Orbea Orca M30 Complete Bike - Road Bike Shop
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Orbea Orca M30 Complete Road Bike
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It's hard to believe how far road bikes have come as of late. We remember looking with skepticism on the early electronic drivetrain prototypes, but in what seemed like the blink of an eye, that futuristic tech has trickled down to levels that we mortals can enjoy. So, with its race-bred pedigree and Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain, the Orbea Orca M30 Complete Road Bike illustrates this point perfectly. It's fast, it's light, and the shifting is impossibly precise. Basically, you're looking at a bike that's superior to the pro-team machines we were drooling over just a few years ago. 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. By focusing on stack and reach, Orbea has eliminated both the gaps and overlaps in sizing that have plagued riders for so long, especially shorter riders and women. But don't worry, the smaller frames have 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 M30 is built on Orbea's monocoque carbon fiber construction, which bonds mirrored halves together into a lightweight, durable frame without the failure-prone junctions that can cause issues with tube-...