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Pro bike: Samuel Sanchez's Orbea Orca Gold

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Sam Dansie
Samuel Sanchez’s unpainted Orbea Orca Gold – it’s a standard squad frame just without the orange paint

Samuel Sanchez’s unpainted Orbea Orca Gold – it’s a standard squad frame just without the orange paint

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Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez had a tough Giro d’Italia. So tough he’s ruled himself out of a tilt at the Tour de France to recover for the Vuelta. He’s looked out of sorts at the Dauphiné too until a superb stage win on stage 7 to Superdévoluy.

He’s riding something special too. We viewed the rider’s special, matt black Orbea Orca at the stage start in Grésy-sur-Aix, to see what kit Sanchez is running in the mountains.

Specifications
• Frame: Orbea Orca Gold DI2, custom paint
• Stem: FSA OS115, 130mm
• Handlebar: FSA K-Force Carbon ergo bars 42cm c-to-c
• Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace BR9000
• Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
• Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11sp
• Shift/brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11sp, with remote climbing switch
• Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS9000, 11-28
• Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace
• Chain rings: Osymetric
• Chain: Shimano CN-9000
• Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30 Ceramic bearings
• Pedals: Shimano PD-9000
• Wheelset: Shimano Dura-Ace C35 rear, C24 front
• Tyres: Vittoria Corsa Evo SC
• Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio Flow
• Seatpost: Orbea Orca
• Bottle cages: Elite Sior Evo
Other accessories: Alligator i-Link brake cabling

nayr497 More than 1 year ago
Yup, it's official - even in muted matte black Orbeas are still ugly. Yikes, the de-labeling of the chainrings is pitiful. I think a black marker would have worked better. Scrammy Sanchez - Q/Rotor Rings - you've seen what they did to Wiggins, right?
Peter Dreesens More than 1 year ago
Talking about those rings , has anybody used them that could comment about the likelihood of dropping a chain , I would thing the Changer ( in role as chain keeper ) is miles away from the ring at the 'low' phase .
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I was wondering myself how the front derailleur could cope with how oval those rings are.

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