Orbea is paving the way for the pedal-assist market with its new e-road bike, the Gain.
Electric bikes are becoming one of the most popular segments in cycling. The industry is finally realizing that the market is hungry for e-bikes. In 2017, the market in the United states jumped to 263,000 bikes, up over 25% from the previous year.
The latest carbon e-bike is the Orbea Gain Carbon (pricing from $4,400), launched recently in Sun Valley, Idaho. Thanks to a small hub-drive motor and a battery that’s completely concealed in the down tube, the Gain Carbon is pretty much unidentifiable as an e-bike. You charge via a tiny port in the bottom bracket and toggle among four power settings—no assist, eco (about 100 extra watts), sport (around 150), and boost (200-ish)—using an LED button on the top tube behind the stem. That’s a far smaller assist than many current e-bikes deliver, which means the motor is a true aid, akin to a tailwind, as opposed to the kind of powerhouse of sudden bursts common on more powerful bikes.
Orbea claims the bike will get up to 60 miles on a charge, depending on the power setting and terrain. The Gain weighs in at 24.9 pounds, which will feel a bit heavy compared to the latest road machines.