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  • HaydMastaFlex
    Reviewing GT Avalanche Comp:
    *****

    To anyone looking for a cost-effective hardtail great for beginners or intermediate riders.

    Pros
    Budget friendly, decent drive train and components.

    Cons
    Weight. No air fork.

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  • sensorgt14
    ****

    I like it, I own it, I ride it a lot. I own 2 bike this one and a multi thousand dollar one, and they see the same miles each year.

    Pros
    Price price price

    Cons
    Ok so after riding a higher end bike the shifting on this bike is now only "ok" still good but not great

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  • Andrew Sweet
    Reviewing GT Avalanche 2.0:
    ****

    I'd buy it again. Great price/value. In 2 yrs, I've upgraded the pedals, hand-grips, seat, and more aggressive tires to match the terrain.

    Pros
    Been riding it for 2-years now. Solid frame, great breaks, easy to maintain, fun ride.

    Cons
    Pedals seized after wet ride.

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  • ToXicU4ia
    *****

    Even with underwhelming Shimano drivetrain, this bike is well worth the admission price!

    Pros
    Triple Triangle Frame.
    Very competent off road manners.

    Cons
    Low end components.

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  • *****

    Great bike for the money, mine was about 1200 dollars

    Pros
    Good components, great frame, I have mine with a rock shock recon fork, and magic cross ride rims, mine is a 2011

    Cons
    Somewhat heavy

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  • Terry_Smith
    Reviewing GT Avalanche 2.0:
    *****

    Amazing bike! Affordable, takes a beating and keeps on running! Buy it! It may be the last bike you ever own for cross country, some technical and everyday smashing into things.ProsExcellent Frame, aggressive tires, affordable, a 'take you anywhere' hardtail. Excellent value, and dependable bike. Smashed more than 2000KM of hardcore technical on this bike, and will never sell it.ConsNone really - rear deraileur is a little open, and tends to take many hits on technical trails - but never needed to replace it after easily 2000KM!

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  • j5cencer
    ****

    Great start but be ready to either learn how to tune your components or to upgrade them, bikes under a grand need more maintenance.

    Pros
    Best aluminum hardtail frame out there.

    Cons
    Brakes suck but hey it's 800 bucks

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  • *****

    Overall very good entry level bike. You get what you pay for and a little bit more with this one. Frame is solid, which is the important thing. Components, although definitely not the best, are decent. Suntour xcm fork is pretty good especially w the lockout and preload adjuster. Shimano shifters r smooth enough. Biggest downside are the brakes. They have mediocre stopping power n the metal pads are LOUD. Like embarrassingly loud. People can hear me coming down the hill a mile away. Upgrade them right off the bat. Overall though i love this bike.

    Pros
    Bomber frame, smooth shifter, looks great especially in white

    Cons
    Brakes are garbage

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  • mfattah
    Reviewing GT Avalanche LE:
    ****

    My bike is an 09' Avalance Expert..I have some different componet, such as Juicey/Avid disc breaks
    good ride feels strong, during ride bent 1 of front rings, so i went to a 2 ring set up instead of 3..

    Pros
    I'm 6'1 300 lbs. so I like the feel of being strong & strudy.
    grey & black color is cool, good componets
    light compared to other bikes w/lrg. fame size
    I enjoy adjustments of front shock & the travel it has...
    Dicount Price bc last yrs model...which has better componets anyways, picked up bike for $1000.
    Hialeah Schiwnn
    Leon-owner
    ph#-305-822-4013

    Cons
    uncomfortable seat,
    the fact that GT doesn't make it's clothing/riding wear available to ppl. like me I tired at bike shop "no luck"
    didn't like stock grips
    too many gears for me, rear derailer to long, would like to change it once it breaks..I feel chain comes off to easliy when riding track

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  • finmgr
    ****

    I would definitely recommend this bike. It gives you the best bang for the buck. There are better bikes, but they are also more expensive. I don't think you'll find a better bike for the money. I have a 2010 Avalanche 3.0, and it has performed excellent with no problems after some very hard rides.

    Pros
    Decent shocks, shifting between gears is quick/smooth, comfortable positioning, good handling

    Cons
    haven't found one yet

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  • biasoccerboy
    Reviewing GT Avalanche 2.0:
    *****

    I just got this bike as my first "real" mountain bike. Mine has the hydraulic disk brakes and it was only $500. Been great so far. I'm learning how to wheelie and other very beginner tricks/techniques on it and it has been great.

    Pros
    Great components and frame for the price

    Cons
    Heavy, the rims got a little out of true very easily

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  • [email protected]
    ****

    for the price, its hard to find a better bike. I dont know that I would spend too much money upgrading the bike.

    Pros
    good components for the price. I like hardtail bikes vs. fs. The frame is bomb proof.

    Cons
    I have the 08 model with suntour shocks instead of rockshox. I am constantly adjusting the "self adjusting" disk breaks because they drag.

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  • BUDDAH
    ****

    i think that for the price the bike is well built, smooth shifting, handles real well, simply upgrade your pedals so you dont slip off if you run through a wet spot. I actually got a used 09 model that was part of the rental fleet that they had at cs west bikes in colo spgs from last season and got the bike for 250$ so you cant beat that but, msrp is still not that bad for the bike, considering i was riding an old roadmaster 18spd that was too dang heavy but decent to learn on. Now its time for an upgrade....

    Pros
    shimano components, disc brakes, price, durable

    Cons
    plastic pedals

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  • FatDaddySlim
    Reviewing GT Avalanche 2.0:
    *****

    Bought this 09 back in Sept. to start losing weight....and I have. Bought it because of the strength of the Triple Triangle. Bike is probably a little heavier than some other models, but I feel (opinion) it's kind of overbuilt....like the rider. I ride 13 mi home 2-3 per week, and have just started doing some offroad trails. Loving the bike for both. Would definately recommend this bike...especialy if strength is your priority vs. a little less weight.

    Pros
    Really strong frame for this heavy rider.

    Cons
    None at this time

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  • TheHammer
    ****

    I bought this to get into MTB. I got it used and after a tune-up at LBS, it rides great. I am 6'4' @ 215lbs, and I ride it pretty hard through rocks, bridges, and even some small drops, bike still has had no major problems. I replaced the plastic pedals after a wet ride and my feet slipped off a couple times. People say components and fork are 'cheap' but I have no problems with any of them, they have held up through a lot of abuse. I'm really happy with the fork actually. I was thinking of getting a 1k bike next season, but I think I'll stick with the GT, it does everything I need it to. If the price fits your budget and you like the feel, its a great buy.

    Pros
    Solid frame, brakes, components have held up.

    Cons
    Plastic pedals, a bit heavy.

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  • TangoTeamLeader
    Reviewing GT Avalanche 2.0:
    *****

    Overall this is a great bike for a beginner. We liked it so much we purchased the woman's version for my fiance.

    Pros
    Disc brakes, good quality tires. Good mid-range components. Good price

    Cons
    Does not have hydraulic brakes on this version (most on 2009 version do)

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  • Syd Patricio
    ****

    A good starter bike however there are better forks out there at that price range. At 30+ pounds this is a heavy bike, it carries it's weight alright however this is not a bike worth upgrading.

    Pros
    Overall decent components (where they need to be)

    Cons
    Pedals are clunky and fall apart quickly. Front fork is trash.

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  • dev_mev
    ****

    I think this is a great bike for recreational and first time buyers.

    Pros
    Lockout on shock, shifters and brakes are two different components, brakes

    Cons
    peadals cranks

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  • barrem

    What sold me on this bike were the disc brakes, lock-out, and the brake levers and shifters were separate components. I didn't see many (or any) other bikes with these features at the $399 price point. I was looking for a solid bike to see if I enjoyed mountain biking and I am definitely happy with my purchase. Great entry level bike.

    Pros
    disc brakes, shimano alivio components, brake levers and shifters are not integrated, and the fork comes with a lock-out.

    Cons
    none (considering the price)

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  • qdawg
    ****

    I searched several bike from Trek, Mongoose, Schwinn and several others this bile gave the most bang for buck. It lists for $479 picked up at Performace bikes in VA Beach for $360.00 and got excellent service there as well.....check em out.

    Pros
    Good ride, monuverability was very good, responded well on some very tight turn. Shock travels very well also

    Cons
    May need to upgard pedals and derailleur

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