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Orbea Orca M50 Complete Road Bike

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Description

Race ready, for the rest of us.

In the decade since Orbea graced the world with the Orca, the Basque brand’s flagship race bike has only gotten faster. And as you’d expect, that translates into sleeker shapes, lighter weights, and a smoother ride quality. But when it comes to bikes with a pedigree like the Orca’s, it’s rare to find one that’s both competitive at the highest levels, and still an outstanding value. Thanks to a careful component selection, Orbea can rightly claim to have done exactly that with the Orca M50 Complete Road Bike. Dressed in a Shimano Ultegra 11 build kit, the M50 begs to be raced, but it’s equally adept in the hands of those with recreational intentions.

As you may know, Orbea recently revamped its fit system to focus on stack and reach, instead of the oft-misleading effective top tube measurements. Upon close inspection, the team at Orbea found that many manufacturers’ sizing structures result in significant gaps between sizes, or worse, considerable overlap between frames of different sizes. But by focusing on stack and reach, Orbea has eliminated both the gaps and overlaps in sizing which have plagued riders for so long, especially shorter riders and women. The smaller frames have now been flex-tuned for lighter riders. In other words, you’ll get a bike that fits correctly, not the way a marketing team tells you it should.

Orbea went to great lengths to ensure that the Orca’s handling is consistent across sizes. Accordingly, the 47, 49, and 51cm frames employ a more relaxed head angle, with a 53mm offset fork, as opposed to the 43mm rake found on the larger sizes. This allows the smaller Orcas to have the same trail measurement as the larger sizes, and accordingly, an identical cornering feel. Additionally, it ensures that toe-overlap isn’t a factor, so shorter riders need not fear interference from the front wheel.

The M50 is built on Orbea’s monocoque carbon fiber construction, which bonds mirrored halves together into a lightweight, durable frame without the failure-prone junctions that can cause issues with tube-to-tube constructions. The Performance series frame comes from the same mold as the team issue Race series frames, but the blend employs more medium-modulus carbon fiber. While it requires slightly more material, medium modulus carbon fiber is more elastic, which results in a smoother ride. Additionally, the thicker layup makes the bike more resistant to crash-induced damage. Best of all, the weight penalty is a measly 100g — and the benefits make the Performance series a better choice for the vast majority of riders.

The Orca M50 is more than deserving of its Ultegra 11 drivetrain, which provides the crisp shifting of the latest Dura-Ace groupset at a minimal weight penalty. The sleek gray finish finds its way onto everything from derailleur to brakes. Speaking of brakes, the 6800 series Ultegra calipers feature a dual pivot, which makes them immensely powerful. The cockpit comes courtesy of FSA, with a Team Issue stem and Wing Compact handlebar. The Selle Italia SL Flow saddle sits atop the integrated Orca seatpost, keeping the weight down and the ride responsive. It rolls on Mavic’s Ksyrium Equipe wheelset, wrapped in Mavic Yksion Comp tires. Think of it as an ideal training wheelset, because if you’re serious about racing, the M50 absolutely warrants a top-tier wheelset for closed-course use.

The Orbea Orca M50 Complete Road Bike is available in seven sizes, from 47 to 60cm, and in the colors Black/pink, Euskatel, and White/blue.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
carbon fiber
Fork:
Orbea Orca
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Headset:
FSA Integrated Tapered Headset
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed
Crankset:
34-50 t Shimano Ultegra 6800
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano
Pedals:
not included
Cassette:
11-28 Shimano Ultegra CS-6800
Chain:
Shimano Ultegra CN-6800
Brake Levers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Brake Calipers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Handlebar:
FSA Wing Pro Compact
Stem:
FSA Team Issue
Saddle:
Selle Italia SL Flow
Seatpost:
Orbea Orca Carbon
Seat Collar:
integrated
Wheelset:
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe
Tires:
Mavic Yksion Comp
Tire Size:
700 c x 23 mm
Recommended Use:
road riding and racing
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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