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Any Orca love?

Old 12-18-11, 03:02 PM
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Any Orca love?

I really love my Cannondale, but I also enjoy unique toys. I was considering a new frame for next year. Anyone have any thoughts or input on Orbea Orca's? There isn't much talk on the forums about them.
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Old 12-18-11, 03:09 PM
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There are a couple around on the forum. I like them a lot if dressed up correctly. I have seen several though that look horrible though. More often than not, I find them to be goofy looking. Because it has such an oversized tubing it is easy to make it look unproportionate.

for me THE ONLY way this bike looks sexy as hell is if the stem is slammed that is stretched out and has a thin race saddle. MUST have a good saddle to bar ratio.

IN MY PERSONAL OPINION.....

This one looks great. saddle height is high above the bars. saddle shape and size looks proportionate. colors look good and everything compliments each other.


This one...Looks unproportionate. The saddle is small and the same height as the bars. It looks all crammed together on big wheels.


This one...bars are same height as saddle. stem is high and bars turned up to high. just look goofy.

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This was one of the bikes I was considering about a year ago. I remember poking around the web for reviews and info and the reports were generally very good, though it was said that what was an excellent ride quality got too harsh in 2009-10 model years, but the plusher ride returned for 2011. They can look stunning in the right color scheme and graphics.

I wound up with a BMC SLR01, btw. Nowhere near as sexy looking, but quite functional, IMO.
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Old 12-18-11, 04:46 PM
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Here's mine.



Great ride. I consider her a climber. Handles very well on both ascents and descents. This one is a 2008 and a 57 frame. Weighs in at 15.3 lbs. Just had her tuned up and the hoods adjusted to a slightly higher position (not pictured here).

Hopefully this passes the Bianchi10 litmus test.
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Old 12-18-11, 04:56 PM
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mchacon-It is a nice looking bike for sure, I would give you a passing score . the frame around the seat post is part of what makes it look a little odd for me I think. Almost giving it the appearance that it is farther forward than it really is because there is so much frame sticking out in back of the post.
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Old 12-18-11, 04:58 PM
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I love mine. Test rode the '12 gold series and man it was light and ridiculously stiff but was smooth on the road...I liked it a lot!
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
mchacon-It is a nice looking bike for sure, I would give you a passing score . the frame around the seat post is part of what makes it look a little odd for me I think. Almost giving it the appearance that it is farther forward than it really is because there is so much tube sticking out in back of the post.
to me its the best part!
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
to me its the best part!
Thanks, Bianchi10. I agree DDFred. The seat post clamp look really sets it apart from other bikes. The bike looks like a sculptured work of art. I wouldn't mind a 2012 upgrade.
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Old 12-18-11, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
There are a couple around on the forum. I like them a lot if dressed up correctly. I have seen several though that look horrible though. More often than not, I find them to be goofy looking. Because it has such an oversized tubing it is easy to make it look unproportionate.

for me THE ONLY way this bike looks sexy as hell is if the stem is slammed that is stretched out and has a thin race saddle. MUST have a good saddle to bar ratio.

IN MY PERSONAL OPINION.....

This one looks great. saddle height is high above the bars. saddle shape and size looks proportionate. colors look good and everything compliments each other.
I think bikes set-up the way you described look great as well. Is it practical to set it up like that if one thinks he can sustain that position? (My saddle's only a few inches above the bars; using a few spacers right now, and it feels weird if I remove all the spacers.) Obviously, comfort is more important than looks, but I'm wondering if there's a point where you can almost force yourself to get used to a saddle-to-bar drop that looks good. We bike for the sake of others, no?
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Its a matter of making small adjustments to get your body used to the position. I wanted to flip my stem forever but it just wasnt comfortable. I slowly started moving down spacers and finally this month flipped it. I do agree with you, some people juat dont give a crap what they or their bike looks like. Then their are vein people like myself who always want to at least look good or have the approval of those that judge your bike.
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Orcas are not bad, but I think there are better
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Hot!
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I'm liking the mostly black ones the most. I like the black/white, too.

But these look great






This last one looks a bit off. You were right, Bianch10 about how easy it is for things to look a bit goofy on these bikes. Seat is only a bit low, but it seams to really mess up the proportions.


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Old 12-18-11, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Painful Chafe View Post

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funny thing is I had this picture saved as a goofy one but chose the last picture I posted (#2 post) instead. I like the black and white also, but like I said for ME, the stem HAS to be slammed in order for it to look s good.
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IIRC, DDFred orca is awesome, he should post a picture of it with the vuka sprint bar.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
Its a matter of making small adjustments to get your body used to the position. I wanted to flip my stem forever but it just wasnt comfortable. I slowly started moving down spacers and finally this month flipped it. I do agree with you, some people juat dont give a crap what they or their bike looks like. Then their are vein people like myself who always want to at least look good or have the approval of those that judge your bike.
That's me, my buddies bug me about mismatched and old kits and i tell them to shut up I don't buy kits, I ride what I am given. Don't really care much what the bike looks like either, all I care about are the big ole quads and where I finish.
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I changed the bars to Ritchey WCS Classic bend since this pic was taken. I love this bike.
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I respect the crap out of that. I would save A LOT of money if I were the same way. I have ALWAYS been the guy who has to look the part. have the right gear, have the right look. Trust me, its more of a curse than anything.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post


I changed the bars to Ritchey WCS Classic bend since this pic was taken. I love this bike.
What did you do with these bars?
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post


I changed the bars to Ritchey WCS Classic bend since this pic was taken. I love this bike.
wish the seat post was raised a little for asthetics, but regardless.....nicely bike.
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I love mine.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post


I changed the bars to Ritchey WCS Classic bend since this pic was taken. I love this bike.
plenty of love for this one.
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Originally Posted by Painful Chafe View Post

This build really does it for me, until you get to that awful handlebar. I disagree with bianchi10: they can look disproportionate very easily, but they don't necessarily have to have a lot of saddle to bar drop to look good. I think they are one of those bikes that looks best in smaller sizes.
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Originally Posted by Pinkbullet3 View Post
I think bikes set-up the way you described look great as well. Is it practical to set it up like that if one thinks he can sustain that position? (My saddle's only a few inches above the bars; using a few spacers right now, and it feels weird if I remove all the spacers.) Obviously, comfort is more important than looks, but I'm wondering if there's a point where you can almost force yourself to get used to a saddle-to-bar drop that looks good. We bike for the sake of others, no?
Back and abdominal exercise and stretching. Time in the position, and lack of excess weight make it easier and easier to sustain a position like that.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
wish the seat post was raised a little for asthetics, but regardless.....nicely bike.
After staring at many of these orcas and realizing that alot of the saddles look low, but it is mostly deception. Even the ones that look low to me still show a minimum of an inch of saddle o bar drop. I too think it is the seat stay/top tube/collar section that creates this impression of low looking seats. While Tall ass seat posts may look nice, they have negative affects like reducing stiffness.
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