Orbea add new cyclo-cross bikes to 2011 collection

Full-carbon Terra Silver and alloy Terra A

Orbea's designers apparently haven't taken a break in 2010. Not only have the company launched a new road bike, 29er hardtail and full-suspension enduro machine, but their trio of cyclo-cross bikes will include two all-new models for 2011: the full-carbon Terra Silver and the alloy Terra A.

The Terra Silver mixes attributes of both the Orca and Alma, including the distinctively angular tube shapes, BB30 bottom bracket shell and 'four point' rear triangle that supposedly lends an extra measure of comfort to the back end.

'Cross-specific features include a unique asymmetrical top tube designed to better distribute load across the rider's shoulders during run-ups – at least assuming the bike is carried on the right-hand side. Cables are run along the top and right side of the top tube to shield them from mud and debris while a further evolution of Orbea's Direct Cable Routing system – developed in conjunction with the folks at Gore Ride-On Cables – seals the lines and also eliminates a couple of sections of housing for notably reduced friction.

Other details include a neatly integrated seatpost collar to preserve the clean lines and a tapered front end for more surefooted handling. The more stoutly reinforced head tube and fork crown should be a good way to combat brake chatter, and Orbea have gone one step further by tacking on a crown-mounted housing stop, too. Another aluminium housing stop is found out back riveted to the seatstays.

Claimed frame weight is 1,250g and the matching fork will add another 550g. Orbea will offer the Terra Silver frame in five sizes and on three models with build kits ranging from Shimano Dura-Ace to 105.

For more budget-minded 'crossers there's also a new Terra A alloy chassis, built with double-butted aluminium tubing, a straight 1-1/8in head tube, a standard high-mounted front brake housing stop and more conventional top tube routing. Claimed frame weight is 1,450g and the matching fork will add another 650g.

As appealing looking as these new models are, Orbea won't have them available until late in the season. Expect to see them in stores around November or December.

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