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Copper leaf Orbea Orca

Old 05-27-16, 12:52 PM
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Copper leaf Orbea Orca

My 2007 Orbea Orca. The copper leaf is applied then treated with a chemical recipe to achieve the patina.

It's a mish mash of parts but works flawlessly.

Shifters/Deraileur - SRAM Force
Brakes - Dura-Ace 7800
Crankset - Dura-Ace 9000 (Ultegra rings)
Seatpost - Syntace HiFlex
Wheels - Bontrager XXX Clinchers




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Old 05-27-16, 01:03 PM
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that will definitely stand out from the crowd
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Old 05-27-16, 01:04 PM
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That's unique (I think)! I've never seen anything like it, anyway. Did you do that yourself, have it done custom, or was it a factory finish?

I'll bet it looks even better in real life, eh?
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Old 05-27-16, 01:16 PM
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very nice!!
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Old 05-27-16, 01:18 PM
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Thanks for checking my bike out. Yeah, I did it myself.
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Old 05-27-16, 01:18 PM
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Sweet... is is cleared over so it won't oxidize?
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Old 05-27-16, 01:34 PM
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Sure is, wouldn't last long if it wasn't.
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Old 05-28-16, 07:37 AM
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Interesting.
Is this metal leaf work something you have done much before, or had you just seen the effect and wanted to apply it? What was the motivation? Was there something that inspired it?
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Old 05-28-16, 08:36 AM
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Not sure if I'm into the design of the frame, but the finish is beautiful!
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I've played a little with leaf in the past, nothing serious though. I've always loved the fun over the top look of some customized motorbikes/hotrods. They often use leaf to accent their designs. There are some stunning finishes in custom jewellery as well. My challenge was taking that finish (something the size of a ring or pendant) and scaling it to the size of a bike frame.

I did a matching buckshot themed saddle as well. Needless to say it was too much brown/copper.

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Old 05-28-16, 10:05 PM
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So gross...
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Originally Posted by unionmade View Post
Not sure if I'm into the design of the frame, but the finish is beautiful!
Agreed about the finish being beautiful and unusual. I'm undecided about the frame. It seems like a bike from a Sci-Fi movie given is so angular.

What are the ride characteristics? Those chain stays look beefy!
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Old 05-29-16, 05:14 PM
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I'm surprised you've never seen this frame before. Euskaltel rode Orbea for years. To be honest it rides like a box of chips. Not much for damping characteristics, you feel pretty much everything. I got it for free in 2007. I remember the marketing campaign mentioned it had been designed by a toy designer.
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Old 05-29-16, 05:30 PM
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I like it.

I might not have done the stem, but I like it.
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Old 05-30-16, 12:42 PM
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I wish I'd left the stem too. It was easy to get carried away.
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Well got dayum. That's definitely different. Not sure I'd do it to my bike, but I think it looks pretty sweet.
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I'd do the seat post and the outer chain ring as well.
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I love the idea. Any idea how much weight it added?
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I love the idea. Any idea how much weight it added?
LOL ... only on a bike site.

Not that I am not interested ....
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Old 09-03-16, 03:45 PM
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Nice job - you definitely have a one of a kind custom finish. Thanks for sharing the picts.
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