Russell’s 2020 Orbea Oiz OMR Bike Check

Recently moving from Manitoba, I knew I would have to go against some of my weight weenie tendencies for this bike in order to stand up to the aggressive XC riding/racing of BC. Swapping a high post for a dropper, and bumping up to a 120mm fork gets the job done, while still keeping the bike under 24lbs.


Shock: Fox Factory DPS


Fork: 2022 Fox Factory 34 Stepcast 120mm


Cranks: XTR M9120 32T

Grips, Brakes + Shifters

Grips: ESI Chunky
Shifters: XT M8100
Brakes: XT M8100 2-Piston

Rear Derailleur + Cassette

Rear Derailleur: XTR M9100
Cassette: XTR M9100 10-51T


Front: Vittoria Barzo 2.35
Vittoria Barzo/Mezcal 2.35

Bars + Stem

Bars: FSA SLK carbon 740mm
Stem: FSA SLK 70mm

Featured Components


Pedals: Xpedo M-Force 4 Ti

I love my Xpedo Ti pedals, lighter than XTR and still SPD compatible.


Saddle: SQLab 611 Carbon
Post: Fox Factory Transfer SL 100mm

Since discovering SQlabs saddles, I won’t be going with anything else.


For XC racing the TR32’s are the natural choice in the NOBL lineup. I went with straight pull DT240 EXP hubs and CX-Ray spokes to keep the weight as low as possible. They are super light coming out at 1350 grams, but built to handle chasing KOM’s up as well as down the mountain.


Wheelset: 29″ 28h TR32
Spokes: CX-Ray
Nipples: Sapim


Hubs + Spokes

Hub: DT240 EXP SP
Hub Specs: 28h, Centerlock, Boost