Avanti Corsa DR - designing the new aero bike video

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

by David Arthur @davearthur   February 28, 2013  

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

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That's a nice bike!

posted by njmoffat [23 posts]
28th February 2013 - 13:48


That's my bike later this year ..... I hope.


posted by seanieh66 [197 posts]
28th February 2013 - 15:10


In Australia Avanti are seen as an entry level cheaper bike, though these look pretty nice.

posted by lolol [176 posts]
28th February 2013 - 15:26



posted by kiwimagic64 [9 posts]
28th February 2013 - 15:56


If I was going to steal a bike... I think that would be it! Devil

posted by pmr [193 posts]
28th February 2013 - 17:39


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.

posted by davidlane [1 posts]
28th February 2013 - 20:34


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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posted by benjam [32 posts]
28th February 2013 - 22:53


Cool 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 Wink


posted by seanieh66 [197 posts]
8th March 2013 - 3:03


: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. Cool

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posted by Richie Bikelane [9 posts]
25th November 2013 - 12:13


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.

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posted by Richie Bikelane [9 posts]
12th April 2014 - 15:56