Avanti Hammer Bike 1998 or Older

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1645.00


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Avanti Hammer


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2008

Strengths:    High level of componentry for the price.

Weaknesses:    My only gripe would be, the Rock Shoxs, Tora 318's do require a bit of time adjusting them to the rider’s weight. But what good quality shocks today don't.

Bottom Line:   
Having shopped around for the best level of componentry in the price range of $1500 - $1800, I couldn't beat the Avanti Hammer. The contempory frame design that Avanti use on this bike is a proven thing, Avanti just continued to improve on it.

The Avanti Hammer that I bought is the L (large) frame size. I'm 90kg and 5'11" tall. 90% of my riding is on road daily to work and back, I could sit on this bike all day if work didn't get in the way. For the 10% trail riding that I do, it's superb.

I would recommend this bike for riders who prefer their bikes with very little flare in their design i.e. bends and twists all over the bike. The Avanti Hammer would suit riders who just want something that works, and works well.

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Favorite Trail:   With a life time of riding it's hard too narrow it down.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1574.00

Purchased At:   Lifecycles, Penrith,

Similar Products Used:   Avanti Lightning, Avanti Barracuda.

Bike Setup:   Standard. No modifications made apart from setting the shock's to my weight. There is a little chart on the back of the shock to make easier, so if you need to re-adjust, there is no need to go internet surfing for the correct weight settings information.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Shane a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Great value for money light frame
good fork
excellent components package
Cool color (Gold)


Weaknesses:    
The DiaCompe levers sux
The rear brake section of the frame flexs under heavy braking


Bottom Line:   
My first MTB (I switch from road recently) and I love it! Bought mine at the end of finanical year sale and paid a lot less than the RRP. The standard component setup is comparable to bike with $2000 price tag. The bike is light, tipping the scale at about 25 lbs. The frame is made by Kinesis and the welding and finish quality are better than most other bikes in this price range. The Jett XC is a great shock with heap of travel and has excellent damping (by farrrrrrrr...... better than C and T2). The standard stem is too flat and a bit too long for me. I change mine to Icon (90, 7) and the riding position is a lot more comfortable now. The DiaCompe brake actaully brakes as well as the LX. If you want more in the rear, get a brake booster. Oh, and the tires are great too with heaps of grips. Conclusion: A great bike with a smaller price tag. I would recommand this to any beginnner who is thinking of taking up MTB riding seriously. 5 chillies defintely.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Giant ATX 890
Cannondale F500 &F700
Kona NuNu


Bike Setup:   
Avanti Hammer Pro Series
Jett XC (great shock)
Mavic 138
STX-RC hubs
Specilized Dirt Cotrol/Master sport 1.9
Icon Stem
Bontrager race bar
LX brake levers and shifters
LX derail (front)
XT derail (rear)
DiaCompe 733 (front)
LX 570 (rear)
AC brake booster
Selle SPX

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