Orbea Ordu Silver/Shimano Ultegra Complete Bike - 2012 - $2,979.20

If most bike racers were honest with themselves, theyd come to the conclusion that they were Ultegra level athletes. Have we faced reality' You bet. And the Orbea Ordu Silver/Shimano Ultegra 6700 Complete Bike would be more than enough weapon to exact mass destruction on the competition at our state time trial; if only we could get the rest of the package carved back into a fine shape like the Ordu Silver frameset. The Ordu Silver is only meant to do one thing help you go as fast as humanly possible over a set distance. Its just as sleek as its more expensive big brother, the Ordu Gold. In fact all the shapes, the tube lengths, and all the angles are exactly the same. The difference on the front end is a matter of materials and cost; on the back end its a matter of grams and absolute performance at the elite level. The Ordu Silver is made with Orbeas Silver grade of high modulus carbon fiber. The Silver carbon has slightly lower modulus and tensile strength than the Gold. Because of this, it takes more material to obtain the intended stiffness and strength. The frame weighs within 100 grams, and the money savings will go a long way towards a fast set of race-day wheels. This makes the Ordu Silver a great choice for the racer with a bit of a budget.Just like the Ordu Gold, Orbea molds the Ordu Silver frame and fork as monocoque structures. Each of these is formed as one piece without bonded joints where failures, either structural or cosmetic, can occur. With fibers running continuously along the length of the tubes and through the intersections, the total strength of the bike is increased along with the durability. Orbea also uses what they term as SSN (size specific nerve) technology. This ensures that they can produce frames that offer the same comfort and performance characteristics across the size range. To do this, they make each frame size with its own specific lay-up schedule and tube dimensions. - $2,979.20