2020 Orbea Wild FS released with Bosch Gen 4 motor
Orbea transforms the Wild FS with a new motor, new battery system and updated geometry
The 2020 Orbea Wild FS eMTB is so unlike the 2019 model that it could have been given a whole new name! Here are the full details of this updated carbon eMTB.
Orbea has drastically redesigned the short and steep Orbea Wild FS to create the 2020 Orbea Wild FS with new geometry, more suspension travel and a Bosch Gen 4 motor.
Compared to the previous Wild FS, the new 2020 version is radically different, so much so that it could be renamed and called something completely different. After the release of the original Wild FS, Orbea designers listened to rider feedback who commented on how they enjoyed the playful nature of the eMTB but not so much the short and steep geometry.
When time came to redesign the bike, Orbea decided to address those issues, as well as increasing suspension travel, adding better battery integration, updating the motor, and offering an option range extender battery to the mix too.
2020 Orbea Wild FS Features
Orbea set out a few features that the 2020 Wild FS had to have to make it worthwhile building. They wanted it to climb better than the Occam, descend better than the Rallon and take advantage of a powerful, non-intrusive motor.
The final result is a bike with long and low geometry, progressive kinematics and large 29in wheels. The 2020 Orbea wild FS boasts 160mm of front and rear travel, combined with 160mm cranks so constant, pedal strike-free, pedaling can be maintained even in the roughest of terrain.
Oreba is famous for offering the MyO customization feature that allows riders to custom design their bikes. For the 2020 Orbea Wild FS more options have been added including the option to run either a coil or air shock on the Wild FS. This might sound like a simple option but actually forced Orbea to build a more progressive suspension system with improvements to anti-squat and init-rise.
On top of a redesigned suspension package, new integrated 625Wh Bosch battery and Bosch Gen 4 motor, Orbea created an all-new full carbon frame with oversized pivot points and a weight of just 3.5kg! There will also be a more affordable bike with the same carbon front triangle but alloy rear.
Protecting the frame are rubber frame bumpers all-around and a built-in anti-knock headset which stops the crown of the 36 hitting the carbon downtube of the frame in the event of a crash.
We’ve seen this year many brands move away from offering a locking battery, but Orbea has kept this feature, but hidden the key in the steerer tube of the forks so you always know where it is.