Not one to miss out on the new bike summer announcement madness, Orbea have unveiled their new iteration of the Orca Aero bike, only now it comes with disc braking capabilities.
A year on from the range’s initial release, the Orca will now give potential riders the chance to have more stopping power on their wind cheating machines with the inclusion of hydraulic disc braking.
This bike builds on the work they did last year when the UCI dropped their 3:1 tube profile rule, allowing Orbea to implement some deep looking forks and chainstays in a bid to save watts.
Using a similar Freeflow fork design that is seen on the rim brake version of the bike, the fork has a wider parting which Orbea say says the rider a cheeky 4 watts against a non-aero competitor.
It also boast a kammtail tube profiling with flattened sides, something that is supposed to provide better aerodynamic results when riding at lower speeds. For the seatpost it’s slightly different with the Spanish firm choosing to employ an oval seat post which they say works better in an area of high turbulence. This turbulence is caused by the riders leg pedalling up and down.
Riders can choose to go monocoque and get a one-piece aerobar up front for the cockpit or they can opt for a classic two-part bar and steam configuration.
If you’re looking to get even more aero the bike also has a neat feature that can see you drop the bottle cage to a lower position on the down tube. So if you’re only carrying one bottle you can reduce your air resistance by closing the gap in the frame between down tube, bottle and seat tube.
In terms of specs, the top of the line Orca Aero Disc is the the M10i Team-D. Priced at £7199. Riders will get Shimano Dure-Ace Di2 electric groupset with the Vision Metron 5D bar-stem combo. As standard the bike comes equipped with DT Swiss ARC1400 Dicut DB 48 Carbon, which you can spec 25mm or 28mm tyres.
The next of the shelf option is the Orca Aero M10 Team-D which utilises Vision Metron 4D bars with a separate stem, as well as mechanical Dura-Ace mechanical and DT Swiss ER 1600 Spline DB 32 wheelset. This will set you back £4499.
If your wallet needs something a bit cheaper there is the Orca Aero M20i Team-D for £3899 which will give you Ultegra Di2. If you so desire you can opt for mechanical Ultegra which will save you £700 on the M20 Team-D before going to the base model, the M30 Team-D, which offers Shimano 105 hydraulic and retails for £2999.