JONNY’S ORBEA RALLON M10£3,899
Despite getting lost and rained on, Jonny’s still loving the Orbea
I’ve been out on the Rallon a fair bit this month, including a great ride at the Forest of Dean. I’d planned to go with mates, but the forecast was for rain, wind and cold, so the excuses came in thick and fast. I decided to ride anyway, because the cafe and trails are always busy and I was sure I’d see someone I knew. Failing that, if I had an issue while riding solo, I knew someone would be along soon who could give me a hand.
After the obligatory bacon roll and coffee, I set up my bike in the rainsoaked car park and discovered that, despite bleeding my Reverb post during the week, it was stuck down. A quick trip to see Jake in the Sprung Suspension workshop for a bleed and I was all set, happy to be out in the rain and ready to get muddy – until I burped the rear tyre a few yards into the trail. That resulted in a pretty grumpy ride back to the car, on the rim, and much swearing. I decided I wasn’t going to attempt to re-seat the tubeless setup and fitted an inner tube instead.
Once I finally hit the trail, I had a really good ride, chatting with other riders on the climbs and splashing through puddles. I ended up getting pretty lost outside the trail centre and having to loop back on myself, which added five miles to my ride. But I had a good supply of flapjacks, plenty of water and was in no rush, so it was just an added adventure! www.orbea.com