The highly-revered Orca road bike is their premier road bike, and a mainstay of the pro racing peloton. Unlike others who are turning aggressive race bikes into endurance machines, the brand new Orca is sticking with its competitive roots and is achieving even greater performance for racing and hard, competitive road riding. The Orca’s geometry has been refined for 2017, offering a lower, more aggressive riding position, as well as shorter chainstays and wheelbase for increased responsiveness. They’ve coupled this to a refined carbon layup, with rim brake model framesets weighing in at as little as 795g for OMR carbon frames. Despite the weight loss, Orbea claims that the new Orca is 26% stiffer laterally, and 20% stiffer in the headtube. This allows the Orca to turn in, accelerate, and carry speed better than ever before.
New to the Orbea road bike model line is the Orbea Orca Aero. For years, Orbea has focused more on low weight, climbing ability, and ride stiffness in the form of the standard Orbea Orca. However, with the Orca Aero, Orbea has found a winning combination of their proven geometry and aero tubing. The Orca Aero starts life with the top of the line OMR-grade carbon fiber frame that is designed to give free speed under all racing conditions. Orbea claims a savings of 27 watts at 50 km/h, or better yet 82 seconds over a 50 km course. They do this through use of an integrated stem and seatpost clamp, along with direct mount brakes, and seriously sculpted tubing profiles. Despite this, the Orca Aero frame weigh in at just under 1000g, while consistently showing up stiffer than their already-stiff Orbea Orca. The bike is built for speed and it makes no apologies for it.
The Orbea Avant is designed for long, grueling rides over varied terrain. All bikes in the Avant line are intended to keep the rider poised and in control on even the longest days. Unlike the Orca, the Avant’s geometry puts the rider into a more upright and comfortable riding position. Orbea’s Dynamic Structure Stiffness concept remains, delivering performance that matches the added compliance. Orbea is also offering the Avant in both carbon and alloy versions, giving beginner and more serious riders, alike, the Avant’s great handling and performance for years of happy riding. Overall weight is cut 200g to 990g, meaning that the Avant loses none of the precise handling and snappy acceleration that Basque country road bikes are known fork. Clearance for up to a 30c tire further take the edge off of long rides.
On the gravel front, Orbea offers the versatile Orbea Terra. The Terra comes as a carbon fiber frameset with generous tire clearance, officially swallowing 40mm-wide tires through the fork blades and rear stays. Rolling over gravel, dirt, and other multi-surface roads, the Terra’s all-carbon frame and fork demonstrate surprisingly good handling capability in addition to great pedaling stiffness. While it has a relatively slack 70.5 degree headtube angle and 430mm chainstays, the bike doesn’t handle sloppily. It comes in one lightweight carbon frame combination or a versatile alloy frame, both with wide tire clearances and hidden fender mounts.
Each Orbea road bike comes in multiple builds and price ranges. Many of these models also offer the Orbea MyO paint and component customization program, allowing riders to find a bike truly built for their needs.