Monday, March 14, 2016

How Much Faster Are Modern Bikes? | Retro Vs Modern

How much faster is a brand new Orbea Orca M Limited than Pedro Delgado's 1985 Vuelta winning Orbea?

Bike tech, frame materials, training techniques, cycling shoes, and the kit that we wear have all moved on significantly in the last 30 years. But, the fact is that, despite this, the legends of cycling were – and in many cases still are all these years later – really, really fast.

So, we were wondering: How much faster would our very own, thoroughly modern, Simon Richardson be on the new Orbea compared to Delgado's..?

We set off for a top secret 5.7km test track in the stunning Basque Country to find out. Why the Basque Country? Well, where else would you test Pedro Delgado's Orbea?!

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