Avanti 2000 Ventura Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • Front Shock RST 281R
  • shimano aceera
  • Rims Weinmann 519 Aluminium

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 03, 2002]
    Daniel Mack
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Frame weight, Brakes and running gear all very functional and well laid out, New paint job looks sharp. The 2002 model has a quality feel on the road and trail.

    Weakness:

    None yet

    A decent Hard tail at a good price - Avanti have responded to problems with earlier models - namely providing wider alloy bars, upgrading the rims (Weinmann 520) and providing a better (v.comfy) saddle. I bought an XL frame (I'm 6'2'') and it is a pleasure to ride long distances. The 2002 Ventura provides the novice/intermediate rider with a quality bike that with minimal upgrades will still suit a more experienced rider.

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    [Jul 10, 2001]
    mark tomlinson
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    cheap and cheerful. New Zealand heritage. Frame. Shifters, brakes and drive train

    Weakness:

    Wheel set and tyres. Bars are too narrow. Budget saddle.

    Got the base bike free and so treated myself to decent front end upgrade. Shocks are complete overkill for this frame but they make all the difference for DH. It's a small frame so the top tube is angled back like some bad-ass slalom. Makes it poised in steep stuff, (still heaps of standover height)but a bit slow and ponderous for cross-country.

    Tried it first with the stock tyres but they are hopeless. Admittedly the track was a bit damp, but they had NO grip. Took the front wheel off my old Gary Fisher, don't know what brand rim, but they look stronger than the Weiner's. Guess I will just see how long it takes to trash the rear.

    Brakes work fine, and shifters look the business and work well too. The only upgrade this bike cries out for is a beefier saddle and wider bars.

    B/L. Terrific (budget) DH sled, but I note that elsewhere in these reviews a chap using RS Psylos snapped the frame. I try to avoid jumps anyhow (too old and too scared!) and so far it has held up fine.

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    [Jan 19, 2001]
    Peter Pellicaan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Light Frame, good value for the price.

    Weakness:

    Wheels are particularly weak. Headset is a bit dodgy though they've fixed this with the 2001 model.

    Good value for money, came 4th in c division mountainbike race on it. My suggestion is for $600 Australian, buy something second hand with better components. Don't get a large frame even if you are 6 foot, I find my 55cm frame is much more difficult to control than a smaller frame. If your into a casual cruze through the bush the bike is perfect but if your a little more hard-core you'll be disappointed.

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    [Dec 05, 2000]
    Rollo Anderson
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3

    decent for a while, but i'm a freerider/downhiller and i know it's not designed for that, but i don't have that much money, and so i started with that and upgraded it.
    Anyway, i raced it once and did plenty of dropoffs and jumps and stuff and now it's in two pieces.
    So there you have it, buy a bike that can handle what you give it. (and don't put 5" travel forks on a frame that isn't designed for it)
    i'm now getting a manic or hotdog (avanti) frame.
    Ventura: Good to learn on, not much more.

    [Dec 05, 2000]
    Togo

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Cheap, does the job

    Weakness:

    RST 281's are more shocking, than shockies, but they do the job, the Weinmann 519 rims are weak

    This is a good bike but is not for serious downhill or jumping. It will take it still.
    It is a good cheap bike that does the job well, still allowing for some rough riding.

    [Oct 26, 2000]
    eug w
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    acera groupset

    only purchased bike not long ago...just started riding again....for the money it was good value compared to the above mentioned bikes.

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    [Oct 19, 2000]
    fred smith

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    only good if you fit it with a decent front shock. it's not bad value for money if in original form. the sticker price for aud$599 is ok considering it has an acera shifter

    Weakness:

    the RST281 must be replaced. i've currently got a rockshox judy on mine and it's ok. otherwise, look at getting the hurricane or montari instead

    good only for beginners. DO NOT RIDE IT HARD!!! you will kill this bike quickly if u use it as a freerider.

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    [Aug 01, 2000]
    Ben M
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    ......

    Weakness:

    threaded headstem, rims, frame

    The bike was good at first then the headset stuffed up so I changed it and the back wheel buckled alot until I changed it. After 10 months the frame cracked and I am now waiting for them to replace it.

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    [Apr 11, 2002]
    Barry White
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Good allround package

    Weakness:

    Some components a little underdone

    I upgraded the entire drive chain - Deore front/rear derallier and cranks, clipless pedals. Bike is now much more useable for me and a pleasure to ride. I like the XL frame too.

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    [Dec 18, 2000]
    Trevor Feilen
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Good value with full shimano groupset.

    Weakness:

    The wheels really let the bike down. I ride the bike a lot harder then it was meant for and the wheels would last a few weeks.

    If you get this bike replace the wheels. They are a huge let down. I spent $600 on the bike and another $220 replacing the wheels. The bike is light (relatively) when I compare it to my friends bikes.

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