Orbea Avant M20Team-D review

We test ride the Orbea Avant M20Team-D, a bike in the middle of the range of endurance machines from the Basque manufacturer

Orbea Avant M20 Team-D Endurance bike
(Image credit: chris catchpole)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although billed as an endurance machine, the Orbea Avant doesn’t feel far away from many race-oriented machines. You’re not sitting particularly upright and the ride feels comfortable but not overly plush. If you’re looking to put in the miles without sacrificing too much in speed and handling it’s a good choice. You’re not too bent over the bars either, so the bike works even if you’re not that flexible and the long seatpost, nice saddle and thin forks soak up a lot of road vibration. A set of 28mm tyres would only add to road-holding, comfort and shock absorption without taking too much away from performance.

Reasons to buy
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    Attractive design

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    Well specified

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    Full Icetech brake cooling

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    Comfortable ride

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    Room for 28mm or wider tyres

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Reasons to avoid
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    White shows the dirt

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Orbea traces its origins back as far as 1840, when the Orbea brothers started selling handguns. It abandoned firearms in the 1930s, switching to a cycle manufacture and sponsoring its own team.

In 1969, the company became a co-operative owned by its workers, again sponsoring a team with its star signing in the 1980s being Pedro Delgado. It’s a proudly Basque company and for 20 years sponsored the top-flight Basque Euskaltel-Euskadi pro team.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.