Review: Orbea Ordu OMP
article & images by Nick Salazar
Feb 16, 2016
Of course I have my biases here -- I supply the brakes for this bike, and it was designed to work particularly well with them. But I really believe that the Ordu OMP is a best-practices tour de force, from its tube shapes and construction, to its myriad bottle bosses (top tube, seat tube, seat post, and triple-boss down tube mounts), clean frontal profile, and of course, those semi-integrated Omega brakes. The bike is easy to set up, it works with a wide variety of aftermarket components, and it presents a very clean profile to the wind. My nitpicks involve the saddle and seatpost clamps, the slightly harder-to-find 1-inch upper headset bearing, and the questionable utility of the top tube bosses. But these are all pretty minimal. Overall, the bike is excellent, and I'd call it very competitive with the similarly-awesome Cervelo P2 and P3 models.
The build process was very straightforward, as you would expect with a standard-design bike. The one tricky piece is that since the rear brake cable is routed under the seatpost, that limits the seatpost travel. You get about 85mm of insertion, and minimum insertion is 65mm. So most users will have to trim their seatpost a bit. I had to trim about 7cm off of my post.
Someone building up this bike will want to take a careful look at how their chosen aerobar/stem combo mates with the raised top tube, as an overlarge gap here might cause some little pockets of drag. The Ordu includes a small plastic piece to help keep things tight here, but it may not work with all stems. Also important is that since the bike doesn't use any integrated hydration or storage solutions, the athlete has to use their own best judgment on which aftermarket accessories will keep things clean in those departments. Things like our hydration guide can help with setting up bottles. Other than that, the bike is pretty plug-and-play, and offers a really good option for the triathlete looking for a new rig.
Have a look at the gallery below for more details on this new rig from Orbea.
Orbea Ordu OMP
The new Orbea Ordu OMP is a new bike that aims to hit modern superbike aero numbers without resorting to the increasingly-difficult mechanics of integrated parts.
The Ordu OMP comes stock with Omega X brakes, designed to be a perfect aero match for the entire front end complex. We also added our Alpha X bars, which blend nearly perfectly into the raised top tube.
We finished the bike with a SRAM 1x11 drivetrain, Lightning cranks, Dash wheels, Dash saddle, and View-Speed bolt-on aero skewers. This beast is completely race-ready and 15.5 lbs as pictured (yes, including the disc wheel).