Orbea Carpe H20 review

Orbea Carpe, Cycling Active hybrids test
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Overall, we loved the Orbea Carpe H20's uniqueness and individual approach to a city bike with only the gears you need. We do think either a slightly more tailored approach to frame production, a higher-finish spec, or a lower price would make it more competitive in this burgeoning market, though.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    10 gears to choose from, which is enough in the city

  • +

    Good choice of brakes and saddle

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Higher-finish spec, or a lower price would make it more competitive

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The reputation of Spanish brand Orbea is, in many ways, worlds apart from Charge's bread-and-butter bikes with their down to earth, though distinctive, styling.

Nevertheless, Orbea has catered to the hybrid market with the Carpe range - a selection of slick, ‘roadie'-styled urban bikes with flat bars. With that curvaceous top tube and refined paintjob, there's plenty to remind you that this bike is by a brand that is regularly seen underneath the superstars of the Tour de France.

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