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Old 05-25-10, 07:43 PM
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Does anyone have experience with this bike?

I stopped by today to see a friend that runs a bike store. First mistake.

I saw a bike I did not recognize and became interested. Second mistake.

I bought the bike.

It is an Orbea Spirit. It was on consignment to the store. The frame had been custom built and just happened to have my body in mind.

I have never even heard of an Orbea Spirit. I own an Orbea Onix, which is carbon fiber. This steel frame bike just jumped out at me.

Does anyone have any idea what I bought? Any experience with this bike?

By the way, it has a Campy system and Mavic Open Pro wheels.
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Old 05-25-10, 08:30 PM
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this thread is useless without pictures.
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A high-quality steel frame w/ Campagnolo and Open Pro -- sounds great to me!
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The low end Orbea used to be sold under the "Zeus" name. Then it was "Zeus by Orbea" so maybe now they've dropped the Zeus name altogether.

Which is a good idea really, since "Zeus" reminds me of those Spanish Campagnolo knock-off components from the 70's!

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Only info I can find on it is from Bikepedia, which shows Orbea making 4 different models of the Spirit in only 2005. No other year shows a Spirit model.

Two of them using Shimano components, and two Campy.

The Campy ones are:
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...taur&Type=bike
http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...orus&Type=bike
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
The low end Orbea used to be sold under the "Zeus" name. Then it was "Zeus by Orbea" so maybe now they've dropped the Zeus name altogether.

Which is a good idea really, since "Zeus" reminds me of those Spanish Campagnolo knock-off components from the 70's!

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Orbea is a Spanish manufacturer and bought the "Zeus" name back in the mid-90s. FWIW, Zeus itself started making bicycles and components in 1923, several years before Campagnolo was started. Although many of their later components were closely modeled after Campagnolo's, they also were among the first to use titanium and sealed bearings in bicycle components, so they were more than simply Campy knock-offs.
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I did get a little more information on the bike today. An Orbea employee special ordered the bike. I got the order number for the frame to be laid up in May of 2007. The dimensions are his only.

The parts for the bike he also picked. This included some Record, some Chorus and some Centaur.

Today was the first time I have ridden a Campy bike. Not sure I like it. Ultegra is my pick, but I will try a few more times before deciding about the system.

Once I finally got the seat adjusted correctly it rode very well. Although it is not a "climber" I did take it up a hill with a bit over 20% just to see. Made it to the top just fine. Of course the 50/34 compact helped.
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If you convert it to ShimaNO, I'd be interested in that old campy stuff.
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If you convert it to ShimaNO, I'd be interested in that old campy stuff.
Not certain at this time, but possible.
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I have relatives in Pine Bluff to pick it up and save you shipping.
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I have relatives in Pine Bluff to pick it up and save you shipping.
Now I am more worried about your relatives than my bike!
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