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2003 Orbea XLR8R Specs?

Old 04-23-08, 11:31 PM
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2003 Orbea XLR8R Specs?

I just got a 2003 Orbea XLR8R frame, and I'm wondering if anyone has the specs on it? What type/size BB does it take, etc? I contacted Orbea and they said they didn't know. I suppose I'm hoping that someone on this forum knows something Orbea doesn't....

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Old 04-24-08, 06:02 AM
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Never heard of it. Sounds like a very un-orbea name for a bike.
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Old 04-24-08, 06:16 AM
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XLR8R, apparently that is Columbus' scandium tubeset that Orbea used to make their frame.
I'm pretty sure a frame from USA from 2003 would use british/iso 68mm BB.
Only way to find out for sure would be to measure it.
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It sounds like a Cinelli.
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Buddy of mine raced one for a year, so it's a legit frame. Rode well from what he said. Their other bikes at the time had 68mm, english threaded bb's so that one would likely be the same.

you can also take it to a shop and have them answer the important questions so you can build it up.
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Don't know the specs, but I almost snagged one on ebay last year. I really wanted it. Nice light, stiff Scandium. (Wound up with carbon Look so I got over it).
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Thanks everyone, that helps!
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EDIT*** Orbea does sell an XLR8R frameset, Columbus tubing. I did not know that, interesting.

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I thought the XLR8R's were like the Columbus Starship frames-they had a proprietary heat treatment process that was done by Columbus. I read a review on the Cinelli version that was pretty positive but I've never seen one. My Orbea Starship was maybe my all-time favorite aluminum frame, tight geometry, stiff rear triangle and silly-light.
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the XLR8R is not the same as Starship tubing. Both are proprietary tubings produced by Columbus. For more information on the tubing, check out Columbus on the interweb.

you people aren't very resourceful : )
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Originally Posted by brianallan View Post
the XLR8R is not the same as Starship tubing. Both are proprietary tubings produced by Columbus. For more information on the tubing, check out Columbus on the interweb.

you people aren't very resourceful : )
Yes, if you read my post you will see that I said it was "like" starship in regards to the proprietary heat-treatment process which had to be done in-house by Columbus. XLR8R is not Scandium, I don't think anything really is except Easton tubesets. I seem to recall that the review I read (I think it was in procycling circa 2003) had Columbus people explaining that the XLR8R alloy had manufacturing advantages over Starship which was the previous TOTL tubeset.

TO the OP; I've never seen an italian thread BB Orbea but I suppose its possible. Also if you don't have it you will need one of those Columbus headsets which I think are still available. I'm surprised Orbea didn't know anything, they were always helpful with my early 2000s frame.

Most importantly it must be painted orange.

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