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Old 06-03-08, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Call me a compulsive (symetry wise), but I always like to find a stem that has an angle that ends up being parallel to the Top Tube.

Of course after riding for years now, and refining my posture and geometry, none of my bikes have that anymore.
Agreed. In this case, I absolutely had to have the Thomson. But the 10 degree would have put the angle up from the top tube to a greater degree than the 17 is down. Plus I would have had to cut the steerer tube to the headset to get the height correct. In the end, I chose this route.
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Very gorgeous bike. One of the few I find stand out in terms of looks. The fork do look weird for the rest of the bike, and I personally don't like the 2 tone cable and tape job, but those are very personal things. Regardless, the bike looks very very nice. A friend of mine got the new black Orbea TT and that thing is so hot. Of course, he killed the whole thing by putting Shingamo-mangano components in it rather than fit it with Campy. In retrospect, I should have run him over with the car just for that.

In any case, very nice bike.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
I work in the TV production business and the company I work for has a stage full of gear.

This photo was taken from a previous shoot. Todays shoot was with a different lighting setup for the Orca but you might recognize the wall.

The bike was heard saying during the shoot: "Todd, are you not aware that I get farty and bloated with a foamy latte?!?!?!?"
Then it walked off the set. Prima donna.
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wow man, just saw this post... incredible photography.
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beautiful bike, Rad...
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I'm digging the white/black bar tape. I'm tempted to do that to my bike now.
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Old 07-06-08, 05:23 PM
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That pinarello is the most beautiful road bike i've ever seen. I'll be bidding, but i doubt i'll be able to afford what it will get up to.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Orca during the day...

You have such a good eye Rad. Your pics and taste is second to none.
Another beauty.
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Old 07-06-08, 07:16 PM
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Very sweet bike Rad, I missed this thread in my little vacation from bike forums.

Just got my Orca the other day as well, I also chose to add some red to the front end, just in another way!



Sorry for the crappy pic. . . . . ..

This should become the show us your Orca thread!

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Old 07-06-08, 07:36 PM
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this frame is streamlined to perfection...
now let's see if she's got character to go with the stunning looks
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Absolutely beautiful, a work of art, thank you.
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Too clean..go out and ride it!
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haha always postin the dope stuff.
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Old 10-28-08, 11:40 AM
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resale maybe

$900?
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it would take another 20 years or so to have or ride such bikes here in my country! huh
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Wow, that is sweet!
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Old 10-28-08, 12:42 PM
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$900?
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it would take another 20 years or so to have or ride such bikes here in my country! huh
wtf?
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beautiful shots and Orca.. love the hotlight setup.. always great for commercial type studios..

still waiting to complete a hotlight setup for my portrait uses..
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Old 08-06-10, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Orca during the day...

Do these dealers accept cars as trade ins and offer financing haha!! I want one too!
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I live in the same town as Orbea-USA and there are a lot of Orbea’s here…..I have owned two of them myself………Competitive Cyclist is also a LBS of mine. Orbea’s are very pretty bikes and the Orca is the top dog but bang for your buck there are better bikes out there. If you want a bling bike it is hard to be an Orca. If you want performance for the money it cost to buy an Orca get something else.

I did notice the Thomson seat post…….that was a good thing. Orbea’s come with the worst seat posts in the world. They have a metal bracket that with grooves that lock in with carbon grooves in the seat post. It takes less than a year to wear out the carbon groves and you have to get a new post.
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Originally Posted by hamanu23
Do these dealers accept cars as trade ins and offer financing haha!! I want one too!
Almost bought one a year ago.

Question: So why did you bring life to this zombie thread?
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this bike is beautiful

im jealous
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Those are some dramatic ass pictures haha
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Almost bought one a year ago.

Question: So why did you bring life to this zombie thread?
Shoot I will eventually start noticing that and stop using google... my bad.
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Originally Posted by hamanu23
Do these dealers accept cars as trade ins and offer financing haha!! I want one too!
Originally Posted by Cateye
I live in the same town as Orbea-USA and there are a lot of Orbea’s here…..I have owned two of them myself………Competitive Cyclist is also a LBS of mine. Orbea’s are very pretty bikes and the Orca is the top dog but bang for your buck there are better bikes out there. If you want a bling bike it is hard to be an Orca. If you want performance for the money it cost to buy an Orca get something else.
Sorry to keep bringing this old thread back but I wanted to address the comments made above....

First, the frame, group and wheels were all used when I got them. Hardly used, but still used. Total cost to build this bike as photographed was right around $2700. Of course, it took the better part of 6 months to source the deals but it was well worth the work and time.

Sadly, I no longer have this bike. When I lost my job last year, it was the first to go and in retrospect, I wish I had kept it. I LOVED riding this bike. But I couldn't deny the resale value - I actually made money on it. And I know there will always be other bikes...

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