By Paul Norman
Orbea says it’s designed the Terra for versatility, allowing you to explore mixed terrain or use it for cyclocross or just to add mudguards and use the bike fitted with 28mm tyres as a commuting or winter training machine.
It’s designed for a more upright riding position for increased comfort and better weight distribution. There are also vibration absorbing sections in key areas and Orbea says that the frame is designed for compliance. But it emphasises stiffness in the head tube, down tube and chainstays where rigidity improves power transfer.
Clearance is designed for off road conditions too: Orbea says that the Terra’s fork will take 40mm tyres with 5mm side-to-side clearance, while the longer legs help with compliance and also increase stack. The head tube angle is slack at 70.5 degrees, to tackle rough surfaces.
Chainstays are 43cm long with similar clearance for 40mm tyres. This also leads to a longer wheelbase of between 101.7cm and 107.8cm dependent on size and stable off-road handling. Frame weight is quoted at 1190 grams.
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There are five models in the Terra line-up starting from the M30-D equipped with Shimano 105 hydraulic discs and the M31-D with SRAM Rival 1, both priced at £2399.
The £2799 M20-D comes with Ultegra mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes with and FSA Gossamer Pro Adventure 48/32 subcompact chainset. Along with the 11-32 cassette this gives a 1:1 lowest ratio. For SRAM 1 fans there’s also the Terra M21-D equipped with Force 1, priced at £3099.
The range-topping £3999 Terra M20i-D is equipped with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes, along with FSA’s new Modular Adventure 46/30 subcompact groupset – the first bike we’ve seen fitted with FSA’s new subcompact groupset. Along with the 11-32 cassette this gives a super-low gear for the steepest off road conditions.
Orbea also offers custom component options and colour selection, with the latter being a no-cost option, delivered in around four weeks from order.
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