Eurobike rides: Orbea Orca

Stiff, light , good looking – and comfortable to ride, when the last incarnation of the Orca hit the streets back in 2006 I really liked it. This was one of the first bikes to demonstrate that the bike industry was really getting to grips with the possibilities carbon had to offer, and it sure was pretty too – which helps. So there's a lot riding on the 2009 makeover. What's different? Essentially the frame is lighter and stiffer. The dropouts, and headbadge (which also acts as a cable guide) are now made from magnesium which Orbea reckon makes for a sub-kilo frame in the mid-sizes, the previous incarnation that we rode had a frame weight bang on the 1Kg mark when we rode it back in '06. The carbon weave has been tweaked too to add extra stiffness. All the test bikes were in stealth black - lacking the distinctive inset paint job that made the original Orca so attractive, - the Orca is available in a number of different colourways including a very striking red and the original black and ivory combo. See more pics of the Orbea Orca


Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.