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Orbea Orca Bronze/SRAM Rival Complete Bike -
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Our Price: $1264.00
Orbea modeled its new Orca BRV after its flagship Gold and Silver bikes, applying many of the same technologies and design elements into its makeup. However, we're all able to rejoice that the aforementioned arrives at a price that's, well, more attainable. The lines and geometry are strikingly similar to Orbea's top-end machines, and so too is the stable handling, exceptional ride quality, and overall comfort that Orbea carbon road bicycles are known for. The Orca BRV was built using Orbea's Bronze grade carbon. Essentially, this is a blend of intermediate modulus fibers that have a touch more elasticity than the higher modulus fibers used to construct both the Gold and Silver Orcas. The result is a durable layup that provides a smooth, compliant, and road-dampening feel. However, this is achieved without compromising the Orca's trademark, rigid pedaling platform. Accordingly, your pedaling power is directed straight into the back wheel, instead of being wasted on flexing the frame side-to-side. Like the Gold and Silver models, The BRV frame and fork were molded using a monocoque construction method. Essentially, this creates a homogenous structure with fibers running continuously along the length of the tubes and through the intersections. This increases the total strength of the bike, particularly at the tube junctions. Additionally, it adds to frame's overall durability. However, there are a few structural differences that separate the Orca BRV from the Silver and Gold. The BRV uses alloy dropouts, which are a few grams heavier than the full-carbon versions found on the more expensive models, but the tradeoff is that they are much more durable. Also, the seat tube on the BRV is round whereas the Gold and Silver have a more sculpted, aerodynamic shape. This allows the use of a standard round seatpost and conventional clamp assembly. Aside from these small differences, the front triangle uses the same planar styling as the other Orca models. The angular tu...