Orbea Orca OMR

Valverde victorious in Catalunya; D’Hoore dominant at De Panne: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

March 23, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde recaptures Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 4 win; Cape Epic queen stage delivers tight racing; ASO considering barring Chris Froome from the Tour de France; Jolien D’Hoore wins Driedaagse-Brugge De Panne; Adam Yates suffers pelvis fracture; Orbea Orca review; Scott Thwaites undergoes back surgery; Flanders Classics behind new Great War Remembrance Race; It’s time to ban Tramadol in cycling; The horrors of airline travel

Orbea Orca OMR

Orbea Orca review: Basque in name, German in soul

by James Huang

Orbea has always proudly touted its Basque heritage, and its latest Orca road racer is a strong testament to the brand’s lengthy experience in the category. Just like those orange-clad riders in Tours de France of yore, the Orca is a superb climber whose only limitation when the road heads skyward is the ability of its rider.

But while this modern Orca performs better than ever, it’s also lost some of the personality it once had. Ultra-rigid and enviably lightweight, it now ironically feels more a little less Basque, and a little more German.

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