Orbea worked directly with specialists at Mondragon University in Spain's Basque Country to analyze and test aerodynamic concepts (click to enlarge).
With a host of new features such as seat tube storage, a BB386 bottom bracket, and an aero-enhancing oval seat post that includes two clamps that vary setback by 23mm and 49mm, the new Orbea Ordu time trial bike looks to compete with the fastest wind cheating machines being ridden at the Tour de France.
The fifth generation of this TT bike was unveiled on the eve of the world's most important bike race, and then ridden by riders from Team Cofidis is the stage 1 time trial and stage 9 team time trial. Neither day produced a result of note for the French squad, but as this video illustrates, the Ordu is an impressive looking steed nonetheless.
Orbea made fit a primary focus with the latest version of the Ordu. Among the bike's design drivers was the notion that there's no reason to settle for an almost-perfect fit. Instead Orbea uses a linear progression between sizes and outfits the bike with a wide range of potential saddle positions.
The Spanish bike maker also paid close attention to stack and reach, especially in the smaller frame sizes, where it looked to avoid frames that don't offer shorter reach measurements and do not bring the head tube (and therefore the handlebars) closer to the rider than the next bigger size. This allows the Ordu to fit a wider range of riders. New sizes range from XS-XL, with the goal of ensuring that anyone can ride an Ordu no matter how large or small.
An optional-use seat tube storage fairing and top tube-mounted bag allow the rider to carry tools and food (click to enlarge).
The Ordu also uses a clever aero-oval seat post that includes two clamps that vary setback by 23mm and 49mm. The shaft itself can also be reversed, providing nearly 90mm of adjustable range. The clamp mechanism was developed in collaboration with FSA, and offers easy adjustment of saddle tilt and independent fore-aft position.
Up front the Orbea Ordu sports an aerodynamic "Freeflow" fork design that spreads the fork legs outwards to reduce pressure and turbulence around the wheel. Orbea claims this makes the bike faster because the airspace inside the fork blades is less chaotic.
Home country squad Team Cofidis is riding the new Orbea time trial bike at the Tour de France (click to enlarge).
Also the two smaller frame sizes use a fork with a 53mm offset, while the remaining sizes opt for a 45mm offset. This helps maintain correct steering feel and lowers the likelihood of toe overlap.
Other features include semi-vertical dropouts that make wheel changes faster because there's no more fiddling with rear-facing dropouts or adjusters. The new bike also has several unique storage elements. On electronic set-ups the Shimano Di2 battery is hidden behind a port in the rear wheel cutout that's easy to access. There's also an optional-use seat tube storage fairing and top tube-mounted bag that allow the rider to carry tools and food. The idea is that by keeping that gear out of you pockets, it's easies to access on the fly. Multiple bottle mounts and triple bosses on the down tube allow for a multitude of configurations.
- Fifth generation time trial/triathlon bike
- Compatible with any standard center-bolt road brake caliper
- UCI-approved and ridden by Team Cofidis at Tour de France
- FreeFlow fork for enhanced aerodynamics
- Oval seat post that includes two clamps that vary setback by 23mm and 49mm
- Easy to use and handle for both riders and mechanics
- Shimano Di2 battery hidden behind port in the rear wheel cutout
- Optional seat tube storage fairing and top tube-mounted bag keep tools and food out of pockets and quickly accessible
- Wide range of saddle positions
- Semi-vertical dropouts make wheel changes faster
- BB386 bottom bracket
- Available in five sizes
- Calculated linear progression between sizes
- Linear stack and reach
- Two color choices
For more information visit www.orbea.com.