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I'm looking at purchasing one of these bikes for my girlfriend on her B-day in a couple weeks. I'm going to double check her inseam length to make sure I get the right size, she is 5'7". This is her first mountain bike and will be riding with me from time to time on singletrack, but I imagine the majority of riding will be flat paths and such. It appears the GT has better components all the way around, but Giant seems to be a great bang for the buck bike as well. I'm not sure if the GT weighs more or less than the Giant.. Any opinions? They are close to the same price, so I'm on the fence...details are below on specs. Thanks in advance for your opinions!!

GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc GTw Ladies Mountain - $549
2011 GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc GTw Ladies Mountain Bike -- U.S. Exclusive - 2011 Bike Exclusions

BOTTOM BRACKET: Shimano BB-UN26

BRAKES: Tektro Draco hydraulic disc with 180mm rotor front, 160mm rotor rear

CASSETTE: Shimano CS-HG-30, 9-speed, 11-34T

CHAIN: HG53, 9-speed

CRANKSET: FSA DynaDrive CK-300-TTT, 44/32/22T

FORK: SR Suntour XCR LO 26", 100mm travel, hydraulic damping, steel stanchions, magnesium leg

FRAME: GT Triple Triangle 6061 aluminum with women's-specific GTw geometry, hydroformed top tube and downtube, zero stack headtube, disc-compatible, removable derailleur hanger

FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Alivio, FD-M430

GRIPS/TAPE: Dual-density, GT Wing with waffle texture

HANDLEBAR: All Terra 6061 aluminum riser, rise = 25mm, Width = 685mm, Clamp= 31.8mm

HEADSET: FSA No. 10 1 1/8" threadless zero stack

LEVERS: Tektro Draco

PEDALS: GT Slim Line flat pedal, cast alloy

REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore Shadow, RD-M592, 9-speed

REAR SHOCK: NA

SADDLE: GTw Mountain

SEATPOST: GT All Terra alloy micro adjust

SHIFTERS: Shimano Alivio SL-M430, 9-speed RapidFire

STEM: All Terra 1 1/8" threadless 3D-forged, 4-bolt with CNC face plate, Clamp = 31.8mm, Rise = 5 degrees

TIRES: Maxxis Mobster 26x2.1"

WHEELSET: Rims: Alex TD24, 26", double-wall, black with matching graphic; Hubs: All Terra alloy disc with quick release; Spokes: Stainless, 14-gauge; Nipples: Brass

GIANT Revel 1W - $500
Revel 1 W (2012) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States
Sizes XS, S, M
Colors Black/Red
Frame ALUXX-Grade Butted Aluminum
Fork SR Suntour XCM V3, 100mm Travel, Women's Tuned Spring Rate
Shock N/A
Components
Handlebar Giant Sport Alloy, Low Rise, 31.8
Stem Giant Sport, Alloy
Seatpost Giant Sport, Alloy, 30.9
Saddle Giant Sport Trail, Women's
Pedals Alloy Platform
Drivetrain
Shifters SRAM X4
Front Derailleur Shimano M310
Rear Derailleur SRAM X4
Brakes Tektro Novela, Mechanical Disc, 160mm
Brake Levers Tektro, 2-Finger
Cassette SRAM PG 830 11x32, 8-Speed
Chain KMC Z72 NP
Crankset SR Suntour XCT V2, 22/32/42
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
Wheels
Rims Giant XC Alloy, Double Wall
Hubs Formula Disc, 32h
Spokes Stainless Steel, 14g
Tires Giant XC Trail, 26x2.1
 
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