Orbea launches time-trial-inspired Orca Aero road bike

Orbea Orca Aero
(Image credit: Orbea)

We first spotted what appeared to be a camo-wrapped Orbea aero bike at the Vuelta a España, and the Spanish company has finally verified this by dropping the covers off the new Orca Aero claiming it to be the "most specific aero bike it has ever designed." The brand used the Ordu time trial bike is the fundamental blueprint, and spent time modelling and testing in the wind tunnel to create the Orca Aero. 

By utilising a horizontal top tube and chainstay configuration, and optimising the downtube, seat tube and fork, Orbea has managed to create a wind-cheating form, that has been optimised to work best with 25-28mm tyres. The upper seat tube junction has been aligned with the airflow to create less drag around the rear wheel. In addition to an aero fork that's optimised for deep profile wheels, stem, and seat post reduce drag by two per cent. 

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Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California and quickly learned how fun road cycling can be. He has dabbled in road, criterium and cyclocross racing as well. He lives in Durango, Colorado, where there are endless mountain views and hilly gravel routes.