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The Orca Gold Electronic is Orbea's flagship road racing frameset, and it's made specifically for use with electronic shifting components like Shimano's Dura-Ace and Ultegra Di2. It lacks the alloy cable stops on the side of the head tube and therefore cannot be cabled externally for mechanical derailleurs.

This is the bike that Orbea supplies to the ProTour riders on Team Euskaltel-Euskadi and the one they rely on when making their signature attacks in the high mountains of the grand tours. While it shares the same shaping and design with the lower priced Orca Silver, the Orca Gold makes use of ultra-high modulus carbon fiber to provide the ultimate in stiffness and lightweight to compliment its sleek aerodynamic properties. The Orca blends all three characteristics in an ideal road racing package. You don't have to pick just two.

The Orca has an angular, muscular appearance with flat planes and sometimes pronounced edges where other bikes use more rounded shapes. Its design is the result of FEA (finite element analysis) and Orbea's intent to create resistance to flex in critical areas like the bottom bracket, seat tube, and head tube junction. Orbea uses what they term as SSN (size specific nerve) technology to produce frames that offer the same comfort and performance characteristics across the size range. More specifically, each frame size has specific carbon lay-ups and tube dimensions. This way, a 125lb five foot seven mountain climber doesn't have to suffer the otherworldly stiffness that would be necessary on a bike built for a 180lb six foot four classics rider.

Though stiffness is a key priority, Orbea uses some particular shaping in the seat stays and fork legs of the Orca Gold to absorb road vibration. Take a close look at the abrupt bends above the full-carbon dropouts. Their shaping allows some shear movement between the long axes of the straight segments. While this improves comfort over coarse road surfaces, it has no effect on the efficiency of the rear triangle with regards to power transfer. Don't forget, this is the bike that the pros ride.

Orbea molds the Orca Gold frame and fork as a monocoque. Each of these is a homogenous structure without bonded joints where failures, either structural or cosmetic, can occur. With fibers running continuously along the length of the tubes and through the intersections, the total strength of the bike is increased along with the durability.

The Orca Gold uses a BB30 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube/steerer. Both of these details add performance by increasing stiffness where it counts. At the bottom bracket, you'll enjoy a 30% stiffer and lighter aluminum spindle compared to standard external bearing cranksets. Another benefit is the increased heel and ankle clearance. Do you wear out the inside surfaces of your cycling shoes against the crankarms? If you answered yes, BB30 is for you. And if you already have a typical crankset, you can easily adapt it to fit the BB30 shell, no problem. The tapered head tube allows the use of a 1.5-inch lower bearing. The increased inside diameter of the bearing allows the carbon fiber steerer tube to be oversized as well. This increases the torsional and bending stiffness. This is a big part of what makes the Orca feel so stable through sweeping high speed corners. You'll be impressed by the overall ride quality; it's truly inspiring.

Another difference between the Orca Gold and silver framesets is the seatpost that comes with each model. This Gold version is supplied with an Orca Monolink style post that allows the use of Selle Italia's latest saddles with their Friction Free design. It's easy to set up and provides a rock solid perch for your saddle. If you prefer another brand or style of saddle, you can use the supplied adapters to fit typical dual-rail saddles. Both models use a sculpted aluminum clamp that relies on an internal wedge to secure the post from sliding up or down.

The Orbea Orca Gold has a luscious clear-coated carbon weave and is available in four color options – Blue, Orange, Silver, and White. It's made in six sizes from 48cm to 60cm. It comes with a matching Orca tapered monocoque full-carbon fork, integrated FSA headset, and seatpost. The Orca requires a braze-on front derailleur. All Orbea bicycle frames come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defect.

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4 5

great bike

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I rode the mechanical version of this bike recently and i must say I loved the ride quality of the Orca. Its very comfortable for long distance riding and is an awesome climber as well. The tubing shape makes the bike a little more aerodynamic than traditional rounded tubed bikes and the design makes it very fast. If you have the means i highly recommend picking one up.
I am a sales rep for Competitive Cyclist so if you have questions contact me directly at 801-736-6396 x 4074 or email

great bike

Will the frame be compatible with campagnolo...

Will the frame be compatible with campagnolo super record "EPS"??????????????

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not compatible with EPS