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Orbea Terra
  • Michal Toman

    It’s not that light for a carbon frame and you are saying it’s not very compliant either. So I guess you are better off getting some aluminum frame with nice wheels and wide gears. For this kind of money, you can really get a better package that way IMHO.

    • James Huang

      You are correct on both fronts, and it’s certainly debatable whether an aluminum frame would be better in that regard.

  • Chris

    The On One Bish Bash Bosh is very similar imho, but a lot cheaper. It also has in size XS a nice short seat tube with 48 cm, which exposes a lot of seat post. Sloping is the ONE thing missing on many gravel rides. The comfort comes from the tires and the seatpost flex. One reason the Cannondale Slate with its aluminium frame is the so comfortable on the rear end too.

  • winkybiker

    With no rear seat-stay bridge, it needs a bodge for fenders (mudguards in ‘strine)?

  • Robert Merkel

    Can’t say I’d be keen for a 1×11 drivetrain on this kind of bike.

    As you say, 11/32 11/36 ain’t enough range, and 10/42 probably gives you the range you want, but those gaps in the ratios are going to suck on an on-road bunch ride.

    A subcompact 46/30 front crank (OK, I’m soft and I like to spin – 48/32 for the hard men and women) and an 11/32 on the rear seems like a better compromise, even than a 1×12, given the range of speeds at which a bike like this will be ridden.

    • James Huang

      Yep, I’m inclined to agree with you. Thankfully, Orbea has a decent number of drivetrain options available for the Terra so at least they’re not forcing you into any particular setup.

  • jordan Lara

    I own this bike in a Medium. Ridden it over 1500 miles so far… This is the best review of the terra I’ve read so far. Compared to other frames in this category, the Terra IS light. I’ve found it to be very compliant. It really takes the sting out of anything you roll it over. I’m not as beat up after a ride as I usually would be from my Cervelo R5( different type of bike, I know). The best part about the Terra is it’s stability at speed no matter what surface it’s on. Longer chain stays and slacker head angle ( for a road/ gravel bike) allow you to really carry speed and feel confident on descents. If you have the right tires setup, this thing rails corners on dirt! That being said, while on the road, I miss the snappy acceleration a steeper headtube angle and smaller wheelbase give you( shorter chain stays). I spec’d mine with a 1x and put a 10-42 cassette on it. I live in SoCal so I needed the range for the terrain I ride. I switch from 38-42 front ring and it seems to work just fine. I predominately ride and race MTB’s so this bike has a bit of that MTB flavor. If your uncomfortable in dirt, this bike will help ease any nervousness due to its geometry. I’m 5’11 and I ride a 56 in normal road bike frames. Hope this helps.

  • neilwheel

    James; a bit OT but just to get an idea of the layout of the bike can you tell me/us your saddle height and what length stem you used on this one?
    We’re quite similar in size I think.

    • James Huang

      Yep, sure thing. My saddle height is 705mm from the center of the bottom bracket, and I ran a 110mm stem on this bike. If I were using it more for light trail duty, though, I likely would have switched to a 100mm one instead.

      • neilwheel

        Many thanks James. Just my size! Great having bike reviews where the bikes are outside the 56x56cm range!

  • GH0STP1X3L

    As usual, great write-up James! The sprinkling of your personal anecdotes throughout the review help provide a “tangible” substance to grasp during the read.

    Some additional information about the Orbea Terra. Orbea produced a previous version of the Terra that utilized cantilever brakes and was marketed as a cyclocross bike. A 2014 model (as well as some earlier year models) can be found on Bicycle Blue Book. Georgia Gould, among others, raced the cantilever Terra with great success.

    Cheers!

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