ORBEA ORCA M20i TEAM
Historically, considering only the three design factors of aerodynamics, stiffness and weight rarely yeilds dramatic improvement. Big gains in one area always compromise one or both of the others. The key to building the best aero road bike is finding the balance of these targets, and identifying additional performance factors that allow the rider to increase efficiency.
Aligning the frame with the airflow, optimizing cross-sections, smoothing transitions and myriad other improvements mean a big reduction in drag. Slipping effortlessly through the air, that instant feedback of a world-class aero bike. There is no better feeling.
The large majority of torsional and lateral loads are handled by the lower spine of the frame. A frame which is stiff in the right places means direct power transmission to the rear wheel.
One of the most important points to consider when determining geometry is that the bike must be easy to ride. Going fast isn’t just a by product of good aerodynamics, it requires precise control over the bike.