With a lightweight aluminum frame, stable, easy-to-ride geometry, trail-worthy component spec and, 63mm travel forks, the Aggressor has everything the aspiring trail rider needs to be introduced into the sport of mountain biking, without riding like a bogged-down-hog on the street.
Strengths: Triple triangle frame is iconic. Very rigid and stiff for excellent handling and durability.
Weaknesses: Given the price I paid for it I can't really fault it much even though it isn't perfect. The things I'd recommend you replace right away are the pedals and tires.
Excellent bike for the money if you can't get it at a discount price. It makes a great platform for bettering your MTB skills while you save up for a better bike. It looks incredibly nice with the triple triangle frame but I suggest flipping the stem over for a more aggressive XC stance. I'd also lower the bar by removing a couple rings from the steerer tube. I love the seat. It is the highest quality part of the entire bike. The first few rides really hurt my bottom but after getting it setup correctly it feels much better.
Strengths: Awesome design, good welds, nice paint job and brilliant quality. Good gearshifts (on 2/3 derailieur speeds)
Weaknesses: Uncomfortable saddle, gearshifts dont always work properly, faulty breaks, tacky shifters. Little play in the suspension
Got the bike 4 years ago and was good from the beginning. Never liked the suspension but had crisp gear changes. Until the derailieur started malfunctioning 6 months later. And then a year later the brakes failed. This was probably due to riding on the hard trails and heavy ussage and commuting. Despite the minor unreliability it made a very good bike in the city as well. My neighborhood is covered in potholes and this bike has a very smooth ride. Also has great potential on the trail. I have replaced many things on it, such as brand new front shocks, shimano 10 speed,new pedals, saddle and handlebar. Overall, works great out of the box and is very durable. Ive done over 2000 miles on it and would recommend it for anyone looking for a great starting bike that you can upgrade as you go.
Bike Setup: Assembled at my local bike store, I installed modifiacations in my garage
a Weekend Warrior
from philadelphia, pa, usa
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2011
Strengths: good on dirt and in street. Lighter than steel. Paint looks great still. I like the suspension.
Weaknesses: front shifter seems a little out of line.
I bought this from an older man who said his son won this bike in a drawing and then almost immediately got his driver's license. The bike was hardly ever ridden and the man was sick of it in his garage.
My bike needed plenty of lubing due to sitting and hardly ridden. Its a great bike-a true pleasure to ride. The original seat was killing me so I got a comfort seat and have never looked back.
If you have a chance to get this bike used but in good working order don't be afraid to get the bike-especially if your not a hardcore off road biker.
I took it too a high end bike shop for service and the very knowledgeable manager told me the bike was a good durable bike and one of his best customers has the same bike and puts over 200 miles a week on it and its in great condition.
He also said that it should last a long time as long I don't abuse it with stunts and five foot jumps since its not intended for that.
I've rode mostly dirt trails and a few paved trails altogether about 34 miles and totally love it!! I wish I never had stopped riding. Never plan on stopping again!
Similar Products Used: Trek 800 single track mtn bike.
Bike Setup: original components
a Weekend Warrior
from Ames IA.
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010
Strengths: Had the bike since new, solid frame, componants are weak, but trustworthy.
Weaknesses: Heavy, heavy, heavy.
Honestly I have had this bike for a long time, and though the componants are weak, I haven't broke anything yet. Shifting could be a lot crisper, but this a solid bike, bordering on bulletproof for average riders.
a Weekend Warrior
from Durham England
Date Reviewed: January 23, 2006
Strengths: light frame, gears work fine
Weaknesses: Not all the original parts are very good, especially the forks and bottom bracket
I agree with many of the riders out there who say that the bike is ok when its bought, but a few upgrades make such a difference.
The front of the bike was a bit cramped and heavey, i now have a lighter (and longer) stem and handlebars it handles like a completly different bike, very nice indeed! I'll be upgrading the shocks to some lightweight Manitous soon and then i think it will be perfect for me.
The frame is quite lightweight, and feels very strong-no flexing when pedalling hard or going over bumps.
now for the bad bits: The paint seems to chip very easily, especially on the underside of the downtube where the gear cables are located.
The bottom bracket is on its last legs, and i hardley abuse the bike much. (it is a few years old now however)
The forks it comes with are pretty budget, i doubt many people keep them.
That all said, i dont agree with the people over here replacing everything, or breaking the bike within 6 months. Its an entry level bike for a start and thats really what you get. Not bad, but then dont be surprised not to find XT stamped on everything. And if you shear a bike in two(!!) (as one person from bristol did) maybe you should think about how you treat and maintain your bike? Accidents arent always caused by faulty material you know.
Similar Products Used: Some Trek hardtail with Manitou SX's
Bike Setup: As bought, except: rst381DH forks, Ritchey Stem, JamminTT bars, Alexrims rims, IRC Notos Tyres, and some posher pedals
from Kingman, Kansas, USA
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2005
Strengths: The frame is the hardest thing break and is made of light weight Aluminum. The paint is thick and hard to chip.The seat and seat post are not to bad. The frame and some of the components can take a lot of abuse.
Weaknesses: On hard landings the chain can fall off and get caught between the rear cassette and the frame. The shifters, break pads, and the pedals had to go.
It is an all around good bike. It can take a lot of punishment. But it needs to be setup to your riding style for it to benefit you.
Bike Setup: everything else original Except the following: Rapid fire shifters, Crankbrothers pedals, Bontrager seat, and Rock shocks seat post.
from St. John's, NL, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2005
Strengths: I have been riding this bike now for four years!! Trust me, THE FRAME is very good. It is lightwieght but very strong! The v- brakes are tough and long lasting, and suprisingly the derailer can take massive abuse.The rims will take a decent amount of abuse.
Weaknesses: The BB is pretty crappy. So are the cranks. Rims will give out under a lot of freeride/downhill. I did manage to bend the bars(but after 3 years). If it matters to you the bike cant fit more thatn a 2.2 rear tire.
This is a good bike! It is an amazing bike for someone to get when they are getting really into riding and upgade as they go on. Depending on your riding style, this bike completely stock will last you different amounts of time. If you love cross country, then this will last a long time, if you are dirt jumping, it will last a while too. If you are like me and mostly freeride/downhill/street,well then after a year you will definetly need some new components. I would recommend changing the fork, unless you do light riding. Same goes for the wheels. Dont put on more than a five inch fork. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS: This bike has a very, very good frame. It is good for whatever you want to do, it responds well. The stock components are a little weak and somewhat heavy. Great bike to upgrade. Trust me, after four years, and im still riding the bike on all terrain possible(Freeride, street, trials, downhill,jumping)I can tell you its a tough frame that is comparable in strength to that of much more expensive!
Similar Products Used: I havent needed to anything else!
Bike Setup: Now:Marzocchi Bomber(4inch), Truvativ holzfellar cranks, Fsa BB, Truvativ husseleft stem, titec bars, Atomlab GI street custom built wheelset(deore hubs, DT swiss spokes), Vee Rubber tires, Hayes HMX-1 disc brake, Promax rear v-brake, Jaguar v pads, Axiom jumping pedals, Scwhinn seat, Shimano cassette, INTENSE locking grips, stock derailers,shifters,and seat post.
from uk england bristol
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2004
Strengths: very light and throwable and looks good.......... good warrenty i got a new frame after AGES OF WAITING and the sold it straight away!
Weaknesses: every single thing on the bike breacks within six mounths of using the thing. ul hav to get it fix every seconded intill u get fed up and decide to replace watevers broken all together (waste of mony) the frame was the last thing to break on mine after just 6 mounths of being brout. trust me evrey thing u can think of broke! the frame snaped when i was doing back hops! the third one snaped the frame cleanly at the back!!!!!!!!!
THE BIKES A LOAD OF CRAP IF YOUR PLANING TO GO RIDIDNG AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK! DONT BYE IT PLAESE FOR YOUR OWN SAKE!
Bike Setup: when the bike frame broke:- d321 back and front hope mini mono on the back no front brake mozocchi mx comps
from Pittsburgh PA
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004
Strengths: love the frame, couldnt ask for anything else, very happy with it! Light and strong!! It had a very soft GT seat on it but i threw it on my womans bike!
Weaknesses: Poor parts!!! i upgraded everything allmost sofar! the front an rear delrailers are poor thats the next thing i am upgrading!The factory parts on the bike wasnt top of the line the parts worked good if your on street but when you got in the dirt it was differnt story! i had a problem with the chain poping off the gears an get stuck up hill
very nice bike to hook up, just have to upgrade the parts to your riding style! You Ride it, like it, buy it!!!!
It gets 5 Flaming' Chilis after you set the bike up your way for overall
Favorite Trail: anywhere in pittsburgh with dirt an trees :)
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: EBAY
Bike Setup: Rock Shox forks, black syncros 6061 T6 big box wheels with shimano deore XT hubs, i built the rims my self! IRD Dual-Banger front hydro disk brake, shimano deore crank, ritchey threadless stem and a GT seat that came from a GT avalanche that is black and blue to match my black and blue color "BIKE"
a Cross Country Rider
from Tucson, Az
Great entry level bike. The price is right, and if you find a nice overstock at eBay or something it allows you to upgrade the sorry, embarrasing, heavy, and chinsy components. The original stock components are very lousy. The 32 small ring won't allow you to do any serious climbing, unless you have Arnies calves. The Suntour XCR shocks weigh about as much as the entire bike itself. I shaved a LOT of weight just by replacing the forks. The BB looks like something that Huffy would even pass on.(which I didn't know about untill it needed to be replaced for the new cranks and rings. Overall, it's a great base for a hands on builder if you're into that sort of thing.
Similar Products Used: Kona, Specialized, Giant, Iguana
Bike Setup: Raceface cranks, engagement 22/32/44 rings, XTR rear d, XT front d, deore BB, mavic 231 w/XT hubs, bazooka seat, bontrager carbon fiber bars, answer titanium stem, aheadset, and specialized manitau answer forks, ritchey clipless, and a partridge in a pear tree.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2003
Strengths: Exellent frame with really good geometry, ideal for most terrain. handles DH sections with ease in comparison with other hard tails which cost far more.
Weaknesses: Drive-train not designed for cross country riding, Wheel rims big heavy and flexy. most components require upgrading within a short period of riding time.
Apart from upgrading every component, the bike is an exellent choice for the beginner. having to upgrade the componentry gives you the rider exellent bike component knowledge and understanding of what mountain biking and bike mainainance is really all about. It really handles the rough stuff very well. I would reccomend it to anyone who is just getting started in the noble art of mountain biking.
Bike Setup: Shimano deore drive-train, Octalink BB, deore V breaks,Easton EA50 riser bars, head set & seat post, Gel selle italia oktavia saddle, Rox shox judy TT fork.
a Weekend Warrior
from Halifax NS CAN
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2003
Strengths: At 299$ Can... you can't beet the price.
Weaknesses: None yet.....
This is the perfect starter for my 10 year old daughter and anyone looking for a decent bike on a budget. Fit and finish are a1. Despite the bad rap on the components it shifts flawlessly with no rubbing, missing or jumping. Endo's are a snap. You can actually bounce it like a pogo stick.
For the price you can't get a better bike. If your cheaper parts wear out you can up grade to better.
Bike Setup: Basically stock. XS frame. Baby blue colour. Came with rapid fire shifters not twist grip.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hartlepool, Cleveland, England
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003
Strengths: The frame and the coulour. Red is the fastest. The forks kinda liveable with but not great.
Weaknesses: The drivetrain, the front mech wont change right although this improves with age. Ive rode the bike for 2 years now and it needs the drivetrain needs replacing, but i think thats just a fact of life.
Great frame the parts will last for about a year or two. Buy the bike its great. This bike would be great for a trail rider. The frame looks strong enough to jump but i havent tryed.
Purchased At: Halfords, not sure how to convert to dollars so the bike was £300
Similar Products Used: £100 pound bike
Bike Setup: Upgraded Marzocchi MXC, easton bars & stem, Specilazied saddle, Shimano spds, Mavic F519 rims and deore disc hub front normal rear, bar ends and deore groupset coming soon!
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2003
Strengths: the stiff frame, and i like the baby blue colour.
Weaknesses: the whole driveline! ive had heaps of trouble, replacing the bottom bracket, freewheel and chain. it still needs a different front derailer, it rubs on both the large and small chainrings: metal on metal makes for a serene ride not.
dont buy this bike.
it was thrown together by GT when they were going under (just before they were sold) probably for quick cash flow. the freewheel spacing didnt match the shifters or chain. the front derailer isnt the right size, and rubs continuously, and the bottom bracket fell apart when removed.
ive taken it back to Melbourne Bicycle Centre 10 times, and they still havent fixed it properly!! i wish they and GT would get it together with their warranty claims. they obviously dont care about us here in Australia.
its been a very disappointing bike to own and ride.
Similar Products Used: i test-rode most other bikes in the $500 AU price bracket.
Bike Setup: just basic accessories added, bar ends, computer, water bottle cages.
a Weekend Warrior
from Lake Mary , Fl
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2003
Strengths: Great overall value for price . Can't break the frame ( I know , I've tried ).
Weaknesses: Weak rims (get strong double walled rims and you'll be cool)
Strong bike , served me well for a year 1/2 . I got new double wall rims cuz i kept on bending the stock set(best thing i ever did for the bike) . I ride pretty hard and I weigh 185 lbs . I used this bike nearly 3 days a week and abused it (it's not really made for a-frames and wheelie drops or jumping , but i did it) . It creaks and whines a bit in the drivetrain and bb , but that's expected when you take 4 foot drops alot . It's done it's job well , in fact , it's in the garage for whenever I might need a hardtail . Now I have a Haro x1 on the way to better suit my riding style . Seriously , if I spent another $200 on a new drive train and crankset/bottom bracket , I'd be golden , but I need a full squish bike for my aching bones . Buy this bike if you're 18 and like to do dumb things on bikes (me) , and then get a good set of rims . It'll give you enough time to save for a beginner type freeride bike . p.s. If I weigh 185 lbs and suck with body language , and ride super hard , and couldn't break this bike , how can you xc type guys break this bike? Seriously , you guys just want to whine and pretend you're roland green or something . Do us a favor , get off the trails and ride a roadie , jerks .