Orbea Road Bikes

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Sasha, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Sasha

    Sasha Guest

    Hi,

    I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon fork
    and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have experience
    with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty and
    ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?

    Thanks,

    Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au

    remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address
     
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  2. Mark South

    Mark South Guest

    "Sasha" <sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon fork
    > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have experience
    > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty and
    > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?


    It's worth asking your question in uk.rec.cycling, where there is (or used to
    be, the helmet threads may have run them off) more than one person who owns an
    Orbea.

    Cycling Plus in the UK rated a couple of their models as being good value, but
    that's all I know.
    --
    Mark South: World Citizen, Net Denizen
     
  3. Sasha wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon fork
    > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have experience
    > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty and
    > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?


    FWIW, I have seen Orbea's Lobular frames (not this model, I guess),
    favorably reviewed. They definitely are hot-looking bikes, if that
    matters to you. I personally am not a big aluminum fan, but many others
    are. They supply bikes for Team Euskatel. If you test ride it, and
    like it, you might as well go for it (and get one with the orange paint
    job!).

    Dave
     
  4. SMMB

    SMMB Guest

    "Sasha" <sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au> a écrit dans le message de :
    news:[email protected]

    > Anyone here have experience
    > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general?


    Not my personal experience, but Orbea Orca was selected (by panel of 10) as
    bike of the year in Le Cycle, here. However, reviews in the same magazine
    have been on both sides, rarely in the middle, for different models.
    --
    Bonne route,

    Sandy
    Paris FR
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Guest

    I have an Orbea custom steel frame with Columbus Zona tubing. I am happy
    with the fit and the quality. The price was quite reasonable. So far so good
    w about 10K miles on the frame. The welds on my frame are a bit thick but I
    believe it to be cosmetic. The paint is ok probably similar in quality to
    other production paint.

    You should go for a custom frame as in the US it is only about $100 more to
    go custom.

    Alan
    "Sasha" <sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon fork
    > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have experience
    > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty and
    > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    >
    > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address
    >
    >
     
  6. flyingdutch

    flyingdutch Guest

    Sasha wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon
    > fork and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have
    > experience with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested
    > in hearing about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks
    > nice (nice paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very
    > heavy duty and ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more
    > than a similar equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    > Thanks,
    > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address



    From what I have read (C+ too) and seen on cyclingnews.com their highe
    end stuff is rated exceptionally well

    As with all mid/lower range stuff, some corners get cut but its usuall
    more cosmetic than anything. 'ugly' welds could well be the same as high
    end welds but not 'cleaned up'

    Are you in Melb

    If so, wander down to SHM bikes bourke st store (near cnr of Russell) a
    they are closing soon and have 20-30% off with a few Orbeas ther

    PS lerv them paint jobs. airbrushing lives!!


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  7. Sasha: What's Orbea's warranty like in OZ? The reason I ask is that, for a
    number of interesting reasons, warranty claims are higher in down under than
    anyplace else in the world, so manufacturers may tighten up on things. Why
    are warranty claims higher, you may ask? I've been told it's because a
    higher percentage of bikes sold get ridden really hard (which is a good
    thing... a bike wants to be ridden, not sit in the garage!), and that many
    of the roads aren't in the best shape. But not having been there, I'm going
    on 3rd-party information. The higher warranty expenses are, however, real.

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
    www.ChainReactionBicycles.com


    "Sasha" <sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon fork
    > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have experience
    > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty and
    > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    >
    > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address
    >
    >
     
  8. Phil Sandhu

    Phil Sandhu Guest

    Hi

    I bought an Orbea Mitis road bike with Campagnolo Centaur 10 speed, ITM bars
    in Feb-04 and love the bike. The frame with carbon forks and rear has a
    lifetime warranty. It is very comfortable, feels durable and is a great
    ride. The frame is a blue/silver combo rather than flaming red or orange. I
    would definitley go for an Orbea over a similarly equipped giant or trek,
    but you may need to pay a few $$ more.

    Phil


    "Dave Stallard" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sasha wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon

    fork
    > > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have

    experience
    > > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty

    and
    > > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?

    >
    > FWIW, I have seen Orbea's Lobular frames (not this model, I guess),
    > favorably reviewed. They definitely are hot-looking bikes, if that
    > matters to you. I personally am not a big aluminum fan, but many others
    > are. They supply bikes for Team Euskatel. If you test ride it, and
    > like it, you might as well go for it (and get one with the orange paint
    > job!).
    >
    > Dave
     
  9. it is Scientifically Proven that Aussie bikes get made into heavy duty
    aluminum pretzels
    by piss-drunk racers riding in the dark at 2 am sunday mornings,
    proving to their mates how fast they can descend
     
  10. Paul J

    Paul J Guest

    Sasha wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon
    > fork and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have
    > experience with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested
    > in hearing about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks
    > nice (nice paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very
    > heavy duty and ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more
    > than a similar equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    > Thanks,
    > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address



    Sasha, I have a Mitis frame. This is their inhouse stuff. Hand painted
    all welds are smoothed over. Like all their frames it comes wit
    lifetime, unlimited km warranty. I was very impressed. I've put ove
    4700km on it in the last 5 months. Incredibly comfortable to ride for a
    aluminium bike. In fact, the only way I can tell when I have a punctur
    is if I hear it or all of a sudden my power output isn't making it t
    the road. That's how comfortable it is


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  11. Peter S

    Peter S Guest

    "Paul J" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sasha wrote:
    > > Hi,
    > > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon
    > > fork and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have
    > > experience with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested
    > > in hearing about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame

    looks
    > > nice (nice paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very
    > > heavy duty and ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little

    more
    > > than a similar equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    > > Thanks,
    > > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    > > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address


    Sasha I just bought an Orbea Volata today. It's my first aluminium framed
    bike. Came with Campag Veloce 9 speed gear and crank and Carbon fork. I took
    it out this afternoon for a quick 5km in between rain (it's winter in perth
    today!). My old bike,soon to be sold, is a steel framed Giant Kronos with
    RSX. What a difference (as you'd expect)! I've looked at bikes for over two
    months before buying the Orbea. It's confusing trying to get the best value
    with all of the components that you want. After a while you realise thast
    each manufacturer gives and takes. For example I imagine you've looked at
    the Giant OCR1 which has 105 gears and crank but not 105 brakes - it also
    has a pretty ordinary looking adjustable stem. I got tired of comparing this
    groupset with that - this wheelset with that etc. etc. I finally decided on
    the Orbea because for me it had a lighter frame, reasonable midrange Campag
    groupset and carbon fork - plus it looks great which I think is important
    too. After all when you see your bike wherever you park it in between rides,
    it's great if it looks good and calls you want to get on and take it out on
    the road.

    Overall, after looking at Avanti, Giant, Specialised etc. I chose to buy
    Orbea. I'll let you know after a few more hours in the saddle what I think
    but right now I feel like i've made a really good decision. By the way I
    didn't go out to look for Campag - like you I was originally looking at 105.
    To me the main thing was bang-for-buck not which company made the equipment.

    Biggest first impression on my very short test ride today was how fantastic
    the brakes are. This bike STOPS when you want to stop.

    Pete
    skypete_at_bigpond_dot_com_dot_au
     
  12. Hi Mike,

    I am told it is the standard Orbea warranty- lifetime to the original
    purchaser. I am not sure why warranty claims would be higher in OZ- it is my
    experience (in Melbourne at least) that most owners of expensive late model
    equipment generally ride streets nearing the city that are smooth and well
    paved. However, I will say that most aussie riders are much better at
    sprinting than endurance or hillclimbing, and it seems that the average
    aussie road cyclist is larger and stronger physically than their European
    counterparts. I could be completely wrong, but this may have something to do
    with the bikes being ridden "really hard".

    Thanks,

    Sasha

    "Mike Jacoubowsky" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sasha: What's Orbea's warranty like in OZ? The reason I ask is that, for

    a
    > number of interesting reasons, warranty claims are higher in down under

    than
    > anyplace else in the world, so manufacturers may tighten up on things.

    Why
    > are warranty claims higher, you may ask? I've been told it's because a
    > higher percentage of bikes sold get ridden really hard (which is a good
    > thing... a bike wants to be ridden, not sit in the garage!), and that many
    > of the roads aren't in the best shape. But not having been there, I'm

    going
    > on 3rd-party information. The higher warranty expenses are, however,

    real.
    >
    > --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
    > www.ChainReactionBicycles.com
    >
    >
    > "Sasha" <sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon

    fork
    > > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have

    experience
    > > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty

    and
    > > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > Sasha- sashan(nospam)@alphalink.com.au
    > >
    > > remove (nospam) to get my real e-mail address
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
  13. Thanks to everyone that responded to my questions. Looks like an Orbea is
    the way to go, although I am taking off to New Zealand for a couple of
    weeks, so buying one will have to wait until I get back. I will report to
    the group on the outcome if anyone is interested.

    Thanks,

    Sasha

    "Dave Stallard" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sasha wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I am looking at purchasing an Orbea Vento roadbike here in Oz (Carbon

    fork
    > > and stays,105set, orbea wheels, ITM bars etc). Anyone here have

    experience
    > > with this model, or Orbea bikes in general? I am interested in hearing
    > > about quality, durability, ride comfort etc. The frame looks nice (nice
    > > paintjob, no decals, all painted), but the welds look very heavy duty

    and
    > > ugly in places. However, it will only cost a little more than a similar
    > > equipped giant. Any opinions on these bikes?

    >
    > FWIW, I have seen Orbea's Lobular frames (not this model, I guess),
    > favorably reviewed. They definitely are hot-looking bikes, if that
    > matters to you. I personally am not a big aluminum fan, but many others
    > are. They supply bikes for Team Euskatel. If you test ride it, and
    > like it, you might as well go for it (and get one with the orange paint
    > job!).
    >
    > Dave
     
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