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Orbea Orca Bronze/SRAM Rival Complete Road Bike - 2013 $0.00
Bronze takes the prize for overall value.
Orbea modeled its new Orca BRV after its flagship Gold and Silver road bikes, applying many of the same technologies and design elements into its makeup. However, we're all able to rejoice that the aforementioned arrives at a price that's, well, more attainable. The lines and geometry are strikingly similar to Orbea's top-end machines, and so too is the stable handling, exceptional ride quality, and overall comfort that Orbea carbon road bicycles are known for.
The Orca BRV was built using Orbea's Bronze grade carbon. Essentially, this is a blend of intermediate modulus fibers that have a touch more elasticity than the higher modulus fibers used to construct both the Gold and Silver Orcas. The result is a durable layup that provides a smooth, compliant, and road-dampening feel. However, this is achieved without compromising the Orca's trademark, rigid pedaling platform. Accordingly, your pedaling power is directed straight into the back wheel, instead of being wasted on flexing the frame side-to-side.
Like the Gold and Silver models, The BRV 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 BRV from the Silver and Gold. The BRV 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 BRV 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 BRV 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.
As for the build of the Orca BRV, Orbea spec'd the bike predominantly with SRAM's dependable Rival 10-speed drivetrain, finishing it off with a BB30 Apex 50/34t compact crankset. The cockpit received Orbea's aluminum Pro bar and stem, with a carbon post supporting Selle Italia's SL Flow saddle. In the wheel department, Orbea wrapped its durable, smooth-rolling 28-spoke alloy wheels in Vittoria's Rubino tires.
The Orbea Orca BRV Complete Road Bike is available in the color Anthracite and in six sizes from 48 to 60cm.
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Reviews & Community
So far so good, except....
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
my rear wheel was shipped with about 6-8 loose spokes. Got one spin up the street and the sound coming from that rear wheel scared me!
Looked for many possible causes of the sound and only noticed that it was coming from the wheel when I my wife ride it as I walked beside her. This led to the immediate removal of the wheel and trip to the bike shop to get it back in working order.
Other than that the bike seems to have a nice feel so far. I'll update the review and rating once I can get a real ride on it.
Can anyone tell me how to take apex crank...
Can anyone tell me how to take apex crank off from the bike?
People say that there is 8mm hex within BB part, but I see no 8mm hex but there is only 10mm.
I asked directly to CC stuff and got answer. It seems the apex crank of this bike can be removed from drive side of nut instead of non-drive side which is the way for other sram cranks. The crank shaft and non-drive side crank is one piece so you need to take drive side off first, then use hammer or whatever to pull crankshaft off which is probably assembled by pressfit.
My new ride
Bought this bike just before Christmas, it was my Christmas present from my wife so she didn't let me open it until Christmas Day. Everything looks great; I also purchased Ksyrium equipe wheelset to replace the Orbea wheels. I've only ridden it about 5 miles just to check adjustments, etc. Unfortunately we have been in the midst of one of the worst winters we've seen in a while so I haven't been back out on it. Right now it is great for drying my hat and gloves on. The short ride that I did take the bike felt incredible. The assembly was pretty minimal and everything worked flawlessly. Once I've ridden it a bit more I will most likely need to tweak some of the adjustments. I'm new to SRAM so that will take a little getting used to. Probably will only post further reviews if there is a problem, otherwise I'll be out riding
Orbea Orca Bronze
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Received my bike on Tuesday. Did the final assembly and did my 1st ride on Thursday. Easy ride to get the feel of this new machine. Great bike. Smooth ride, shifting and handling. Will do some smaller adjustments today, seat height, angle, depth, etc..., 1st all carbon bike and loving it. Can't say enough about the bike and how well Competitive Cyclist packed this bike. Great value and a customer for life.
It feels all right.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is a good bike. If you already have a good high end bike, you wouldn't regret getting this one to use it for other purpose/other type of riding.
The frame itself is ok however the 53cm model(54.5 top tube) comes with a 110mm stem and a 95~100mm reach handlebar so the stock fit may be better for people with longer torso at the same height. Some of you may better prepare yourself with other stem and handlebar beforehand.
Head tube could have been designed to be taller, considering the targeted market.
Components Review: Yes, low end wheel, sram rival and apex crank are making it a heavy bike, not suitable for climb however I consider the weight to be normal at this price point. Shifting are great, Sram noisy chain as always, one may ride faster so the wind and tire noise will cover up the chain noise.
Stiffness/Comfort/Tube Shape review:
The frame isn't terribly soft, it can still make effortless on-the-saddle climb, the huge downtube(not obvious in the pictures on this page) is certainly doing its job properly.
Another feature that's not shown in competitivecyclist's pictures is the collapsing/flexing feature on the seat stay and fork, a proof that the design on this frame is up to date and trendy. They do make your ride smooth based on how I feel compared to my other bike. 25C tire seems to be compatible on front and rear based on visual check.
Overall CG seems to be closer to the back compared to my other bike.
Knee clearance is slightly compromised on the top tube. Thoughtful paint/surface treatment on certain area that may be designed for scratch resistance.
what's the weight on a 51cm?
what's the weight on a 51cm?
Is this frame stiff enough for a 212 pound...
Is this frame stiff enough for a 212 pound rider?
Best answer to this question would be maybe. The frame likely won't be stiff enough if you are planning on racing crits while throwing down 1000 watts sprints. If you are looking for a frame for general riding or even road races, it will likely be plenty stiff. The ride on this frame is great though. Smooth but not dead.
200 lbs and 6'5" a 60cm is still plenty stiff notice it on trainer hard as a rock for a big frame
I sent message to Orbea on weight limit, and they reply me there is no such thing.
I just purchased this bike and I weight over 280lbs.
They have lifetime warranty so if you break the frame by weight, I think it will be covered.
Let's see Orbea's carbon fiber technologies.
Just purchased & ridden several x's!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Okay let me start out by saying I have had carbon bikes before so I am use to their intricasies and the feel. I will also add this caveat..........I like Orbea brand. I also have a 2011 Aqua with 105 drivetrain and that bike is a rider! This however is my first try at SRAM componetry. Always wanted to try it but really had no reason because Shimano has performed flawlessly for me over the past decade. This bike as you can see was SRAM Rival minus the crank which was Apex < why Orbea pull the cheaper card here I don't know. I also had no idea because I did not read closely it was a BB30 system. Never had a press in BB in my life and started to research after the purchase. Well, it was dismal from most consumers that it had me a bit worried. But none the less, the bike came in so I finished the slight assembly needed. Let me say this, CC is a great company to deal/buy from and they are top notch. The bike came boxed well and fully insured if some accident came it's way in transit. Not a single solitary gouge or mark on the outer box from UPS........Kudos to UPS! I can wrench so I mainly wanted to get the bike assembled and check the drivetrain since that was the biggest anticipation I had. I like the system other than the FD I am having a issue getting totally dialed in. It is a 50-34 compact and a 11-32 cassette. I would not expect any cross chain rub but it does have some in the extreme opposite rings front to back. Not real bad but enough that I wish I could get it totally dialed because I really don't think this setup should have any. Plus the trim effect on the front is not near as good as my full 105 on the Aqua which has great trim and no cross chaining what so ever. But back to the bike. The bike is fairly stiff for sprinting and mashing those pedals so don't be afraid of the Bronze frame here which is claimed to not be as stiff as the Silver or Gold version in their higher end bikes. Overall, 8.5 out of 10! No more characters to cont.
How would rank the stiffness of this frame...
How would rank the stiffness of this frame as compared to the Orbea Aqua aluminum frame? I am no hardcore smasher/sprinter but I do like to pound it out from time to time and really sway a bike back and forth laterally. Thanks.
Will answer my own question.................the frame is okay. I am no real hard constant sprinter so torsion of the frame is not a daily event in riding. But when I do sprint every so often it holds it's own. So overall without being able to compare to the Silver or Gold frame by Orbea I have to way to discuss. But I am happy with the Bronze. I am 192 lbs. so that gives you an idea of the weight I am putting onto this bike.
Do you guys sell it in a size 61cm?
Do you guys sell it in a size 61cm?
Unfortunately the 60cm is the largest we currently have.
Ben what is the effective top tube you are looking for? there are many different ways to measure a bike and a 61 on one bike is not the same as a 61 on another. feel free to give us a call and we can discuss how this bike compares to what you have