After a string of 70.3 podiums in 2019, Australian Joe Gambles is looking to improve on a handful of top tens this year, including a ninth place finish at St. George earlier in 2021. The veteran long-courser will hope to capitalize on a strong bike in Utah this weekend aboard his brand-new, Spanish-bred Orbea Ordu. Read on for the details behind his slick world championship ride.
Gambles’ bike is the latest, updated disc version of the Ordu—a first for the Spanish company. He’ll be on board a size M/L frameset.
Gambles opted to keep his aerobar setup clean with no handlebar tape on his 51 Speed Shop Ultimate bars.
He’ll read his data this weekend using a Stages head unit.
Orbea is one of the few brands who has still opted to stick with a UCI-legal design on their tri/tt frames.
Like many of his competitors this weekend, Gambles will be using a rear disc wheel. Here, he’s using a 2019 Zipp disc with Continental 25c GP5000 tires (tubeless in the front, clincher in the back).
Gambles will use a rear mounted XLab Delta 400 system with Gorilla carbon cages for hydration.
Gambles has hand-waxed his 11-speed chain, and will run an 11-28 cassette in St. George on the Di2 Dura-Ace system.
To get an accurate output on the hills of southwestern Utah, Gambles will use a Stages power unit built into his Dura-Ace crankset. For this weekend, he’ll be using a 55-42t chainring setup.
The monopost riser system on Gambles’ Ordu allows quick and easy adjustment of the aerobar height while leaving the basebar in the same position.
Gambles’ 50 Speedshop bars and pads are an upgrade from the stock setup that comes on complete Orbea Ordus.
One of the major selling points behind the new Ordu is the clean, cable-free lines that extend from the monopost aerobar riser to the basebars, to the integrated stem, and through to the sleek top tube.
The front view of Gambles’ Ordu illustrates the clean aero profile of the Spanish brand’s latest model.