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Orbea Orca Race M30 Complete Bike
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Our Price: $4559.00
Our Price: $4559.00
Every year, it seems, the peloton is filled with bright new colors, courtesy of new teams, new sponsors, or simply a new kit design or two or twelve. With that said, when a new season begins, it sometimes takes a televised tour or two before we can easily pick out our favorite teams, riders, and of course, the bikes they're soaring upon. One exception, we like to think, was Team Euskaltel-Euskadi and their vivid orange livery, riding aboard equally stunning Orbea Orcas. Sadly, after nearly two decades of success, the team disbanded in 2013 due to limited resources available to fund the Basque Country-based Spanish squad. However, we can thank the folks at the Spanish bicycle maker for paying homage to the team with this Orbea Orca Race M30 Complete Bike, painted to replicate the legendary team's aesthetic and built with parts that mere mortals can not only appreciate, but afford. Starting with their revered Orca frameset, 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 or a misguided salesperson 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 rake 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 thus an identical corn...