Video Review: Orbea Terra Carbon Gravel Bike (M20i-D) – Long Term Review

The Orbea Terra M20i-D carbon gravel bike arrived on the doorstep of Gravel Cyclist HQ in May of 2017. Since that time, the Terra has been ridden and raced at the 2017 Dirty Kanza 200. In between, it has racked up a ton of training miles aboard multiple wheelsets in 650b and 700c, along with multiple tyre combinations. This comprehensive review also features a good amount of drone footage.

Thank you to American Classic, Shimano Road, Schwalbe, WTB, Panaracer, Full Speed Ahead (FSA), and Orange Seal Cycling for wheels, tyres, sealant and components that were an integral part of this review.

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22 comments on “Video Review: Orbea Terra Carbon Gravel Bike (M20i-D) – Long Term Review

  1. Thanks for your interesting review.
    This bike was high on my short list but I was a little bit surprised to get a delivery date in late March 18 on the Spanish website. The video does not make my decision easier to look somewhere else.

  2. Thanks, JOM. I’ve been waiting for this review. Great info. How would you compare it to the Niner RLT RDO frameset?

      1. I totally understand. Forgot that the RLT was still “in the works”. Yes, my email is correct. That would be great. Thank you.

  3. Thanks for another great review. If you could only have one bike would it be the Terra, the Lynskey GR 250/260 or the Lynskey Pro GR and why?

    1. Tom, I cannot answer your question properly as there is no way I would ever have just one bike. I would have two – one carbon and one titanium. Titanium for a ride / race where I’m expecting rough terrain / conditions and carbon for lighter weight – thinking mountains where every gram helps, at least psychologically 🙂

      I will be releasing details of a new bike soon, one of my personal rigs that I’ve built for performance and low weight. There will be a video… watch this space.

      1. Teaser! I can’t wait!

        Of course, you’re right about mutiple bikes. I still haven’t sold the carbon ‘cross bike that the Ti bike was supposed to replace.

        Can you convince my wife? I’m at something like N+6, and she’s not happy!

      2. I often forget about the “dual bike” aspect, based on conditions. I’m in eastern Kansas so we have about everything in terms of conditions and road conditions thrown at us throughout the year (as you well know, JOM!). I’d love to have a carbon bike, however, since I’m sort of stuck at “N” and not “N+1” for my inventory, I’d probably be more likely to buy a titanium bike if I ever decide to upgrade my Niner RLT Steel.

  4. JOM
    What I love about your bike and component reviews is the “real world”
    testing and unbiased opinions, you actually ride the beasts!
    Unfortunately I’m one of the lower socially disadvantaged types, (povo), who can’t afford or justify these bejeweled trinkets in my stable, so I build up things like my Giant Revolt 0 out of spare bits I have lying around, then ride the hell outta it for fun…….
    Maybe I’ll send you a review of that? Please don’t laugh, too much!

    1. Steve, I would LOVE to feature your bike – no joke. A budget rig, especially based around the Giant Revolt would be well received.

  5. The 650b setup looks the goods!

    Got me wondering if that wheel/tyre combo will fit on my ’16 Lynskey Cooper CX? Would make for a fun ride I reckon…

    1. Alistair, I also have a 2016 Lynskey Cooper CX, which I love, with the Lynskey Endurance fork, and the Lynskey folks tell me it will take a 2×27.5-inch MTB tire. I once borrowed some Stan’s Valor 650b wheels to test. They were shod with Bruce Gordon Rock & Road tires which measured 45mm and had about 2-3mm of clearance on each side, front and back. Those tires also had the exact same rollout/circumference as my 25mm road tires. Putting them on the bike felt like putting on a larger cassette.

      My primary wheelset is the Stan’s Iron Cross. I prefer the 700c for most of the gravel roads I ride because, to me, they just roll better and faster. But…I tested those 650b wheels on an MTB trail, and they were sooooo much fun. They make the bike much more nimble.

      One of the greatest qualities of the Cooper CX is its sweet spot geometry, between a full-on European cross bike and an endurance bike. Switching out the wheels really takes advantage of this frame’s full potential. I’m not much of a trail rider, but I’m going to get some 650b wheels because they are so much fun off-road on this bike. You should get some too. I mean, you can never have enough wheels, right?

      1. Thanks for your info Tom. Definitely has piqued my interest! Might have to take some measurements and get a set of 650b’s 🙂

  6. Ridley X-Trail Ultegra is a great bike at $2800. But Di2 is great and will be upgrading at some point on the GG bike.

  7. Hello from Colorado 🙂 I am looking to upgrade to a carbon gravel bike and am really impressed with the Santa Cruz Stigmata and the Open UPPER (the UPPER has a larger range of tire sizes which is very nice) What other brands and models do you suggest I consider before I make my purchase?

    1. You could check out the Upper’s sister bike, the 3T Exploro and the Trail Donkey by Rodeo Labs. I haven’t ridden any of these frames so I cannot comment on how they ride.

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