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Orbea, anyone(6 posts)

Orbea, anyoneBaltoJay
Aug 8, 2001 10:57 AM
Hey, I was over in Belgium ths July - saw stages 3 and 4 of the tour in Vise and Huy :), and while I was there had a friend who used to race for a local Belgian bike shop hook me up with a killer deal on an Orbea Euskaltel team edition road bike. $1600 US got me the TDF Team Euskaltel frameset, zeus carbon fork, Ultegra/105 gruppo, Shimano wheels and Looks. Plus, he threw in shoes. The bike rides like a dream, but I have yet to see anyone in the states (on this site or others) that has an Orbea. Are they really that rare? I had frankly never heard of Orbea before I went to Europe, and was wondering if anyone out there had an Orbea or a friend who did? I'd like to swap opinions...

Jay
not rare at all....Pancho
Aug 8, 2001 11:08 AM
in Spain.
re: Orbea, anyoneJohnnyA
Aug 8, 2001 11:22 AM
I believe they are distributed by a chainwheel out of Arkansas [url]www.chainweel.com[/url] (the Orbea bikes aren't on his website yet). Nice guy - replied to my e-mail and sent me out a catalog a few months back. Sweet bikes. Congrats on scoring such a beauty!
Supergo sold them last yearAlpedhuez55
Aug 8, 2001 12:55 PM
I remember seeing a couple of models from Orbea in Supergo catalog last year. I think they were aluminum frames in the $600 to $800 range. I do not think they moved that well though because after a few months they put them on clearance. They were also selling Gitane about that time as well.
Had a Zeus oncegrandemamou
Aug 8, 2001 2:29 PM
I believe that the Orbea bought out Zeus. They made some pretty good frames and some excellent components. Shimano put them and several other smaller component manufactures out of business.

I lived in Spain and bought a Zeus frame mid 80's with combination Record and Zeus Super Chronos components. I loved the bike sadly it was stolen while I was attending college.

I discoverd Orbea on the internet a year ago and lusted after one ever since. You definitely need a full exte-ondo kit to complete the package. So what are your thoughts on the frame.
Thoughts on the frameOrbeaBoy
Aug 9, 2001 6:50 AM
The frame is very light and stiff. It's Columbus 7005 aluminum, in what Orbea calls a "Zonal +" tubing configuration. The tubes are circular at the tube junctions and diamond shaped in the middle. Absolutely no flex, and with the wishboned seatstays (like C-dale CAAD 5) the ride is pretty supple, considering the material. Plus, the paint is beautiful. Go to www.orbea.com and check out the Euskaltel team bikes. That's what the frame looks like. Overall, a killer bike. I'll eventually upgrade the gruppo, but not for probably a few years. Jay