New Orbea Orca spotted at the Tour de France

Cofidis's Geoffrey Soupe riding new lightweight bike.

With disc brakes still being banned from the pro peloton, but the big bike brands still concentrating on developing new disc brake bikes, there aren’t actually that many new bikes at this year’s Tour de France. However one exception is a prototype Orbea Orca being ridden by Cofidis’s Geoffrey Soupe.

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The bad news is that apart from its name (which can be ascertained from the UCI’s list of approved frames and forks) we don’t know any details about the new Orbea Orca, but at least a few details can be guessed from just looking at the frame.

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Compared the old Orca, the chainstays look slightly bulkier, suggesting improved power transfer, while the fork legs seem to bowed outwards slightly. The top tube also seems to have been redesigned, not dropping down as it approaches the head tube as on the previous model.

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The only other thing we can spot is that there appears to be a bolt at the junction point between the top tube, seat tube, and seatstays, suggesting a redesigned seat clamp.

Other than that its hard to take too many details on the new model. However from the bike’s name of the UCI’s approved frame list (Orca Rim Brake), we can confidently predict that there will be a disc brake version in the pipeline too.