Avanti K.I.S.S. 29 29er Hardtail

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1199.00


Product Description

  • Frame: ADT 4130 Cr-Mo w/ Eccentric BB
  • Crankset: Truvativ Firex 1.1 RG w/ 33T Chainring
  • Brakes: Avid BB-5 Mechanical Disc
  • Handlebar: Easton EA30 Riser 31.8mm
  • Pedals: Shimano M-505 Clipless


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2011

Strengths:    Just so simple! Oil the chain, check tyre pressures and thats it. Surprising fast.

Weaknesses:    Standard mechical brakes, get rid of ASAP! Dont try to put a suspension fork on, it mucks up the handling.

Bottom Line:   
Buy one! You will start enjoying riding your everyday tracks again, it brings a whole new adventure in to your riding! They handle very great and are very stable, can drift tries and be in control. You just fell connected to the trail. But dont add a suspension fork, it just totally stuffed up the handling, just go tubeless and big front tyre.
I race it and on a short course you will be flying, maybe even faster than your old bike.
Can get bumpy but just ride it out, hang on and you'll be fine.
My bike ive had few years now and it had a rough life, even done Karapoti few times on and its still going strong.

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Favorite Trail:   Split Ends

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Corner Shop

Similar Products Used:   Surly karate Monkey

Bike Setup:   Swapped straight bar for low wider riser, tubeless set up on standard rims, gripper wider tires and put basic Techro Hydro brakes on. 180mm rotor on front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geeger_P a Cross Country Rider from Port Noarlunga, South Australia, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2011

Strengths:    Fast, simple, clean lines, Avid hydraulic brakes, good tyres, fits me well (large) I am 183cm (6ft)

Weaknesses:    2011 model has a very tacky looking stick on aluminium badge thing on the rear of top tube...spoils otherwise clean lines

Bottom Line:   
Was worried about going from gears to single speed...but heaps of fun, just rolls over bumps that worry 26" mtb and climbs like billy goat...always come home smiling after riding this...which I couldnt say for my old 26". This is a bike I can see myself keeping for a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   Christies Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Avanti Plus Unley

Bike Setup:   Off the shelf...added bike computer and Topeak mudguard and GT bottle cages. Getting a wheel made with Alfine 8 speed.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KYjelly a Racer from Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap bike for the kit. Stiff and strong, but light for a steel 29r. Climbs like a daemon! Ive been abusing the bike for 6 months, and its still going strong. Its my fav bike. Teaches you to ride alot smoother, and avoid things rather than just roll over them. Im actually faster on this bike on most trails than my $10k Ti Titus.

Weaknesses:    Headset was branded "Cane Creek" but after speaking to them in the US, they say its a cheap chinese knock off who bought the license to use their name. Replaced the headset for a genuine S8 and its been awesome. Paint is chipping suprisingly easily. BB5 brakes sucked.

Bottom Line:   
This is my fav bike. I love it. Its simple (duh) and bulletproof. I abuse it, and it never skips a beat. Will teach you to attack climbs, and ride smooth. Will give you quads your mother would be proud of.

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Favorite Trail:   OHV

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Avanti Plus Jindalee

Bike Setup:   Replaced BB5 brakes with Shimano hydros. Made a HUGE difference. Also put a Fizik Gobi saddle on to compensate for the rigid. Replaced the S8b tyres with Ignitors for more traction when climbing.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by boofex a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne VIC Australia

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2010

Strengths:    Strong, 4130 cr-mo. avid juicy hydrolic brakes. An accesible price for a great bike. I'm a big guy and the sizes go up high enough for big jerks.

Weaknesses:    the single gearing is what you obviously get, but it could do being geared to ride faster. The stock standard set up is for pure off road/off trail single speed action, which it does pretty good.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome. Unfortunately it will still need customising, but for the price and what you get it's great. Looks mean too. I just want a bike that I can trash and it will perform great time and time again, I'm confident that this bike will the, if not I'll submit another review. Cheers

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Disappointment

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Avanti Plus Brunswic

Similar Products Used:   My other bikes an urban fixie/ single speed, it was getting trashed so I got this.

Bike Setup:   Check out the web sight, the 2011 model is upgraded so much

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BarBender a Cross Country Rider from Auckland

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Strengths:    Rigid cro-mo frame, wide bars, EBB,

Weaknesses:    Mechanical brakes
Rim weight


Bottom Line:   
An excellent bike. I've ridden it non stop for almost 8 months (including commuting to work)and apart from the stock mechanical brakes, I can fault it. A real workhorse. The frame is solid and stiff which is great for climbing. I'm about 110kgs (242lbs) and find it handles the weight and abuse I throw at it very well. I replaced the stock brakes with Deores and will probably move to XT rims to improve the weight. Maybe move to White brother carbon rigids should the stock ones give up the ghost Thats it. Keep it simple stupid.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere where's there's single track

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Avanti Plus Waitaker

Similar Products Used:   First time 29er single rider

Bike Setup:   Ready to ride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtb101 a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne Australia

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent Finish, nice styling, red anodized hubs, perfect setup for trails, well balanced component setup, excellent ride position. EBB is a good feature also. Weight is around 12.5kgs, pedaling is very efficient, accelerates well. If you have the leg strength and fitness it's a Killer Climber, handles switchbacks very well.

Weaknesses:    prone to snake bite flats - so need to go tubeless, not really a weakness, but it's tough on rough terrain as any non-suspension bike would be! So it has its limits.

Bottom Line:   
This is my fun training bike, low maintenance, a go anywhere robust bike with the added bonus of being a sweet 29er with Cro Mo Frame. It's probably not ideal for a beginner to MTB as it does require good fitness and technical skills to steer it through the rough terrain. On the other hand if you want a great all round bike for paths/trails, this is an excellent choice.

But here's the big surprise ... on my 4.5km training circuit (switch back climbs, rocky descent, tight technical sections) this bike is as fast as my big dollar Yeti 575, it was actually 1 second slower, how's that! It seems to roll easier and what you lose due to lack of suspension downhill you make up on the climbs and rolling sections. Admittedly it takes more out of you at that level, still, shows how well designed this bike is to keep up with my Yeti. So I'm impressed so far!

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Favorite Trail:   Yarra Trails!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Ray's Cycles Preston

Bike Setup:   factory setup except for Crank Brothers Egg Beaters!

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