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Orbea Avant M30 Shimano Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2014
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Our Price: $2199.99
New road, gravel grinders, whatever you want to call them, there's no denying their immense popularity as of late. However, so much of what passes in those circles are heavy, flex'y beasts that are far too cumbersome to be inspiring when you really want to fly. Needless to say, we were thrilled when Orbea released the Avant series, and in particular, the Avant M30 Complete Road Bike. The disc and rim brake compatible frame and fork borrow heavily from the Orca line, with a revamped fit structure that augments the Basque brand's racing heritage with a slightly more relaxed position. The M30 version's Ultegra build kit is a workhorse, making it an ideal match for a bike like the Avant. Think of it as a race bike that's just as happy on a dirt road as it is on perfect ribbons of pavement. Starting with the Avant's geometry, Orbea's engineers leaned on a more upright position in comparison to the race-bred Orca. This is based on one of its redesigned stack-and-reach models, which, at its basic form, means that the seven frame sizes grow proportionately in both stack and reach as frame sizes grow. For reference, frame stack is the vertical length from the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube. Frame reach is defined as the horizontal length from the bottom bracket to the center of the head tube. This geometry serves to correctly fit riders of any stature, either male or female. The Avant's geometry model emphasizes closer reach/higher stack compared to the Orca. This yields a longer head tube and higher hand position, with the handlebars sitting a bit closer to the saddle. This slightly upright positioning provides the optimal blend of speed and long distance comfort that's more suitable for a variety of cyclists' body types. For the frame's construction, Orbea employed its OMP (Orbea Monocoque Performance) layup. This involves molding one-piece structures so that each tube is connected to the next, with continuous carbon fibers running through each critical ju...