ORBEA Terra M31-D 2019
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Of course you're not lost, you just aren't quite sure if this road is the quickest route to the next ridge. The weather is great, you've got all day and you're riding Terra, so keep the wheels rolling. If route-finding, taking the long way home and straying from the beaten path are your ideas of fun, there's no better tool than Terra for unlocking your desire to explore.
Terra is designed to be at home on the road, dirt and gravel. The all road geometry works for cyclocross, all-day adventures and occasional long road training days.
The handling is precise and intuitive, with carefully developed frame angles and dimensions to enhance rider comfort and control.
The advanced monocoque carbon fibre frame weighs just 1190g. It features optimised tube shapes that increase compliance in critical areas to effectively reduce vibrations, while maintaining stiffness elsewhere for excellent power transfer and a lively ride feel.
The Terra M31-D is equipped with the lightweight SRAM Rival 1x11 groupset which gives no nonsense, easy to use shifting and powerful hydraulic disc brakes. Durable Fulcrum Racing 600 wheels are paired with dual compound Kenda Flintridge tyres that roll well on the road and provide good grip away from the tarmac. Quality FSA components complete the package.
With clearance for 40c tyres and mudguard mounts, Terra is your do anything machine for all seasons.
Orbea Terra M20-D (upspecced version of the M31-D) review, Cycling Plus Magazine, October 2017 (see here for full review (parts of the review which are not relevant to the M31-D have not been reproduced here)):
"Orbea is known as a race-focused brand that has a long association with professional cycling. Numerous world and Olympic champs have ridden its bikes. Its new Terra, however, is something of a departure, being every inch a gravel bike. With only a handful of events in Europe to suit this type of bike, Orbea has built something that's more about the fun of riding, and that's fine by us.
Orbea claims an 1190g frame weight for the Terra and since its a bike built for toughness not lightness that's a decent compromise weight wise. Orbea backs up that toughness claim with a lifetime warranty.
It's not only tough though, the Terra's versatile too - mudguard and rack mounts on the frame, allow it to easily take on bike-packing and daily commuting as well as gravel riding and racing. With the right tyres you could even consider cyclocross.
The Terra's tyre clearances have been optimised for 40mm gravel tyres if you're heading off-road and 28mm rubber if you're staying on it...
...Aside from the buzz of the tyres when cornering and the slightly sluggish acceleration, compared to slicks, the Terra is a great companion for road riding.
The traditionally shaped frame means a solid base and the stiffness through the drivetrain makes for a responsive ride. Up front the slightly longer fork is designed to offer flex in its lower two-thirds to take the sting out of rough roads and rutted trails.
Orbea uses special carbon lay-ups - something it calls 'Dynamic Structure' - at the head tube, seat tube / top tube joint and above the front and rear dropouts to help absorb vibrations. I can't vouch for the slightly secretive design, but on broken and rougher dirt surfaces the Terra is impressive. It doesn't jar or jolt but doesn't feel soft either.
The Terra is part of Orbea's MyO program so you can choose options on some of the finishing components, gear ratios and, more interestingly, the paint scheme. I love the '90s-inspired fluoro touches on the test Terra, but if you have more modest tastes there are plenty of options for you.
Ride-wise there's a lot to like about the Terra and it's one of the best I've tried for covering grit and gravel quickly. It's also impressively light for a bike of this type at just over 9kg...
...the Terra does meet the needs of the fastest gravel riders, and with a switch of tyres you would also have a superior on-road machine. With the current fad for having a single bike for every type of riding, the Terra should be on everyone's shortlist."
"A very welcome departure from Orbea that's smooth and speedy with sweet handling"
|Frame||Orbea Terra OMP Carbon.
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM Rival 1 X-Horizon|
|Chainset||SRAM Rival 1, 40T|
|Chain||FSA Team Issue|
|Freewheel||SRAM Rival PG-1130, 11-36, 11 speed cassette|
|Headset||FSA 1 1/8 - 1 1/2" integrated carbon cup ACB bearings|
|Handlebars||FSA Gossamer Compact|
|Front Brake||SRAM Rival Hydraulic|
|Rear Brake||SRAM Rival Hydraulic|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Rival Hydraulic|
|Rims||Fulcrum Racing 600 DB wheelset|
|Front Hub||Fulcrum Racing 600 DB wheelset|
|Rear Hub||Fulcrum Racing 600 DB wheelset|
|Tyres||Kenda Flintridge K1152 700x40 DTC (Dual Tread Compound: long lasting and fast rolling central rubber compound plus a softer-tackier compound at the edges for superior off road grip)|
|Saddle||Selle Italia X3 Flow|
|Seatpost||Orbea OC-III Carbon 27.2x350mm|
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.