GT Avalanche 1.0 XC Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

Avalanche 1.0 is a 6061 butted-aluminum frame with a pressure-formed downtube, a zero-stack headset, disc brakes and 27-gears - an impressive setup for anyone who's ready to start playing in the dirt.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 06, 2013]
craig

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I love my avalanche 1.0. Mine is the 2003 model!! Solid frame good components

Weakness:

Shocks are simple and not much adjustment

Like I said ive had this bike 10 years. All original components lasted that time and in its first 4 years it was rode hard.
Ive had a couple of years of not much riding but have got the bug back
Im currently rebuilding it with professional respray and shimano running gear. Will invest in some nice shox soon.
Ive payed out roughly £500 rebuilding so this shows how much I like the ride.
If I rode mega hard trails I would spend lots more. Frames are solid :)

[Aug 03, 2012]
Vic
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Exceptional frame, makes a good basis for upgrades, stiff and virtually indestructible. Affordable price.

Weakness:

Stock components are for starters only. You'll need to change most of them to unleash the potential.

This bike is all about its frame. I bought mine in 2004, and it still delivers, but I've changed stock everything. Packed with Shimano Deore and HEAVY RockShox Judy TT, it was a decent entry-level bike. It's upgradability, where it shines. It can grow as your experience grows via thoughtful upgrades.

I was satisfied with stock components... for about half a year. Then I thought I need something better. No problem - went towards SRAM setup, then Mavic wheels - and the bike began to feel different. With upgraded drivetrain and decent tyres you literally feel the improvement. 8 years now, mine is equipped better than stock Zaskar Expert (see below), and I see it performs better too.

One day, may be, I'll go for the brand new frame, but I'm still completely satisfied with old trusty 1.0, which never failed me going through 20000 kms of trails, some really abusive.

From the other hand, you can stick with stock components - and they'll work OK for years (pedals and tyres were rubbish). Feel you need a good XC rider - go and upgrade what you need. Wanna try some light trails - just stay with stock components. This bike gives you choice.

[Apr 06, 2012]
qbomb
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Brakes

Weakness:

Chain and derailleur

I purchased the GT Avalanche 1.0 last September. I rode it once in September and then stored it inside for the winter. In March I rode it once and the chain broke. I took it to The Bike Zone and the said the chain was not under warranty. I said it was ridden once and they said they would give me a better chain that should last at least a year and that GT uses crap components. I was thankful until I rode it today and the chain broke again. I only ride on city streets or junior trails and now the derailleur is bent because of the chain. I tried calling GT in March when it broke the first time and still no response. Overall I am extremely dissatisfied with the GT product and the customer service. I regret this purchase and I should have bought a Scott for a similar price.

[Sep 13, 2011]
Pryde
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Since I ordered my bike frame in an extra small size,
the frame is bent in a way to fit an extra small 5'4 person.
It gives great handling against curves and leans. Deore
components and shifters works very well.

Weakness:

Horrible, very horrible, front shocks/suspension.
My hands goes numb during rides through trails.
The back derailuer is easily damageable off from
a simple 2 feet jump. The seat provides no cushion.

For a price of $299 from bikes direct, this is a great
price for a beginners bike and the bike itself. As to
REI and other websites/stores, this is the cheapest price
you'll find this bike for. Components are great. The
frame is great. Cons are the seat isn't the greatest after
a long ride. The front suspension is a nightmare. Overall
great pricing for a starter bike.

[Sep 06, 2011]
Xtyling
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tough frame. Great entry-mid level bike. Deore components with SLX RD. This was the best deal I found in over 6 months of window shopping for a new. Only way to get a better bike for less would be buying used. Love the WTB Pure V Saddle. Tora Fork is great for the price I paid.

Weakness:

Tekro Auriga Comp brakes.. I couldn't get them to stop on a dime so I upgraded to Deore hydro brakes.. Not much difference in the end. Perhaps I should have went with SLX brakes. I plan on swapping my grips out also.

I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Sure there are many better bikes out there. But for the price I paid, I feel every penny (centavo) was worth it. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to trail riding and I use my bike 80% for biking to work. If I had a chance to go back in time and do things over, I would purchase the same bike but sooner.

Similar Products Used:

None, my first bike in over 12 years.

[Jul 27, 2011]
SiRDOHC
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Equipped like bikes that cost $2-300 more. Tora 302, SLX REAR, Deore Shifters work well.
Durable Paint job on bike.

Weakness:

-stock pedals were total rubbish.
-front rotor appears to have warped a little.
GT has lost a lot of its street credit due to business changes and distribution problems. GT bikes are looked at as "second tier" by many.

I probably paid more than most others, but I am in Canada, and we get screwed on everything like bikes, tires, car parts etc. In my case I was looking at 250$ more for any other brand if I wanted the same components. I am a believer that it is the components that make a bike. I don't think it is likely that I will break the frame and require a warranty claim ( I am 130lbs), so I went with the "second tier" brand instead of getting a 1st tear brand with suntour and Shimano Alivio parts for the same price.

[Jun 30, 2011]
mtbnoobadam
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The components are great for an entry level bike. Rock shox tora 302 fork with lockout works great.

Weakness:

a little heavy. Stock tektro auriga comp hydro disk brakes are noisy as hell

Awesome bike for a beginning to intermediate rider. Can't get a better value if you are able to get one under $800.

Similar Products Used:

gt aggressor

[May 07, 2011]
sanman
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

this is a solid ride - love it! strong frame. great cornering with stock kenda tires.

Weakness:

stock front shock was junk. everything else is fine. brakes are slightly noisy (rubbing sound).

i started at 245lbs and now weight in at 210 six months later. the bike is strong. stock front shock crapped out after 1 month - upgraded for free to rs air fork - great ride. upgraded rims to rhyno lite. this is a solid ride - love it! i would recommend it to others. it is a great starting out bike.

Similar Products Used:

nishiki blazer

[Mar 29, 2011]
MrRastaVibrations
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

GT Frames kick ass, solid drivetrain, SPD's, Kenda Nevegal, WTB everything else.

Weakness:

Rock Shox Dart 3 fork, factory disc rotors.

This bike is sharp, even with the original forks (which were very skittish) it handled fine. Brakes don't have adequate ventilation meaning the rear disc warped after a mediocre descent. Replaced with Jet Black and did the same on the front (up to 185mm) when I replaced the fork. The SPD pedals are fine but need adjustment every few rides.

With an upgrade to an air fork and better brakes it was ready to race, and it does so monthly. I do at least 10km of trails every day and have not had a single problem with this good, solid bike. I weigh 120kg and it holds up.

I am in love with this bike.

Similar Products Used:

Giant Talon, Silverback

[Mar 24, 2011]
Trailbumb
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tektro disc brakes, Tora 302 Forks, solid frame, shifting has been wonderfully smooth on the rear even with better than moderate pedal pressure on the up hill climb

Weakness:

generic pedals w/ toe cage

Been to four different local trails, different tech levels, components haven't fouled even through the water and mud. Heavenly suspension, comparing to a test ride on a buddies bike w/ SR Suntours and of course my ol rigid. Glad I talked myself out of the 2.0 for the component upgrades. I'm a reborn enthusiast to the MTB pasttime and think I'll stick with it, this bike just keeps me motivated for more.

Similar Products Used:

Rigid Jamis Durango AL (only MTB experience)

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