Pro bike: Matt Wilson’s Team Type 1 Orbea Ordu

Stealth Fighter time trial machine

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 reminiscent of a Stealth Fighter.


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 1/8in 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 seatstays 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.

Rear entry dropouts allow for a close fit between the rear wheel and seat tube: rear entry dropouts allow for a close fit between the rear wheel and seat tube
James Huang

The compact seatstays and raised chainstays slightly reduce frontal area, too. Claimed weight for the frame, fork and headset is an impressive 2.02kg (51cm size).

Shimano provide Wilson and his teammates with a diverse range of equipment including the component group, wheels, pedals, 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 fibre PRO Missile semi-integrated aero bar complete with a flat base bar and straight extensions whose length is adjusted via a handy collet system.

The straight extensions have a collet system to adjust the length: the straight extensions have a collet system to adjust the length
James Huang

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 10 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’s bike is fitted with a 50mm-deep shimano dura-ace carbon tubular up front…: wilson’s bike is fitted with a 50mm-deep shimano dura-ace carbon tubular up front…
James Huang

Wilson 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. He not only recovered but went on to claim the Australian national road title in 2004.

Race results are still high on the team’s priority list but Team Type 1 have a bigger message to send. Even if the team don’t meet their TdF goals, you could argue that Team Type 1 have already proven plenty.

The selle italia slr t1 saddle provides a bit more cushioning on the nose: the selle italia slr t1 saddle provides a bit more cushioning on the nose
James Huang

Bike specifications

  • Frame: Orbea Ordu, 54cm
  • Fork: Orbea Ordu
  • Headset: FSA integrated
  • Stem: PRO Vibe 7s Hushovd Pro Series, 120mm x -6º
  • Handlebars: PRO Missile Flat Carbon TT w/ straight extensions, 42cm (c-c)
  • Tape/grips: PRO
  • Front brake: Shimano Ultegra SL BR-6600-G
  • Rear brake: Shimano Ultegra SL BR-6600-G
  • Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace BL-TT78
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra SL FD-6600-GF
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra SL RD-6600G-SS
  • Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace SL-BS78
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7800, 11-23T
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra SL FC-6600-G, 175mm, 54/44T
  • Bottom bracket: Shimano Ultegra SL SM-FC6601
  • Pedals: Shimano Ultegra SL SPD-SL PD-6620-G
  • Front wheel: Shimano Dura-Ace WH-7850-C50-TU
  • Rear wheel: Zipp 900 tubular
  • Front tyre: Continental Sprinter tubular, 22mm
  • Rear tyre: Continental Sprinter tubular, 22mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR T1
  • Seatpost: Orbea Ordu
  • Bottle cages: Arundel Dave-O

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height: 1.83m (6ft)
  • Rider’s weight: 72.3kg (160lb)
  • Seat tube length, c-c: 540mm
  • Seat tube length, c-t: 583mm
  • Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 783mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 595mm
  • C of front wheel to top of bars (next to stem): 525mm
  • Top tube length: 549mm
  • Head tube length:104mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 8.13kg (17.9lb)