New Orbea Orca: full-blooded elite level racer in two flavors

Orbea's pure race bike comes in disc or non-disc version with a whopping 22 models

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The new Orbea Orca is a no-excuses elite level race bike, pure and simple.

The new Orbea Orca is a no-excuses elite level race bike, pure and simple.

Spanish brand Orbea has just announced their all new Orca, a pure race bike with a carbon monocoque frame that is available in disc brake and caliper brake versions. Designed for the elite level racer, Orbea makes it clear that this bike is about one thing, going fast.

Orbea Product Manager Joseba Arizaga explains, “The most efficient bicycle will be the one that provides the greatest rigidity at the lightest weight, so that no watts are wasted, in addition to having improved aerodynamics that do not compromise either the weight or the rigidity.” Clearly targeted at the type of rider who demands the highest level of performance from their steed, Orbea makes it known that the new Orca is the choice of Team Cofidis, Team Basque Country­/Murias and Team Visit Dallas/DNA Cycling.

Check out this highlight video of the all new Orbea Orca:

The heart of any bike is the frame and Orbea uses very advanced carbon construction which are monocoque in design. The carbon comes in different levels with the Orca OMR frame blending Toray T700, T800 and M40J fibers. Prepreg carbon sheets are laser cut to minimize excess materials and overlap, and hours of pre­molding are designed to optimize compaction with the smallest amount of carbon. A full EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) mold is used to eliminate wrinkles and imperfections. Besides the top-level OMR carbon, the Orca is available in OMP and OME carbon at differing price points.

This structure is designed to be stiff and smooth. The large majority of torsional and lateral loads are handled by the lower spine of the frame. The headtube, downtube and chainstays are shaped to resist twisting and transmit power to the rear wheel. At the same time, the seat stays of the new Orca are thinner and the cross­ sections and diameters have been reduced to give maximum traction and control over rough surfaces without compromising overall rigidity. The natural flex patterns created by the carbon layup and minimal bulk of the top tube and seat stays are designed to deliver a smooth ride that helps the rider feel like they are “floating over rough roads.”

The Orca is available in 22 different versions including three different kinds of carbon and with or without disc brakes.

The Orca is available in 22 different versions including three different kinds of carbon and with or without disc brakes.

Besides the carbon frame, Orbea has developed what they call their Freeflow fork which helps spread the fork legs away turbulent air that approaches the fork from behind. This reduces pressure and turbulence because their is less drag. Orbea claims improvements of up to 4 watts which translates to .4 seconds per kilometer and that the fork is 10% faster than the fork of the previous Orca.

Lastly, the road racing geometry of the Orca is aggressive to maximize body aerodynamics and efficiency. Handling is sharp and precise and angles and dimensions are considered carefully across a range of sizes. This helps the rider put more power to the road with every pedal stroke, and more power means more speed.

The all new 2017 Orbea Orca is available in both disc brake and caliper brake versions, the choice is yours.

The all new 2017 Orbea Orca is available in both disc brake and caliper brake versions, the choice is yours.

But this doesn’t mean that fit has to be sacrificed for comfort. Orbea says that the Orca is designed to fit riders of all shapes and sizes and that it is important to realize that women should receive the same expert bike­fitting advice as men. A custom fit for a rider of either sex is easily accommodated with Orbea’s component selection.

Prices range from $8999 for the Orca M10i LTD-D (OMR carbon frame, carbon fork, Shimano Dura-Ace disc brakes, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, Vision Metron 40 carbon clincher wheels) to $1899 for the Orca M30 (OME carbon frame, carbon fork, Shimano 105 drivetrain, Vision Team 30 Comp clincher wheels).

For more information on the new Orbea Orca, visit www.orbea.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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