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Orbea Orca Bronze/Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2013

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Description

The Orca workhorse.

When you first look at the new Orbea Orca BLT, you'll notice that the lines and geometry are strikingly similar to Orbea's flagship Gold and Silver road bikes. The stable handling, exceptional ride quality, and overall comfort is also reminiscent of these top-end machines, as the Orca BLT was constructed using many of the same frame technologies and design details. However, the differences between the Orca BLT and the Orca Gold really only comes down to the BLT's carbon layup and build kit. Orbea specifically spec'd this frameset with Shimano's reputable Ultegra 6700 group set, providing you with a lightweight, fast, and reliable road bike package at a great value.

The Orca BLT 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 BLT 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 BLT from the Silver and Gold. The BLT 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 BLT 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 BLT 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 BLT, Orbea spec'd the bike with Shimano's Ultegra 6700 10-speeed drivetrain, complete with its 50/34t compact crankset. The cockpit received Orbea's aluminum Pro bar and stem, with an Orbea carbon post 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 BLT Complete Road Bike is available in the sizes 48, 51, 53, 55, 57, and 60cm. It also comes in the colors Anthracite/carbon and White/carbon/red.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Orbea Orca Bronze
Fork Material:
Orbea Orca Bronze
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Bottom Bracket:
FSA BB30 MegaExo
Chain:
Shimano Ultegra
Brake Calipers:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Handlebar:
Orbea Alu Pro
Stem:
Orbea Alu Pro
Saddle:
Selle Italia SL Flow
Seatpost:
Orbea Carbon
Wheelset:
Mavic Aksium
Tires:
Mavic Aksion
Tire Size:
700 23 c
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame

Geometry chart

Orbea

Geometry Chart

 

Orca
 Seat Tube
(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
48 45.4cm 52.0cm 50.0cm 36.0cm 10.4cm 71.5o 74.75o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.5cm 97.0cm
51 48.4cm 53.5cm 53.0cm 37.7cm 12.0cm 72.1o 73.5o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.5cm 97.0cm
53 50.4cm 54.5cm 55.2cm 38.0cm 14.5cm 72.1o 73.5o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.5cm 98.0cm
55 52.4cm 55.5cm 57.2cm 38.2cm 16.5cm 73.5o 73.2o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.8cm 98.8cm
57 54.4cm 57.0cm 59.0cm 39.1cm 18.5cm 73.2o 73.2o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.8cm 99.8cm
60 57.4cm 59.0cm 62.1cm 40.3cm 20.5cm 73.5o 73.2o 26.7cm 7.0cm 40.8cm 101.3cm

Orbea Orca Geometry Chart

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5 5

Love this Bike! Great Customer Service!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My previous bike was a 2009 Giant TCR2. It was too bike for me and causing shoulder issues. I spoke with Nathan and gave him my specs from a bike fitting and he assisted in getting me the right bike for my size and budget. You really can't beat the price for the quality of bicycle and components. The packaging from Competitive Cyclist is very precise and my bicycle arrived in perfect condition. Putting it together was easy as well.

I picked the bike up from UPS on Friday and rode the 49 mile course for the Cochise County Cycling Classic on Saturday. The bike was up for the challenge. It's such a great ride I decided to ride another 45 miles on Sunday. If you're into flashy - this bike gets a lot of complements.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got this bike three days ago. This bike was tuned perfectly right out of the box. Minimal set-up and it was ready to roll. After one 35 mile ride, I think I am going to be happy with this bike. Nice compliant ride, but still very responsive.