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Avanti Quantum Team

Kiwi flyer powered by new Dura-Ace

Dura-Ace brakes are still stunning stoppers

Dura-Ace brakes are still stunning stoppers (Image credit: John Stevenson/BikeRadar)

Avanti’s Quantum team (AU$9,499.95, NZ$12,200) is a classic modern road racing bike,

Avanti is New Zealand’s biggest bike company. It’s one of

The Quantum Team is its top model road race bike, the result

Ride & handling: float like a butterfly sting like a bee

The best road bikes enthusiastically assist maximal efforts,

The Quantum team achieves that perfect balance of

It’s most striking attributes are its phenomenal cornering

Point the Quantum Team into a curve and it banks smoothly

That’s a boon when you’re shoulder-to-shoulder in a group

Find a set of downhill twisties and the temptation to see

Something about the Quantum Team makes it easy to keep up

The culprit is almost certainly the Zero aero wheels. The

Some people claim to be able to detect differences between

Not all of that is the wheels, the rest of the package is in

A light bike is an asset on climbs, but the Quantum Team

Nevertheless, it’s hardly lardy, but there seems to be more

Its low-speed handling is perfectly steady, which lets you

There’s a powerful feeling of connectedness between your

You just can’t feel the back end flexing under effort.

Pretty soon you’re digging into reserves you didn’t know you

It’s like a cross between a sergeant major and a standover

This eagerness is about feel and response, though, not

You don’t necessarily have to hammer it, but it’ll always

Frame: carbon for beef and a quiet life

Much of the Quantum Team’s character comes from a handful of

There’s a lot of bike here. The bottom bracket shell is 86mm

The down tube is almost as wide for much of its length,

The seat tube and chainstays are similarly beefy. The right

Up front, the steerer tube tapers from 1 1/8in at the top to

This stiffens for fork against fore-aft flex and lets Avanti

All this material down the bike’s main axis of flex is what

Super-stiff bikes arenothing new; they have been around

What sets apart well-dialled carbon fibre frames like the

A stiff aluminium frame rings like a bell with every bump.

Carbon, on the other hand, can be configured to damp out

It’s not as simple as it being more or less stiff

It’s more that  a

They’re still there, but they don’t sting in quite the same

Equipment: New Dura-Ace supports a great gear selection

The heart of the Quantum Team’s fit-out is the 2009 version

Shimano has shed grams from Dura-Ace, which was starting to

Visually, perhaps the biggest change is that the new

Cramming the shifter mechanism into the lever body does mean

The new levers are a bit broader where your hand sits. It’s

What’s not changed is the sheer quality of Dura-Ace’s

Dura-Ace brakes are the one component I really miss when I

This isn’t the place for an in-depth exploration of the new

To our eyes at least Shimano has excelled itself in the

Dura-Ace’s look and feel are a perfect complement to the

It turns out that the wheels account for the Quantum Team’s

The Specialized Mondo tyres are also surprisingly heavy at

Or at least they do when they’re new. Like the white bar

Contact points are taken care of by a Selle Italia Flite Gel

Saddles and handlebars are personal, but the short-drop

The saddle sits on FSA’s two-bolt K-Force Light seatpost,

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