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Orbea Orca Race M30 Complete Bike

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Description

Waving the Basque region's cycling flag.

Every year, it seems, the peloton is filled with bright new colors, courtesy of new teams, new sponsors, or simply a new kit design or two or twelve. With that said, when a new season begins, it sometimes takes a televised tour or two before we can easily pick out our favorite teams, riders, and of course, the bikes they're soaring upon. One exception, we like to think, was Team Euskaltel-Euskadi and their vivid orange livery, riding aboard equally stunning Orbea Orcas. Sadly, after nearly two decades of success, the team disbanded in 2013 due to limited resources available to fund the Basque Country-based Spanish squad. However, we can thank the folks at the Spanish bicycle maker for paying homage to the team with this Orbea Orca Race M30 Complete Bike, painted to replicate the legendary team's aesthetic and built with parts that mere mortals can not only appreciate, but afford.

Starting with their revered Orca frameset, 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. By focusing on stack and reach, Orbea has eliminated both the gaps and overlaps in sizing that have plagued riders for so long, especially shorter riders and women. But don’t worry, the smaller frames have been flex-tuned for lighter riders. In other words, you’ll get a bike that fits correctly, not the way a marketing team or a misguided salesperson 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 rake 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 thus 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 M30 is built with Orbea's OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) carbon fiber construction method, 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 M30 is an ideal platform for its Ultegra Di2 11 electronic drivetrain, which provides the same zero-effort, unbelievably precise shifting as its Dura-Ace Di2 counterpart. It's true that Euskaltel's orange doesn't make friends with many other colors, but Ultegra's sleek grey finish finds its way onto everything from derailleur to brakes and looks great aboard the bike. 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 Gossamer 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 M30 more than justifies investing in a top-tier wheelset for closed-course use.

The Orbea Orca M30 Complete Road Bike is available in seven sizes, from 47 to 60cm, and in the Euskaltel-Euskadi Team color.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) Carbon
Fork:
OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) Carbon
Headset:
1 1/8 - 1 1/2 in FSA Integrated
Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
Crankset:
34 - 50 t Shimano Ultegra 6800
Bottom Bracket:
PF30
Cassette:
11 - 28 t Shimano Ultegra 6800
Chain:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Brake Levers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Brake Calipers:
Shimano Ultegra 6800
Handlebar:
FSA Wing Compact
Stem:
FSA Gossamer
Saddle:
Selle Italia SL Flow
Seatpost:
Orbea Carbon
Wheelset:
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe
Tires:
Mavic Yksion Comp
Tire Size:
700 c x 23 mm
Manufacturer Warranty:
[frame] lifetime, [components] 2 years

Geometry chart

Orbea

Geometry Chart

 

Orca Race M30
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

WheelbaseStemCrank
47 38cm 51.6cm 50.6cm 36.5cm 71.4cm 10.4cm 71o 73.5o 7cm 40.5cm 97cm 100mm 170mm
49  43cm 52.2cm 51.5cm 36.8cm 74.2cm 11.2cm 71.4o 73.5o 7cm 40.5cm 97.2cm 100mm 170mm
51  46cm 53.2cm 53.3cm 37.3cm 76.4cm 13cm 71.8o 73.5o 7cm 40.5cm 98cm 100mm 170mm
53  48cm 54.5cm 55.2cm 38cm 79cm 14.5cm 72.1o 73.5o 7cm 40.5cm 98cm 110mm 172.5mm
55  50cm 55.9cm 57.2cm 38.6cm 80.4cm 16.5cm 72.5o 73.2o 7cm 40.8cm 99.1cm 110mm 172.5mm
57  52cm 57.1cm 59cm 39.3cm 82.3cm 18.2cm 73o 73.2o 7cm 40.8cm 99.9cm 120mm 175mm
60  55cm 59cm 61.6cm 40.4cm 85.1cm 20.7cm 73.5o 73.2o 7cm 40.8cm 101.3cm 120mm 175mm

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