Orbea is one of the oldest and most recognisable cycling brand names in the world. They have been a fixture in the sport of cycling and in the best cycling shops - online and offline - for decades. They offer everything from professional grade road bikes to urban bikes.
Orbea Bikes is the largest bike manufacturer in Spain, producing a vast range of models in all common bike categories including road bikes, mountain bikes, leisure bikes, commuter bikes, and more. The company is based in Spain's Basque Country and is one of 257 companies in the huge worker cooperative federation the Mondragon Corporation.
Today, it makes over 75 different bikes, but when the company first started, they manufactured very different products—guns. This all changed in 1930 though when Orbea switched completely to bikes.
Most fans of road racing are familiar with the brand, as it has had a presence at the world's top races since the 1930s. Its involvement over the years has resulted in many successes, most notably at Spain's Vuelta and at the Tour de France.
It isn't just road racing that the company is known for though. The company is also involved in mountain biking and triathlon. In fact, mountain bikes make up a considerable proportion of the current product range.
The image that comes to mind when most people think about Orbea Bikes is road bikes. This is understandable given the brand’s long involvement with road racing at a variety of levels, including at the three Grand Tours. However, mountain bikes are the largest category in the range.
In all these bike categories - road, mountain and triathlon - there are options with ultra-lightweight carbon frames or alloy frames.
The product range also includes non-racing or competitive bikes that are more suited to everyday use and living. This includes its urban - or commuter - range as well as fitness bikes and bikes for leisure riding.
The company also offers a full range of parts. Many of these are high performance parts designed for their competitive road, mountain, triathlon, and TT bikes; but there are also parts for other types of bike. As with everything Orbea Bikes does, the quality of its parts is exceptional.
Orbea Bikes has played a significant part in the sport of cycling since it first started manufacturing bikes in 1930. That involvement has focused a lot on European road races and events like the Tour de France, but the company now has a worldwide customer base, so its sponsorships stretch well beyond Europe.
The current sponsorship deals that Orbea Bikes has in place include supplying gear and bike parts. The teams it is involved with include Team Cofidis, the LUNA Pro Team, and the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling Team.