By James Huang
Team Type 1 rider Matt Wilson's Orbea Ordu is certainly one of the
more distinctive time trial rigs on the circuit, eschewing smooth fluid
curves for harder creases and sharper edges that are more reminiscent
of a certain warbird than most other aero bikes.
The aggressive lines start right up front with the Ordu's unique head
tube treatment, which supposedly reduces drag while still offering the
front-end rigidity and steering precision of a traditional 1 1/8" steerer.
The hourglass profile transitions to an airflow profile in the midsection
while the upper and lower portions smoothly blend into the top tube
and down tube.
The down tube's teardrop profile and the nominally level top tube's
triangular cross-section are fairly conventional but the seat tube diamond
shape is anything but. Orbea claim the four-sided shape offers a better
combination of drag and frontal area than a typical airfoil - perhaps,
but it looks keen either way.
A deep rear wheel cutout extends from the seat stays to down below
the bottom bracket shell and the diamond profile up top is carried straight
through to the seatpost and matching low-profile collar. The compact
seat stays and raised chain stays slightly reduce frontal area, too.
Claimed weight for the frame, fork and headset is an impressive 2020g
Shimano provides Wilson and his teammates with a diverse range of equipment
including the component group, wheels, pedals, and handlebar and stem.
Like many teams, though, time trial bikes are fitted with a second-tier
package - in this case Shimano's Ultegra SL - to save a bit of money
while still retaining most of the performance of the top group.
In addition, Wilson's bike is fitted with a PRO Vibe 7s Hushovd signature-edition
stem plus a carbon fiber PRO Missile semi-integrated aero bar complete
with a flat base bar and straight extensions whose length is adjusted
via a handy collet system.
More Shimano labels are found up front with the Dura-Ace WH-7850-C50-TU
carbon tubular wheel but matched out back is an unlabeled Zipp 900 disc.
Both are wrapped with 22mm-wide Continental Sprinter tubulars.
Total bike weight is a race-ready 8.13kg (17.9lb).
Team Type 1 founders - and team members - Phil Southerland and Joe
Eldridge have certainly established lofty ambitions for the years ahead.
Both were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes early on in life - Southerland
at seven months old and Eldridge at ten years old - yet hope to "show
the world that people with Type 1 diabetes not only can manage their
condition and excel physically, but they can also achieve their goals,
dreams, and potential."
Among those goals, dreams, and potential is an invitation to the 2012
Tour de France.
Wilson himself may not be diabetic but he has suffered his own physical
hardships having been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease back in 1999
while a member of the Australian national team. Wilson thankfully not
only recovered but went on to claim the Australian national road title
Race results are still high on the team's priority list but Team Type
1 obviously has a bigger message to send. Even if the team doesn't meet
its TdF goals, we might argue that Team Type 1 has already proven plenty.
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