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· tofurkey hunting
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i've seen some of the domestic (u.s.) teams on them. i think jelly belly has a few riders on them. i suspect that it might have to to with marketing. orbea still holds the orca as its "flagship" model. i was wondering the same thing while watching the euskatel riders at the giro....
 

· Maybe Next Year
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I read somewhere (maybe here?) that Eusketel would be switching over at the Tour. I can understand pro riders in the grand tour riding the Orca though - to my layman's butt, it felt slightly more forgiving. The weight difference is marginal - I'm sure they can bring the Orca down to the UCI point with trick bits. If you ask me, the Opal filled a needed niche in the American market - a stiffer platform that feels a little more solid in the crits. Not too many 100-mile point-to-point stage races in the Midwest.
 
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