More from Orbea, Orca, and Shimano

We look at more new 2013 goodies from the Orbea and Shimano product launch at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

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The 2013 Ordu – all dressed up in SRAM Red and Zipp wheels.

Even the stem face plate looks mean.

Orbea has a proprietary shock absorbing technology called ‘Attraction’. This is the Ordu’s front fork with such technology.

The 2013 Ordu has adjustable horizontal rear dropouts – and even a replaceable derailleur hanger for when disaster strikes.

The Ordu features a versatile seatpost – it can handle a standard dual rail saddle, such as this ISM…

…or the new Monolink saddle rail design from Selle Italia.

This is the new SLR TRI saddle, with a very plush nose area.

Shimano Ultegra Di2 features smaller diameter wires and an updated harness design compared to the first-generation Dura Ace 7900 Di2.

The unfortunate part is that you do not get dual-position shifting on the brake levers. Shimano hints at the possibility of an aftermarket upgrade in 2013, however.

Indeed, that’s a much cleaner front-end than we saw on some of the earliest Di2 prototype bikes years ago.

This is the other big story for Orbea in 2013 – their new Occam full suspension 29er.

The rear suspension has a pivot around the rear axle, designed to isolate braking forces from the rest of the suspension. This new Fox rear shock is also said to be highly adjustable for any trail condition.

Shimano appears to be taking cues from the automotive and motorcycle industry with these caliper cooling fins.

This looks like a fun bike – low gears, disc brakes, and a classic saddle. Orbea’s Carpe line-up has a surprising number of options.

The Orbea road bike line is largely unchanged for 2013. These two steeds are from their Dama women’s line.

Lots of choices in mountain bikes for the Xterra racers out there.

Orbea's wetsuit and clothing brand, Orca, is in the process of a major product overhaul. This is the new 3.8 Enduro, which combines the highest-end Yamamoto 44 cell rubber with slightly less expensive Yamamoto 40.

Orca continues to offer the Killa Swimskin for those non-wetsuit legal (and non-WTC) swims.