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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.
|Frame||Orca carbon OMP, monocoque, tapered 1-1/8" - 1,5", PF 86mm, powermeter compatible, internal cable routing, EC/DC compatible, 130mm rear spacing, 27,2 mm seat tube.|
|Fork||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|
|Wheelset||Mavic Ksyrium Elite|
|Tires||Mavic Yksion Pro GripLink (front) & PowerLink (rear) 700x23 127TPI|
|Brakes||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000|
|Shifters||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000|
|Crankset||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 34x50|
|Cassette||Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28 11-Speed|
|Chain||Shimano Dura-Ace 9000|
|Handlebar||FSA Energy Compact|
|Saddle||Prologo Scratch 2 Tirox size 134 mm|
|Seatpost||FSA SL-K SB20 27.2x350mm|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|Effective Top Tube (mm)||514.8||520.55||537.9||548.5||563.7||576||590|
|Seat Tube Length (mm)||410||440||470||490||510||530||560|
|Standover Height (mm)||708||726||751||771||791||807||835|
|Head Tube Length (mm)||104||112||130||145||165||182||207.1|
|Head Tube Angle||71°||71.4°||71.8°||72.1°||72.5°||73°||73.5°|
|Seat Tube Angle||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°||73.5°||73.2°||73.2°||73.2°|
|Chainstay Length (mm)||405||405||405||405||408||408||408|
|BB Drop (mm)||70||70||70||70||70||70||70|
|BB Height (mm)||271.5||271.5||271.5||271.5||271.5||271.5||271.5|
|Stem Length (mm)||90||100||100||110||110||110||120|
|Handlebar Width (mm)||380||400||420||420||420||440||440|
|Crank Length (mm)||170||170||170||172.5||172.5||172.5||175|