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Orbea Orca M50 Complete Road Bike
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In the decade since Orbea graced the world with the Orca, the Basque brand's flagship race bike has only gotten faster. And as you'd expect, that translates into sleeker shapes, lighter weights, and a smoother ride quality. But when it comes to bikes with a pedigree like the Orca's, it's rare to find one that's both competitive at the highest levels, and still an outstanding value. Thanks to a careful component selection, Orbea can rightly claim to have done exactly that with the Orca M50 Complete Road Bike. Dressed in a Shimano Ultegra 11 build kit, the M50 begs to be raced, but it's equally adept in the hands of those with recreational intentions. As you may know, Orbea recently revamped its fit system to focus on stack and reach, instead of the oft-misleading effective top tube measurements. Upon close inspection, the team at Orbea found that many manufacturers' sizing structures result in significant gaps between sizes, or worse, considerable overlap between frames of different sizes. But by focusing on stack and reach, Orbea has eliminated both the gaps and overlaps in sizing which have plagued riders for so long, especially shorter riders and women. The smaller frames have now been flex-tuned for lighter riders. In other words, you'll get a bike that fits correctly, not the way a marketing team tells you it should. Orbea went to great lengths to ensure that the Orca's handling is consistent across sizes. Accordingly, the 47, 49, and 51cm frames employ a more relaxed head angle, with a 53mm offset fork, as opposed to the 43mm rake found on the larger sizes. This allows the smaller Orcas to have the same trail measurement as the larger sizes, and accordingly, an identical cornering feel. Additionally, it ensures that toe-overlap isn't a factor, so shorter riders need not fear interference from the front wheel. The M50 is built on Orbea's monocoque carbon fiber construction, which bonds mirrored halves together into a lightweight, durable frame without the...