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Orbea Orca Bronze/Shimano Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike - 2013 $0.00
Orbea built its new Orca BLi2 Complete Bike with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 drivetrain in order to provide you with exceptional ride quality, stable handling, and crisp electronic shifting. And given that it takes a magnifying glass to really tell the Bronze apart from the Orca Silver, it's safe to say that this has all been wrapped into a value-driven road package.
When you first look at the new Orbea Orca BLi2, you'll notice that its lines and geometry are strikingly similar to its flagship Gold and Silver road bikes. The reason for this is simple, as it was constructed using many of the same frame technologies and design details. However, the main difference between these bikes comes down to the carbon layup. The Orca BLi2 was built using Orbea’s Bronze grade carbon, which is a blend of intermediate modulus fibers that have a touch more elasticity than the higher modulus fibers used to construct the Gold and Silver Orcas. The result is a durable layup that provides a smooth, compliant, and road-dampening feel, yet still yields an ultra-rigid pedaling platform. This translates into more of your pedaling power being directed straight into the back wheel, instead of being wasted on flexing the frame side-to-side. A quick acceleration out of the saddle is all it takes to feel just how solid this construction really is.
Like the Gold and Silver models, The BLi2 frame and fork were molded using a monocoque construction method. Essentially, this creates a homogenous structure with fibers running continuously along the length of the tubes and through the intersections. This increases the total strength of the bike, particularly at the tube junctions. Additionally, it adds to frame's overall durability. However, there are a few structural differences that separate the Orca BLi2from the Silver and Gold. The BLi2 uses alloy dropouts, which are a few grams heavier than the full-carbon versions found on the more expensive models, but the tradeoff is that they are much more durable. Also, the seat tube on the BLi2 is round whereas the Gold and Silver have a more sculpted, aerodynamic shape. This allows the use of a standard round seatpost and conventional clamp assembly.
Aside from these small differences, the front triangle uses the same planar styling as the other Orca models. The angular tube shapes and pronounced edges are the result of what is known as Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which was engineered to create resistance to flex in critical areas like the bottom bracket, seat tube, and head tube junction. Orbea also applied what it terms as Size Specific Nerve (SSN) technology in order to produce frames that provide the same comfort and ride-quality characteristics throughout the size range. In other words, each frame size has specific carbon layups and tube dimensions, providing the same road-tuned feel regardless of what size of frame you select.
The Orca BLi2 was built with a BB30 bottom bracket and a tapered, oversized head tube. Both of these details work to decrease weight while increasing stiffness where it counts. At the bottom bracket, you’ll enjoy a stiffer and lighter junction compared to standard external bearing design, which is the same for the tapered, 1.5-inch lower bearing head tube. Both of these design characteristics were trickled down from the Silver and Gold models, which increases the torsional stiffness of the frame.
For the build of the Orca BLi2, Orbea spec'd the bike with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 10-speeed drivetrain, complete with its BB30 50/34t compact crankset. The cockpit received 3T's Ergonova aluminum bar and ARX stem, with an Orbea carbon seatpost supporting Selle Italia's SL Flow saddle. In the wheel department, Orbea wrapped the durable Mavic Aksium hoops with Mavic Aksion clincher tires.
The Orbea Orca BLi2 Complete Bike is available in six sizes from 48 to 60cm and in the color Anthracite.
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Nice package bike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased this complete bike to ride for weekday conditioning along with weekend MTN biking. The electronic shifters work like a dream. Rides solid. Bike came 85% assembled. For the price, nice components and offers a full-featured road bike. I don't compete on this bike so it is great for my use.