Orca is a portmanteu of ORbea CArbon, the name given to Orbea's highest-quality and most technically advanced racing bike to date.
For 20 years Orbea partnered with the Euskadi Foundation, vaulting Basque legends to the very top of the professional road cycling world. Names like Iban Mayo, Samuel Sánchez, Roberto Laiseka, Egoi Martinez, and Haimar Zubeldia were regulars on the podiums of the most prestigious races in the world, and they brought Orbea with them.
Orbea's first triathlon-specific bike, the Ordu, delivers Craig Alexander to victories at Ironman Hawaii in 2008 and 2009. In tandem, the Orca brand is developed, offering triathletes purpose-designed helmets, apparel, and bags.
The stars were aligned for Orbea in 2008, with Iban Mayo and Haimar Zubeldia finding success at the Tour, Samuel Sanchez striking gold at the Beijing Olympics in the road race, and Julien Absalon following suit in the mountain bike competition with Jean Christophe Peraud taking silver.
Alma and Oiz
Orbea's MTB racing heritage is rooted in its original 1930s racing ventures, and it's reflected by modern success with Olympic gold and silver olympic medals for both Absalon and Peraud on the Orbea Racing Team, and the long partnership with Iñaki Lejarreta. The commitment to MTB racing continues with the Luna Pro Team, and Catharine Pendrel's world championship on the Oiz and the success of the Alma are all benchmarks for the continued success of Orbea in the MTB sphere.
Racing successes are complemented by a full internationalization of the brand in every major global market. New, innovative designs behind bikes like the Rallon and Occam ensure a presence in emerging riding genres in the Orbea portfolio.