Bronze winner at the 2015 New Zealand Best Awards - Avanti Corsa ER

Scooping up bronze in this year’s New Zealand Best Awards, the Corsa ER is a new endurance road bike platform for Avanti; a platform for new damping technology and a platform for an evolved, forward looking product design language.

Hundreds of hours of real world and simulated testing and analysis were undertaken in the design of the Corsa ER. The goal for this bike was to significantly improve stiffness where possible, whilst also providing ultimate compliance and damping for enduring long distance rides across a variety of road terrain, including hard chip, commonly found on Australasian roads and unsealed gravel roads.

To gauge the bike’s performance, a complex bike mounted data system, technology adapted from the motorsport industry, was used to measure the acceleration differential between the wheels (the road) and the seat and handlebars (the rider) on various bike frames, including existing Avanti models, prototypes and competitors’ frames. Finite element analysis was then used to measure and compare the performance of design concepts against this data before committing to the tooling of multiple sizes. The net result was a 57% improvement in overall damping.

The Corsa ER incorporates the latest standards in road bike components such as Shimano’s new flat-mount disk brakes and thru-axle wheel hubs. A damping stem and seat post also compliment the entire riding package.

Industrial design working in harmony with engineering has resulted in a bike that out performs where it needs to, as well and snap up a Best Design award for its form and function. We hope you enjoy it.