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Bryan Coquard's Orbea Orca Aero – Gallery

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Bryan Coquard's 2018 Orbea Orca Aero

Bryan Coquard's 2018 Orbea Orca Aero
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The Vital Concept team colours adorn the frame

The Vital Concept team colours adorn the frame
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Coquard opts for a Prologo Scratch 2 saddle

Coquard opts for a Prologo Scratch 2 saddle
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A Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette is paired with the chainrings

A Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28 cassette is paired with the chainrings
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Direct mount Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 brakes provide the stopping power for Coquard

Direct mount Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 brakes provide the stopping power for Coquard
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Coquard opts for standard 53/39 chainrings

Coquard opts for standard 53/39 chainrings
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The Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals feature a carbon body and bearings from CeramicSpeed

The Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals feature a carbon body and bearings from CeramicSpeed
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Elite provide the team with their Custom Race Plus bottle cages

Elite provide the team with their Custom Race Plus bottle cages
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A small carbon number plate mount is glued to Coquard's seat post

A small carbon number plate mount is glued to Coquard's seat post
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The French Pro Continental team pair their bikes with Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels

The French Pro Continental team pair their bikes with Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels
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Mavic's Cosmic Ultimate wheels are 40mm deep an optimised for 25mm tyres

Mavic's Cosmic Ultimate wheels are 40mm deep an optimised for 25mm tyres
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Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers provide the shifting and braking controls for Coquard

Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 levers provide the shifting and braking controls for Coquard
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The Orbea Orca Aero has direct mount brakes front and rear

The Orbea Orca Aero has direct mount brakes front and rear
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The Mavic wheels feature bladed carbon spokes

The Mavic wheels feature bladed carbon spokes
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Coquard runs a Vison Metron 5D integrated handlebar and stem unit

Coquard runs a Vison Metron 5D integrated handlebar and stem unit
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Vital Concept customised their Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleurs with Cycling Ceramic jockey wheels

Vital Concept customised their Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleurs with Cycling Ceramic jockey wheels
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Vital Concept run Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals

Vital Concept run Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals
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The Orca Aero is equipped with a FSA Powerbox crankset

The Orca Aero is equipped with a FSA Powerbox crankset
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The head tube of the Orbea Orca Aero features an hourglass design to improve aerodynamics

The head tube of the Orbea Orca Aero features an hourglass design to improve aerodynamics
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The Orbea Orca Aero was launched last summer and is the Basque brand's wind-cheating version of the more traditionally designed Orbea Orca.

Vital Concept's sprinter Bryan Coquard races the bike with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series components, an FSA Powerbox crankset and Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels. The team choose to customise the jockey wheels of their Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur with Cycling Ceramic’s ceramic bearing equipped jockey wheels.

Coquard's Orbea Orca Aero is equipped with Time Xpresso Xpro 15 pedals, which also feature ceramic bearings from marginal gains specialists CeramicSpeed, as well as titanium axles.

Coquard opts for an integrated handlebar stem unit from Vision in the Metron 5D, which is paired with Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 brake/shifter levers and also features satellite sprint shifters on the handlebar drops.

As with many modern aero specific framesets, the Orbea Orca Aero has direct mount brakes front and rear, which Vital Concept equips with Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series callipers.

Coquard uses standard gearing of 53/39 chainrings and an 11-28 Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 cassette.

In their debut season, Vital Concept have already racked up their first win through Bryan Coquard on the opening stage of the Tour of Oman.

Former profession Jerome Pineau heads up the French Pro Continental team, who will race aboard Orbea bikes for 2018.

  • Frame: Orbea Orca Aero carbon OMR, size 49
  • Fork Orbea Aero OMR
  • Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 direct mount
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 with Cycling Ceramic jockey wheels
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 11-28
  • Crankset: FSA Powerbox, 53/39
  • Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Ultimate
  • Handlebars/stem: Vision Metron 5D
  • Pedals: Time Xpresso Xpro 15
  • Saddle: Prologo Scratch 2
  • Seat post: Orbea Orca OMR
  • Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race Plus
  • Computer: Garmin Edge 520