Avanti 2000 Ventura Hardtail Bike

3.6/5 (10 Reviews)


Product Description

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


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Barry White a Weekend Warrior from Funkville

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 2002

    Strengths:    Good allround package

    Weaknesses:    Some components a little underdone

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Numerous mountain and road bikes over the years

    Bike Setup:   Deore gears and cranks, Shimano SPD clipless pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daniel Mack a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

    Strengths:    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.

    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   Christmas Creek

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Purchased At:   Riders Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Shogun Trailbreaker 3

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Fat Boy Slicks, Zoom bar ends, Cateye cordless2 computer

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mark tomlinson a Weekend Warrior from Cairns

    Date Reviewed: July 10, 2001

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

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

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   kuranda range dh

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   edge cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Klein Attitude, Gary Fisher and DiamondBack steel h/tails

    Bike Setup:   Manitou X-Vert R Triple Clamps, Tioga Factory DH 2.3 front and Ritchy 2.1 Hard Drive rear tyre

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Peter Pellicaan a Cross Country Rider from Toowoomba, Qld, Aus

    Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

    Strengths:    Light Frame, good value for the price.

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

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   Mt Cootha

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $270.00

    Purchased At:   Brian Page Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Merida Dakar.

    Bike Setup:   Ameoba bars, clipless pedals, Velocity triple V rear hub.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Trevor Feilen a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, N.S.W, Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 18, 2000

    Strengths:    Good value with full shimano groupset.

    Weaknesses:    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   Fire Trails, NW Sydney

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Kuringai Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Mongoose

    Bike Setup:   New wheelset. Barends.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Togo from Mackay, Queensland, Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000

    Strengths:    Cheap, does the job

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

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   standard except a Weinmann Zac 19 rear rim with shimano STX hub

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Rollo Anderson a Downhiller from Sydney,Nsw,Australia

    Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Bike Setup:   azonic shorty, psylo's, Sunn rims

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by eug w a Weekend Warrior from brisbane

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2000

    Strengths:    acera groupset

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   state forest

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $530.00

    Purchased At:   lifecycle brisbane

    Similar Products Used:   gt aggressor 3, trek 800, trek 4000, peak mt remarkable

    Bike Setup:   standard

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by fred smith from sydney, nsw, australia

    Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000

    Strengths:    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

    Weaknesses:    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

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   blue mountains

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   universal cycles

    Similar Products Used:   giant rincon se, malvern star outlaw fs24

    Bike Setup:   standard except for the rockshox judy xc and shimano deore brake upgrades

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Ben M a Weekend Warrior from Penrith

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2000

    Strengths:    ......

    Weaknesses:    threaded headstem, rims, frame

    Bottom Line:   
    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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    Favorite Trail:   Woodford to glenbrook

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   giant yukon, norco charger

    Bike Setup:   rst 381s, azonic stem and bars, LX rear brakes, mavic X138

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