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Pro bike: Fraser Gough's Avanti Corsa DR Team

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Fraser Gough's new 2015 Avanti Corsa DR

Fraser Gough's new 2015 Avanti Corsa DR (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The aero carbon seat post is held in place by an integrated clamp

The aero carbon seat post is held in place by an integrated clamp (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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While the team is sponsored by Zero, Gough's uses a very long 140mm stem from PRO

While the team is sponsored by Zero, Gough's uses a very long 140mm stem from PRO (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Blackburn supplies carbon bottle cages for the team

Blackburn supplies carbon bottle cages for the team (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Dura-Ace hubs are known to spin extremely well

Dura-Ace hubs are known to spin extremely well (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Dura-Ace C24 clincher wheels are featured. We suspect Gough will race on Shimano Dura-Ace C50 tubulars

Dura-Ace C24 clincher wheels are featured. We suspect Gough will race on Shimano Dura-Ace C50 tubulars (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Di2 sprint shifters on the drops join the standard shifters

Di2 sprint shifters on the drops join the standard shifters (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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It's all stock Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for shifting needs

It's all stock Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for shifting needs (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Gough's Dura-Ace C24 'everyday' wheels feature 23c Kenda clinchers

Gough's Dura-Ace C24 'everyday' wheels feature 23c Kenda clinchers (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Zero provides the team with saddles, handlebars and stems

Zero provides the team with saddles, handlebars and stems (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Pioneer power meters and computers are now handling the power data from this youthful team

Pioneer power meters and computers are now handling the power data from this youthful team (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The head tube is given an hourglass shape for improved aerodynamic performance. While a tapered fork steerer is used for stiffness, it's a narrower 1 1/4in lower bearing that's used

The head tube is given an hourglass shape for improved aerodynamic performance. While a tapered fork steerer is used for stiffness, it's a narrower 1 1/4in lower bearing that's used (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The aero carbon fork integrates with the head tube

The aero carbon fork integrates with the head tube (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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The Corsa DR's aero tube profiles were optimised in wind tunnel testing

The Corsa DR's aero tube profiles were optimised in wind tunnel testing (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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For 2015, the Avanti Racing Team is sponsored by Pioneer. The Pioneer power meter bonds straight to Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace 11-speed cranks

For 2015, the Avanti Racing Team is sponsored by Pioneer. The Pioneer power meter bonds straight to Shimano Ultegra and Dura-Ace 11-speed cranks (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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Fraser Gough getting fitted to his new ride at The Watts Factory in Nowra, NSW, Australia

Fraser Gough getting fitted to his new ride at The Watts Factory in Nowra, NSW, Australia (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)
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For 2015, the Corsa DR uses a direct-mount brake that is tucked behind the bottom bracket

For 2015, the Corsa DR uses a direct-mount brake that is tucked behind the bottom bracket (Image credit: David Rome / Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Fraser Gough is a young New Zealand solo-specialist and one of the Avanti Racing Team's newest recruits. For 2015, the Avanti Racing Team (FKA Praties) has moved its longstanding Tasmanian-base across the pond to New Zealand. Gough is one example of a new Kiwi direction for the Continental team as it aims to become a global force.

While still fairly unknown outside of New Zealand, Gough joins the team having previously raced for Belgium-based Team 3M. Earlier in the year, Gough motored his 193cm (6ft 4in) frame to become the Under 23 New Zealand national time trial champion.

The Avanti Racing Team (Praties) has an undeniable track record when it comes to turning out world-class athletes. Riders such as Richie Porte (Sky), Nathan Earle (Sky), Nathan Haas (Garmin-Cervelo), Campbell Flakemore (BMC) and Jack Haig (Orica-GreenEdge) all received WorldTour contracts having ridden for the team (under various sponsor names). With this, talent such as Gough are naturally attracted to such a team.

For the 2015 season, the team will continue to ride a combination of Avanti Corsa SL (SuperLight) and DR (Drag Reduction) bikes – with Gough on the latter. With no changes to the team livery or the SL frame since its launch in 2014, the bikes remain mostly unchanged.

New brake mount style and position for the 2015 Corsa DR

The DR does however receive a slight tweak, in the form of a direct mount rear brake beneath the chainstays. This is done to further enhance the bike's aerodynamic credentials.

Other aero features include a slightly skinnier 1 1/4in lower bearing in the tapered head tube, internal cable routing and an integrated seat clamp that bolts from the back.

Despite being designed with aerodynamics as a key factor, the DR boasts a sub one-kilogram frame weight in a medium size and is claimed to be stiff enough for the heaviest of sprinters. This is achieved with the use of 'C6' high-modulus carbon construction and such features as a wide down tube that uses the full width of the BB86 bottom bracket shell, which then feeds onto asymmetrical chainstays.

Interestingly, despite Gough's tall stature, he only rides Avanti's second largest size – a 58cm. As a time trialist, Gough is used to riding in a very aggressive position, with a 140mm stem and massive 158mm saddle to bar drop.

Fraser Gough has had this bike for less than two weeks, so his fit and related component choices may still change

With the team's new recruits only just receiving their new rides and being fitted to them when BikeRadar paid a visit, some things weren't yet set in stone. This is certainly the case with Gough's bike, showing an uncut steerer and a possible stem and saddle change to come.

Pioneer is now recording the power data for the Avanti Racing Team

Where in the past team members would use their own SRM systems, Pioneer Cycling now sponsors the Avanti Racing team. Pioneer's dual-leg power system is bonded directly to a standard Dura-Ace 9000 crank-arm, meaning team riders are able to use a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset.

Just like Jack Haig's Avanti Corsa SL bike, which we featured earlier in the year, Gough uses Di2 sprint shifters for gear control from the drops in addition to the standard shift levers.

Kenda clinchers are used as 'everyday' rubber

Similar to Team Sky rider Nathan Earle and his bike we recently featured, Gough's steed is set up for training and so is fitted with Shimano Dura-Ace clincher wheels shod in 23c Kenda rubber. We expect Gough to race on Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels and Kenda 'SC' tubulars (rebadged from another brand).

The rest of Gough's bike is built with a handful of alloy equipment from component team sponsor Zero and carbon bottle cages from Blackburn. The one exception away from team sponsor equipment is a PRO Vibe 7s stem, with Gough's lanky build demanding a stem 10mm longer than what Zero offers.

Complete bike specifications
Frame: Avanti Corsa DR CR6, 58cm
Fork: Avanti ADT CR6 tapered
Headset: Internal tapered (unbranded)
Stem: PRO Vibe 7s, 140mm, -10 degree
Handlebar: Zero Attack Pro alloy, 42cm (c-c)
Tape: Zero micro wrap
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9010 direct-mount
Brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-9070
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-9070
Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control ST-9070 + SW-R610 sprint (on drops)
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-9000, 11-25T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-9000
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed, 175mm, 53/39T + Pioneer dual-leg power meter
Bottom bracket: Shimano BB-71 press-fit
Pedals: Shimano 9000 Dura-ace
Wheelset: Shimano Dura-ace C24 clincher (training-use)
Front tyre: Kenda Kaliente Pro 23c
Rear tyre: Kenda Kaliente Pro 23c
Saddle: Zero Zealth Team
Seatpost: Avanti Aero carbon
Bottle cages: Blackburn Camber CF (2)
Computer: Pioneer SGX-CA500

Critical measurements
Rider's height: 1.93m (6ft 4in)
Rider's weight: 78kg (172lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 848mm
Saddle setback: 93mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 550mm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 630mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 158mm
Head tube length: 188mm
Top tube length (effective): 580mm
Total bicycle weight (with pictured training wheels): 7.32kg (16.1lb)