Avent Vandal Downhill Full Suspension

4.5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1599.00

Product Description

Discipline: Downhill. 9" super plush travel. Manitou SPV 6-way coil shock. Confidence inspiring single pivot design. Reliable rear-end with optimal pivot placement. Oversized sealed bearings. 66 degree head angle. 150mm width 12mm thru axle hub. Available in Black, White, or Red. Comes in sizes: M 18", L 20"

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Thorpe a Downhiller from Uk

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, Frame layout

Weaknesses:    cable routing and no shock protection only minor niggles

Bottom Line:   
Awesome frame, ride soooo well due to all the weight being at the bottom, making the CG really low. It rails round berms, its also plush as hell. taking it out to france this year wonder how it will cope with the braking bumps

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Favorite Trail:   Caersws

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   balfa.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   orange 223, appalache real.

Bike Setup:   03 superT's, saints, pro2 on ex721CD, thomson, funn, maxxis

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by derrick n a Downhiller from Poway

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2006

Strengths:    plush suspension, great setup with the rear triangle.

Weaknesses:    wide rear setup 150mm

Bottom Line:   
F*CKIn nice a$$ bike

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   big hit, demo 8, v10

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jurgen VanHoussen a Weekend Warrior from Calgary,CA

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2005

Strengths:    stiff, and plush on rockgardens, easy to handle, corners fast and pedals very well, agree with others in this reviews in all the positives

Weaknesses:    non so far, agree on the need for a floating rear disc, but I got one from brake therapy and hapily ever after

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, I have NO regrets of buying this frame, I moved the parts from my M-1, and rode it for 3 DH sessions, and decided to sell the Intense. I love my Avent Vandal, I think is a great bike well designed and fair priced, no need to pay more for same performance. I will recomend it to any Dowhiller or FR'er. Will not disapoint.

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Favorite Trail:   Northshore any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Germany local shop on a business travel

Similar Products Used:   Demo9, M-1, Kona StabPrimo and Banshee scream.

Bike Setup:   Manitou Travis 200,DeeMax,Atlas Xtype cranckset,e-thirteen,Kenda Nevegal 2.7F/2.5R-stan's tubless converted, thompson DH stem & post,Azonic B52 bar,Hayes ElCamino DB, CK headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roger Mcleod a Downhiller from Vancouver,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2005

Strengths:    Strong, stable, plush, light for a DH 9" travel frame, great steering at high speed, awesome overall handling, great bearings, pedal platform a plus

Weaknesses:    maybe the cable routing, should have a one way all housing for rear deraileur and a floating rear brake as an option

Bottom Line:   
This frame is as good as any of the ones I have used, and cost half or less, great quality and performance, will not brake your bank account and will take you to the podium with no hasless

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Favorite Trail:   widow wantch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   adrenaline bikes

Similar Products Used:   Demo-9, Kona stabprimo, S Cruz V-10, Intense M1 & M3

Bike Setup:   all Shimano Saint, Bombshell wheels, Bombshell Kamikaze fork That I have since '02 and still the best fork ever! Magura Gustav disc brakes, Kenda tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jamie from UK

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight at 9.5lbs, extremely plush, Swinger 6 Way, well priced and looks pretty good.

Weaknesses:    None really - tyre clearance on this proto was tight but the production version has longer stays to combat this.

Bottom Line:   
An awesome frame with all the right bits - works well and will definately be a winner on the race scene

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Avent Cycles - Prototype

Similar Products Used:   Balfa BB7's, Orange 222's

Bike Setup:   Boxxer WC 7", Hayes Mags, Bombshell Switchit hubs on Fat Daddy rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by danny murray a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2005

Strengths:    it has very good front forks to take all the shakes and huge drops of downhill tracks

Weaknesses:    when wet the diskwud jam and sqeek and i would sometimes have to get off and sort it out in da middle of a race

Bottom Line:   
gr8 bike 8/10

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Favorite Trail:   blair whitch / chedder

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   wades

Similar Products Used:   demo 8/stinky delux

Bike Setup:   marazokki bomber 200m front forks e-thirteen chain weel and disk hydraulic brakes from tektro reer 60m reer shok

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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Leona Canyon, 2:30 pm Friday April 26. Your welcome, I cleared vandal booby traps

LET 'ER RIP! Spent a good 40 minutes clearing off trail from bike haters. Some 6 inch trees were cut down, and about 10 uprooted. Bike haters are really starting to destroy that forest. Shame on them, l did 2 runs and cannot wait to go back. I saw a lot of this in Marin 20 years ago, so be vigilant, ... Read More »

Caught the Flow Trail Vandal - what do I do now?

I have tried to stay away from the negative after my first MTBR meltdown about the guys poaching and damaging a lot of the flow trail. Seems it was all well and good until this morning. I brought a reporter from Marin Magazine with me to the flow trail build and while I was explaining to him how ... Read More »

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Little information out there.:madman: Anyone ride, tested, know something the masses don't. Or do you have a friend who may ride either of these frames? Avent is American and Nox German. Your thoughts and reviews wanted. 1. Avent Vandal 2. Nox Flux HC 8.0Read More »

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