Orbea Orca

95/100
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Facts

Gender
Type
Release Year
Brand
Wheel Size
Numbers of Gears
Weight
16.80, 17 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the this bike. 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 a.f. 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 junk-swinging 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 would 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

88/100 based on 3 expert reviews
90
BikeRadar
Level 5 expert

Orbea Orca M20 Pro MyO Review

Level 5 expert

…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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90
BikeRadar
Level 5 expert

Orbea Orca M20 Review

Level 5 expert

…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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CyclingTips
Level 3 expert

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

Level 3 expert

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
Level 2 expert

Orbea Orca – First Ride And Full Details

Level 2 expert

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
Level 4 expert

Bike Test: Orbea Orca M20

Level 4 expert

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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User Ratings

93/100 based on 65 ratings
  • 5 star
    77%
  • 4 star
    15%
  • 3 star
    3%
  • 2 star
    3%
  • 1 star
    2%

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