Orbea Orca Aero M120iLTD road bike review

With a design blueprint inspired by its Ordu time trial bike, the Orbea Orca Aero is one seriously fast machine, but does that come at a cost?

Orbea Orca Aero M120iLTD road bike
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A well-balanced and incredibly fast road bike that weighs more than it should


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    Beautiful paintwork

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    Typical Orbea build quality

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    Incredible straight-line speed

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    One of the best in-class ride qualities

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    Sharp, reactive handling

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    Good price point


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    Anonymous branding won't appeal to all

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Orbea has expanded its product offering with a throng of new releases over the past year, covering both the road and gravel bike space. The quest to go faster for less energy has become a fundamental tenet of contemporary road bike design, with every manufacturer following the now de rigueur dropped seatstay and Kammtail tubing blueprint. 

Orbea has taken things one step further in the pursuit of speed by combining elements of two of its foremost product offerings - the Orca road and Ordu time trial bike. The result is the bike you see here, the all-new Orbea Orca Aero. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Despite its rather anonymous styling cues, the Orbea Orca Aero's paintwork is stunningly applied. Subtle model designation references in gold help lift the visual package7/10
Components Stock Vision 40 SC wheels are too shallow for a bike from this category. Mix of Shimano's Ultegra R8100 and Orbea's in-house components help balance things out 8/10
Performance, handling and geometrySuper-fast once up to speed, with agile handling and a magic-carpet-like ride quality. Impressive considering the stiffness of the frame9/10
WeightAt 8.57kg, the Orca Aero is one of the heavier players in its class. While this is not detrimental to its performance, it suffers on super-steep, punchy climbs6/10
Value for moneyOne of the standout bikes in the best aero road bike category when it comes to bang for buck. Difficult to beat in terms of all-round value 9/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 78%

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB