The Orbea Terra is a brand new carbon adventure bike with real mudguard mounts

First look at gravel crusader from Basque brand

Orbea recently invited us to the Basque country to have a look at its updated Orca and Avant road bikes and as an extra tasty morsel for those that made the trip, revealed the new Terra gravel bike.

The name harks back to a 'cross bike of the same name that was last featured in Orbea's 2013 range. However, the new Terra bares little resemblance to its predecessor which was around at a time when cantis and generous toe overlap was still the norm.

With clearances for 40mm tyres, bolt thru-axles at both ends and flat mount disc brakes, the new Terra is a bang up to date, off road adventuring machine.

Mudguard mounts! Real ones!
Mudguard mounts! Real ones!

The same is found out back and is pretty clean in its execution, blending well into the frame
The same is found out back and is pretty clean in its execution, blending well into the frame

Perhaps most exciting of all is the inclusion of proper mudguard mounts, which is relatively rare on a carbon race machine.

We have no doubt that 'cross purists will bemoan the inclusion of such a luxury on a race bike, but for those that live in wetter climes and don’t like the feeling of gritty mud grazing your peachy bot’, it’s a welcome addition.

We don’t have numbers to hand yet, but Orbea was keen to point out that although the Terra’s geometry errs on the side of a gravel bike, it’s still perfectly capable of racing cyclocross.

In a segment that struggles to define exactly what is different between a 'cross bike and a gravel bike, this approach struck us as a little bold. Nonetheless, we’re looking forward to seeing how the Terra performs both riding in a circle for an hour and out on the unpaved wilds.

The bike has bolt thru-axles at both the front and rear
The bike has bolt thru-axles at both the front and rear

The bike we saw was kitted out with a 1x11, SRAM Force CX1 groupset, carbon Vision Metron 40 wheels and the venerable, Schwalbe G-One tyres in a 40mm width. Sadly, the exceedingly cool ‘spy’ paint job shown here will not be available to the public.

Specs and pricing are all to be confirmed, but Orbea hopes to be shipping bikes before the end of the year. We’ll report back as soon as we have more details.

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