Orbea snuck this one into our inboxes with a shady pic that didn’t hint at the motor & battery tucked inside the new bike. For their first full suspension eMTB, Orbea’s new Wild FS goes in a slightly different direction than most e-bikes we’ve seen popping up lately. Instead of either tacking on a standard battery pack or opting for a one-off integrated battery solution, the Wild FS hides the stock E8000 500Wh battery inside their alloy downtube. Orbea say this helped build a trail capable e-bike to get out into the Wild, on your choice of wheelsize.

Orbea Wild FS trail e-MTB

 

Orbea started with the powerful Shimano E8000 motor, but wanted to integrate what they say is already the least bulky, most powerful & proven battery on the market.

So they engineered a big non-driveside opening in their massive oversized aluminum downtube to get the best of both Shimano’s modular battery & some clean design integration.

The resulting 140mm travel full-suspension trail e-bike itself uses a hydroformed 7000 series aluminum tubeset and builds-in an alloy skid plate to protect the motor when you hit the trail.

It uses a short link four-bar design with a pivot around the rear axle in a suspension setup tailored to eMTB use.

The Boost-spaced frame will fit either 27.5+ or 29er wheels. You even get to pick which wheel size that you want. Each of the four complete bikes on offer is available with either 27.5×2.8″ or 29×2.4″ tires, each with eMTB casings from Kenda.

Complete bikes

Wild FS 40

Complete bikes start out with the $4700/4000€ Wild FS 40, spec’ed with a Shimano Deore 1×10 setup and Fox Performance level suspension.

Wild FS 10

Component spec around the same frame climbs up to the top level $7000/6500€ Wild FS 10, with an XT 1×11, Zee disc brakes, Fox Factory suspension, a RaceFace dropper & a DT Swiss Hybrid 1700 e-bike trail wheelset.

No word immediately on availability, but US & European pricing suggests that the Wild FS should hit the trail in both markets very soon.

Orbea.com

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