With the help of Craig Alexander, the 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Orbea USA reveals the new Ordu aero frameset, it looks sharp! Using the same combination of high design and engineering that contributed to the creation of the Orca and Diva framesets, Orbea unveils their next step in aerodynamic triathlon bicycles, the new Ordu. Their engineers and industrial designers had one goal in mind and it was to make the fastest bike available. The new Ordu is a speed machine built from the ground up starting with 100% M30S High-Mod F1 Carbon Fiber.
Unique features of the new Ordu include:
· A completely new headtube concept: Rather than struggle with the classic headtube-diameter problem, Orbea has created an entirely new shape that is faster than traditional cylindrical headtubes. This unique "bird of prey" shape combines the airfoil with a new 2-point concept for the ultimate in airflow control.
· Complementary aerodynamic frame hardware: The new Ordu is paired with a proprietary seat-binder, aerodynamic bottom bracket shell, improved rear horizontal dropouts and internal cable-routing.
· Unique carbon shaping on every tube: every single tube and junction on the new Ordu has an individually considered shape, designed for the ultimate aero-benefit for its position within the frame design.
· Size Specific Nerve design: each size of the new Ordu has a unique carbon lay-up, meaning that the ride quality of the smallest size bike is as terrific as the ride quality felt in the medium and larger sizes.
The bike features many unique shapes throughout the frame for an aerodynamic advantage. Take the downtube, they found that a teardrop airfoil design was the perfect thing to maintain the aerodynamic benefit when it came time to work with the new headtube design. The headtube design on the new Ordu is an entirely new shape, it incorporates 2 cones and an airfoil which enabled them to reduce the width of the headtube to a slim 36mm.
Prices for the new Ordu will range from $4,450 to $7,750. Orbea will have five preset packages, Limited, Shimano Dura Ace, Shimano Ultegra SL, SRAM Red, SRAM Force. The Limited package will feature the following components:
Group: Shimano Dura Ace
Bar End Shifter: Shimano Dura Ace
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 12-25
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace
Brake Levers: Zipp Vuka
Bar Tape: Zeus Cork
Crank: Shimano Dura Ace
Wheelset: Zipp 999
Stem: Zeus Cat III Carbon
Handlebar System: Zipp Vuka
Seatpost: Ordu 74 / 76 degree
Saddle: Selle Italia Signo T1
The new Ordu will be available via their website on their "Made To Order" bike builder section or from Orbea dealers in July 2007. For more information about the new Ordu check out their website at www.orbea-usa.com.