GT Avalanche 2.0 Mechanical Disc XC Hardtail

4.6/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $769.00

Product Description

The hard-tail that all others are measured by. When you're ready to graduate from that first rig you bought - the one they told you was capable of being ridden off-road, but which was really ready for campus cruising - the Avalanche is without question the bike you want. More than just a bike which you can ride about town, the Avalanche is also equipped for gnarly trails and sublime single track. With lightweight, triple-triangle aluminum frames, trail-ready component specs, and front suspension, the Avalanche is chomping at the bit to earn its wings. Are you?

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by itsnotbroken a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2017

Strengths:    Frame is very sturdy. Ergonomics (body position) is great. Brakes very predictable & no messing with hydro fluid. Dérailleur hanger easy to find (see Dérailleur Hanger under weakness). This frame is almost perfect geometry. Everything just 'feels" right. Never feels like it's out of control.

Weaknesses:    TruVative Cranks bent from drops/jumps. Alivio brifters (combo brakes/shifters). Dérailleur hanger bends/breaks easily (see Dérailleur Hanger under strengths). Rear chainstays/seatstays are very narrow (cant use more than a 2.25 wide tire)

Bottom Line:   
This is for 2007 model.
I am 190lbs and ride hard trails 2-3 times a week & occasional XC races.
Picked it up used, so a few things had already been swapped. I will leave them off the review. Most importantly the stock Suntour XCR had been replaced with a 2000 Manitou MARS that bottomed out all the time. I found a used Rockshox SID RLO and it is fantastic.
Only problems I have with this bike are drive-train because of mid spec groupset. (Would not have these issues on Avalanche 1.0 with Deore) The grease in the brifters gums up & the ratchets don't catch. Middle chain ring bent. I replaced it once & then broke off a tooth. Cranks are now bent.
Also, The rear hanger bends easily so rear shifting gets out of whack, need to keep checking it frequently. I have also broken it off once. It's supposed to do that, but it just seems to need too much attention.
The only serious frame flaw is that the rear chainstays/seatstays are very narrow at the top, so tire choice is limited. We have tons of sand where I ride & I need as wide as I can get. This limits the rear tire to about a 2.25 or 2.3 if I'm lucky. I also have a Trek 4300 & I have 2.5 on rear now & tons of room to spare. This is probably why I will sell the bike. Newer models have oval tubing at the seat stays to make room for tire clearance.

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Favorite Trail:   Bell Mountain, Apple Valley, CA

Duration Product Used:   5 years & counting

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Trek4300 hydro disc, Specialized HardRock (I've had both Aluminum & ChroMo versions), Diamondback Outlook, GT Performer Pro

Bike Setup:   Rockshox SID, Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 Front, HansDampf 2.3 Rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Loveriding

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2013

Strengths:    Very nimble. Strong brakes. Good components for the price point. Very responsive and light on its feet.

Weaknesses:    Wish it was at least SLX components but Alivio is satisfactory for up to intermediate riders without issue. Shifters would be the main thing to update.

Bottom Line:   
We got this bike from someone else at a great price and it's easily worth full price. Very nimble bike can handle the twisties without issue. Bike is at home on singletrack at all sorts of speeds. Strong braking and responsive forks. While more of an XT type person, Alivio performs admirably. Shifters would be the one thing I would update to at least SLX or XT. Tires work well although I am not a huge fan of the wider variety but that's just preference. Overall, the bike is very solid, a blast to ride and you can tell it wants to be thrown around the moment you get on it. You'll have fun on it!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dandy a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2013

Strengths:    Great bike for a beginner. I got this bike when I started riding trails and rode the bejesus out of this thing. Narrowed up the handlebars and it was nimble, relatively light, and a ton of fun to ride. In Texas, you get lots of trails with limestone shelfs, this bike did just fine going up & down those and also handled rooty, twisty trails as well.

Weaknesses:    The weaknesses of the bike weren't specific to the model, mostly specific to the platform. You simply aren't going to get top-line performance out of a 26" hardtail that costs $600. If I had to pick one thing that really bothered me about the bike, it would be the cable management - totally fixable with a set of zip ties.

Bottom Line:   
This was a fantastic buy and I would absolutely do it again. I was learning how to ride trails and I did all kinds of bad things to this bike, but it kept on chugging.

Climbing was good, wheelies were easy, my control of the bike was superb. The only downside of the bike was that it wasn't a 29'er full suspension - but I knew that going in.

This bike was an animal, and when it came time to take a step up, you bet your sweet nuggets I chose another GT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2012

Strengths:    Everything! The bike rides great uphill and the locking forks help a lot! Going downhill is a easy as well. Make sure you are in the proper position and you will do just fine. Shifts perfect, brakes are great. Even going down a large paved hill/mountain road they worked great! With regards to the forks, I have yet to bottom out.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Its a great bike for those trying to get back into it. Try looking for a previous model, I purchased a 2011 for a lot cheaper than the 2012.. but who cares. I wont be doing any hardcore racing anytime soon.

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Favorite Trail:   I love them all

Duration Product Used:   6 days

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   performance bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dillon a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2011

Strengths:    The Bike is all around strong if I had to pick one thing it would be the durability and weight of the frame.

Weaknesses:    The stock grips aren't great.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is a great purchase, now I am a beginner but I have been rough on this bike the short time I've had it. I at this point and time am extremely happy with my purchase. I wouldn't change anything about the bike except the stock pedals, but who wouldn't. The breaks are great can stop on a dime on a 15% down grade no problem. The saddle is surprisingly comfortable. The bike as a whole is just very solid and I would recommend it to anyone. So In my summation I would buy this bike as a beginner, but I as a beginner have no right to say anything further.

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Favorite Trail:   EVERYWHERE

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Bell front and rear lights, kryptonite lock, shimano clip pedals, and Schwinn odo.

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