Orbea Lobular Road Bike

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $3829.00

Product Description

Frame: Orbea Lobular
Fork: Zeus FCM
STI/Ergo: Shimano Dura Ace
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace
Post: Zeus Carbon
Crank: FSA SLK 53-39 or 50-34
Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo
Wheels: Shimano R-600 or Rolf Prima Apex
Tires: Michelin Pro2 Race
Bar: ITM Visia
Stem: ITM Visia
Saddle: Selle Italia Signo Trans Am

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SanchoPanza a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2011

Strengths:    Great stiffness; excellent climbing and sprinting ability; the geometry isn't overly aggressive; pretty light for not being full carbon

Weaknesses:    A little harsh on sharp edges in the road. As light and as fast as it is, it's still not full carbon.

Bottom Line:   
I just built up this 2005 Orbea Lobular 100 (carbon chain and seat stays) with a Campy Record 10 set up. Having come from a LeMond Zurich to this I knew the benefit of hybrid, but going from steel to aluminum made a big difference. This thing goes! Just rev the pedals and it takes off like a rocket, be it climbing or sprinting. The stiffness is a little abrupt over sharp edges (like wide cracks in cement or raised grooves in the asfault) but for the most part you don't feel the aluminum too much. It handles really well, a lot like my Zurich which was supposed to have less race-oriented specifications. The Lobular handles very well and inspires confidence in turns. My longest ride on it thus far has been 45 miles and I felt great afterward so the aluminum didn't beat me up too bad I guess. If you can get one for a good price I would definitely recommend it.

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Favorite Ride:   Fingers!

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   LeMond Zurich steel frame with carbon rear stays, seat tube and half of the top tube. That's a lot more carbon than just the rear stays on the Lobular and yet the Lobular is lighter and faster with only some occasional harshness as a trade off. Only a full carbon ride would be better in my opinion.

Bike Setup:   Campagnolo Record 10 group (all parts) with Vuelta Corsa SuperLight wheels, Brooks Swallow ti rails saddle and Brooks tape.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by george kraushaar a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff, tight, fast, stable. It makes you want to fly.

Weaknesses:    A little harsh on long rides, but acceptable considering the trade offs of speed and climbing agility.

Bottom Line:   
Full aluminum frame, 54 cm, Ouza Comp fork, Cane Creek Wheels, Richey alloy seatpost, Serfas saddle, Easton alloy bars, Dura Ace shifters, derailleurs, cranks, Centaur calipers. I replaced the cranks with IRD Mosaic Carbon compact cranks because I live in the mountains. The bike is light (18 lb), very stiff, and very fast. It likes to climb these mountains (the Smokies) and is very stable descending. It's just a good feeling bike. I had been hooked on steel for some months, but this bike made me reconsider the advantages of aluminum if a frame is made right.

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Favorite Ride:   Tusquittee

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Hearn's Cycles, Ashe

Similar Products Used:   -Cannondale CADD4 (2 of 'em) and CADD9
-DeRosa Giro d'Italia (still have it)
-Gunnar Roadie (not competitive)
-Waterford Paramount (still have it, for touring)

Bike Setup:   11-26 9 speed Dura Ace shifters
IRD Compact Mosaic Carbon
Cane Creek wheels
Centaur calipers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jtheskier a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff, smooth, sexy

Weaknesses:    Overshadowed by full carbon fiber bikes.

Bottom Line:   
I'm relatively new to road biking, and this was my second road bike replacing my '03 Allez Elite and my review is mostly based on that comparison.

I was instantly 1-2 mph faster on this bike, maybe because it's 4 lbs lighter, has a better wheelset, is stiffer, or all of the above. I normally train with my girlfriend and suddenly I kept having the problem that I'd keep dropping her, haha. This bike really got me hooked anyways, all of the sudden I could go out for 3 hour solo rides on an empty stomach and still enjoy every minute of it.

I feel the word that would best describe the bike is that everything about it feels "tight". Cruising along on flats feels smooth and fast. Hill climbing is fast, and perhaps the best part is standing on the pedals and accelerating up a hill, it's incredible!

Obviously I love the performance, but I can't not mention the fact that it has the best paint job I've ever seen on a bike!

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Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   2003 Specialized Allez Elite

Bike Setup:   Ultegra 10spd., Mavic Elite

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