Alma Gold — The most competitive cross-country bike in the world
Julien Absalon rode away from his rivals to take a convincing win in a test event on the upcoming Olympic race course. Aboard his Orbea Alma Gold, Absalon attacked every climb and took the fastest, yet most technically difficult route on every descent and rock garden. And it’s no coincidence that Team Luna riders, Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould, swept the top two spots of the women’s podium in the same fashion. This is exactly why we build the Alma Gold, and its design and construction made these dominating rides possible.
We’ve improved the Alma in order to make it the best racing bike available. You’ll get supreme lightness and stiffness to spare, yet comfort has not been forsaken. Thanks to our carbon production experience and our ultra-high modulus Orbea Gold Carbon, we were able to match these three attributes together in a frameset that is more than ready for top-level competition. The Alma Gold is perfect when you need maximum performance and optimum power transfer from each pedal stroke.
With the input from our team riders, Orbea’s team of dedicated engineers and designers worked closely together to determine what is required for a bicycle to be the very best. And to be the best, the Alma Gold employs our latest technologies and best materials. We ensure that each size exhibits the same ride qualities with SSN (size specific nerve) technology. To do this we build each frame size with specific tube diameters and layup schedules. And since we build our bikes as a one-piece structure, we’re able to guarantee strength and durability. This is a result of the carbon fibers running continuously through each of the tube intersections.
Our Monocoque technology also gives us the freedom for design innovation. One of the most recognizable examples on the Alma is the patented down tube that acts as a fender in poor conditions. Its sheer size adds torsional stiffness to the front triangle, keeping the front and rear wheels on track for a stable ride in unstable corners. Our 4x4 design is a bit more subtle, but equally beneficial as it increases comfort over rough trail surfaces. Rather than being triangles, the front and rear halves of the bike are actually quadrangles, with four corners. These short fourth members, which you can see in front of the dropout in the rear and in front of the seat tube, allow the joints, or nodes, of the quadrangles to flex slightly. The layup of the carbon fiber is specifically designed to allow this small amount of vertical movement. Your comfort is increased without any loss of torsional stiffness.
The Orbea Alma Gold uses our DCR cabling system and is designed to exclusively use Gore Ride On shifter cables. We include a set to ensure top-notch shifting performance that better withstands the grit and grime of mountain biking. Alma Gold is competition.