GT 1998 Avalanche XC Hardtail

4.75/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $1049.00


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GT '98 Avalanche


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rockasockee a Cross Country Rider from Logan, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2011

Strengths:    I've owned it for 12 years and it still takes a pounding without showing any age or weakness.

Weaknesses:    Nothing at all.

Bottom Line:   
realizing this is an older bike, if you're thinking of purchasing an avalanche or zaskar (the avalanche le is basically a zaskar with lower end compenants) I would highly recommend this bike as a superb hardtail that fits better than most. I've ridden this bike over 3000 miles on every type of trail imaginable and it has never let me down. It's a keeper and I don't think i'll ever get rid of it! Great bike for both beginners and veterans alike.

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Favorite Trail:   Logan Canyon Trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Al's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher, Giants, Specialized, Jamis, Kona etc.

Bike Setup:   I've changed the stem, seat, front and rear derailleurs to xtr and added a brake stabilizer on back brake, and changed pedals also changed wheelsets several times currently ride mavic 517's also have a seatpost shock installed to take the edge off harder hits.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by greg a Weekend Warrior from Syosset, NY

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The bike has lasted almost 10 years and it is still going strong. My front suspension is on its way to the grave so i am shopping for a new suspension...not a new bike. If anyone knows what a good shock for this bike is please email me thanks.

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Favorite Trail:   Stillwell Loop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Victors Bike shop NYC

Bike Setup:   All Original

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rod Burley a Weekend Warrior from Houston, Tx, USA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2002

Strengths:    Extremely light! Indestructible frame - I have actually dented the frame years ago, but it's still structurally perfect. Good componenet selection.

Weaknesses:    none really

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike. Highly recommended. I weighed it the other day - 25lbs for a 16.5" bike. Very light, very tough. Best bike I have ever owned. I am selling it now only because I bought the only bike better than an aluminum GT - a Litespeed.

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Favorite Trail:   Lutes Mountain, Moncton, NB, Canada

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   I have rode Rocky Mountains (about 4) before I got my GT.

Bike Setup:   18" frame, no shock and LX components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Neenah, WI

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2001

Strengths:    This bike withstands anything. I have put it through every kind of terrain and pushed it to the max. It has never failed me. I have been racing for 4 years and I kept the bike stock for the first 1.5 years. The bike has quality components that can easily be upgraded if you desire. Marzocchi rules!

Weaknesses:    The crank squeeks after used a couple years, but by then it's time for an upgrade anyway. The bike starts off heavy out of the box because of the Bomber, but it's well worth it.

Bottom Line:   
If you can still get your hands on this bike, go for it. It is sweet. I love Marzocchi and would have a hard time buying anything else. The Avalanche will take so much abuse and just keep going.

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Favorite Trail:   Any single track around

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1048.00

Purchased At:   Gear N' UP

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F2000

Bike Setup:   XTR:Shifter/brakes; XT: derailleurs; red Race Face Next LP crankset; Race Face cro-mo bottom bracket; red Chris King headset; Mavic 517 rims with red spline drive nipples, red Chris King hubs and red salsa skewers; Moxey seat post; (oh, I have an Avalanche in billet with red decals!!!)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew from Winthrop ME

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2001

Strengths:    stiff frame, great paint job doesn't scrath easily like trek, rides smooth, light cheep over all great bike.

Weaknesses:    comes with mavic 221 which are to week and other than that nothing is week on this bike

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is that this bike is the toughest bike out there. I race every weekend and i am an agressive rider and this fram has held up through everything. some parts have broken, but hey that happens on every bike when you race.

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Favorite Trail:   sunday river

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Rainbow Bikes

Similar Products Used:   gt timberline/ and friends bikes

Bike Setup:   upgraded to 9sp with all xt with sram casset and chain. Also upgraded the shock to 01 sid sl

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt from RALEIGH

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000

Strengths:    frame & fork are the BEST. i like the part when i broke the frame and they replace it for free...now i upgrade to disc brakes

Weaknesses:    well, the frame breaks. but that isnt such a bad thing as long as you dont bust ass

Bottom Line:   
i love this bike. sad to see the origional frame go but out with the old and in with the new!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   other stuff

Bike Setup:   z2, lx/xt, rhyno lites

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kory from Calgary,AB,Canada

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2000

Strengths:    The frame is very stiff and held up good,the Z.2 fork is awesome!

Weaknesses:    The Stx crank and whatever the BB was Creaks badly after awhile (probably just needs some lube)

Bottom Line:   
what are u guys with the LE talking about! mabye has better components but The Z.2 is better than the judys!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   purchased used

Similar Products Used:   couple rigid bikes, and some friends hardtails

Bike Setup:   Z.2, wellgo wpd-700, ritchey rizer comp,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JaSe G a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2000

Strengths:    I actually own a GT Avalanche LE which I find is alot lighter and better than the Avalanche. The frame is light, but the Judy's just ain't enough travel...keep jaring my arms. Overall this bike is good, especially if you also like trial riding, jumping table tops etc.

Weaknesses:    They rear wheel is way too light and on steep up hills it slides to much, no tracktion. Other than that its pretty sturdy.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is Great on rides. I own a 16" frame and its just perfect for Trial things. A bit small on rides though so I would recommend an 17-18" Frame depending on your size. Forks need to have more travel and rear wheel has to have a stronger and heavier rim. All over its a really, really light, neat machine that will give you FUN. And thats all there is to MTBing!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Backwoods, GT Avalanche

Bike Setup:   LX: Cranks, Hubs, Front Derailler
XT: Brakes, Shifters, Rear Derailer
Forks: Judy SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kevin a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2000

Strengths:    LX, Z2 FORKS, AWESOME WORK ON THE FRAME, STIFF AND RESPONSIVE, EXTREMLY RUGGED

Weaknesses:    THE STX CRANKS,RIDE THEM UNTIL THEY BREAK. CAGES FOR PEDDLES, HAD THE DEALER REPLACE IMMEDIATELY. FRAME IS RUGGED BUT HEAVY. SEAT IS HARD FOR LOND RIDES BUT I PADDED IT.

Bottom Line:   
I DON'T MIND THE WEIGHT SINCE THIS BIKE REFUSES TO DIE. I BOUGHT NEW SPRING '98, THE NEW ONES NOW ARE EVEN BETTER SPECCED.AT THE TIME, GREAT VALUE. THE QUALITY OF FRAME WORK IS OUTSANDING FOR NON-HAND BUILT. THE Z2 FORKS ROCK. I LIVE IN CHICAGO AND RIDE THE CITY AND SUBURBAN TRAILS SO THIS MORE THAN PROVIDES WHAT I NEED. I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE CHARGED MORE AND PUT LX CRANKS ON IT.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $999.00

Similar Products Used:   GIANT CFM2

Bike Setup:   STOCK EXCEPT LX CRANKS, RITCHEY PEDDLES

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from San Diego CA

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2000

Strengths:    I have the Avalanche LE which has much better components (Rock Shox Judy fork, Shimano XT brakes, etc.). This bike has always worked great for me. Its fast, the braking is great and it has held up well.

Weaknesses:    I have had some problems with the derailer, but other than that, there are few weeknesses.

Bottom Line:   
If you don't need dual suspension (personally I think rear suspension just weighs you down and is a waste of money) this is a great bike. You should definitely considering getting the LE model over the standard Avalanche. The enhanced components make a big difference.

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Favorite Trail:   Eveything at Mammoth

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar

Bike Setup:   18" frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sean Dollard a Cross Country Rider from Albany,NY

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2000

Strengths:    Tracks like a rollercoaster on acid. great climber with anybody but my big butt on it. WTB Velocirators some of the best tire in alot of conditions but wore out fast.

Weaknesses:    Initial components not ment for the clydsdale class of rider. Stiff frame, too stiff for the north-east. Broke the stx-rc crank the third day of riding. (Shop wouldn't warranty crank)

Bottom Line:   
Great frame good components for the money but if you ride the least bit hard be pepared to upgrade or replace worn outs.

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Favorite Trail:   Pine Bush

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   GT Outpost fully ridged. This was my first mountain bike. I purchased it to see if I really like it. I was hooked.

Bike Setup:   Was stock for first 6 months then upgraded.. XTR rear der. XTR pods and brakelevers and brakes. Sun Ryhno lite wheels laced to LX hubs.(Needed something realy strong) Tioga Factory cros scountry tires Tioga riser bar.2 inch rise. RaceFace Crank. Upgraded bottem bracket, cassette chain after the initial product wore out. Shimano Clipless DX.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnny T Nordahl a Downhiller from Lierbyen, Lier, Norway

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2000

Strengths:    The frame is light and stiff, very stiff. In fact, it's the best frame I've ever used. The components are good and it is good downhill.

Weaknesses:    Toe clips and STX-RC cranks at this price ain't good.
The rest is perfect.


Bottom Line:   
This is a good cross country bike, but it ain't quite as light as I mean that a cross country bike should be.
I use it most for downhill/freeride were it works almost perfect (short travel fork and no rear suspension), but it's a blast down Aronsløypa, which is a skiing senter!!

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Favorite Trail:   Aronsløypa

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   LX cranksand XT crankarm on the left side (the shop didn't have any more LX), the rest is as it was.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alexander McCall a Weekend Warrior from Mobile, AL

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2000

Strengths:    Great Frame realy responsive and stiff

Weaknesses:    Seat Creeks and Tires to aggressive. I had to switch out to semi slicks.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   Chickasabouge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Jamis, Bianchi


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kory a Cross Country Rider from Clagary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2000

Strengths:    The z.2 fork was nice and the kore stem and bars helped. all Lx except for cranks and rear hub, rear derrauller XT was very nice.

Weaknesses:    THE SEAT!!! cranks.

Bottom Line:   
I got it for about $1000 CDN and it is an excellent bike for the money. if you have money up[grade cranks and pedals!!!! But overall its a superb bike

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Favorite Trail:   powder face

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ralph harvix a Cross Country Rider from RALEIGH

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2000

Strengths:    great frame, strong as my socks.(smelly) not the frame. its good. doesnt smell. excellent fork Z2!, XT rear derailleur, otherwise smartly specd.

Weaknesses:    none yet, maybe the stx-rc cranks but we'll see

Bottom Line:   
woah. i woke up early to take her out for the maiden voyage and she's a fast lady. fast women...mmmm...so i was just going friggin a zillion and the fork just freakin ate the bumps and pooped them out! she's a monster, climbs like the dikens. i was just surprised that it came with some cheesy cranks and platforms with clips. i tried riding off a ledge and fergot that i wasnt attached, so i sayd DAYUMMZ...4 burning hemmerhoids for value(crankz)-id give 4.5- but overall its unstoppable

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Favorite Trail:   DEMONSLAYER!!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   rigid jamis chro-mo

Bike Setup:   stock, ritchey clipless

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