Orbea Gain D50 2020 Electric Road Bike

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Orbea Gain D50 2020 Electric Road Bike
Orbea Gain D50 2020 Electric Road Bike

£1,999.00

Description

Introducing the 2020 model Orbea Gain D50

I am a big fan of the Orbea Gain D50 Electric road bike, having ridden one of the earlier models. The small X35 Ebikemotion hub motor electric assist system is so lightweight, you barely notice it’s there – even when you are riding it without assist.

The latest 2020 model remains largely unchanged from the 2019, apart from a new choice of nice colour schemes.

If you haven’t ridden an ebike with the X35 drive system fitted yet, it is an incredibly smooth and discreet system. It doesn’t produce anywhere near the kind of torque you would find on a Bosch or Shimano steps-powered electric bike, but the latter systems incur a significant weight penalty, whereas the Gain still feels just like a regular bike.

I’m also a big fan of the Fazua Evation system, but even with this motor, the downtube and bottom bracket area are substantially larger in order to house the battery and motor drive system.

X35 Ebikemotion Electric Assist

With the X35 Ebikemotion system everything is neatly integrated into, what looks like a regular frame.

x35 ebikemotion electric bike drive system

The X35 system uses a small geared hub motor producing 250w of  maximum power. The pedal assist on the ebikemotion system is unorthodox, as it uses neither a cadence or torque sensor. Instead a sensor ring measures the speed of your rear cassette in relation to how quickly your rear wheel is turning.

The resulting pedal assist is incredibly smooth, and the transition to normal pedalling when the 15.5mph (25km/h) maximum speed is reached is barely noticeable.

Is the Orbea Gain D50 suited to me?

This really depends on your cycling ability. Having ridden several bikes that use this system, and then going out and riding a Bosch powered bike, the difference is like night and day!

The X35 drive system will definitely start to struggle on anything above 10%. I weigh around 110kg and I felt riding up a 12% gradient (sustained over half a mile) that, although the motor helped take the sting out of the climb, it didn’t have the powerful boost offered by the Bosch CX motor.

If you have knee problems or other health issues that prevent you from cycling hard, I would personally stick with a Bosch, Shimano Steps or Yamaha powered electric bike. If you are looking for an enhanced cycling experience and just want to climb a little faster, and not suffer from as much fatigue on a group ride, then the Orbea Gain D50 is ideal.

Specification:

FRAME Orbea Gain Hydro, Aluminum 6000 series, Orbea Tube Shaping, Flat Mount Disc Brakes, 135×9 QR, Carrier and Mudguards compatible, max 700x40C, Inner Cable routing, Ebikemotion X35 specific, integrated battery, in
FORK Speed 400mm Carbon Flat mount
CRANKSET Shimano Claris R2000 34x50t
HEADSET 1-1/8″ Semi-Integrated
HANDLEBAR OC1 Road, reach 80mm, drop 125mm
STEM OC1 Road -6º
SHIFTERS Shimano Claris ST-R2000
BRAKES Shimano BR-RS305 Mechanical Disc
CASSETTE Shimano HG50 11-32t 8-Speed
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Claris RD-R2000-GS
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Claris FD-R2000-F
CHAIN KMC X8
WHEELS Ready GR
TYRES Hutchinson Fusion 5 All Season TLR 700×28
PEDALS N/A
SEATPOST OC2 27.2 Offset 20
SADDLE Selle Royal Asphalt GR
MOTOR Ebikemotion X35 25kmh
BATTERY Ebikemotion 36V/6.9A ANT+
DISPLAY Consult other components
HANDLEBAR PLUGS Orbea Eva
CHARGER Ebikemotion X35
REMOTE1 Ebikemotion iWoc ONE

 

7.7Expert Score
Still a great bike - shame about the price rise!
The Orbea Gain D50 was the first electric road bike I had a chance to ride, that was fitted with the X35 ebikemotion system. Having previously tried out a Giant Road E +1, the Gain felt a hell of a lot less powerful. The Yamaha Sync Drive Pro motor fitted to the Giant is a brute of a motor, whereas the X35 is a pussycat! If you are after subtle electric assist, that will help you ride a bit further, and enable you to stay with the fitter guys on a group ride. Then the Orbea is excellent. It rides like a normal bike, and apart from a few extra kilos, you wouldn't even think you were riding an ebike. My only real disappointment is they have raised the price for the 2020, without really changing anything. It's still a good bike though, and one of the few sub-£2000 electric road bikes available.
Motor
7.5
Battery
7
Value For Money
8
Specification
7.5
Comfort
8.5
PROS
  • Lightweight
  • Rides like a regular bike with the motor switched off
  • Looks gorgeous
  • Very smooth, subtle pedal assist
CONS
  • Not enough power for some riders
  • The price increase seems unjustified

Additional information

Specification: Orbea Gain D50 2020 Electric Road Bike

BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Internal
BATTERY RANGE 25-50 Miles
BRAKE TYPE Mechanical Disc Brake
BRAND Orbea
COLOUR , , ,
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Ebikemotion
MOTOR TYPE Rear Hub Motor
NUMBER OF GEARS 16
PEDAL SENSOR Other
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 14kg
WHEEL SIZE 700c

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