Avanti 2000 Barracuda Hardtail Bike

  • Front Shock RST Gamma EL
  • shimano deore
  • Rims Araya TM840 Aluminium Double Wall CNC Side Wall

  • User Reviews (11)

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    Robin Williams   Weekend Warrior [Mar 11, 2002]
    Strength:

    Strong Frame
    Running Components
    Disc Brakes are great

    Weakness:

    Could be lighter, might be due to the heavy shocks.
    The Shocks bottom out all the time. I can see why the new model has a new set of shocks.

    Good value for money. I couldn't find a bike which had similar components for the same low price.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Martin Dibb   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2001]
    Strength:

    Great frame (strong, beautifully welded in NZ, great finish,though a little heavy),nice Deore gearset and hollow cranks, bargain Magura Julie hydraulic discs, easy adjustment of headstem height.

    Weakness:

    Unbelievably crappy RST Gamma EL forks (constantly top out even on sealed road use,noisey, even with preload adjustment on full stiff I was getting 2" of bob when standing up),bars way too wide, headstem set-up too high from factory.

    Great value bike if you tinker with the setup a bit. I wondered why the hell I had ditched my Sedona/MG 21 setup when I first got the Barra home and rode the RST shocks. So chuck the RST forks away and fit a good quality front shock BEFORE you leave the shop!

    Similar Products Used: Previous bike was '96 Giant Sedona with Rock Shox MG 21's.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Andrew   Weekend Warrior [Sep 03, 2001]
    Strength:

    Great frame, excellent brakes, decent Deore groupset

    Weakness:

    RST shockers are crap for this type of bike

    This was the best value bike I could find. The frame and brakes are excellent and the Deore groupset is not bad. The only thing that is letting it down is the RST gamma EL forks. I changed mine to Rockshox Psylo's (quit an upgrade I know!) This has made it a much better bike. I would recommend this bike to anyone who wants a good bike for a weekend thrash but dosn't want to pay thousands.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Daryl Clark   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2001]
    Strength:

    frame can be bashed around, i've done 5 footers and landed flat, the frame didn't flench at all. the components on it last a while but need up gradeing after a while

    Weakness:

    the front suspension (rockshox jett) is bad, it hits my front tyre after doing a drop. the cranks are a &^%$# and a half, i banged it on a rock and the whole crankarm bent.
    the rims suck major!!! i've buckled them over 400000 times and they just keep buckleing, well maybe it because the rims are CRAP !
    the front end is a bit heavy i find it hard to wheelie and do wheelie drops

    if u need some bike that u can thrash, and don't have a lot of money at all, this is the bike. it takes anything besides 1000000000 foot drops and crazy stuff that crazy people do.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    owen pahl   Cross Country Rider [Jul 07, 2001]
    Strength:

    Strong frame, magura julie's, nice paint job

    Weakness:

    comes with crappy rear hub, and brake levers are expensive to replace

    i didnt show a price coz insurance paid for it (retail NZ$1899, i think). over all not a bad bike even if i did snap a frame, (avanti sent my a new one within a week no charge(big ups to avanti)), original hub was shocking, got it send away twice to get fixed, avanti ended up giving me a xt hub for NZ$85 (retail NZ$230), so now i havent had a problem with it. would recommend for cross country or light downhill.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Roger Cleland   Weekend Warrior [May 21, 2001]
    Strength:

    Refer below reveiw - they only fault at time of purchase was the RST brakes ..... Well Avanti have upgraded the Barracuda to Hydaulic Disks 2001 models on, so my LBS (PINS Manukau)& Avanti have come to the party and supplied Magura Hydralic "JULIE" disks for a reduced cost.(Thanx)
    So with the JULIE on the bike, I have no compliants - The Barracuda is great.... recommend to all

    Weakness:

    Now the RST brakes are gone - the only downfall is the RST Fork.... see the common denominator "RST" - but the Fork does the business just

    Worth it now - With the Barracuda sporting the Magura disks this bike is a great package for the price.
    This bike is definetly worth a look if you are looking for a new bike.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Eddie   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2000]
    Strength:

    Lightweight, Deore Componentry

    Weakness:

    RST Gamma EL forks (they suck big time), RST DX-1 disc brakes

    I basically looked for a bike that was below $1500 (Australian)and the Avanti Barracuda (disc) was the best option (so I thought). When I first tried it (for about 5 min) I thought this was the bike. After riding it to work and going off road on the weekends it became apparent that discs were not working properly. I took it back to the shop and they set it up 'properly' but I now know that it's the discs that are crappy. The RST Gamma EL fork is of poor quality as well. MY SUGGESTION IS TO STAY AWAY FROM RST.

    I am now looking for another bike, something with manitou or rock shox forks

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Darren Hoops   Cross Country Rider [Aug 10, 2000]
    Strength:

    Looks, Weight, balance, forks.

    Weakness:

    Rims

    I have been very happy since switching from my GT Palomar to my Avanti. My only complaint is that I had a huge while on a wicked Downhill section which resulted in why fromnt Araya rim bending in half. I have since then also buckled my rear rim. Previous a had never seriously buckled a rim. This bike would be an excellent step up for a beginner/novices first bike.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Mundi   Cross Country Rider [Jan 10, 2003]
    Strength:

    awesome frame, standard components are great.

    Weakness:

    those Rst shocks are shocking, and the Rst Disk brakes dont brake.

    awsome bike great standard setup , once you change the shocks and brakes then its a really good bike that will last you for ages and handles anything you throw at it,(within reason,3 foot drops are really pushing it)

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Adrian Hudson   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2001]
    Strength:

    Nice stiff frame with a long wheel base which makes this bike fast and a good climber. The julie discs are damn good stoppers. The cockpit is very comfortable with a shorter stem (off the 2001 v brake). Full deore group set with the hollow tech cranks (stiff).

    Weakness:

    The RST fork has no rebound dampening and is very soft. If you are going to jump this bike DON'T. I you learn to ride with the fork and not against it, it will still soak up the big bumps. The rims are also a little week as i managed to potato chip the back after 2 weeks of not very hard riding. The bike is also a little heavy but change forks and that would be solved.

    If you want an affordable weekend riding bike go for it and with a fork upgrade it would be a machine to be reckoned with.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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