All New Orbea Ordu Triathlon Bike Crushes the Funnest Part of Multisport on the Cheap
Until now, Orbea has only offered the Ordu OMR (Race), which started at about $5,000. The OMR designation only goes on their top end frames, so to get the price down to five grand, it meant some less than optimum spec.
For 2015, the OMR models will focus on upper level spec, and the new OME (Evolution, their base level frame designation) version brings a lower level carbon frame to market with different frame and a new fork that’s UCI legal for TT road races.
Tested at the A2 Wind Tunnel in North Carolina, they were able to reduce drag by 16% over the Ordu Silver, a 2009-12 model that’s no longer offered. And it was tested as a complete, race ready bike with aero water bottle, bolt-on bento box and aero bars. Here’s how it rolls outta T1…
A little history on the frames: In 2009, they launched a new Ordu with their Gold/Silver/Bronze frame levels. In 2012, the new Ordu OMR came in with a new frame for the top level, and the prior version stayed in the line as a lower priced option. In 2013, they sold through their entire Silver-line inventory faster than anticipated and didn’t reorder, so they were without a mid-market model for all of 2014.
Nowadays, their hierarchy is OMR (Race) at the top, OMP (Performance) in the middle and OME (Evolution) at the bottom, and for 2015 they’ll have an OME line of Ordus to open the model back up to beginners and enthusiasts. They also used to offer 650C frames on the smaller sized bikes, but now it’s all 700C. Thanks to revised fits, though, they say it’ll work with a wider size range of riders.
The frame is 17% stiffer up front, 16% stiffer in the rear triangle.
Cable routing is ready for mechanical or electronic, and it uses their DCR (Direct Cable Routing) for mechanical with a Jagwire inner cable housing liner that runs the full length of the bike. That saves weight over full length housing without worrying about contamination.
Direct mount bolts on the top tube allow for secure integration of a bento box storage unit. Below, there are three bolt holes on the downtube, letting you run a single bottle lower on the bike for better aerodynamics or moving it higher to make room for the second bottle on the seat tube.
Pricing for US models is as follows, and includes the top-level OMR models. While the naming scheme on model names is a bit confusing in that it doesn’t include the OM(X) pattern of frame designations, look for numbers in the model name to indicate the OME (Evolution) frames. Basic specs are included for the new OME models:
Race Carbon Level
• ORDU M-LTDi 15 $10,499
• ORDU M-TEAMi 15 $8.,99
• ORDU M-LTD 15 $8,499
• ORDU M-TEAM 15 $7,999
Evolution Carbon Level
• ORDU M20i-LTD 15 $7,599 (Ultegra Di2, Vision Metron 55 clinchers)
• ORDU M10-LTD 15 $7,499 (DA9000, Vision Metron 55 clinchers)
• ORDU M10 15 $4,590 (DA9000, Vision Trimax 330 clinchers)
• ORDU M20i 15 $4,300 (Ultegra Di2, 105 cassette, Vision Team 30 clinchers)
• ORDU M20 15 $3,000 (Ultegra 6800, 105 cassette, Vision Team 30 clinchers)
• ORDU M30 15 $2,399 (Shimano 105, FSA Gossamer cranks, Vision Team 25 clinchers)