"Orca is Orbea's Road flagship," says Jokin Diez. "It was our
first carbon production and a really successful bike in terms of
sales. So, a new evolution of the bike is a new step ahead to make
better something that is already on user´s minds."
The Orca has evolved and been finessed over the years, from the
distinctive frame design of the original to today's fifth
generation incarnation which, with a weight of 790g, is the
lightest frame Orbea has ever produced. A big development is an
all-new fork, designed to be stiffer and more aerodynamic, but it's
just one component of a bike that is a big step forward for the
small but ambitious company.
The new bike is a big step forward, then. The redesign has
centred on reducing weight, achieved by the use of simpler tube
shapes and a more advanced carbon fibre layup. Sadly it does mean
some of the distinctiveness of the original Orca has been phased
out. On the plus side, the frame weighs just 790g, which puts it
right up there with the lightest frames from the bigger
manufacturers. The stiffness and aerodynamics have also been
improved, the former via oversized tubes and a PF386 bottom
bracket, the latter via a new wide stance fork that reduces
turbulent air between fork blades and the wheel.