Orca OMR by Orbea: Professional Biking for Everyone

Since the launch of Orbea’s OMX last year, there has been quite some excitement brewing to see what Orbea’s next race machine will bring. Currently, the trend in the bike racing world is heavily leaning toward functional, aerodynamic, and lightweight bikes. The new OMR is built for both endurance and speed.

For people who aspire to train for professional race biking but aren’t quite there yet, the professional bicycles can prove to be an expensive investment. However, Orbea’s new Orca OMR is your affordable alternative to getting there. The OMR has the best of both, the streamlined frame of the OMX and the comfort of your endurance bike. This enables Orbea to cater to a wide range of customers instead of focusing solely on the professional performers.

What’s New About the OMR?

The new OMR offers an improvement of over 5% over its previous model in compliance and vibration damping. There is also a 10% improvement in the OMR as compared to the premium OMX in terms of updated tube profiles and the seat post. The new OMR also allows for larger tires (up to 35mm). So you can switch in your streamlined tires with bigger ones when you feel the need for more comfort.

Every OMR model has a cable routing integrated throughout its body. It also maintains the same racing geometry throughout. The frame weighs claimed by Orbea over different sizes: 1,100g on 60cm, 1,050g on 53cm, 960g on 47cm. This makes the OMR slightly heavier than the premium OMX, which weighs 833g.

Geometry

The OMR, much like the OMX, has a relatively short wheelbase that enables it to be more responsive. It also has improved acceleration owed to the shorter chainstays. No matter what size you pick, the fork offset lets the bike handle in the same manner. It’s low riding position further enhances the aerodynamics.

Handlebar Options

Orbea offers the rider two options for the handlebar; the standard bar and the rise bar. The standard bar works better when you need speed, and the raised bar will give you more of an upright position for a relatively relaxed ride.

We know already that the OMR’s design is inspired largely by the OMX. They share the Free-flow fork though the OMR does have a larger tire clearance. The concept of Freeflow attempts to reduce air drag by uniting an aerodynamic fork leg and broad bearing. This helps in clearing the airflow that is generated by the spinning of the front tire.

The seat of the bike can be fixed into position with Orbea’s hidden clamp. This clamp was initially introduced in the OMX and was appreciated for its easy access.

The New OMR Range

The brand new OMR range by Orbea had been divided into two categories; the standard OMR’s and the Team models. The standard bikes are built for endurance and feature the OC rise bar that we talked about earlier. Team models, on the other hand, are built for speed. They have a lower seating position to make the ride as aerodynamic as possible. The standard models are Orbea Orca M40, Orbea Orca M30, and Orbea Orca M20. The Team models consist of the Orbea Orca M20 Team, Orbea Orca M25 Team, Orbea Orca M20i Team, and the Orbea Orca M21e Team.

All the models can be ordered through Orbea’s official website with its MyO customization program. What’s great about this program is that it lets the buyer select the model of their choice and then gives options for customization. You can customize everything from colors and graphic designs to functional features. It’s much like build-a-bear but for bikes. Orbea will build the bike that best suits your needs and have it shipped to your nearest dealer. However, the customization prices are only available for models above a certain price range, so you’ll have to check that out yourself.

Mila is a Blog expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2003. As a technical expert, Mila has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as WiredQ

Source: https://wiredq.com/orca-omr-by-orbea-professional-biking-for-everyone/

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