Tech & New Products: New Orbea Orca


Orbea Orca

New Orbea Orca models complete the family after presenting the racing flagship last year. Key tech, integration, and fitting options make all Orbea Orca models a great choice for any road cyclist.

Orca is the choice of stylish riders who demand the lightest bike with the best combination of technologies and flexible ergonomics. These are riders who don’t think of themselves as sprinters or rolleurs or climbers or even racers, they want a bike that can do everything and master any route. They are athletes who are looking for leading technology and style and appreciate a bike that stands out from the rest.

ORCA DETAILS:

  • Usage: Road and Competition
  • Racing Category: Climbing Light
  • Material: OMX Carbon or OMR Carbon
  • Sizes: 47 / 49 / 51 / 53 / 55 / 57 / 60cm
  • Price: From €1999 to €8.999 ($2,199 to $9,399)
  • Personalization: graphic patterns, color, ergonomics and components
  • Info: orbea.com

ORCA CAN MAKE YOU FASTER

The best racing bike is not just light or stiff. It’s not only about aerodynamics or smoothness. Orbea believes it’s the efficient combination of all of those things. Orca blends these elements to maximize power transfer and speed in all conditions because the most efficient bike is the most fun to ride.

OMR CONSTRUCTION

OMR frames add high modulus and high strength fibers to a standard layup to improve stiffness-to-weight ratios. Bladder molding with EPS forms and PU headtube and bottom bracket inserts stop wrinkling and unconformities in critical zones, allowing less carbon to be used while maintaining strength.

The OMR frame utilizes rounded tube shapes (compared to OMX shapes that are more oval for maximum stiffness and aerodynamics) that improve compliance and reduce weight, making the OMR ideal for riders seeking a smooth and efficient ride quality.

The layup and dynamic structure of the new OMR frame give a compliance and vibration absorption 5% better than the previous Orca OMR and 10% higher than the Orca OMX.

The round 27.2mm seat post is 16% more compliant than a wider 30.9mm post, improving smoothness in the saddle without sacrificing frame stiffness at the bottom bracket.

The D-shape profile of the proprietary Orca OMX seat post offers comfort with an eye to aerodynamics.

The Orca OMX frame weighs 830g (size 53) with a world class stiffness level, and the new OMR frame tips the scales at 1030G (size 53).

OMX CONSTRUCTION

Highest frames of Orca family blend high modulus fibers and high strength fibers exclusively. Prepreg carbon sheets are laser cut to minimize excess materials and overlap, and hours of premolding is done to ensure optimal compaction with the smallest amount of carbon. A full EPS mold and Latex inserts are used to eliminate wrinkles and imperfections.

FULLY INTEGRATED IN ALL MODELS

Featuring the same cable and computer integration pioneered by the OMX frame, new models Orca sport a similar level of style and performance.

ICR: Internal Cable Routing (ICR) is carefully guided along the best path under the stem and through the head tube, with no rub or rattle, and is optimized for both traditional and electronic shifting systems. Proprietary headset spacers smooth airflow and offer easy adjustment. The entire Orbea road line offers this clean solution with OC Integrated stems and cable covers.

STEM AND COMPUTER MOUNT:  The OC2 and OC1 stems of the new Orca are light and stiff thanks to the oversized construction. A cable channel underneath guides under the stem into the headset spacers, the OC2 stem adds a size-specific cable cover.

The faceplate of the stem is compatible with an integrated computer mounting platform. Attach a computer or remove the mount for the ultimate clean appearance.

ADAPTABLE ERGONOMICS

How can ergonomics help you ride further? Unlike a racing position that is focused on aerodynamics, an endurance position results in a bike that is easier to ride and increases stamina. A shorter cockpit and higher handlebar maximize rider comfort – and more comfort means longer rides. 

Orbea now offers two handlebar configurations: a standard compact road bar for a more traditional racing fit, and the OC Rise handlebar for a more upright position. The different handlebars are designated stock on various models, but handlebar type and stem length can always be customized through Orbea’s MyO personalization platform.

New OC RISE handlebar: This simple and elegant ergonomic solution elevates the tops and drops of the traditional road bar, so your neck and shoulders can relax a bit more, focusing on a better ride ahead. Increase endurance with a position that enhances comfort. 

Compared to a standard compact road bar, the 20mm rise and 5mm shorter reach dimensions of the OC Rise Handlebar replicate the geometry of an Endurance bike but keep the overall frame performance that made Orca famous.

Choose an OC Rise handlebar or OC Compact handlebar and of course stem length – all available through MyO – and personalize an Orca perfect for you.

FULL OF OPTIONS    

Orbea doesn’t stop with just offering 12 stock models in this light and capable range. Visit Orbea’s MyO platform to view and select the massive array of paint, graphic and component options available in the Orca family. No matter which Orca you need, you can create one that is perfectly tailored for you.