Strengths: Good frame, excellent overall components for the price
Weaknesses: Stock pedals are terrible plastic, very hard to get the disc brakes to not rub, brake and shifter cable clips come pop off quickly but zipties fix this easily
Overall the GT Avalanche 3.0 is an excellent entry level bike. For the money you'd be crazy to be complaining about the components. This bike is solid.
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012
Strengths: Good bike. Comfy saddle, nice wide handlebars, good tires, smooth drivetrain, shifts perfectly.
Weaknesses: Heavy around 33lb. The fork is not great. The breaks are not great.
I upgraded the fork and the rear brake after some use and now feel great about the bike.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2012
I bought this bike October of 2011 . I have easily put 1900 or more miles on this bike. I will be real with you i have used this bike as a daily commuter and i have hit all the trails in south Florida . lets be real you get what you pay for . luckily i have a great LBS and they replaced everything no questions asked and any problems I have had they have fixed. if you are going to buy this bike make sure the LBS you go to will stand behind their product 100% for the first year or at least 10 mounths .
You cant expect it not to break its a starter bike. have fun with it scratch it use it destroy it. and when your all done go buy your self the 1500-3500 bike of your dreams
parts i have replaced
pedals are plastic and garbage
front derailleur replace
rear wheel hub
first set of tries wore out quick
brakes squeak but once you adjust brakes and properly break in pads you shouldn't have problems
Weaknesses: Components are entry level. Crankset had no provision for chainring replacement, the chainrings were riveted to the spider.
This is the go to, daily driver. I bought this bike as a training rider. Why wear out the high-end ultralight XC machine for training? Plus you can turn your back on it and not worry too much about being out alot of money if taken.
Price point is fantastic at Performance for $250 on sale. I've owned this now for 9 years from new. I have replaced every component except frame, bottom bracket, stem, headset, saddle, brake calipers, and front derailluer. Take some weight out by finding a much lighter fork first. Amazing how much more responsive with a lighter fork.
This bike has been riden extensively and just keeps going. Frame is extremely robust. The WTB/GT Speed V saddle is one of the most comfortable saddles I've ever ridden
Similar Products Used: Old school Raleigh's, Fishers, Ross HT's
Bike Setup: GT Avalanche 3.0 frame size Medium, Tektro discs(stock on bike)/ Forte levers. Shim XT 8 spd shift pods, XT rear der, SRAM 8 sp cass, Shim Alivio crankset(u can replace chainrings!), shim tapered BB, Wipperman SS chain, Manitou MRD susp fork, White Bros hubs F/R w WTB disc rims, GT stem, Salsa Go-Moto Risers, Control Tech bar ends, Odyssey triple traps with toe clips, Ritchey seatpost and the stock WTB/GT Speed V saddle.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2012
Strengths: 2011 Black Green & White frame looks so good and the price
Weaknesses: Wheels wore out after about 2000miles pedals went after about 300 miles
Great bike great work horse use it everyday best use for long distance riding. Love mine that much knowing it wasn't very high spec changed brakes too Deore Rolf Dolomite wheels Carbon bars and seat post and changed crank
Bike Setup: GT Avalanche 3.0 2011, Gravity carbon bars, Rolf dolomite wheels, Protech carbon seat post
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2011
Strengths: its price
This is a rip off
This bike is a disaster; I have had a gt 3 2012 for 4 months now I had to have it serviced nearly every 4 weeks and even had a breakdown whilst cycling on the road the rear derailleur just folded into it self the best part of all this they would not replace there part nor would they return it so that I may attach a photo of their failed product. Changing gears is a nightmare it will work for a day or two after you had it serviced then its back to its normal jumping. Don’t even think about putting the bike on a proper dirt trail as I don’t think it will you will come back on it.
The services are not cheap either. By the next services I would have spend more on maintenance cost then the cost of the cycle, I have been using the cycle for training for the 94.7 road race and the only off road cycling I have done was on northern farm defiantly not heavy off-road conditions. In short this is my first mountain bike and my first race and the lesson learned is buying cheap and you get despicable quality
from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2011
Strengths: -Good Looking
-Nice tires (Maxxis Moobsters 2.35 and 2.10 - Now discontinued )
-Nice saddle (WTB)
-Very strong and good looking frame (always loved the triple triangle design)
-Nice GT grips (same as high end GT bikes)
-Cool stickers (nice look like I said although I'm sick of all the squares)
Weaknesses: -Rear derailleur isn't good (constantly jumping gears)
-Front derailleur almost went off after I took a couple jumps and did some medium/intense trail riding. I still can't adjust it right 4 months later.
-The pedals aren't good either (left one broke 2-3 months after I bought the bike. I believe I took a 2ft drop on flat)
-Brakes are a nightmare (constantly squealing and I need to adjust them every 2-3 ride.
-The fork is horrible, it says for "recreational trail riding" on suntour's website. That explains a lot! I tried a RS Judy year 1999 and it was way, way better.
-I couldn't find any info on the rims at all? I guess it says a lot but apparently they are alexrims if I'm not mistaken since I took off all the those stickers..don't like yellow squares.
-The crank isn't any good obviously since it's made by suntour.
-The 9 speed cassette is decent though but nothing special either.
-All the cables went off at some point, almost crashed.
-The hubs? Well I was scared thinking about it.
-The tubes are so skinny..I changed them both for puncture resistant after getting 5 or 6 flats.
I thought I'd get something better for 600$CAN but now I'm realizing that this bike is made of basic components that are worth nothing. The only thing good about this bike is the frame. I wish I knew that before, I would have probably just got myself a used bike for 700$CAN and it would rock. Everything is such a rip off in Montreal/Canada..
I suggest you to not take any jumps and don't do anything with it except "recreational trail riding" or you will end up having to waste money.
It sure is a good bike for a noob though. It will introduce you to mountain biking and all that stuff. But don't pay more than 500$ for it.
Bike Setup: I changed the saddle for THE one's but I won't change anything else. Was thinking about changing the brakes and other stuff but I'd rather get a better bike than waste my money to change literally all the components.
a Weekend Warrior
from arlington tx
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2011
Strengths: the frame feels very solid, lockout fork and is great for any noob that wants to take it to the next level
Weaknesses: it can use a better fork but it works for the price of the setup, the wheels can be better also, and a bit on the heavy side
I ride 1-2 times a weeks and I ride as hard as I can which also involves whipping out hard and hitting roots hard and let me tell ya this bike can take a beating and the components on it can get the job done, i would recommend this bike to any new rider
PS WEAR A HELMET ALWAYS
Similar Products Used: N/a Walmart mongoose isn't even comparative.
Bike Setup: Forte pedals. Soon RockShox or similar fork. Hubs etc. So much wanting and dreaming.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011
Strengths: This is the GT Avalanche 3.0 Hydro Disc 2011 model.
The Tektro Auriga Comp Hydro break set up is extremely satisfying after beding in the pads.
Shimano Deore 24 speed with the SR SunTour PFF drive chain is smooth and responsive.
The overall Ride and feel of this bike exceed's the price of £500. The Price to performance ratio really makes this bike worth the purchase.
Weaknesses: The XCM V3 SunTour Forks are comfortable but do bottom out on rough trails. Also the lock out is on the forks rather than on the handle Bars, small fault but nothing major.
The Tektro Auriga break levers feel great but are the piston is easily ripped out in the event of a crash (as i unfortunatly found out :P) easily poped back in but unless fixed properly (New piston head washer fitted) the break can feel quite squishy and unresposive with out putting more than two finger breaking into effect.
Overall a great Mid range hard tail that is perfect for any one looking to make the step up from that first rig they bought.
from Walnut Creek, California, United States
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2011
Strengths: The Frame is probably the srongest part on my bike but everything ele is pretty good too. Some people dislike the shocks on this bike but if you take care of them properly they work fine.
Weaknesses: The derailluer(Shimano Alivio) is horrible. I definately recommend a chainstay or replacment for anyone who owns this bike because the derailluer is loose and really scratches the frame. The disc brakes can really start rubbing after awhile and it gets annoying. Try not to get any wd-40 on them!
All-in-All it's worth the price and buy. I reccomend it to anyone who is a beginner and likes to go fast and get dirty in the Open Space.
Bike Setup: Gt Avalanche 3.0 Frame, Race Face Atlas am riser bars, Race Face Sniper lock on grips, Azonic Barretta stem, Sram x-5 derailleur, Race Face Dunce seat, all other products included on bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from Suffolk, VA, U.S
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2011
Strengths: Frame is solid (but very heavy)
Shifter and derailer seems good.
Weaknesses: Suntour XCM V3 forks are weak, I know its only a mid grade bike but these forks are really cheap, they bottom out at full travel just hitting larger bumps on the sidewalk!? Even when I have them locked out, they still have a small amount of travel and bottom out on every little crack, like metal to metal bottom out! VERY, VERY CHEAP!
The Tektro Disc Brakes are also very Cheap, the discs warp Rediculously easy and the pads need to be adjusted constantly. I,ve only had the bike for a few days and have only ridden it on the street right around the naborhood So, imagine what a nightmare its going to be once its out on an average trail?
I used to be an avid mountain biker but have been away from it for 4 or 5 years. I've gotten the itch again but don't want to drop 1k+ just yet.
After reading a lot of the reviews here and other sites I thought this bike was about the best in my price range and would be a good buy on a good Mid grade bike.. Trust me when I say, It's not! The components that they are pushing off on bikes today are trash. When I bought my Gary Fisher back in 2002 It had Manitou elite 6 shocks (very sufficient) those were considered the mid grade forks then.. Suntour and RST were the junk department store brand of forks, now their trying to tell everyone that they are much more of a quality and reliable brand, I bought into it.. BS! they are still junk just like they were back then.
It seems to me like they have created a whole new level of cheap components and in turn are now calling the old cheap components the new Mid level components and pricing them as so.
Bottom line: Unless your ready to spend 1200 plus on a "decent" Mountain bike or hunt something used down on ebay at a decent price, you might as well buy a bike at a box store for 100-200 bucks and get the same quality as a bike like the GT Avalanche 3.0 or equivalent.
I have decided to return the GT and look for something good but used on ebay.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2011
Strengths: Over all best package deal for the money.
Weaknesses: You get what you pay for so there's no weaknesses considering it's better out fitted than any bike in this price range.
People are complaining about the fork not being that good for the brakes being subpar but face it, you're getting an adjustable fork and a bike with disc breaks + a 24 speed for under 400$. No other manufacturer can touch that. I purchased a Trek 3700 for 400$ and it was falling apart. I sold it to a close friend and purchased the GT for 50$ less and got a true mountain bike. This GT has made me love biking all over again and now I ride everyday. I might of only had it for a few months but I've put over 800 miles on it and there's no faults to report. I love this bike and my next bike will be a GT full suspension.