Still in Eibar, Orbea Brothers and Co. permanently exited the gun business in 1930, welcoming a new age of Orbea Bicycles. On the back of the Tour de France stage champion Mariano Cañardo, Orbea gained recognition as a premier cycling brand in the public's eye.
Mariano Cañardo would eventually form the basis of the first Orbea road cycling team, one that furthered the brand as a household name in Europe.
At the end of the Spanish Civil War, Orbea employed 1,000 people and produced 50,000 bicycles per year. The factory at the time was capable of manufacturing every component necessary to build the bikes.
With the decline in demand for bicycles in the Post-War era, Orbea licensed the popular French moped brand Velosolex for manufacturing rights in Spain.