We like a bit of British design in the RCUK office, especially when it results in a bike as striking as the Orro Gold STC.
Here is a bike that screams premium, from the clear lacquer that exposes the broad and distinctive carbon weave, to the little flashes of detail across the frameset, as well as the actual engineering that’s gone into making the Gold STC one of the best sportive-focussed bikes on the market.
Without getting bogged down in the finer points, it’s under the sheen that the Gold STC has a metaphorical ‘heart of gold’. In order to create a bike that responded like a racer, but had the all-day comfort of an endurance machine, Orro turned to British carbon experts Sigmatex, who provided their unique ‘spread-tow carbon fibre’ for the job.
‘STC’ is used at strategic points around the frame and fork, and is claimed to reduce the amount of resin used in the layup process. The result is intended to increase stiffness and reduce weight, boosting ride responsiveness, while actually improving the ride quality. For a bike that’s designed to be no less than “the perfect gran fondo bike”, it sounds like quite a recipe.