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British brand Orro Bikes only launched in 2014, but has quickly developed a reputation as a manufacturer of quality, high performance bicycles made in Britain.
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Orro is based close to the climb of Ditchling Beacon and the Sussex Downs. Orro cites these beautiful surroundings an inspiration and a perfect testing ground for its bikes.
We’ve taken a look at the comprehensive and varied range of Orro bikes, and pulled together this guide to help you know which one is right for you.
Since its inception in 2009, Orro, has prided itself on gathering the best of British engineering know-how, as its partnership with carbon manufacturers Sigmatex demonstrates.
This is all evident from a quick glance at the 2017 line-up, with complete groupsets and quality components specced across the board, no corners have been cut.
The Orro Pyro
The Orro Pyro is a carbon sportive bike that wont put a huge dent in your wallet, or you backside, with Orro saying it dispatches the miles with gratifying ease. To do so, the frameset features relaxed geometry – a tall head tube and a long wheel base – that is ideal for epic adventures and long days in the saddle.
Available in both disc and rim brake versions, the Pyro is versatile with clearance for 25mm tyres. Starting at a very competitive £1399, the Pyro comes with a full Shimano 105 groupset and Fulcrum racing sport wheels. The speccing of quality components happens throughout Orro’s range, with no stocking filler, corner cutting parts.
Finally, the iridescent black paint with red flecks looks superb when it catches the light.
Orro Gold STC
If you are after ultimate performance, then the Orro Gold STC is the go to model. It sits as the brand’s flagship model, and while the geometry is very similar to the Pyro, the frame is constructed from higher spec carbon, making it lighter and stiffer.
Orro has worked with British carbon composite company Sigmatex to exclusively utilize some of the most cutting edge carbon fibre currently available. STC stands for Spread Tow Carbon, which is laid up in a chequer board pattern that according to Orro requires less resin, thus saving weight. STC is incorporated into key areas of the frame.
The Gold is available in Rim and Disc brake versions and if you opt for the signature model you can specify your bike to be hand painted by Orro.
The bike comes specced with components from the likes of Fulcrum, 3T and Prologo. The Gold STC frameset starts from £1499.
The Aira is definitely the model to consider if you are looking for a frame with more aggressive geometry, that allows you sit longer and lower on the bike. It comes with a shorter 993mm wheelbase, 73 degree head tube angle and low stack, asking to be ridden more aggressively.
Paired with Orro’s impressive full carbon Superlight II fork, a Prologo Kappa saddle and 3T finishing kit, it makes the Orro a true race day weapon.
The carbon layup is less sophisticated than the Gold, making the Aira a more affordable proposition. Once again, value is impressive with the Aira available for £1899 with a complete Shimano Ultegra groupset, or Shimano 105 for £1,499.
Thanks to the aforementioned geometry, the Aira is heaps of fun out on the road. The frame makes it well suited to carving corners and tackling technical descents.
As the Terrafirma inspired name suggests, the Orro Terra is a bike designed for rougher, off road riding. While it can roll along nicely on roads, it’s perfectly at home on gravel paths and bridal ways.
With significantly more clearance, the Terra can accommodate wider, 28c tyres, making it ideal for adventures and commutes where you may want to take the shortcut along the towpath or hammer the bridleways instead of the tarmac. The relaxed geometry makes for a more upright riding position, while the bottom bracket is lower for improved cornering confidence.
The Terra is available in carbon fibre and aluminium versions, the Terra C and Terra Gravel Road SE.
A range of models are available, with the Aluminium Gravel Road SE available for £1500 and the Carbon Terra C available for £2099 with Shimano 105 and for £1400 as a frameset only option.
We don’t have it here, but it’s worth pointing out that Orro also offers the female specific carbon fiber Yara model. To meet the different geometry needs of women, the Yara features a shortened top tube and lengthened head tube. The bottom bracket has also been tuned for weight distribution more suited to female riders in order to provide greater handling and control.
The Yara is available for £1400 and comes equipped with the excellent Shimano 105, mechanical disc brakes and Fulcrum racing sport disc wheels.
So there you have it, quality bikes, with cutting edge design and superb finishes. We are a big fan of what Orro is doing and whatever your road cycling demands, Orro has you covered. For more information you can head over to Orrobikes.com