Important Notice for New Zealand

18 May 20: AVANTI BIKES PRODUCT RECALL  A New Zealand wide product recall has been issued by Sheppard Cycles New Zealand for the recall of various models of the Avanti Carbon road range of bicycles.  Models affected:  The recall affects the following Corsa SL, Corsa ER, and Giro C models.    MODEL YEAR (MY)    MODEL - GROUP A MY14 Corsa SL 1.0 MY14 Corsa SL 2.0 MY14 Corsa SL Team MY14 Corsa SL Team Frameset MY14 Corsa SL Team Genesys MY14 CORSA SL TEAM DEMO MY14 FRAMESET CORSA SL 2 MY14 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM GENESYS MY15 Corsa SL 1 MY15 Corsa SL 1 Womens MY15 Corsa SL 2 MY15 Corsa SL 2 TDF MY15 Corsa SL 2 Womens MY15 Corsa SL Team MY15 FRAMESET CORSA SL MY15 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM MY16 Corsa SL 1 MY16 Corsa SL 1 Womens MY16 Corsa SL 2 MY16 Corsa SL 2 Womens MY16 Corsa SL Frameset MY16 Corsa SL Team MY16 Corsa SL Team Frameset MY17 CORSA SL 2 MY17 CORSA SL 2 WOMENS MY17 CORSA SL TEAM MY17 FRAMESET CORSA SL MY17 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM MY18 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM           MODEL YEAR (MY)    MODEL - GROUP B MY16 Corsa ER 1 MY16 Corsa ER 2 MY17 CORSA ER 1 MY17 CORSA ER 2 MY18 CORSA ER 1 DISC MY18 CORSA ER 2 DISC MY18 FRAMESET CORSA ER MY17 GIRO C 1 MY17 GIRO C 1 WOMENS MY17 GIRO C 2 MY17 GIRO C 2 WOMENS MY17 GIRO C 2 FRAME MY17 GIRO C 2 WOMENS FRAME                 MY18 GIRO C 1 MY18 GIRO C 1 WOMENS MY18 GIRO C 2 MY18 GIRO C 2 WOMENS   You can check the bottom bracket, at the bottom of the bike where the crank set is, for the details of the serial number.   The affected bicycles were available for retail sale from 1 July 2014, both online and through independent bicycles dealers.   Defect & potential hazard:    Model Group A  It has been identified that model year (MY)14 to MY18 Avanti carbon fibre road bike Corsa SL models have the potential for the seat clamp bolts to break, or for the frame to develop minor hairline cracks in the frame over time (possibly due to overtightening) where the seat clamp bolts enter the frame.   As a result of the bolts snapping and / or the frame developing a minor crack over time, there is a risk or possibility for the seat post to slide downwards inside the frame whilst riding the bicycle, which may cause the rider to lose balance and injure themselves and others.   Model Group B  It has been identified that MY16 to MY18 Avanti Corsa ER and MY17 to MY18 Giro C road bicycles may have the potential for the seat clamp bolts to break during use (possibly due to overtightening). There is a low risk or possibility for the seat post to slide downwards inside the frame whilst riding the bicycle, which may cause the rider to lose balance and injure themselves and others.   What to do:  Stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the retailer that you purchased the bicycle from to arrange for a replacement seat post clamp kit to be re-fitted.   This recall has been undertaken to ensure the safety of our customers as an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product enjoyment at all times.   Contact details:  For all enquiries, please contact Sheppard Cycles New Zealand on 0800 999 499 or customerservices@sheppardcycles.com. READ MORE

Important Notice for Australia

14 May 20: AVANTI BIKES PRODUCT RECALL  Please note the following details regarding an Australia wide product recall from Sheppard Cycles Australia.  Models affected:  The following bicycles in the Avanti Carbon road range are various model year Corsa SL, Corsa ER, and Giro C outlined in the table below.    MODEL YEAR (MY)    MODEL - GROUP A MY14 Corsa SL 1.0 MY14 Corsa SL 2.0 MY14 Corsa SL Team MY14 Corsa SL Team Frameset MY14 Corsa SL Team Genesys MY14 CORSA SL TEAM DEMO MY14 FRAMESET CORSA SL 2 MY14 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM GENESYS MY15 Corsa SL 1 MY15 Corsa SL 1 Womens MY15 Corsa SL 2 MY15 Corsa SL 2 TDF MY15 Corsa SL 2 Womens MY15 Corsa SL Team MY15 FRAMESET CORSA SL MY15 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM MY16 Corsa SL 1 MY16 Corsa SL 1 Womens MY16 Corsa SL 2 MY16 Corsa SL 2 Womens MY16 Corsa SL Frameset MY16 Corsa SL Team MY16 Corsa SL Team Frameset MY17 CORSA SL 2 MY17 CORSA SL 2 WOMENS MY17 CORSA SL TEAM MY17 FRAMESET CORSA SL MY17 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM MY18 FRAMESET CORSA SL TEAM           MODEL YEAR (MY)    MODEL - GROUP B MY16 Corsa ER 1 MY16 Corsa ER 2 MY17 CORSA ER 1 MY17 CORSA ER 2 MY18 CORSA ER 1 DISC MY18 CORSA ER 2 DISC MY18 FRAMESET CORSA ER MY17 GIRO C 1 MY17 GIRO C 1 WOMENS MY17 GIRO C 2 MY17 GIRO C 2 WOMENS MY17 GIRO C 2 FRAME MY17 GIRO C 2 WOMENS FRAME                 MY18 GIRO C 1 MY18 GIRO C 1 WOMENS MY18 GIRO C 2 MY18 GIRO C 2 WOMENS     The affected bicycles were available for retail sale from 1 July 2014.   Defect & potential hazard:    Model Group A  It has been identified that model year (MY)14 to MY18 Avanti carbon fibre road bike Corsa SL models have the potential for the seat clamp bolts to break, or for the frame to develop minor hairline cracks during use, where the seat clamp bolts enter the frame. It is highly possible that the minor cracks and the bolts snapping in the frame can be caused by the user over tightening the bolts to secure the carbon seat post in the frame. It has been commonly known for many years for carbon seat posts to move slightly during use when inserted into a carbon frame, and users can over-tighten bolts stripping or breaking the bolts when too much force is applied. As a result of the bolts snapping and / or the frame developing a minor crack over time, there is a low risk or possibility for the seat post to slide downwards inside the frame, which may cause the rider to lose balance whilst riding the bicycle. Model Group B  It has been identified that MY16 to MY18 Avanti Corsa ER and MY17 to MY18 Giro C road bicycles may have the potential for the seat clamp bolts to break during use. There is a low risk or possibility for the seat post to slide downwards inside the frame, which may cause the rider to lose balance whilst riding the bicycle.   What to do:  Consumers should stop riding the bicycles immediately and contact their place of purchase to arrange for a replacement seat post kit to be re-fitted This recall has been undertaken to ensure the safety of our customers as an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product enjoyment at all times.    Contact details:  Please contact Avanti Bicycle Company on 1300 883 305 or csaustralia@sheppardcycles.com.    READ MORE

Voted New Zealand's most trusted bicycle brand

01 August 19: Avanti has been voted New Zealand's most trusted bicycle brand in the 2019 Reader's Digest Annual Trusted Brand Awards. This is the fourth year that the award has been given in the bicycle category and the third year that Avanti has won.   In a very competitive market, maintaining customer trust is very important. When buying a bike, whether it be for yourself or a child, we know that you need to be confident in its quality and safety - especially with electric bikes.   At Avanti, we will always strive to bring you quality products from brands you know you can trust. READ MORE

Avanti, proud to sponsor Macpac Motatapu 2018

09 March 18: The mountain bike event takes riders on an iconic off-road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations. There is only one chance to bike this course each year, through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and it’s by riding this event. Set in the Southern high country of New Zealand, there are many rivers to cross, hills to climb and a few steep descents thrown into the mix. The ride starts at Glendhu Bay on the shore of Lake Wanaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown.  This year, it was a cold five degrees at the start line before the start of the race. This event can be as challenging or as laid back as you want it to be with pros, amateurs, and newbies all racing the same 47km track, which creates a large part of the demand for Avanti’s input – through on-course bike mechanics.A large part of our involvement is the supply of skilled bike mechanics who provide on-course support whilst riding the 47km course throughout the day. Although, you wouldn’t call the course a technical mountain biking course, because it has river crossings, combined with small steep gullies, bike mechanics are kept busy throughout the day helping with broken chains and multiple punctures. As always, there were a large number of competitors who expressed their gratitude to the Avanti bike mechanics at the finish area. READ MORE

Two Times Gold Pin Winner at 2016 Best Design Awards

21 October 16: We are delighted to announce the win of two Gold Pins in New Zealand’s 2016 Best Design Awards. Our Avanti Pista Team and Pista Team Pursuit have both received Gold Pins in the Product Consumer category for Best Design. The last four Olympic Games we’ve been proud to work with the nation’s best riders, delivering a track bike that brought home Olympic medals. This Olympic cycle we have worked closer than ever with the athletes and coaches to tirelessly test, redesign and optimise to deliver our fastest ever track bikes. Check out the bikes: Pista Pursuit Team  Pista Team This brings our total number of Gold Pins for Avanti brand to four! View Avanti successes at the Design awards here   READ MORE

Avanti 30th Birthday Competition

06 October 16: DAY 1 Arrival in Queenstown The day started well at the Cairns airport where I accidently left a pair of nail scissors in my bag, oops, there was much frowning done by security. Arriving into a chilly Queenstown we picked up our Land Cruiser Prado and head to the Novatel Lakeside which was really great. It was bottom floor with doors opening onto the grass with views onto the lake. The staff  were very friendly and accommodating. The continental breakfast was needed to keep us going for the day.  Queenstown is clean, well set out and prepared for adventure minded people like us. All puffed out and full of burger from Devil Burger it was time for sleep. DAY 2 Up early to be greeted by sunshine and clear skies. Parasailing is first on the list. What a great way to get our real first glimpse of Queenstown.   Whilst up there Kel and I saw a ride below us called the Hydro Attack. It is a ride where a passenger sits behind a trained driver, Dave in my case, in a sealed capsule and do crazy turns and jumps. After about 15 min I started not to feel so good. My ride was over. So off to the Shotover Jet we go next. Wow so fast and so close to the rocks, I found myself ducking away from rocks and trees, glad our driver was on top of his game. Thanks Mike. With what we had left with the rest of the day we did some retail therapy including a stop at the Fudge and Lolly shop where stocked up for the bike ride ahead. Unfortunately it didn’t all quite make it to the trail. DAY 3 Today we are going up to Bob’s Peak on the Gondola and do a few runs on the luge. The views are outstanding. A drive to Coronet Peak for lunch was a good idea. Many skiers were taking full advantage of the ski fields before they melt for another year. Peter from Bike It Now collected Kel and I to take us to Clyde so we could get all set up for our great adventure. He gave an informative tour through Arrowtown, Cromwell and at the Clyde Dam. At Bike It Now we are met by Fletch and Duncan whom were just as excited to see us as we were to see them. After coffees and hot choc Tony helped us get our bikes and equipment sorted and with a few instructions and a tool kit We went around to CBD Accommodation where Kay met us and showed us our room for the night. She left a healthy breakfast for the morning, we were going to need it. Off we go, all geared up hitting the trail, Kel and I with two bikes and no clue what we were in for. First stop Chatto Creek was our first stop where Leslie served us much needed soup. I highly recommend the Donkey Doo treats. The scenery is so amazing, I have taken so many photos already of mountains with snow and green hills that go on forever. We started our uphill climb-up hill being maybe a degree of incline- but when it goes for a number of km’s it seems like 10°. As we approached the town of Omakau we took a detour through the little mining town Ophir where we crossed a bridge to take us back onto the trail. Lauder School B&B was the stop for the evening where we were welcomed by Esmé and Bruce. Our back sides were sore from the bike seat and we needed somewhere soft to sit. Dinner was across the road at the hotel where Nobby served fish that was very sweet and just fell apart which was washed down by a couple of beers. It was an early night as we were both so tired. DAY 5 A bit sore this morning and with a bit of extra cushioning in our bike shorts off we go. Heading on we get to Poolburn Gorge and Tunnels which were a bit freaky. Oturehau is where we got hot pies from the Gilchrist Store, it being Otago’s oldest operating general store. Heading out of town there were cross winds and thought “oh know” we about to start our climb to the peak of the trail. Some people were coming the other way and we chatted about the conditions. Lucky for us as we started winding up the trail those cross winds turned into tail winds!! WE MADE IT!! What a great feeling so we took some pics, had a snack and water and rode the tail winds all the way down to Waipiata. Yes! Our evening was spent at Tussock Lodge which was very comfortable and warm. We even got a bit a clothes washing done, the bags were full of dirty clothes and not much else. Dinner was spent at the local pub, as was all the evening dining, our host Mark was the owner of the pub and Tussock Lodge. After a couple of beers it was time for bed again. We are so tired. DAY 6 Out the door at 730 feeling motivated knowing we have a 55km downhill run into Middlemarch. Nearly into town and we pass two girls going the other way, they have just started their journey. Kel and I remembered how fresh we looked three days earlier. We had a laugh. A celebratory lunch was had at Quelch Café in Middlemarch-coffee, hot chocolate and toasties. Thanks to Sandra at Trail Journeys for taking our bikes and giving us a comfy lounge to sit on. I was a little behind in the times and bought a pair of bike shorts, maybe I should have bought them at the beginning of the ride. I might have to wear them on the flight home. Just as we started to relax it was time for us to go to Pukerangi to get on the Taieri Gorge train. Thanks to Dave the conductor whom gave an informative commentary about the gorge and the local area on the way down to Dunedin. Our last night was spent at the recently renovated Distinction Dunedin Hotel. Amazing! We had a suite to die for. Unfortunately this is our last night, the adventure is over and it’s time to go home. So many photos have been taken by the camera and then there are those that will be locked in our minds forever.  This was a great trip for us and we recommend it to those who like bike riding and to the people who enjoy the outdoors. There are so many people to thank for this once in a lifetime adventure Ainslee at Sheppard Cycles-without her none of this would have been possible Avantiplus Cairns Bike It Now – Clyde for supplying us all our gear Kay at the CBD Accommodation in Clyde Esmé and Bruce at the Lauder School B&B Mark and Nikki - The Tussock Lodge in Waipiata A big thanks to my riding buddy Kel and finally to the person who stole my pushbike from the shops allowing me buy a new one so I could enter this competition. READ MORE

Kiwi Sprinters win Olympic Silver aboard Avanti at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

12 August 16: The New Zealand team qualified with the fastest time leading into the finals, setting a new Olympic Record of 42.535, crossing the line at 0.105 of a second quicker than Great Britain. The finals saw an even closer finish with a difference of just 0.102 of a second, and Great Britain setting a new Olympic Record of 42.440 against New Zealand’s 42.524 race finish. Kim Struthers, Country Manager commented, ‘the team have worked tirelessly on the Avanti Pista Team project since August 2013, so to see the team achieve a Silver medal on the Pista is a feat we are incredibly proud to be a part of.’ Avanti’s Group Product Manager, Stephen James, said ‘we developed this bike in partnership with the New Zealand Sprint Team and Cycling New Zealand, challenging old ideas and engineering to produce a bike to give the Sprint Team an edge. Sam, Ethan and Eddie have trained incredibly hard and we’re honoured to have been a part of their Olympic success.’ The Avanti Pista Team focuses on being lightweight while managing the immense loads the Sprinters put out. Ethan Mitchell said of the Avanti Pista Team project ‘it’s been amazing, we’ve never really had the opportunity to be able to bounce ideas on how to build ideas on something that we ride, it’s been special to be able to do that and come together to make a bike that is individualised for us.’ Avanti have been involved in the last four Olympic Games and this Olympic cycle was their most technology-driven project yet. Using World leading Formula 1 technology the Avanti track bikes were designed and tested in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, for the New Zealand Olympic team.   READ MORE