With the Orca Aero Disc, Spanish cycling firm Orbea states that it is ‘giving birth to a fast bike – a very fast bike’. The new Orca sub-brand model from Orbea is said to bring together ‘all the characteristics that have made the Orca Aero a success, but with new features, such as disc brakes and new colours.’
Orbea cites a variety of new features for the new Orca Aero Disc bike…
New Freeflow Fork
The wider fork opening reduces airflow pressure via the wheel and the fork achieving a 4 watt drag reduction. The new UCI legal fork designed according to the new regulations, provides all competitors with a 3:1 advantage ratio.
- Enables the use of flatter tubing, which softens the airflow towards the bottle cages.
- Double radius – opens up airflow around the tubing profile, with improved airflow over the different angles.
- Flattened sides – reduces friction at the front of the tubing and provides better drag at low speeds.
Orca Aero Seat Post
The Orca Aero has an oval seat post designed to reduce air turbulence, without impairing its vibration absorption capabilities. The seat post is adjustable, and employs a system that enables a greater range of saddle adjustment positions.
The head tube, bottom bracket and chainstay joints are optimized for improved torsional strength. The sections have been optimized for each size frame to create a more rigid structure.
A more rigid Orca Aero means improved transmission of power from the cyclist.
- The specific design enables the integrated handlebars to be easily adapted.
- Our system enables different power – handlebar options to be selected, which are perfectly integrated.
- ICR (Internal Cable Routing) has been conceived to ensure the best internal cable guidance: friction-free, easy to install and low maintenance. The ICR + system is compatible with both mechanical and electronic and wireless transmissions. The same frame is compatible with all transmission systems.
- The Orca Aero is characterized by its versatility and intelligent design. The multiple bottle cage mounts and three bosses provide several configuration options, to improve aerodynamics or improve the distribution of the bike’s center of gravity.
Orbea is part of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation and is Spain’s largest bicycle operator. Orbea bike frames are manufactured in Asia and finished in Spain – with the brand shipped worldwide.
In 2011, Orbea further cemented its relationship with Orca – the wetsuit and apparel tri brand. Heralding from New Zealand, Orca is part of the Orbea family – with Orbea and Orca reaching an agreement in 2011 for Spanish Orbea to acquire Orca’s ‘operation rights in the triathlon and compression area.’ This deal gave Orbea global rights to the Orca brand, following ‘four years of fruitful relations’ between the two companies.