£1499.99 > Gravel by name and na­ture?

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Orro’s Terra Gravel fea­tures a triple-butted, part hy­dro­formed alu­minium frame with a car­bon fork, rack and mud­guard mounts, hy­draulic discs and a tidy component spec. As sup­plied the 50/34 chain­rings and 11-28 cas­sette are roadori­en­tated – you’ll climb most things on the low­est gear, but away from the tar­mac we found our­selves in the big ring and big­gest sprock­ets too of­ten.

The bike will take mud­guards with the 28mm Vit­to­ria Zaf­firo tyres fit­ted, or 32mm rub­ber alone, which would im­prove things off road, as the higher pres­sures needed for 28mm tyre se­cu­rity on rough stuff makes for a choppy ride. Shi­mano’s 105 with RS505 levers en­sure re­li­a­bil­ity and good per­for­mance, and Ful­crum’s R700 wheelset is wide and keen to spin, if not par­tic­u­larly rapid. Deda’s bar and stem, and Prol­ogo sad­dle com­plete a nice but slightly weighty pack­age, which hurts swift progress.

Most road bikes have set­tled on 160mm disc ro­tors up front, so hav­ing a pair of 140mm ro­tors here is un­usual. De­mon de­scen­ders and big­ger rid­ers may pre­fer to swap the disc for peace of mind.

The Terra Gravel doesn’t en­joy an es­pe­cially light feel on tar­mac with 60psi in the tyres, and drop­ping to 50psi for long, pot­holed gravel stretches, the ride was ac­cu­rate and com­posed, but not that re­fined.

Ready for ad­ven­ture? SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION Weight 9.44kg (M) Frame Triple­but­ted 6061 alu­minium Fork Su­perlight 2.0 car­bon Gears Shi­mano 105 50/34, 11-28 Brakes Shi­mano RS505 hy­draulic disc, Shi­mano RT81 140mm ro­tors Wheels Ful­crum R700 Disc Fin­ish­ing kit Deda Zero 1 al­loy bar and stem, Orro Su­per Lite al­loy seat­post, Prol­ogo Kappa 3 sad­dle, 28mm Vit­to­ria Zaf­firo tyres

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