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Orbea Orca M LTD Complete Road Bike
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Our Price: $7599.00
The orca, or killer whale, is one of the apex predators of the ocean. In other words, it has no natural predators of its own. And, like its namesake, Orbea's lauded frame is at the top of industry innovation and design. Previous years gave us the Gold, Silver, and Bronze models, but for 2014, the line has been redeveloped to include two distinct carbon layups, the Performance and the Race. The Orca M-Ltd Complete Road Bike features the Orca Performance frame, a high-modulus carbon fiber frame that will propel you to the top of the steepest climb as well as to the front of the peloton. Before they looked to create two different carbon layups, Orbea took a critical eye to the sizing of its frames. Realizing that the traditional top tube measurement often left riders at the short and tall end of the fit spectrum lacking ideal fit, Orbea used a new standard to size its frames. Stack and Reach was developed by Dan Empfield, a pioneer in the understanding the height and length of bicycle frames. Stack and Reach are two measurements: Stack is the vertical distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the top tube at center. Reach is the distance from that point at the top tube center to the head tube, not along the top tube slope, but along the horizontal. How is this different than measuring an effective top tube length Well, many times manufacturers lower the stack and shorten the top tube to create a smaller frame size, but they do not actually move the head tube any closer to the rider. More often, changing the seat tube angle is the simple answer. A steeper seat tube angle will result in a shorter top tube length without altering how far the head tube is to the rider. Reach is unaffected by angular geometries. Using Stack and Reach allowed Orbea to create a line that has a linear size progression. To accomplish this progression, where a 53cm frame truly fits differently than a 51cm frame, Orbea used two different fork rakes. It was able to a...