54cm Orbea Opal

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by JerryLook

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.

2010 Orbea Opal 54cm

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by Klaster_1

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

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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

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