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Ride Like the Pros On a Budget with Orbea’s Orca Team Cofidis Replicas

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Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica, M10i model So often we look at the pampered pros in the bike world and wish we could get our hands on the cool stuff they’re riding. Often it’s a prototype part or next year’s model we’re spying, and we’ll just have to wait. Other times, the team bikes are available for purchase exactly as built for the pro peloton which usually includes an equally pro price tag. With the Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica however, you get all of the panache of the pro frame – just with more affordable builds.

The Orca Team Cofidis Replica is, as the name suggests, an affordable consumer version of the Team Cofidis road racing bike. It rides on the exact same frame the pro racers use, which has been revised under a collaborative effort by Orbea and Team Cofidis. The newest Orca frame is claimed to be 20% lighter, 24% stiffer, and up to 62% more efficient than the previous model, which Bikerumor covered last summer.

Click past the break for info on all four models of the Team Cofidis Replica…

Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica, M10 model
The M10 with non-electronic Dura-Ace build

Orca’s highest grade OMR frame is the basis for the Team Cofidis Replica. The 2015 model is 150g lighter than the mid-range Orca OMP version and nearly 250g lighter than the previous model. They’ve refined the carbon layup schedule on the seat stays, seatpost and top tubes for better ride comfort, but the Orca was also made much stiffer for improved pedalling efficiency. Team rider Nacer Bouhanni says “The bike is responsive when you speed up; It performs well in sprints, transferring all the power you apply.”

The Orca utilizes a tapered steer tube, 86mm PressFit bottom bracket, 130mm rear spacing and a 27.2mm seat tube. It also has internal cable routing and magnet slots behind the BB shell for power meter sensors. The replica models employ Orbea’s ‘race geometry’, which is outlined in the geometry chart below. Four models of the Team Cofidis Replica will be available- The M10i, the M10, the M20i and the M20. They all start with the improved Team Cofidis frame, but feature different level builds for weekend warriors or serious racers.

Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica, M20i model
The M20i, featuring Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting

Many of the components are the same for every model- Orca’s full-carbon OMR fork, Vision Trimax T30 clincher wheels, Challenger Forte Race tires, FSA handlebars, stem, seatpost and headset, plus a Selle Italia SLR Team Edition saddle are consistent throughout the line. The difference basically boils down to the drivetrain you choose.

Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica M20 model
The M20 model with non-electronic Ultegra components

The M10i (seen in title photo) is the highest-end model in the line, featuring Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11-speed electronic drivetrain. The M10 is essentially the non-electronic version, and is built with mechanical Dura-Ace 9000 components. The M20i model employs Shimano’s electronic Ultegra 6870 Di2 group, and following the pattern the M20 uses mechanical Ultegra 6800 components.

Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica geometry diagram Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica ergonimics

Orbea Orca Team Cofidis Replica geometry chart

The Orca Team Cofidis Replica frame is available in seven sizes from 47cm-60cms. Orbea does not provide complete bike weights or prices, but to find a dealer check out their website.

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Mat
Mat
7 years ago

You would think that when the key element of the title is about cost (“budget”) there would be prices listed in the text. Fail.

Jasen
Jasen
7 years ago

Lean and simple bike. I love it!
Great geometry, well tough lay-up scheme and classic paintjob.
Just what a road bike needs to be.

Ventruck
Ventruck
7 years ago

Literally what Mat said. I up and enter this clickbait thinking “huh, maybe this could be my next bike”, and then….nothing. Then I look it up and see the regular 6800-equipped M20 for $3,899 at Jenson.

“Budget”? u srs m8.

Brattercakes
Brattercakes
7 years ago

Ditto.

@Ventruck

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

For their prices, these things could definitely be made in Spain. Also, as someone that’s sold plenty of different brands of bike at 4 shops, Orbea may have the worse warranty service of anyone. I’ve never seen a company deny obvious warranties so quickly. I really love the feel of their bikes but I would refuse to buy one(even at the prices an employee gets) because they run away from their problems more than anyone else.

Durianrider
Durianrider
7 years ago

Made in Spain in 2015 equals Made in SE Asia but assembled in Spain to offset duty imports.

Tommyrod
Tommyrod
7 years ago

“Pampered pros”? Really? Ever ride with a pro racer and see what they do for a living?

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

Durianrider…you’re very right. But they aren’t selling these at Made in Asia prices. Spain and Italy don’t have spectacular economies right now. IF sub $4 bikes can be made in the US, sub $3000 bikes should be able to be made in Spain.

Voightnt
Voightnt
7 years ago

The seem to keep the brains and a good share of manual work in Europe:
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/inside-orbea-175-years-of-manufacturing-heritage-2015.html

Robert W
Robert W
7 years ago

$3800 for a bike and it doesn’t even come with the 6800 crankset?

Mick
Mick
7 years ago

I agree with Veganpotter 100%…
I dropped Orbea after numerous and obvious warranty issues. Easily the poorest customer service experience I have encountered in the industry (dealing with their exceptional warranty problems). It was not a hard decision to drop the line. I was just disappointed not to see them at Interbike so I could’ve done it in person.

Sardinien
Sardinien
7 years ago

There is no price about it and it’s a spanish brand,I mean..c’mon..Spain…besides paella and corridas what Spain does to humanity ?

captain efficient
captain efficient
7 years ago

up to 62 percent more efficient… You guys miss this? Holy poop thats efficient. I could pull out my stove and brew a cup of coffee on the climbs now…check email and feed my jersey kitten.

eadm
7 years ago

at least they slam the stems for the promo pics

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