Orbea Orca

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16.80, 17 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Orbea Orca. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • At 17lbs and less, this Orca is more of a minnow than a whale.
  • Everything is angled toward speed on this thoroughbred: It’s fast.
  • An impressive climber. This fish swims upstream, with porpoise.
  • Steep angles offer a sick compromise between aggressive speed and comfort.
  • Considering its stiff, light race genesis, it’s supple on uneven roads.
  • The Ultegra groupset’s drivetrain shifted efficiently...
  • ...while brakes from the same set halted with precision and might.
  • Wide, 35mm, OEM Vision Team rims were welcomed for being light and pliant.
  • A sloping top-tube offers plenty of standover.
  • Reviewers saw the Orca as a mid-priced bike with top-dollar perks.
  • Uninterrupted internal-cabling paths were well devised.
  • The tapered, 1⅛ to 1½ steerer is stiff and true.
  • The Orca’s frame gives ample leeway to slam some 28c tires up in there.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Orca could do better if shod with fatter rubber than the spec 23mm Vittorias.
  • Every Orca M20 comes with a compact crankset. One reviewer welcomed more choices.

Bottom line

The Orca is a race bike; stiff, light and fast. Comfort isn’t a priority, but is still more than amenable for a rig this fast. Two types of carbon furnish the Orca at two different price-points; OMR is found on higher-end and Team models, while OMP keeps prices down for budget-conscious buyers. With Orca’s ‘MyO’ option, buyers can change some kit and customize colors and design. Reviewers felt that the Orca M20’s Ultegra groupset represented an excellent balance between price and quality. Now that preceding years’ models are available at drastically-reduced prices, it would be hard to go wrong. Even with rim-brakes and non-aero styling, this is a world-class road racer built by an internationally acclaimed marque.

Expert Reviews

87/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Orbea Orca M20 Pro MyO Review

…unlike the six-ton marine mammal, the two-wheeled Orca is light, fast and an exceptional climber… So, whether you want to basque in glory or have a whale of a time, this Orca really is a killer…

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Orbea Orca M20 Review

…the bike stays arrow straight and it’s stiff enough that none of your power feels wasted… It also feels springy and alive on the climbs, and precise on the descents.

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Orbea Orca Review: Basque in Name, but German in Soul

Climbers will be especially happy with the bike’s performance characteristics… it can legitimately go toe-to-toe with the best out there in terms of stiffness-to-weight.

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Global Cycling Network

Orbea Orca – First Ride And Full Details

Oh and if you’re wondering, “Just what is it like to ride a 13.4lb bike?”, the answer is, “It’s really fast!“. Like, bonkersly fast.

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Road Bike Action Magazine

Bike Test: Orbea Orca M20

Besides the impressive ride quality, by spec’ing a complete Ultegra kit, they chose not to risk sacrificing quality components just to lower the price.

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Red Kite Prayer

Orbea Orca

With competitive frame weight, frame stiffness and handling… the Orca OMR is now one of my favorite bikes on the market…

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Orbea Orca M20 2017 Review [Indonesian]

Review after 4 months of usage: great lightweight bike, good for climbing and flat road… Overall, satisfied with this road bike.

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User Ratings

93/100 based on 65 ratings
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