GT Avalanche falling apart out-of-shop. Trade in for Schwinn Mesa?
Hey everyone. I just got into riding again, so I'm looking for some advice off the bat.
I actually have 2 questions. Last week I bought a GT Avalanche 3.0 (disk breaks). I haven't been biking in about 10 years (even though i am only 28), so I wanted something solid but not too elaborate for a new bike. My g/f and I both liked how mountain bikes ride overall, as she bought a Schwinn Mesa, while I got the GT. The bike seemed to fit fine - I'm 5'11" so they sold me a "large" frame.
On our first 2 rides in the new bikes, a few things happened on my GT. First the left pedal broke in half. The GT does have plastic pedals, so this can be understood to an extent. Although, this was only the first ride, and it was on a paved bike path. I am in decent shape, so i'm able to put a lot of strength into going uphill, although I wasn't coming anywhere near putting the bike through any abuse (especially since this was on paved surface, and this is a mountain bike!). I know metal pedals are better for mountain bikes, but the plastic ones breaking on the first ride, doesn't make sense.
On my next ride, the bicycle handle bar came completely loose, almost throwing me off the bike. This might be a matter of screwing the handle bar back in with an Allen wrench, but again, I just bought it.
Another issue as well, when shifting into 3rd gear, the bicycle chain repeatedly would fall off. This was a different situation though, as I was later told that this was because I was incorrectly switching the gears (changing from gear 2-8 to 3-8 all at once - referred to as crosschaining i believe). This was understandable and was a simple correction of riding procedure.
However, all of these other issues worry me a little. I bought the GT from 'Performance Bicycles.' Since the mechanic calibrated the bike prior to me actually taking it, i would imagine the handle bar isn't supposed to come loose so easily after the first week (especially from VERY light riding). I'm wondering if it's because the GT bike itself is just not up to par, or if the store sold me something which had faulty parts, or possibly the mechanic just did a poor job of calibrating everything.
The bike is a 2005 GT Avalanche 3.0 disk - the bike rides very well, until of course the pedal breaks and the handle bar came loose (all on the first 2 rides).
On a different note, my girlfriend bought the Schwinn Mesa. I have tried this bike out as well, and find it rides exremely well - at least as well as the GT rides. Does anyone know how the bike I bought compares with the Mesa, if any of you have had experience? I'm wondering, if my GT is going to repeatedly have these issues that are indicative of mediocre construction, if I should trade it up. It rides well, but if it is going to keep falling apart like this... especially when I haven't even taken this "mountain bike" mountain-biking yet.
Overall, I'm just wondering which bike is known for better performance - the GT Avalanche 3.0, or the Schwinn Mesa? I want to think it's the former, but the issues I've had seem to say otherwise.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by Napoleon; 08-16-06 at 01:15 PM.