New Orbea Gain: the e-bike that doesn’t look like an e-bike

Orbea has hidden the battery in the down tube and fitted a rear hub motor for a sleek look

(Image credit: Antton)

Orbea says that the new Gain is designed to add enough power to enhance your ride, without dominating it. One outcome of this approach is that the bike is light at around 13kg, another that it looks more like a normal road bike.

At the heart of the bike’s design is a battery pack enclosed inside the down tube, where it’s out of sight. It can still be accessed via a cover for servicing and charging though.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.