The Orbea Avant H30D…
“Once out on the road the Avant is really enjoyable to ride and has the forgiving geometry that I imagine would suit a lot of people who might normally find the position some road bikes put them in disagreeable. Look at riders around you on a weekend morning: a large percentage are enjoying the act of riding but their position is far from streamlined. Comfort is often the aim, not aerodynamics. Of course, this bike is not meant to be pushed to its limits. With a head tube that is half as long as the seat tube it is certainly not designed to corner as elegantly as a race bike, but on rough roads it offers a level of comfort which betrays the stigma that remains unfairly attached to alloy frames.”
– Read all of Dan Bonello’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #63.
RIDE Image Gallery…
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Orbea Avant H30D:
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There are now 18 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 106 bikes.
RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.