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What is so special about the Orbea Laufey?

By Sam Millers   /  Last updated - August 25, 2021   /  Hardtail, Mountain Bikes, Reviews

Whether racing uphill or shredding downhill, the Orbea Laufey hardtail has got you covered. Orbea describes this bike as their “most clever and versatile”, given the careful engineering of the frame and geometry paired with a thoughtful choice of components.

The Orbea Laufey hardtail frame is made from butted and hydroformed aluminum tubing that is lightweight, stiff, and resistant to wear. This frame design means the bike can be a “jack-of-all-trades”, built for hard riding, long-term durability, and maximum fun.

This is an affordable bike, performing over its modest price take and suitable for many types of riders, whether you’re a mountain biking veteran or a newbie with lofty ambitions. A huge benefit of this bike is that Orbea allows pre-purchase upgrades to many of the components.

orbea laufey hardtail mountain bikes

The PROs

  • Slack
  • Inexpensive
  • 140mm travel
  • Strong 29er wheels coupled with superb trail tires
  • Awesome gear ratio
  • Tubeless-ready
  • Great brakes
  • Customizable pre-purchase

The CONs

  • As a 140mm hardtail, we’d like to see a carbon seatpost, but luckily it has got the triangular frame geometry that gets rid of the main vibrations.
  • Slightly heavy

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Why a hardtail instead of a full-suspension?

Hardtail mountain bikes are the most versatile style of mountain bike as you can use one for all sorts of environments – climbs and descends, gravel and paved roads.

What speak for these bikes is that they only use front fork suspension to take the impact of any bumps and shocks from the trail or road, compared to full suspension MTBs that have suspension in the rear.

With only front suspension, these bikes can perform better in many different environments, instead of specializing in one as a full suspension MTB does (XC, Trail, All-mountain, Enduro).

Additionally, they are less complex in terms of parts and mechanics, meaning they are easier to maintain and require repairs less frequently.

Quick Specs

Headtube: 65.5°
Slack. Nicely accommodates the 140mm travel fork

Seat tube: 75°
Steep enough to provide efficient pedal power

Chainstay length: 435mm
Coupled with slack head tube = longer wheelbase

Reach: 435mm
Goes well with the slack geometry

1×11 – 11-51T
Suitable for all MTB disciplines

Short seat tube
For longer dropper post

Plenty of traction and stopping power

Hydroformed aluminum
Increased strength & reduced unwanted flex, weight savings

Forged Yoke
For maximum tire clearance & added rigidity

Threaded Bottom Bracket

Internal Cable Routing

orbea laufey quick specs

What is the meaning of Laufey?

Laufey is a common Icelandic female name. Orbea’s choice of name, Laufey, has the potential for two meanings.

Laufey was the mother of Norse god Loki, the eminent trickster character in Norse mythology. Otherwise, Laufey is related to the old Norse word for leaf or foliage.

Either way that you interpret it, this fun name describes well the bike’s own character, its ability to perform among the fallen leaves of the forest trails, or its suitability to the tricksters out there who need a fun bike to take advantage of exciting terrain.

Orbea Mountain Bikes


XC, Trail hardtail
29×2.6″ & 29×2.4″, 140mm front travel


Enduro, full-suspension
29″ / 170mm front, 160mm rear travel


Trail / All-Mountain full-suspension
29″ / 140 or 150mm front, 140mm rear travel


XC, full-suspension
29×2.35″ 100m front & rear travel


XC, hardtail
29″, 100mm travel


Sport, hardtail
29×2.35″, 100mm travel

+ E-Mountain Bikes: Rise, Wild, Wild FS, Keram

Orbea Laufey H30

orbea laufey hardtail mountain bikes

MSRP $1,699 evo.com | Jensonusa.com

If you are new to hardtail mountain biking or want to upgrade from an old bike, the H30 is perfect for you.

The Laufey H30 is the entry-level choice among the three models. Although the components are a lower spec than the other two models, the H30 still has the same innovative frame design and durability which is standard across the range.

Many of the tubes on this lightweight aluminum frame are butted to reduce stress on the joints, while the aluminum is also hydroformed to increase strength and decrease unwanted flex. The geometry is optimized with a lower bottom bracket for better cornering and a longer cockpit and wheelbase leaving more room to move and increasing stability at high speeds.

orbea laufey parts

Each Laufey has 29×2.6″ Maxxis Rekon and Forekaster tires. These tires help provide excellent traction while cornering and riding on loose surfaces and come on tubeless-ready rims. To improve your confidence and control in all conditions, you can rely on Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

  • Shimano Deore M5100 1×11 Speed drivetrain
  • 11-51T
  • Shimano MT 201 Hydraulic Brakes  – Lightweight two-piston brakes with excellent stopping power and modulation, these trail brakes will keep you in control through any conditions.
  • Orbea OC1 29c Tubeless Ready wheels
  • Tires – Maxxis Forekaster (F) & Maxxis Rekon (R)
  • Orbea OC2 Dropper Seatpost

Orbea Laufey H10


MSRP $2,199 evo.com | JensonUSA.com

Step up your game with the Laufey H10. This is the mid-range version of the bike with improved components in almost every area to complement the sleek, durable frame.

With better components, you can not only expect improvements in performance but also greater durability and less maintenance overall.

The Marzocchi Bomber Z2 suspension brings improved performance over the H30’s RockShox Recon, more than enough for the average rider. A mid-level Shimano SLX rear derailleur,  more powerful M6100 disc brakes, and the Shimano MT511 are some notable improvements to this model.

orbea laufey parts 2

Fork – Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140 QR 15x110mm
*Upgradeable to a Fox 34 Float Performance + $249
Brakes – Shimano M6100 hydro
*Upgradeable to Shimano M6120 Hydraulic Disc + $99
Cassette – 12-speed SunRace 11-51T
Derailleur – Shimano SLX M7100 SGS Shadow Plus
Wheels – Orbea OC1 29c
*Upgradeable to Race Face AR 30c Tubeless Ready +$59
Saddle – Selle Royal 2043
*Upgradeable to Fizik Taiga S-alloy rail + 24

OC – ORBEA-specific parts

  • Frame
  • Handlebar
    – Option to upgrade for Race Face Affect 35 Rise + $49
  • Stem
  • Wheels
  • Seatpost

Orbea Laufey H-LTD


MSRP $2,500 Orbea.com

The H LTD is the best and most expensive version of the Laufey range. It comes with premium components across the board which combine to create a highly versatile performance and smooth ride quality.

This model is best suited to experienced mountain bikers or anyone with a desire to test the limits of their performance. This bike steps it up with a Shimano XT/SLX groupset, providing far more precision and responsivity over the other models.

The H LTD incorporates a Race Face handlebar, stem, and wheels. Race Face is a Canadian-based MTB company that designs professionally-tested components that are strong, lightweight, and durable.

Other notable features of this model are the inclusion of a premium Fizik Taiga saddle and the Fox 34 Float Performance 140mm suspension.

Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance, 140mm, 3-position, QR 15x110mm
*Upgradeable to a Fox 36 Float Factory + $399
Derailleur – Shimano XT M8100 SGS Shadow Plus
Shifters – Shimano SLX
Brakes – Shimano M6120 hydro
*Upgradeable Shimano XT M8120 + $199
Handlebar – Race Face Aeffect 35
*Upgradeable to Race Face Nexts R 35 Rise + $149

Wheels – Race Face AR 30c
*Upgradeable to DT Swiss M1900 Spline 30c + $199
Saddle – Fizik Taiga S-alloy rail
Dropper Post – OC2
*Upgradeable to Fox Transfer Factory Kashima  + $199



Orbea Laufey VS

Orbea’s H30 Laufey hardtail easily competes with the Surly Karate Monkey and Norco Torrent.

There is only $125 between these three bikes and even less to pick from their specifications. Both the Surly and the Norco use RockShox 35 Gold suspension which is a higher quality choice over the Recon RL on the Orbea.

However, the Laufey H30 has a more innovative frame designed specifically by Orbea with re-inforced butted tubes and hydroformed aluminum. This is certainly more favorable than the Karate Monkey’s chronology steel or the 6061 aluminum on the Torrent.

Another place where the H30 falls short is the budget Selle Royal saddle and the 11-speed drivetrain, compared to the 12-speed on the competitors.

Finally, a great advantage for the H30 is the Maxxis Rekon and Forekaster tires which are found even on their premium H LTD model. These tires are a step above the Torrent’s Schwalbe tires and the Surly Dirt Wizard tires.

Orbea Laufey

140mm travel, 29×2.6″

HT: 65.5°
ST: 75°
Chainstay length: 435mm

Surly Karate Monkey

Karate Monkey front suspension bike, High Fiber Green

MSRP from $1,675

140mm travel hardtail

29×2.5″ / 27.5×3″
27.5×2.8″ – Max clearance

HT: 67.5°
ST: 71.5°
Chainstay: 423mm

Norco Torrent

Extremely quick, agile and strong hardtail mountain bike by Norco.

MSPR $1,799

150mm travel hardtail


HT – 64°
ST – 76°
Chainstay – 420 to 425mm


Orbea Laufey Size Recommendation

4’11” – 5’5″ S 150 – 165 cm

5’3″ – 5’9″ M 160 – 175 cm

5’7″ – 6’1″ L 170 – 185 cm

6’1″ – 6’6″ XL 180 – 198 cm

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