2021 Orbea Avant launched | The perfect racy winter or first road bike?

Another great winter or fast commuter bike?

Orbea Avant H30-Disc

Orbea has launched the Avant, an aluminium endurance road bike with clearance for 35mm tyres, mounts for full length mudguards and integrated cable management.

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Prices start from £999 / €1,099 / $1,299, for a Shimano Claris-equipped model with mechanical disc brakes and rise to £1,499 / €1,699 / $1,899 for the top of the range model with Shimano 105 R7000 and hydraulic disc brakes.

There are also two rim brake models, although tyre clearance on these models is likely limited to 28mm.

Orbea Avant details

Like the recently announced 2021 Trek Domane AL, the Avant continues a theme for more affordable road bikes that offer heaps of practicality, rather than simply trying to be low cost imitators of high-end carbon race bikes.

Orbea Avant H30-Disc
With clearance for up to 35mm, the Avant Disc could take you off-road onto light gravel as well.
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That means wide ranging gears (50x34t chainsets paired with 11-34t or 11-32t cassettes across the range) and 28mm tyres specced as standard on disc brake models.

There’s also ample extra tyre clearance – up to 35mm as previously mentioned – and mounts for full length mudguards/fenders.

Built from an alloy frame with triple butted, hydroformed tubes and smoothed welds, as well as a carbon fork with an alloy steerer, Orbea says the Avant has been as carefully designed as its carbon frames, with particular attention paid to the paint and finish.

Orbea Avant H30-Disc
Mounts for full length mudguards will always be welcomed here at BikeRadar.
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On the pricier disc versions, Orbea also includes an option to spec its OC1 riser road handlebar (as also seen on the recently announced Orbea Orca OMR), which offers 15mm of additional handlebar stack and shortens the reach by 10mm, at no additional cost.

Disc brake Avant models also have Orbea’s OC integrated stem and cable cover system, which neatly channels the gear and brake cables into the frame at the top of the head tube. This makes for a very clean looking front end, without the hassle or expense of a fully integrated handlebar and stem arrangement.

Orbea’s OC integrated stem and cable cover system
Orbea’s OC integrated stem and cable cover system neatly routes cables into the frame.
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As with its other models, Orbea also offers some build customisation options through its MyO programme, though changes may come at an additional cost.

Orbea Avant specs and pricing

The Orbea Avant will be available in five models: two with rim brakes and three with disc brakes. 

Orbea Avant H30-D

Orbea Avant H30-D
The Orbea Avant H30-D has a 105 R7000 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes.
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  • Frame: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Fork: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 R7000
  • Wheels: Orbea Cosra
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zafiro V, 700 x 28c
  • Price: £1,499 / €1,699 / $1,899

Orbea Avant H40-D

Orbea Avant H40-D
The Orbea Avant H40-D has mechanical disc brakes, but there is an option to upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes.
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  • Frame: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Fork: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Tiagra 4700
  • Wheels: Orbea Cosra
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zafiro V, 700 x 28c
  • Price: £1,199 / €1,299 / $1,599

Orbea Avant H60-D

Orbea Avant H60-D
The H60-D is the cheapest Avant model with disc brakes.
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  • Frame: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Fork: Orbea Avant Disc
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Claris R2000
  • Wheels: Orbea Cosra
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zafiro V, 700 x 28c
  • Price: £999 / €1,099 / $1,299

Orbea Avant H30

Orbea Avant H30
The rim brake-equipped Avant H30 has a Shimano 105 R7000 groupset.
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  • Frame: Orbea Avant
  • Fork: Orbea Avant
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 R7000
  • Wheels: Shimano RS100
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zafiro IV, 700 x 25c
  • Price: £1099 / €1,199

Orbea Avant H50

Orbea Avant H50
The Avant H50 is the cheapest model in the 2021 range.
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  • Frame: Orbea Avant
  • Fork: Orbea Avant
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Sora 3000
  • Wheels: Orbea R1800
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zafiro IV, 700 x 25c
  • Price: £799 / €899