Orb Z-Drop


The Orb Z-Drop takes the best of the Zeppo, and adds drop handlebars creating a low maintenance, all-weather bike, ideal for both the commute and your Sunday ride.

Z-Drops are built up individually for the customer (and can be modified accordingly), so will take 4-6 weeks.

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Additional information

Weight11 kg

Purple Schlurple, Smog Dog Grey

What's new with the Zeppo v.8?


The Orb Z-Drop

The Z-Drop uses Tektro Hylex RS brake levers and J-Tek 8 speed bar-end shifter to turn a standard Orb Zeppo v.8 into the drop-bar machine of your dreams. As with the standard Zeppo, it benefits from all of the following features:

  • Colour-matched mudguards as standard, meaning the Z-Drop guarantees you dry legs and a splatter-free rear year-round
  • An upgraded Shimano Nexus 8 hub gear, giving you a phenomenal 307% range and ensuring no hill is too big*
  • The Orb Droid light set, providing anti-theft front and rear lights that will keep you safe at night

*We’ve put this to the test by riding the Orb Zeppo v.8 up the UK’s biggest climb on public roads, Bealach na Ba in Scotland

In brief


  • “No oil” Gates belt drive replaces the chain for low maintenance
  • Shimano Nexus 8 internal hub gears are robust, reliable, and have a 307% range
  • 6061 alloy frame and forks keep the weight down to 11kg
  • Tektro HD-T275 hydraulic disc brakes provide high power stopping in all conditions
  • Anti-theft Droid light set for front and rear visibility
  • Alloy colour-matched mudguards to keep your legs dry through the winter
  • 700c wheels paired with 32mm Kenda tyres that are perfect for city and country


About The Zeppo

The Orb Zeppo is the only bike most people will ever need – it’s at home cruising through the mean streets, skipping past on country roads, nipping down your favourite towpath, or even darting along a gravel track.

The 6061 alloy frame provides a high-quality lightweight chassis, paired with disc brakes and 32mm tyres as standard. Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears and a Gates CDX Carbon belt drive keep maintenance to an absolute minimum.


Belt Drive

The Gates Carbon Belt Drivetrain means less time spent on maintenance and more time enjoying your new ride. You won’t have to worry about getting your work trousers greasy, or marking your pegs with the ubiquitous oily chainring – all you need to keep the belt drive running smooth as Tom Jones is a squirt of water every once in a while.

With most bike spares so hard to come by at the moment, the Gates belt drive will be your best friend. Average lifespans are around 30,000km, so you won’t have to worry about changing it for many years (if ever!).


Gears and Brakes

This is really the business end of a bike, and you can be sure we’ve invested in quality.

Shifting is provided by a Shimano Nexus 8 hub, paired with a Jtek MKII bar-end Alfine shifter for reliable, robust, and low maintenance gearing.

Meanwhile, front and rear Tektro 275 hydraulic disc brakes paired with TRP Hylex levers will have you stopping on a sixpence in all weathers.

Lights and Mudguards

Lights and Mudguards

Dark outside and tipping it down? No problem. The Zeppo v.8 has you covered.

Alloy mudguards keep you safe from road spray, with the colour-matched paint maintaining the bike’s aesthetics. And our Droid anti-theft lights mean you’re always ready to tackle the darkness. These be-seen lights are designed to be left on the bike and, with up to 40 hours of battery life, they’ll keep you visible ride after ride.



  • TRP Hylex drop bar levers
  • Jtek MKII bar end shifter
  • 11kg approx.
  • For men and women
  • 8 speed Shimano Nexus hub gears
  • Gates Carbon CDX 120-tooth belt
  • Mounts for racks, mudguards and bottle cages
  • 6061 aluminium frame and fork
  • Front and rear Tektro 275 hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors
  • Kenda Kwicktrax 32mm tyres for the perfect combo of grip, rolling resistance, and puncture resistance
  • Colour-matched alloy mudguards and a chainstay-mounted kickstand for convenience

Fully carbon sequestered

Carbon sequestration

We believe that companies have a responsibility to the planet alongside governments and consumers.

As such, we’re committed to spending 1% of our revenue on carbon sequestration through the Stripe Climate programme. You can read more about our approach to the climate crisis here.

This doesn’t mean simply planting trees, but carbon capture and storage of CO2 from the atmosphere using frontier technologies.

Shipping and Sizing

Shipping and Sizing

UK and NI – £20 APC courier overnight (though please bear with us during the current driver shortages)

Sizing is super simple, with two sizes cover everyone from 5’3″ to 6’4″

  • Size 1 for 160-178cm/5ft 3″- 5ft 10″ (standover height 72cm)
  • Size 2 for 178-193cm/5ft 10″ – 6ft 4″ (standover height 80cm)



Q. Is it ready to ride when delivered?

A. Almost. As the Zeppo has to fit in a box for delivery, the front wheel, handlebars, and pedals need mounting. This is a simple job, and we’ll be send an instruction manual.

Q. Is the Zeppo for men or women?

A. Both! All bodies are different, and whether your a man or a woman doesn’t really change the bike you should ride.

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Guarantee and Caring for your Zeppo

The best thing for all bikes is to keep them somewhere warm and dry. Clean your bike regularly, and keep an eye on bolts and components to make sure they are tight and working correctly. The Zeppo is designed to be low maintenance – the belt drive does not require oiling, but if it begins to squeak, clean with water. Wax is also available to buy for belt drives. The internal gears are designed to need minimal intervention, but like everything else on your bike will last longer if kept maintained. If you think there may be something that needs adjustment, take your bike to your local bike shop.

Orb Warranty

We are not messing about with our Orb warranty. The frame and fork are guaranteed for 3 years, and Shimano components are guaranteed for 2 years. If it’s broken, and it’s our fault, we’ll fix it, or replace it. It’s as simple as that, and you won’t have any trouble holding us to it. Just get in touch on [email protected] and we’ll take care of it.


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