Orbea created the Avant line of endurance bikes for the rider whose cycling experiences range far and wide. A bike that reduces fatigue and is designed to go the distance is perfect for the biggest challenges – Gran fondos, dirt road epics and marathon road events – as well as your daily commute or a relaxed evening spin.
As with its carbon stablemate, the Avant Hydro offers flexibility and practical performance in real-world conditions. The Avant is perfect for everything from spring racing on rough roads and cobbles, to all day epics where reduced rider fatigue is paramount. The Avant Hydro offers a lively and smooth ride, with hydro-formed alloy tubing that is both lightweight and tough.
The hydro-forming process allows Orbea to adopt sophisticated tube shapes, and triple butting – where wall thickness is varied according to the properties required in each location (strength vs weight vs shock absorption etc) – enables them to optimise the balance of low eight and high strength, to deliver a bike that is both engaging to ride and comfortable over all distances and road surfaces.
The large majority of the forces applied to move a bike and rider forward are handled by the lower spine of the frame. The head-tube, downtube and chainstays of the Avant Hydro are shaped to resist twisting and transmit power to the rear wheel. The large tubing cross-sections and resistance to flex in the bottom areas of the frame translate directly to more watts on the road and a sensation that power transfer is instantaneous. At the same time the slender top tube and seat stays deliver a smooth ride that gives the feel of floating over rougher roads.
The Avant fork uses a shallower, rounded-blade profile and longer fork legs to offer the best combination of shock absorption, tyre clearance and torsional stiffness for precise steering.
The Avant’s Endurance Geometry is a result of Orbea’s years of research and experience into the ergonomics of long distance riding. Unlike classic racing geometry that is focused on aerodynamics and short distance acceleration, endurance ergonomics are optimised to reduce fatigue and enhance stability in order to enable riders to ride for longer or over rougher terrain with ease. The distance between axles is longer, which means the bike is stable, easy to handle and has very good vibration absorption for increased comfort. A higher stack (handlebar position) and shorter reach allow for a relaxed position, which again reduces riding fatigue after a long ride.