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XC BIKES

ORBEA ALMA

With the Alma, Spanish brand Orbea has redesigned its XC race whippet with a new frame, new graphic options, and – if you’re hard enough – a rigid fork. It’s still very much a race bike in the traditional mould, with a steep head angle and a feather-light frame that’s all about saving grams. By looking closely at all the fittings, examining the

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