2021 Orbea Orca OMX
Though in recent years it has been common for bike brands to segment their frame offerings into three (at least) distinct categories – climbing, aero, and endurance – the latest batch of new bikes from multiple producers have been trying to combine all the best attributes into one frame. And even if the pendulum is swinging back towards do-it-all super bikes, not every brand has been as successful in their efforts as Orbea is with the Orca OMX-D.
This is a purebred racing bike that also moonlights as an endurance adventure bike. It’s certainly not something that you’ll be putting racks and bags on, but with the level of comfort and tire clearance it offers, you can count on being comfortable from your coffee ride through your double century. It’s a bike for all seasons, except maybe the icy road season. This monocoque carbon frame doesn’t overly focus on being lightweight or aero, but rather has elements of both in order to offer the best possible ride quality. It nicks a few of the aerodynamic touches that the Orca Aero offers, such as dropped seatstays, cut off Kamm tail tubes, a bowed fork shape and cable integration, but aero wasn’t the focus. Similarly, it keeps the carbon layup precise in order to save weight. But Orbea has never been the type of brand to obsess about the weight of their frames, and certainly never at the expense of durability and comfort.
Instead what you’ll get is a performance-oriented bike that will feel race ready with 25mm tires, and adventure ready the next day with the 32mm tires it can easily accommodate. The frame layup reflects this split personality as well since the carbon layup has been designed to ensure the high-stress areas offer zero flex, except for those places where a little vertical compliance is desirable. The Orbea engineers have even gone so far as to give the smaller sizes a different layup compared to the larger sizes to ensure the ride quality is comparable across frame sizes, and to avoid any weight penalty to the smaller frames.
Orbea designers have spent quite a bit of time looking at the small details that could improve this frame versus an OMR or Aero Orca, for instance. As a result, this is the first integrated front-end that Orbea has designed. By routing the cables through a nifty little channel underneath the handlebars and through the stem, they achieve a nice clean look that adds to the aero qualities of the setup. The seatpost and clamp are also new designs and proprietary. The clamp in particular is very clever since it is internalized at the top tube interface, but since they have made it a side access instead of on top or under the tube, it is super easy to get to and adjust. The saddle clamp is also a clever piece of design since it allows you to adjust the fore and aft setting of the saddle without messing with the tilt, solving one of the most irritatingly fiddly adjustment dilemmas we face with bikes.
The Orbea Orca OMX-D comes exclusively in a disc brake version. It can accommodate both mechanical and electric grousets and is available in seven sizes. There are three stock color combos you can order, or you can turn to the MyO option and really design your Orca according to your own artistic sensibilities.
Frame: OMX monocoque carbon disc
Fork: OMX full carbon disc fork
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, integrated carbon cup light bearings
Stem (Included): Orbea ICR -8º
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: BB386
Cable Routing: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 47cm | 49cm | 51cm | 53cm | 55cm | 57cm | 60cm |
Colors: Black, Grey Bright Red, Jade Green Black, Custom colors available
*Specs are subject to change. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.