Please note: all of our bike models come with an EU standard brake setup. This will need to be reversed to comply with UK cycling standards.
Ordu translates to “moment” in the Basque language. It’s the perfect name for a bike created to capture the efforts of training and distill them into the present, a single focus on having the time of your life. The time you push so deep into the tunnel you can’t recall the minutes spent on the road. When heart rate, wattage and gear selection completely vanish from your perception and it is only you and the bike. We all know moments like this - the rarest of events when somehow you ride beyond your capabilities and do the perfect effort. Everything clicks into place and you have the time of your life.
Rotation of the spokes and today’s wider rims and tires approaching from behind the fork (against the flow of wind as the wheel spins) creates a high pressure/high drag zone. Freeflow spreads the fork legs away from this area to reduce pressure and turbulence. Normal directional aerodynamics remain unchanged but the bike gets faster because the airspace inside the Freeflow fork blades is less chaotic.
Mondragon Tube Shapes
Not many bike companies have the research and development capabilities of an Engineering School at their fingertips. Orbea works directly with specialists at Mondragon University in the Basque Country to analyze and test aerodynamic concepts. Our subtle improvements to a traditional airfoil are aimed specifically at helping riders go faster in conditions typically encountered on the road – Faster at lower speeds and faster at higher yaw angles.
We decided to go a different route. We developed a 25.4 x 28.6mm Mini Taper for the Ordu headtube and fork steerer tube. Air flows smoothly around the reduced frontal area and past a clever aerodynamic stem cover and continues unhindered. These solutions decrease drag by reducing frontal area by 10% over a straight 28.6mm design and save a few grams at the same time. No small improvement.
Take advantage of Ordu’s true multisport geometry for Triathlons or Time Trials without workarounds. Its hard to give it your all if you feel like you’re making do. Ordu was designed under the premise that there’s no reason to settle for an almost-perfect fit. With a calculated linear progression between sizes and the frankly massive range of saddle positions made possible by our symmetrical seat post, you’ll never have the nagging feeling that you’d be faster “if only..."
Orbea have therefore been looking for an alternative. The developers have developed a 25.4/28.6 mm mini taper for the head tube and steerer tube of the Ordu. Now the air is flowing freely around the reduced front surface and along the stem shell. The reduced front surface of this solution results in a 10% reduction in traction force compared to the straight 28.6mm model, while reducing weight by a few grams. Not a bad improvement!