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Old 10-28-06, 07:50 AM
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I think I need a tissue!

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Originally Posted by Demit
Any know how the new orca rides? Is it springy like the old one?
Have you ridden a pre-2007 Orca? I keep hearing people comment that it isn't stiff, but I think its very stiff. I think the Opal is only slightly stiffer than the Orca. It's not spongy or springy by any means, IMO...

I haven't ridden the Opal but tested the Onyx...again, both pretty stiff and responsive bikes...

My other road bikes are a custom built steel frame and an aluminum, and I think the Orca is stiffer and more responsive than both.
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Old 12-10-06, 07:24 PM
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Just wanted to add to the list. Got a new Onix TDF (Ultegra group) a couple of weeks ago and I'm in love.
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Old 12-11-06, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by G_Sup
Just wanted to add to the list. Got a new Onix TDF (Ultegra group) a couple of weeks ago and I'm in love.
Enjoy it, I love riding mine up and down Foxen Canyon. I live in orcutt, and ride most saturdays to
los olivos. Maybe we can meet one day...
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Old 12-11-06, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by NuBiker
Enjoy it, I love riding mine up and down Foxen Canyon. I live in orcutt, and ride most saturdays to
los olivos. Maybe we can meet one day...

Sweet NuBiker! I have family who lives in Foxenwood which I believe is a part of Orcutt. Would like to ride with you one of these days. I've been doing the Ballard canyon loop...well at least that's what I've named it. It's basically up Ballard canyon from 246, then towards Santa Barbara on 154, and back to Solvang via 246. It's only 27 miles, but a good ride if I make it back from work while there's still a couple hours of sunlight. I've been wanting to try Santa Rosa road to Lompoc and back using 246...have you tried that one?

I'm basically new to the whole road bike scene and need to get back into shape before riding with anybody with great experience. I'm sure you're levels above me and would hate to slow you down, but I'm having fun. A few years back I was hardcore into mountain biking, so this is totally new to me. Out of curiousity, which dealer did you get your bike from?
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Old 12-11-06, 12:27 PM
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Just a follow up, the new orca is stiffer than the old one, orbea says its the stiffest frame they make although they didnt let me test that.
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Old 12-12-06, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Demit
Just a follow up, the new orca is stiffer than the old one, orbea says its the stiffest frame they make although they didnt let me test that.
I'll let you know by the end of the week. My Orca is due to arrive Thursday. Full Campy Record with Eurus wheels. I bought it with the promise of a stiffer frame, so hears hoping. And before you say anything I will post pictures once I wipe the drool off .

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Old 12-12-06, 03:32 AM
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Here's crappy photo of my Orca and my new wheels.




And a problem... Adjusted the saddle height. Result? The aluminium insert that clamps down on the seatpost now has a flat on it. Anyone done/seen the same thing?



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^Dunno...can you bend it back with seome needlenose plyers? I love that Jelly Belly paint scheme...post some more pics sometime and show it off...
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Old 12-12-06, 10:58 AM
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Thanks Orcanova,

Im taking it to the LBS (and Orbea dealer of course) and let them work with it. Probably not a big deal to fix, but Id rather have someone else do it (if something goes wrong...)

... and Ill get some photos when fixed and ready.
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Old 01-05-07, 10:21 PM
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My new Orbea Onix TDF with upgraded crankset and Kysirium ES wheels ..what a nice ride this is
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Here is a photo of my new Orca! I was riding a 2004 Mitis. I swapped some of the components over and bought some new ones. Now I'm selling my old Mitis. I can't wait to ride this. I've only had it on the trainer and on a short ride to make sure I was comfortable.
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Beautiful, need a white saddle too.
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Old 01-09-07, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by orcanova
Have you ridden a pre-2007 Orca? I keep hearing people comment that it isn't stiff, but I think its very stiff. I think the Opal is only slightly stiffer than the Orca. It's not spongy or springy by any means, IMO...

I haven't ridden the Opal but tested the Onyx...again, both pretty stiff and responsive bikes...

My other road bikes are a custom built steel frame and an aluminum, and I think the Orca is stiffer and more responsive than both.

I got to ride one the other day....it is plenty stiff....I am 6'2" and 170 lbs so I am not your typical racing stick. It is stiff and a smooth ride....Orbea prides its self on a smooth ride without losing performance. The one I road was a Campy Record 2007 and had Mavic ES wheels. Very nice. Price tag was at $5200. I wish I had to the cash to buy one.
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Old 01-12-07, 03:42 PM
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Here is one with a white saddle

Originally Posted by NuBiker
Beautiful, need a white saddle too.

I special ordered a fizik arione with carbon rails.

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G Sup How about posting a picture of your Onix here like I did,I took me about a week to post the picture but is here just look above ....
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Old 01-12-07, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by PipinFan
G Sup How about posting a picture of your Onix here like I did,I took me about a week to post the picture but is here just look above ....

I just got my camera out to take a pic and the @%#$@% batteries are dead. I'll get some batteries this weekend and post a pic. It bascially looks identical to yours. I just ordered a FSA K-Wing handlebar and K-Force stem as well as a Garmin Edge 305...maybe I should wait until those are installed! I'm hoping the K-Wing is a bit more comfortable than the ITM that came with the Onix.

On another note, that white/black Orca makes me drool. Best looking bike I have ever laid eyes on.
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Here's a stock photo of my new 07 Opal. I decided to do Force all around with Mavic ES. I went with red bar tape, red look keo sprint pedals and red pro race 2s as well. Will post real photos soon!
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Here's a stock photo of my new 07 Opal. I decided to do Force all around with Mavic ES. I went with red bar tape, red look keo sprint pedals and red pro race 2s as well. Will post real photos soon!
This is actually my Opal, however, i forgot to log my girlfriend out first before posting.
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Originally Posted by bobrim


Here is a photo of my new Orca! I was riding a 2004 Mitis. I swapped some of the components over and bought some new ones. Now I'm selling my old Mitis. I can't wait to ride this. I've only had it on the trainer and on a short ride to make sure I was comfortable.
wow like seeing a 430 up close
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I just pulled the trigger on a 2007 Orca frameset the other day and, if all goes well, it should arrive in 7-10 business days. The choice came down to either the Orca or the new Kestrel RT-700 and, while the RT-700 is a very nice frameset, the Orca is just a little stiffer. BTW, it's also .3KG lighter than the RT-700.

The stiffness issue may have something to do with the frame construction. The Orca is a true monocoque frame front to back while the RT-700 has a monocoque front triangle bonded to a CF chainstay.

I'll be installing 2004 Campy Record 10sp with Campy Eurus wheels and will post pics when I'm done.
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Sorry about the wait...................I've been too busy riding It rides even better than it looks if that is at all possible.

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Sh#$ It does not get any better than that !!!!
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B&W Orca's

I have yet to see one in the flesh here in Singapore...

UncleBob, Shortrider -

Next time i'm in Perth (maybe March I will PM you, is you bike drooool proofed?!)
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Originally Posted by rollin
B&W Orca's

I have yet to see one in the flesh here in Singapore...

UncleBob, Shortrider -

Next time i'm in Perth (maybe March I will PM you, is you bike drooool proofed?!)
Thanks. As for drool proof............I'm not sure, but with all the attention it's been getting lately it might well be used to it by then.

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