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Orbea Ordu Gold
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Our Price: $3199.00
Our Price: $3199.00
The classic adage tirelessly rings, 'good things come to those who wait.' Well, patience be damned, in the case of the new Orbea Ordu. After all, we waited, then waited some more, then resigned ourselves to the possibility that we'd be waiting forever. Countless spy shots and missed release dates later, it seemed that the Ordu was destined to be 'vaporware' -- another victim of over-ambition. But, much to the delight of triathletes worldwide, rest assured, the Ordu Gold is indeed here. Additionally, it's benefited greatly from the extra development time that Orbea wisely took. And while the Ordu Gold is radically different than its predecessor, Orbea wasn't quick to dismiss its impressive showcase of results and lessons learned through sponsorship of five-time World Champion Craig Alexander. It wasn't just Alexander's results though -- the Ordu was piloted to victory by numerous athletes at virtually every major international triathlon spanning the last decade. This means that Orbea would have some extremely large shoes to fill in replacing it. At first glance, it's clear that the Ordu Gold is much more than a re-tooled Ordu of yesteryear. Clean slate in hand, Orbea took designer Ronan Bariou's most fanciful frame blueprints to the A2 wind tunnel in Mooresville, North Carolina to ensure that the paper-to-carbon fiber translation was as fast as possible. Gone from the original Ordu is the signature pointed head tube and triangular seat tube juncture, both in the name of aerodynamic efficiency. Razor-tight wheel clearances and radical tube shapes on the Ordu Gold abound -- which, even without bold down tube branding, make the bike immediately recognizable as a member of the otherworldly Orbea livery. However, none of the tube shapes are as purpose-driven as the fully integrated fork, whose leg depths are four times their width. Translation This 4:1 fork aspect ratio is not legal in UCI races. While something of a surprise, it conversely means that Orbea has its s...