They provide more than enough braking power for the riding conditions of this bike.
Below, we will provide detailed specifications of the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM and list some other full-suspension mountain bikes from different brands with similar prices for your reference.
What do we like about it?
- Frame sizes (S-XL) catering to riders ranging from 5’1″ to 6’6″.
- Clean appearance with internal cable routing, making it look sleek and facilitating easy cleaning.
- Dropper post maintains rider balance during climbs and descents.
- Updated geometry, robust frame, and increased integration while maintaining a lightweight.
- Quiet cable routing and chainstay protection stickers reduce noise during aggressive riding.
What don’t we like about it?
- Expensive price, making it difficult to fit everyone’s budget.
- What kind of rider is this bike suitable for?
It is suitable for riders with a sufficient budget and extensive riding experience who can fully utilize its capabilities.
- What wheelset does this bike use?
The bike uses OQUO Mountain Performance MP30TEAM Carbon wheels.
- How to choose the right size?
Here we have provided you with a size chart. Of course, it doesn’t have to be according to this standard. The best way to find the best size is to try it out.
|5’1″ – 5’7″
|5’4″ – 5’11”
|5’10” – 6’3″
|6’0″ – 6’6″
|Orbea Oiz Carbon OMX, Fiberlink, Boost, BSA, SIC, UFO, I-line shockBB Standard: BSA, 73mm, ThreadedColors: Digital Lavender (Gloss) – Carbon Raw (Matt); Tanzanite Carbon View-Carbon Raw (Matt); Black (Gloss) – Mouse Grey (Gloss)
|Fox 34 Float SC Factory 120 FIT4 Remote-Adj Push-Unlock QR15x110
|Fox i-line DPS Factory 120mm Remote Push-Unlock Evol Kashima custom tune 190x45mm
|BSA, 73mm, threaded
|Alloy 1-1/2″, Black Oxidated Bearing
|OC Mountain Performance MP10 Alu SL, -10º
|OC MP10 Mountain Performance Carbon, Width 760, Sweep 9
|Selle Italia SLR Boost Fill Titanium Rail 316 Ø7 mm
|Fox Transfer SL Factory Kashima Dropper 31.6
|Shimano XTR M9100 SGS Shadow Plus
|Shimano XTR M9100 34t
|Shimano XTR M9100
|Shimano XTR M9100 10-51t 12-Speed
|Shimano XTR M9100 Hydraulic Disc
|OQUO Mountain Performance MP30TEAM Carbon
|Maxxis Rekon Race 2.40″ WT 120 TPI Exo TLR
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|Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR
|120mm rear, 130mm front
|1 × 12
|Giant Trance X Advanced, Pro 29 SE
|135mm rear, 150mm front
|1 × 12 Electronic
|Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC
|130mm rear, 140mm front
|1 × 12 Electronic
|Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission
|120mm rear, 130mm front
|1 × 12 Electronic
Orbea OIZ M-TEAM vs Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR
They both utilize the same carbon fiber frame and have similar front and rear suspension travel.
In terms of components, they both feature Fox suspension and Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain components, and Shimano XTR brakes. In a nutshell, they boast top-tier components with lightweight construction and reliable, powerful performance.
Additionally, the biggest difference between these two bikes lies in their suspension design. The former’s suspension design allows for better climbing performance and pedaling efficiency.
Finally, if you’re looking for more well-rounded riding capabilities, the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM excels. Conversely, the Trek Top Fuel 9.9 XTR offers better downhill capabilities.
Orbea OIZ M-TEAM vs Giant Trance X Advanced, Pro 29 SE
These two bikes are two exceptional full-suspension mountain bikes, each with its advantages. The latter has a longer travel.
In terms of suspension, the former features the Fox 34 Float SC Factory fork, which is lighter than the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate Flight Attendant used in the latter. However, the latter can handle more complex and intense terrain.
As for the drivetrain, these two bikes utilize the Shimano XTR M9100 and SRAM GX Eagle AXS drivetrains, respectively. The former offers a smoother and lighter feel, while the latter is more convenient for adjustments.
In the braking department, the Shimano XTR M9100 brakes on the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM are lightweight and well-balanced. The TRP Trail EVO brakes on the Giant Trance X Advanced, Pro 29 SE, on the other hand, provide a more aggressive braking experience.
Lastly, between these two bikes, I would recommend the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM with its higher-level components and lighter weight.
Orbea OIZ M-TEAM vs Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC
These two bikes have their advantages when compared.
The FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC features RockShox front and rear suspension, providing longer suspension travel and better downhill performance.
The SRAM X0 Eagle AXS drivetrain is durable, reliable, and easy to adjust. The SRAM Code Silver Stealth brakes offer a direct and powerful braking feel.
On the other hand, the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM utilizes lightweight Fox front and rear suspension, offering impressive support.
In terms of braking components, the Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain provides efficient and smooth shifting. Additionally, the Shimano XTR brakes offer a light and well-balanced operation, which I like.
In conclusion, if you prefer more aggressive downhill riding, the Juliana FURTADO X0 AXS RSV / Carbon CC would be suitable for you. If you value lightweight riding and powerful climbing capabilities, the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM is the better choice.
Orbea OIZ M-TEAM vs Yeti SB120 T3 X0 Transmission
These two bikes have similar suspension travel and are lightweight.
In terms of drivetrain components, the Shimano XTR M9100 on the former provides a smoother and lighter shifting experience compared to the SRAM X0 EAGLE AXS on the latter. However, the latter has a more crisp and responsive feel.
Both the Shimano XTR M9100 on the former and the SRAM G2 RSC on the latter offer reliable braking performance. They are trustworthy components for downhill riding.
Overall, both of these full-suspension mountain bikes deliver impressive performance. Choosing either one would be a reliable choice.
Above is my review of the Orbea OIZ M-TEAM. In our opinion, it is a high-quality full-suspension enduro bike with strong overall performance. That’s why we gave it a rating of 4.9.
Of course, if you’re interested in other full-suspension enduro bikes, we also review a wide range of bikes at different price points, all of which are equally interesting. Feel free to take a look at our other reviews.
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