THE YEAR THAT’S BEEN
Ever since we built our first bike we’ve had a passion for increasing the awareness and participation in cycling at all levels – from recreational to competitive – and have strived to make it more accessible to all of the community. We dedicate a large amount of energy and resource into sponsoring and developing local athletes, supporting community cycling events and working with various organisations to grow cycling as a whole. Currently we sponsor 37 elite athletes competing on the world stage.
1990s One of the first internationally to adopt alloy throughout the range 1985 Avanti brand was introduced with the locally assembled 10-Speed Strada series
2004 Gold medal successes for Sarah Ulmer (3000m Individual Pursuit) & Hamish Carter (Triathlon) at the Olympic Games in Athens
1990 Avanti launched in Australia Commenced helmet manufacturing
1981 Organised first BMX meeting in NZ
2002 Hamish Carter, NZ & Oceania Champion, Bronze medal at Manchester Commonwealth Games
1987 Introduced the first locally assembled MTB in NZ
1994 Commenced bicycle assembly in Australia
1989 In this year we became market leaders in New Zealand and the Avanti brand was firmly established as the most popular brand in the country
1982 Commenced manufacture of the ‘202’ BMX model under the Supersport brand
1986 Tri bikes introduced – Sprint and Supersprint 1992 Helmets exported to England and Europe
German bike company Focus adopts the Avanti Chrono Team and Pista Team into their range, renaming them the Focus Izalco Chrono and Izalco Pista respectively.
Limited edition Chrono Team customised graphics by country and riders’ names launched at Ironman NZ and Ironman Port Macquarie with overwhelmingly positive response.
Surprise custom bikes for athletes heading to Beijing to keep them motivated. 1 team and 5 individual athletes riding Avanti.
NZ track team choose Pista Team bikes to take on the world at the velodrome.
Hayden Godfrey claims the World Championship title for track in the Omnium event riding Pista Team.
2007 Chrono Team carbon frame introduced with M.O.D.S chain stays and Oval JetStream fork after a 4-year development programme
2006 Subway Cycling Team choose Avanti as their race bikes
2007 Sarah Walker becomes BMX World Champion
2003 Avanti bikes distributed to Scandinavia
2003 Carbon seat stays, chain stays & forks introduced to road bikes
Partnership with Oval Concepts to develop the first in the world JetStream Technology incorporated into the frame, dramatically reducing drag created by the rear wheel. The new season now sees other bike brands following our lead.
2004 First ALL Carbon frames introduced to both Road & MTB
2007 Focus Bicycles rebrands our Chrono Team and Pista Team for their own European product line
2005 Savings and Loans Cycling Team choose Avanti as their race bikes Expanded production and design technology capabilities
The Australian Savings & Loans Cycling Team and New Zealand’s Subway Cycling Team have continued to be a strong force in local and international tours and are proving to be the ideal environment to introduce and develop our top cyclists into professional team racing.