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2016 Orbea Alma 29 H50 Bike

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2016 Orbea Alma 29 H50 Bike

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Soul is where a good hardtail resides. It’s simple, direct, fast, not encumbered by complications or adornments. Alma translates into soul, and it’s an apt description of the Orbea Alma H Series bikes. These are aluminum cross-country rides that build off the performance of the carbon-fiber Alma OMR, by giving you all the advantages Orbea knows how to pack into a bike, without burdening you with the price tag. The geometry is identical to the carbon-fiber Almas. The H also gives you the choice of 27.5” or 29er wheels, with three sizes for each.

The H in the name is for Hydroformed aluminum. Orbea was able to start with your basic high-tech butted aluminum tubes, and form them into precise shapes thanks to hydroforming. The shapes mimic the shapes you’ll find in the OMR Alma and that helps this bike ride like the Alma as well. Due to the unique ability to add and remove carbon plies, the weight is a bit greater than carbon and the flex not quite as dialed, but overall, it’s not only looks almost like its carbon sister, but rides almost identically as well. External cable routing, an English-threaded bottom bracket are two changes that came with the switch to aluminum. So, too, are hidden fender and rack mounts. You won’t know what to do with them until the need arises. Then you’ll be stoked Orbea was so forward-thinking.

The Alma H ride is subtle. It won’t rattle you like a traditional hardtail, even though it is clearly that. Compliance and rigidity have been designed in equal measures. Orbea calls the solution their 4x4 concept. It’s several little extra angled frame members, found between the rear of the top tube and the rear of the seat stays tube, which, thanks to their inclusion add vertical give without adding any unwanted horizontal flex.

The flattened top tube, almost triangular down tube, rounded seat tube and multi-shaped stays are all similar to the monocoque shapes you’ll find in carbon. At the top, they opted for a narrow 27.2mm seat post. The smaller diameter is more comfy as it flexes more than a 31.6mm post.

Regardless of the wheel size you choose, the geometry has been customized to best utilize the wheel size chosen. The top tubes are 7mm shorter on the 27.5, the head tubes are 5mm shorter, the chain stays are as short as possible in both cases, with the 27.5 having 13mm shorter stays.

The brake mounts work with 160-180mm rotors. The fork has 100mm of travel and a quick release at the tips.

The Orbea Alma H series gives you cross-country bliss on a budget.


  • Bottom Bracket Threaded, BSA
  • Brake Calipers Shimano M425 Hydraulic Disc
  • Brake Levers Shimano Deore M591
  • Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-36
  • Chain FSA Team Issue
  • Crankset FSA Comet MegaExo, 36/22
  • Fork RockShox Recon Silver TK 100 Air
  • Frame Material Hydroformed Triple Butted Aluminum
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Deore M618, 31.8mm
  • Handlebar Orbea OC-II, Flat, 720mm
  • Headset FSA 1 1/8"-1 1/2"
  • Pedals VP-990S
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX M670 Shadow
  • Rear Suspension None
  • Rotors Shimano
  • Saddle Selle Royal Seta S1
  • Seatpost Orbea OC-II, 27.2mm
  • Shifters Shimano Deore M591
  • Stem Orbea OC-II
  • Tires Maxxis Ikon, 29x2.20"
  • Wheel - Front Mach1 Traxx, Tubeless Ready
  • Wheel - Rear Mach1 Traxx, Tubeless Ready




SizeSeat Tube (c-c)Seat Tube (c-t)Top Tube LengthHead Tube LengthChain Stay LengthSeat Tube AngleHead Tube AngleStand Over HeightWheel SizeStackReach
M - 445 591 100 436 73.5 70.5 747 29" 611 409
L - 483 613 110 436 73.5 70.5 777 29" 621 423
XL - 533 638 125 436 73.5 70.5 820 29" 635 449

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