Orro bikes - first look

All-new British-designed road bikes

New brand Orro has made its entry into the market with a duo of British-designed road bikes, the Oxygen (O) and the Gold (Au).

I-Ride’s Tom Marchment popped down to show off these new machines – and when a man in a car park invites us to climb into the back of his van to see some new bikes, we always say yes.

We got a quick fondle of both the Oxygen and the Gold, and noted their internal cable routing, full carbon frames and forks, BB30/PF30 bottom brackets and head tubes that taper to 1 1/4in.

Orro Gold

The new Orro Gold

The extra small Gold we weighed came in at 7.45kg with a full Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels, 3T post and cockpit, and a Prologo Kappa Evo saddle. This spec will set you back £1,999.99. A further £600 gets you 6870 Di2, for which the 995g (claimed weight) frame is ready.

Di2 ready: di2 ready
Di2 ready: di2 ready

The Gold is Di2-ready

Orro describes the Gold as its ‘real-world performance’ model. It's designed to serve what they see as the needs of the average rider who wants some motivation to ride more often or further. What that means in practice is a fairly tall and laidback geometry – a medium sports a 174mm head tube, a 71.4 degree head angle and a long 1,005mm wheelbase, designed to create “a stable ride for fast descents”.

Orro Oxygen

The orro oxygen takes 28mm tyres: the orro oxygen takes 28mm tyres
The orro oxygen takes 28mm tyres: the orro oxygen takes 28mm tyres

The Oxygen, from British brand Orro

The Oxygen is Orro’s ‘versatile’ model. The frame weighs a claimed 999g, and has racier geometry than the Gold; size medium has a 140mm head tube, a 73-degree head angle and a short 974mm wheelbase.

Nevertheless, Orro promises it will take 28mm tyres front and rear and are targeting fast commuters as well as roadies. We weighed the large bike (pictured) at 7.9kg with full Shimano 105, 3T Accelero 40 Pro wheels and similar finishing kit to the Gold. This build costs £1,399.99 and it’s available for £100 less with Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels if you prefer.

The oxygen gets bb30, albeit with an adapter for shimano:
The oxygen gets bb30, albeit with an adapter for shimano:

The Oxygen gets BB30, albeit with an adapter for Shimano

Expect to see these in shops by Easter, and look out for the review in Cycling Plus soon.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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