54cm Orbea Opal

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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

Hi
I’ve been a forum member for a little while, but have never done an introduction thread to show my bike.

This is my new (to me) project. I just switched from a 57cm Orbea Opal. I thought that bike was slightly long for me (I’m 6’ with a 34” cycling inseam).

This frame came from the original owner who had put very few miles on it. Not the lightest frame/fork at 995/348 grams, but very solid in construction.

All the parts came off my other Orbea frame, which I built up from a frameset about 6 months ago. I’m going to stick with Dura Ace for the groupset. I realize I could lose some weight in that area, but I like the way it performs.

Plans for the future include replacing some small parts, including the seatpost, saddle, saddle clamp, headset bearings, and switching over to a tubular setup. I think I can get it closer to 6.5kg

I’ll also finish the switch over to 11 spd, changing out the rest of the DA7900 stuff for DA9000. I prefer the aesthetics of the DA9000 to the DA9100. I live in Florida and only use two gears anyways. My only reason to change to 11 spd is so the group set matches.

I’m really liking the smaller frame. My position is more comfortable this way, and still very aggressive. I might change the zero setback seatpost out for an normal 20mm or 25mm setback in the future.

I love that this frame has a threaded bottom bracket. When I was looking at frames originally I was between the Orbea and a Focus Cayo/Izalco Max. The threaded BB was a big selling point of the Orbea.

The build list is

2010 54cm Orbea Opal carbon frame
Orbea carbon fork
DA 9000 Crankset 172.5 53/39
DA 7900 RD short cage
DA 7900 FD
DA 7900 shifters
DA 7900 cassette 11-23
DA 7900 brakeset
DA 9000 bottom bracket
Xpresso 8 pedals
Omni Racer 31.6x350 seatpost
Kalloy stem 110mm
3T Ergonova 38cm bars
Tesa bar tape
Orbea fork expander
FSA headset
Slam that Stem headset cover
Neugent Cycling AS300 wheelset
Continental GP4000 tires 700-23
Vittoria latex tubes
Chinese carbon saddle
KCNC titanium skewers
Omni Racer FD mount
PYC SP1101 chain
Garmin Edge 20 with Sram out front mount

The total weight is 6.705 KG, as ready to ride, including the Garmin. I don’t use bottle holders. My cycling experience is mostly with mtn bikes and I still use a camelbak.

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2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

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Klaster_1
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by Klaster_1

Wow, how much saddle to bars drop do you run?

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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

It’s 15cm drop right now. The old bike had 14cm drop. It’s head tube was 18cm instead of the current 15cm. I ran a -17 stem before. With this frame I am running a -6 stem to get the bars 2cm higher.

The bike fit looks a little extreme, but it fits me well. I have a decent back angle while on the tops, and can get my back flat in the drops. I did a century with this setup last weekend.
2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

JerryLook
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by JerryLook

Here is a pic of the current setup. I changed from a -6 stem to a -17. That lowered the handlebars around 2cm. The saddle is also lower now.

I changed from the alloy clinchers in the above pic to some Oval Concepts Carbon tubulars. The bike is 6.05kg now. I just need to find 50g more to lose :thumbup:
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Current setup is

2010 Orbea Opal 6.05kg (13.34lbs)

Frame- Orbea Opal 54cm (995g)
Fork- Orbea carbon (348.3g)
Hanger- Orbea
Headset- FSA
Seatpost clamp- J&L (10.4g)
Seatpost- Elita One 31.6x350 (133g)
Saddle- Berk Lupina 12k (78g)
Stem- Kalloy alloy (110.6g)
Expander- FSA (38.9g)
Headset cover- Slam that stem (2g)
Bar- 3T Ergonova 38cm (200.6g)
Bartape- Tesa
Bottle cage hardware- Orbea
Brake Outer Cables- Tune (10.1g)
Shifter outer cables- Shimano
Inner Cables- Shimano SS
Brakes- DA7900 (292.7g)
Front derailleur- DA7900
FD hanger- Omni Racer Carbon (8.8g)
Rear derailleur- DA7900 (165g)
Crankset- DA9000 172.5 54/39 (633.3g)
Bottom Bracket- DA9000 BSA BB
Chain- Tipsum 11s (209.3g)
Shifters- DA7900 STI
Cassette- Sram Red 11/23 (135.3g)
Wheels- Oval Concept 932 tubs (1196g)
Tires- Vittoria tubs 23mm (493g)
Glue- Mastik one
Skewers- KCNC Ti (43g)
Pedals- SP Zero Ti (148.8g)
Computer mount- Sram

I still haven’t weighed everything individually. Next time I break the bike down I will.
2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

Squashednuts
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by Squashednuts

Looking at your parts list it’s possible to loose 50g

Expander Extralite Ultrastar 3 - weight 5.9g saving 32g
DA 9000 front derailleur - weight 64g. Saving 2g
DA 9000 rear derailleur. - weight 159g. Saving 6g
Cane Creek G4 brakes. - weight 166g. Saving 130g

I use both Ultrastar 3 and Cane Creek brakes and am very happy with...apart from cost of the brakes
Fuji SL 5.6kg / 6.01kg viewtopic.php?f=10&t=157704

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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

Hi
Yes if I replaced the expander, and got Ti bow ties for my Speedplays (I have a pair of Tipsum bow ties, but they are extremely hard to clip in and out of, so I had to put the original steel bow ties back on), that would lose me a bit of weight.
If I got a set of lighter skewers like the Control Tech bolt on, that would get me the rest of the way there.

The bike is still 10 speed, and I don’t mind the way the DA7900 parts perform. I’m in FL, and ride 90% of my rides in 54/16, so the 10 spd isn’t holding me back too much. Lol.
2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

I could also get a lighter handlebar and lose some weight. The Ergonova LTD would lose me weight over my Ergonova Team
2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

Squashednuts
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by Squashednuts

Brilliant
You’ll reach your target with minimal cost👍
Fuji SL 5.6kg / 6.01kg viewtopic.php?f=10&t=157704

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Focus Izalco Max Disc - Final Weight 6.7kg - http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum ... o+Max+disc

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by StanK

I see you've switched from the PYC chain to Tipsum. Is the latter better or something else?
I had a PYC for a while and was very pleased, but I think I had a problem with the quick connection (not sure yet, I have to try it further - now it is waiting for the end of the season for that). They look almost identical to me on the outside, and the weight is very similar.

JerryLook
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by JerryLook

I wax my chains, and have two that I use in rotation. I still have a PYC, and now I have the Tipsum also. I use KMC quick links on both, as that seems to be the weak link (lol, lame joke) with these chains.

The PYC chains last a while. I have one with around 2500 miles on it so far. And it hasn’t stretched. I have been using MSW since the New Years, and I really like it. I’d like to switch to a half MSW and half regular paraffin wax. Hopefully my chain life doesn’t suffer because of it :D
2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

And here is my other road bike. This is used as a rain and bad weather bike, so it’s pretty much always dirty.

It’s a size 52cm 1998 Cannondale R300. It weighs about 9.3kg (20.5 lbs).

This bike has a mix of Shimano parts on it. Sora crank, Ultegra RD, RSX FD, Tiagra shifters, RSX brakes, and DA cassette. I changed it over to 10 spd with some extra parts I had laying around.

The wheels are Neugent 24mm wide clinchers with Conti Ultra Sport 25mm tires. With latex tubes these tires feel just as fast as the GP4K that were on these wheels previously. The tires are 27mm measured, and just barely fit in the frame.
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2010 Orbea Opal 54cm
6.05kg

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