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The making of Avanti’s new aero road bike and a look at the key features

We brought you details of New Zealand manufacturer Avanti’s Corsa DR, an aero road bike, last year. It followed the design of their Chrono Evo 2 time trial bike, the tube profiles they developed for that bike were fed into the design of the new road bike.

It’s a line of development a lot of manufacturers are taking at the moment: develop a stupidly fast and aero time trial bike in the wind tunnel, and use that to inform the design of an aero road bike. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software was used extensively through the design process. The results were then validated in a wind tunnel, allowing them to fine tune the design.

Integration has been key to the bike, and there’s no frivolous styling details: function leads form here. The aerodynamic and engineering requirements have led to the shape of the bike. In a first that we know of, the quick release skewers are integrated. By this we mean they are designed to sit flush with cutaway sections in the fork and seat stays. The top headset spacer is even aero shape, and the minimal seatpost clamp is seamlessly integrated into the frame.

Anyway, the reason we're telling you all this is not because it's new (it's not especially), but because Avanti have just produced a short video to explain some of the design processes that went into developing the bike, and we wanted to share it with you. Phrases like ‘pushing the limit’  and ‘core objectives’ do feature - you've been warned - but there is some interesting stuff in there about what it takes to design an aero road bike. So go charge your coffee mug...

And while you do that, I’m off to www.paligap.cc, the UK importers, to see if I can get one in to test on road.cc...

Finally, we should also tell you that the Corsa DS will be available in three different builds in the UK from this April:

Corsa DR 1 (105 equipped) £2,200
Corsa DR 2 (Ultegra equipped) £2,700
Corsa DR 3 (Ultegra Di2 equipped) £3,700

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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njmoffat [30 posts] 3 years ago
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That's a nice bike!

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago
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That's my bike later this year ..... I hope.

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lolol [194 posts] 3 years ago
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In Australia Avanti are seen as an entry level cheaper bike, though these look pretty nice.

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kiwimagic64 [9 posts] 3 years ago
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IT LOOKS A VERY NICE BIKE.....ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH....!!!  39

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pmr [197 posts] 3 years ago
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If I was going to steal a bike... I think that would be it!  19

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davidlane [1 post] 3 years ago
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Corsa DR 1 (105 equipped) £2,200
Corsa DR 2 (Ultegra equipped) £2,700
Corsa DR 3 (Di2 equipped) £3,700

Check out www.paligap.cc for full specifications, stockists and pricing, bikes will be in store from the 10th April 2013.

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benjam [37 posts] 3 years ago
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I bought a Quantum on a working trip to New Zealand and have been so very impressed with Avanti. They really are the bike brand to watch over the coming years.

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 3 years ago
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 16 I've had a Quantum 1.0 since June '11 and love it. I stuck DA 7800 on it and it flies. Now its got Rolf Prima Vigor Alphas on it and its practically a rocket. I have a DR Team frame on order and will get DA 9000 to go with it as the Rolfs' are already 11 speed ready. Avanti is a cool brand.

Don't get Ultegra Di2 though as 11 speed is out soon  3

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Richie Bikelane [10 posts] 2 years ago
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:Well Er no actually, Avanti are seen as, sold alongside, compared to and bought instead of Scott, Specialized and Trek. Avanti has close ties with Spesh and Scott. Designed in NZ these bikes are particularly well suited to Australian conditions. I have 5 Avantis if you include the kid's, it just so happens that when I review the offerings in my price ranges Avanti comes out ahead in terms of spec. ride, value for money, build quality, geometry R &D and design.
I would rate them as the Subaru of the bike world, not the most beautiful or glamorous, but they go like stink.
Typical European attitude - same as wine and cricket- you can't stand the Antipodeans beating you at your own game.  16

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Richie Bikelane [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Wahay, just picked up an Avanti Corsa DR1 2013 for $1700Au. And what a great ride, responsive, fast, great to look at. The only thing this 105 specced model needs is a decent set of wheels, The Shimano 501's are way to heavy, this bike deserves far better, but hey - at that price.....
Avanti are underselling themselves.