You knew when you planned the ride it would be a long day - a route stacked with grinding climbs and twisting descents, terrible roads with a good amount of gravel and who knows what else thrown in. These rides aren’t most people’s idea of fun, but they sure are memorable, monumental, challenging. Is that why you keep going? You suck down another coffee and pull on your shoe covers to hold the weather at bay, it’s going to clear out and warm up in a few hours. Probably. Grab your Avant and do a quick check before rolling into the morning mist. No other machine could better help you endure the hours of rough, exhausting conditions ahead. It’s going to be a long day - and you love it.
Avant is intended for the widest range of cyclists. This is why Orbea Monocoque Performance (OMP) and Orbea Monocoque Evolution (OME) carbon ﬁbers were chosen. Avant is also available in Hydroformed Alloy to offer the most complete range.ORBEA MONOCOQUE CARBON Monocoque guarantees a carbon structure with opti-mum performance and long term reliability and it’s the only way we’ve ever done it. We mold the one-piece structures so that each tube is connected to the next, with continuous fibers through each critical juncture. As you ride, your bike will be subjected to a variety of forces – tension, compression, torsion, etc. Our mono-coque frames allow optimal distribution of these forces over the entire structure because of the perfect fusion of the composite materials.OMP Orbea Carbon consists of high modulus fibers that pro-vide stiffness and vibration absorption for maximum efficiency.OME Orbea Carbon takes advantage of blending high modu-lus fibers with standard carbon fibers to reach an op-timum balance of performance, durability, and value.HYDROFORMED ALLOYWe manipulate the shapes and wall-thickness of our aluminum tubing to increase strength and resistance to unwanted flex. Many of the tubes are butted to save weight in the middle of the tubes, away from the stress of the joints and the weld zones. Using aluminum tech-nologies as advanced as our carbon manufacturing en-sures our aluminum bikes are never second-best.
Many of our competitors approach this bike category from a competition aspect, implying simply that team use delivers a better, faster product. We take a more nuanced view: we already know that Avant riders are strong cyclists – yes they can already ride fast. But they also want a more efficient position on the Avant to cover long distances and all types of terrain. Avant riders create their own Spring Classics all year on every type of route.
Ergonomics play an important role in endurance and comfort. The rider’s postion on the Avant saves energy on extended rides. Avant in not focused on how fast you can climb, but rather on much energy you can save to climb longer.
Mechanical or Electronic Shifting.
The once-clear choice between mechanical and electronic shifting has blurred as electronic options come down in cost. The Avant is built with both in mind. We call this feature EC/DC. The internal routing system is compatible with traditional cables or the more modern, electronic wiring systems. The Avant is available as a Di2 complete bike with a hidden, seatpost-mounted battery.
Discreet Fender & Rack Mounts.
No matter where you choose to ride, this bike can be outfitted properly. Racks can be installed for light/fast touring. Integrated fender mounts make the Avant a perfect “rain bike” for wet climates or early spring races. If you don’t need the extra equipment, the discreet mounting bosses won’t attract attention at the group ride on Sunday.
Tires up to 28mm.
To enhance the adventurous spirit of the Avant we designed it to fit 28mm tires. As the popularity of gravel road riding and racing has blossomed, the advantage with larger tires is reduced chance for punctures. They also significantly increase comfort during long days in the saddle.
Comfort doesn’t mean lower intensity – it means that the Avant will reduce stresses on your body so you can dedicate every gram of energy to the pedal stroke long into the ride. Vertical stiffness supported on specific seat stay shapes and seat tube diameter provides less stress on your body.
Small differences in geometry can make big differences in comfort during the ride. It isn’t only about a higher stack and shorter reach but also specific wheelbase and chainstay lengths that add stability, decrease vibration and further reduce energy demands.
Bike setup and component choice plays a large part in endurance efforts. Riding in comfort means an opportunity to be stronger and ride longer. Avant makes this possible by giving you a choice of technical solutions: Disc brakes, larger tires or fenders are just a few options that are capable of improving the quality of your ride.
Stack and reach are important measurements because they define the spatial relationships of two important contact points between your body and the bike – pedals and handlebars. Stack is the vertical distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the headtube. Reach is the horizontal distance from the center of the bottom bracket to that same point - the top center of the headtube.
An understanding of stack and reach can explain why many small bikes don’t fit well. There are instances in the market when the smallest sizes do not offer shorter reach measurements and do not bring the head tube (therefore the handlebars) any closer to the rider than the next bigger size. How does the manufacturer advertise a full size range then, based on top tube lengths?
What we’re suggesting is an evolution in bike geometry. It’s a different way to look at how to design and build bike frames that allows the Avant to fit a wider range of men and women and follow a more linear size progression. The new size range includes 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, and 60cm sizes and ensures that anyone can ride an Avant, no matter how large or small. The progressive sizing ensures that our 47cm bike indeed offers the smallest fit and that subsequent sizes grow in a linear and predictable fashion.