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Where did all the Orbeas go?

Old 01-10-12, 06:24 PM
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Where did all the Orbeas go?

I wanted to buy an Orbea, so today, I showed up at the only Orbea dealer within 30 miles of me, and they only had one Orbea in the whole store... an past year(s) aluminum one with Tiagra.

I came home and went online and found the second "closest" dealer, and called; they don't have any in stock either.

What's up?

I live in the Bay Area, and I find it completely unnecessary to drive an hour to buy a bike >.<

On a side note, I see that Orbeas are for sale on Competitive Cyclist now
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
I wanted to buy an Orbea, so today, I showed up at the only Orbea dealer within 30 miles of me, and they only had one Orbea in the whole store... an past year(s) aluminum one with Tiagra.

I came home and went online and found the second "closest" dealer, and called; they don't have any in stock either.

What's up?

I live in the Bay Area, and I find it completely unnecessary to drive an hour to buy a bike >.<

On a side note, I see that Orbeas are for sale on Competitive Cyclist now
That's the kiss of death for a brand. Almost worse than Costco or Walmart picking up the brand.
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Old 01-10-12, 07:47 PM
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How is that the kiss of death? CC seems like a pretty reputable online dealer.
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I noted the same thing with some local stores. They carried them for something along the lines of a year, and don't now. I actually noted the same thing about Jamis. IDK if there was some quality issue, or just weren't selling, or what.
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i'm glad they're gone
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I was at an LBS that carries Orbea here in Orange County, CA, and one of the employees was walking another guy through the shop talking about how they were going to expand their Orbea section (they devote rooms to each brand). He was talking about how Orbea is blowing up and they're selling like crazy, so they're gonna double the floor space for them. They were dropping one or two other brands, one of which I believe was BH. Doesn't sound like a death knell for Orbea to me. That said, I don't feel like they get much coverage or mention in most of the bike mags or sites, so not sure what's driving the sales. Word of mouth?

If CC is picking up the brand, that probably means they're making a push to expand their market and CC is comfortable that they'll be around a while.

When I first got into biking a few years ago, the Orbea road bikes were everything I thought a road bike should look like. My tastes have changed over that time, but maybe I have to look at them closer again when it comes time to pull the trigger on my next bike.
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Old 01-10-12, 09:08 PM
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Where are all the Orbeas? Well, mine (an '09 Onix TDA)'s in the spare room on the trainer for the winter. Saves wear and tear, what with the cinders on the road this time of year. I absolutely love it, and am seriously considering picking up a Diem to set up for rando'ing with 28's, fenders, lights, etc.

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Velo Cycles in Orange County has a pretty good selection (i think the poster above was referring to this store) - when my friend bought one recently the store ordered it and it arrived within a few days. The Orbea rep came out to his house and did a fitting on the spot. Unfortunately, the bike had to be exchanged due to a faulty seatpost, but Orbea took care of it with no issues. Velo has a good variety of Orbeas, but I'm pretty sure they are all display bikes. Other than my friend's bike, I rarely see them out on the road - not sure why.
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I could have sworn that The Bicycle Outfitter carried them...maybe give them a ring if you haven't and see what they got in stock?
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Well, in the tri scene, this guy named Craig Alexander dumped 'em for Specialized. Don't know if that translates to the roadie world though?
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
That's the kiss of death for a brand. Almost worse than Costco or Walmart picking up the brand.
Totally dumb statement. So BMC is dying? Because a ton of BF members bought cheap 2011 model BMCs after CC put them on sale.

CC does a closeout when they're done with a model year, and yes, sometimes that does mean that they aren't stocking a brand anymore. Like when they were forced to stop selling Cervelo 18 months ago.

Usually, however, it just means they have last year's inventory to clear out.
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Originally Posted by jimxyz View Post
Velo Cycles in Orange County has a pretty good selection (i think the poster above was referring to this store) - when my friend bought one recently the store ordered it and it arrived within a few days. The Orbea rep came out to his house and did a fitting on the spot. Unfortunately, the bike had to be exchanged due to a faulty seatpost, but Orbea took care of it with no issues. Velo has a good variety of Orbeas, but I'm pretty sure they are all display bikes. Other than my friend's bike, I rarely see them out on the road - not sure why.
It wasn't Velo Cycles. It was Revo Cycles in Lake Forest. Interesting to know there was another Orbea dealer in the area. Thanks for the head's up.
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Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
I could have sworn that The Bicycle Outfitter carried them...maybe give them a ring if you haven't and see what they got in stock?
This is the place I showed up at. One Orbea in the whole store (and there were many the last time I checked, a little over a year ago).
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It could be between cycles. Not everyone's 2012 bikes arrive at the same time.
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Where did they go?

It seems they all got shipped to Australia - every second bloke I ride past is on one.
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Just got mind at strictly bikes in NJ. Can't wait to ride. Oh and they have a few in stock. Good luck.





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