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Orbea Orca M10 Bike 2016

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Orbea Orca M10 Bike 2016

Orbea Orca M10 2016

Conquer Mountains. Climb Podiums.

As most high-end bicycle manufactures outsource product engineering, Orbea demonstrates a rare paradigm of in-house engineering. By conducting all engineering within the walls of their Basque foundation, Orbea is able to relentlessly tweak until perfection is met. For 2015, Orbea has placed the Orca frame under the loupe and scalpel in an intensive operation to trim weight from its already insanely lightweight frame. To accomplish this, Orbea reshaped or simply removed any design features from the predeceasing Orca frame that proved trivial to stiffness and ride quality. The result is thinner seat stays and reduced cross-sections and tube diameters to provide graceful support for the seat tube and nothing more. One visually noticeable weight reducing difference is the traditional seat collar that replaces the aero collar of past. The seat tube now employs a square-round shaping that places material only where it is needed, while the 27.2mm seatpost tenders the lowest weight and plushest ride.

Not all cross sections and diameters went under the shrinking ray. The 2015 Orca displays massive tube cross-sections in the critical bottom bracket junction via a wide PF86 bottom bracket shell, as the headtube, downtube, and chainstays have been given larger diameters to work seamlessly together as a means of resisting twist and more efficiently convert pedal strokes to watts. The meeting place of top tube and head tube have been beefed up to increase torsional stiffness, but doesn’t hesitate to taper as a means of eliminating unnecessary material. Where the Orca frame really goes the extra step to save weight is through its EPS construction process. By compressing the carbon more efficiently in the mold, the EPS construction process eliminates pooling and variation inside the tubes, using less material and even increasing strength.

Borrowing ride quality concepts from their World Cup Winning Alma mountain bike, Orbea implements them directly into the Orca. After doing some homework on the way bumps and vibrations are transmitted through the frame under a rider’s weight, Orbea was able to create a carbon layup that entails natural flex patterns to greatly smoothen the ride out, even if it’s over, dare we say, cobbles. Exerting a long, hard effort to the finish line is an inevitable sacrifice thats often made in the sport of road racing, but having every joint in your body rattled around on the way there is something the Orca sees differently.

As Orbea’s dedicated race horse, the Orca occupies their revamped geometry and fit philosophy. The phrase “race geometry” can often produce assumptions of merely a steeper head angle and a smaller wheelbase. As these are true in the Orca, Orbea didn’t stop there. The distances between axles drop allow for a snappier bike that take corners with ease and has exceptional footing when you standup out of the saddle and kick, conserving both time and power at the same time. Additionally, Orbea’s sizing system puts a heavy emphasis on stack and reach, versus the much more common effective top tube measurement. Stack and reach are more truthful measurements because they define the spatial relationships of two important contact points between your body and the bike; pedals and handlebars. Stack is the vertical distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the headtube. Reach is the horizontal distance from the center of the bottom bracket to that same point at the top center of the headtube. Orbea’s logical sizing allows the Orca to accommodate a wider range of riders and aligns with a more linear size progression. A lower stack and longer reach give the Orca a more aerodynamic position that’s consistent across all size options for a more efficient use of energy for short riders, tall riders, and any rider in between.

The Orca M10 Model features Orbea’s OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) carbon fiber construction. Using the same mold as Orbea’s top tier OMR (Orbea Monocoque Race) frames, the Performance line uses a medium-modulus carbon fiber, making it slightly thicker through the sacrifice of an insignificant weight penalty. This by no means equates to a frame with any less of an appetite for racing. Pair the race-hungry OMP carbon fiber Orca frameset with Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9000 11 speed mechanical drivetrain outfit, FSA’s cockpit expertise, and Mavic’s fast set of legs, and you’ve got a bike that can’t wait to delve head-first into the pandemonium of the peloton.

Features:

  • Orca OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) carbon frameset
  • Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 drivetrain
  • FSA Energy Cockpit
  • Vision Trimax 30 Clincher
SPECIFICATIONS
Frame Orbea Orca carbon OMP, monocoque, tapered 1-1/8" - 1,5", internal cable routing, EC/DC compatible
Fork Orbea Orca OMP carbon fork, full carbon steerer, tapered 1-1/8" - 1,5", carbon dropouts
Headset FSA 1-1/8 - 1-1/2" Integrated Carbon Cup ACB Bearings
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 34x50
Bottom Bracket PF 86mm, powermeter compatible
Pedals n/a
Chain Shimano HG900, 11-Speed
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28t 11-Speed
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Wheelset Vision Trimax 30 Clincher
Tires Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x23 120TPI
Handlebar FSA Energy Compact
Stem FSA Energy
Bar Tape Orbea Black/White
Seatpost FSA SL-K SB20 27.2x350mm
Seat Clamp Brand/Model/Clamp style
Saddle Scratch-2 Tirox size 143 mm
Intended Use Road Racing, Road Sport, Endurance
Weight TBD

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.


GEOMETRY (mm/inches)
Size (cm) 47 49 51 53 55 57 60
A: Seat Tube Length 410/ 16.141 440/ 17.3 470/ 18.5 490/ 19.29 510/ 20.07 530/ 20.86 560/ 22.04
B: Effective Top Tube 514.8/ 20.26 520.55/ 20.49 537.9/ 21.17 548.5/ 21.59 563.7/ 22.19 576/ 22.67 590/ 23.22
C: Stack 506/ 19.92 515/ 20.27 533/ 20.98 552/ 21.73 572/ 22.5 590/ 23.22 616/ 24.25
D: Reach 365/ 14.3 372/ 14.64 380/ 14.96 385/ 15.1 391/ 15.3 398/ 15.5 404/ 15.9
E: BB Height 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68 271.5/ 10.68
F: BB Drop/Rise 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75 70/ 2.75
G: Head Tube Length 104/ 4.09 112/ 4.40 130/ 5.11 145/ 5.70 165/ 6.49 182/ 7.16 207.1/ 8.15
H: Head Tube Angle 71° 71.4° 71.8° 72.1° 72.5° 73° 73.5°
I: Seat Tube Angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.2° 73.2° 73.2°
J: Standover Height 708/ 27.87 726/ 28.5 751/ 29.56 771/ 30.35 791/ 31.14 807/ 31.77 835/ 32.87
K: Chainstay Length 405/ 15.9 405/ 15.9 405/ 15.9 405/ 15.9 408/ 16.06 408/ 16.06 408/ 16.06
L: Wheelbase 969.6/ 38.17 976.58/ 38.44 986.92/ 38.85 984.77/ 38.77 996.32/ 39.22 1003.89/ 39.52 1012.53/ 39.86
M: Stem 90 100 100 110 110 110 120
N: Handlebar (mm/cm) 380/ 38 400/ 40 420/ 42 420/ 42 420/ 42 440/ 44 440/ 44
O: Crank Length 170 170 170 172.5 172.5 172.5 175
4.7 / 5.0
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The every day race bike.
I am an admitted Orbea fan boy. I owned the original Orca in 2004. I had a second and third generation Orca as well. I went away from the brand in 2008, and just recently bought a new 2016 Orca. Wow! How times have changed... They have retained the handling characteristics that I have always loved--shorter chainstays to be an adept climber, generous headtube for a race bike--to make for a stiff front end, mellow head tube angle for confident descending. The layup and industrial design of this bike allows it to be very efficient and torsionally efficient--but the chainstays and smaller seat tube diameter make for a forgiving ride.

It is a beautiful bike, it does everything pretty well. I have a lot of bikes, but this is my "go to" road bike.

PROS: Great ride quality, Versatile, Unique Styling, Lightweight, Right Blend Of Stiffness

CONS: Tricky Cable Routing

BEST USES: All-around Road Racing, Road Biking
January 6, 2016
Location:
Riverside, CA
Buy this you will not regreat
Comfy fast light stiff bike that handles well with hands off the bars. I didn't buy this bike from Jenson but I have a focus from them great to deal with

PROS: Versatile, Durable, Lightweight, Warrenty
February 16, 2016
Location:
Sarnia
PURE race bike
If you are looking for a pure race bike that is focused on speed and efficiency the re-designed Orca should be on your short list of consideration. This bike is incredibly stiff, especially considering the very low weight and will serve as an awesome machine for road races and fast group rides on mixed terrain.

Make no mistake this is not a comfort or century bike. It will take everything you've got in a sprint or out of the saddle climb and put it directly into the road. There is no flex or wasted energy here. I've added some wider, higher-volume tires for training purposes to take away some of the road buzz and will reserve the narrow rubber for races or fast group rides.

I really dig how this bike uses traditional caliper brakes with "standard" mounting holes as opposed to the more modern under-the-chainstay or aero / direct-mount brakes that some other models are adopting these days. Call me a traditionalist. Also love the internal cable routing which looks so clean, and the fact that it offers a regular, round, 27.2mm seat tube/post instead of a proprietary oval shape or funky clamp. I like to keep my options open and pretty much every post, in every material, every shape, is offered in 27.2mm for future possible changes.

Has some need features for power meter users including built-in mounting points molded into the frame for quarq and SRM magnets neatly hidden next to the bottom bracket behind the crank spindle. Nice touch.

Dura-Ace 9000 doesn't need a lot of write-up. The best mechanical group on the market. Amazing light touch shifting and powerful braking. Low profile crankarms that don't hit my ankles.

Why not 5 stars? They haven't invented the perfect bike yet but the 2016 Orca is pretty darn close. I wasn't a fan of the tires, which seem puncture prone. Racers are probably going to bring their own high end race wheels and tires to the party (as with any road bike) anyway, so no biggie. I also think a carbon bike should come with an anti chainsuck/chaindrop device for the front derailleur, this one didn't, so I added a K-Edge, which went on easily thanks to Orbea's smart spec of a braze-on derailleur.

PROS: Lightweight, Stiff
January 8, 2016
Location:
Riverside, CA

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