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Orbea Frame(14 posts)

Orbea Frameididntdoit
Apr 29, 2002 4:10 PM
Does anyone have any experience with an Orbea frame? I'm thinking about buying one (the Ultrafono).
re: Orbea FrameDY
Apr 29, 2002 4:17 PM
What size are you? Also how much do you weigh? I have a Zona model for sale 55cm. The UltraFoco has a max weight (I think) of around 160 lbs.
re: Orbea Frameididntdoit
Apr 29, 2002 4:29 PM
I'm a little too small for your frame - I'm 5'5" and need a 52cm frame. Thanks for the input though - fortunately I'm well under 160 lbs. Oh, in case you were wondering, I'm not a freakishly small guy, I'm a girl :)
re: Orbea FrameDY
Apr 29, 2002 5:05 PM
Then you should be fine for the UltraFoco. They also make it with a Carbon rear wishbone seatstay. It seems pretty nice.

Where are you/where are you thinking of buying it?
re: Orbea Framegrandemamou
Apr 29, 2002 5:32 PM
I have heard really good things about them on several forums. But to be honest I have never seen one with my own two eyes. Also, I lived in Spain for a few years so I'm kind of biased. I was looking at their lower end frames for a training bike. The prices are good if the quality is there.

You might try posting at velonews. If I remember right there were several owners posting there a couple of months back.
re: Orbea FrameDY
Apr 29, 2002 5:37 PM
That's why I bought mine (for training). I bought the steel model to build a nice solid training bike. I bought it too small so that's why I have it up for sale. I love it though. I'm going to order the same thing but just a little bigger.
Too big for megrandemamou
Apr 29, 2002 5:49 PM
Need a 51-52. Otherwise I'd take it off your hands. How is the paint/weld quality?
Too big for meDY
Apr 29, 2002 8:00 PM
I think the paint is just fine. they are into their "no decals" thing, so everything is painted instead of having the names as decals. I think the paint looks just as nice as anything I have seen before. The welds on mine are left raw. On most of the others the top welds are smoothed. You can take a look at my bike at
Too big for meWoof the dog
Apr 30, 2002 3:12 AM
i've seen one of their frames, the orange one with sloping tube. Yeah, I just love that squishable tubing. I also love the fact that it ain't got that little bridge between the chainstays, just can't wait till it gets stressed and finally cracks. They may be a light frame, but al. frames shouldn't cost a lot just because they are al. frames. This doesn't look like a good investment, some say seatpost clamp bolt is weak. tall headtube may put you in a weird position so that you'd have to recorrect your line through corners.


Woof the dog.
wait..are you saying aluminum breaks, didnt we do that debateishmael
Apr 30, 2002 5:00 AM
and from what i remember the poll showed that they've lasted as long as anything you have some info you would like to share with us or is it just a frame also doesnt have the little bridge in the back also, it wouldve been nice, but its got a three year warranty and im not too worried...unless youve got some good evidence of thin aluminum tubing breaking ill chalk your statement up to rumor...also the tall headtube is one of the reasons i bought a compact aluminum frame
I break 'em all!Mr Good
Apr 30, 2002 8:49 PM
I've broken steel and aluminum frames, usually because I abused the heck out of 'em. The difference? The steel frames SLOWLY cracked. Over the course of days or weeks the crack grew, so I could discover it and retire the frame before I got hurt. The aluminum frame I broke just went POP all at once, and I was stranded with a busted frame.

That's my anecdotal experience.
Hunh, Ultrafoco & Zona are steel (nm)grandemamou
Apr 30, 2002 5:22 AM
Hunh, Ultrafoco & Zona are steel (nm)Woof the dog
Apr 30, 2002 10:22 AM
i was talking about al. orbea, so whatever.

And regarding lasting of al. vs. steel, of course I don't have any quantitative data. But me and my teammates have cracked many aluminum frames, and have seen crashes where cannondales would snap in half. Somehow all those who ride steel still ride the same frame for years, there are reasons behind this. Under normal conditions, yes al. will last, but steel is more reliable IMHO, and rightly so. You can flex the heck out of it and it won't break on you, you can bend back crooked dropouts. I am not talking about ultra light steel either. something like past 3.7 pounds would count as a good frame. See where I am coming from?


Woof the dog.
I see where your coming from butgrandemamou
Apr 30, 2002 2:52 PM
we don't have the same experiences.I ride with a club of 50 or so members 90% of which ride AL or CF as their primary racing/training bikes. Most members avg between 5-10 k miles a year. In 5 years I have seen a grand total of 2 frames fail (aside from Softrides). One a 15 y/o Vitus and the other was a lugged steel Bianchi that the guy bought used in 1980. We are not exactly snapping them left and right.

I agree with your statement in principal. But, a well built Al frame can last for a long time. In a crash all bets are off regardless of the material. Steel can be repaired but IMO if I crashed bad enough to break a tube. I'm not riding it again.

FWIW I own 2 steel and 1 AL frame. I like each of them different reasons. I don't feel there is one correct material for all riders in all situations.