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Old 01-17-06, 07:31 AM
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Building up a GT Avalanche 1.0?

Hi guys,

I have a GT Avalanche 1.0 (2006) that I want to build up into a nicely spec'd bike. It was originally stock and I've sold off all the components (accept the forks).

I've bought XT deraillers (front and back), XT disc brakes (dual control) and a Mavic 717 wheelset with XT hubs and DT spokes. All great parts that I bought for a bargain online.

Before I go building this bike, I was interested to hear other people's thoughts on whether it's *worth* building on this frame? I like GT frames, I've ridden them for years and always been happy with performance, weight and geometry. However I hear a lot of people these days saying GT's are long gone and now just make low-end crappy frames. Although I like them, I want to make sure my experience isn't with "the old" GT company. Afterall companies change, and so does the quality of their products.

I'd be interested to hear other people's honest thoughts? I'm interested in experiences and comparisons, not just loyalties to different brands for the sake of it.
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Old 01-17-06, 10:59 AM
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GT still makes great frames. I hear that there was a little lag in the quality of frame right after GT was sold, but I think they are comming back pretty strongly. From 2006 GT is changing their strategies and marketing their bikes through local bike stores (please check the facts and the report online, my details could be a little off).

I have used GT's pre and post bankrupsy (mind the spelling) frames. did not find much difference. Also, I hear a lot of great reviews of GTs in european mountain biking forums (try bikemagic.com). Also, the mountain bike magazine rated GT avalanche 1.0 as the best entry level bike for under $1000.00 (if I am not totally wrong, I have the magazine, if you are interested i can give you the exact reference).

so, what my take is that if you like the geometry and design of the GT TTT (triple triangle tecnhology) its a great grame to built on. and like most of the brands GT provides 5 year warrenty on the frame (so you have nothing to lose). Specialized provide a life time warrenty on their frames; but in my openion, Specialized frames (at least Rockhopper and Hardrock) are pretty bulky and clumpsy.

This is not just a brand following, cause Kona and K2 are two of my preferred brands, and its not just because of the quality of their frame, its because they fit me the best.

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Old 01-18-06, 01:58 AM
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While most of the GT product is no longer produced on these shores, be assured that they are using many of the same frame builders and assemblers that all other major bike brands are using. I would say their current product is on par if not better than most of their competitors. GT is still making great product and as stated they announced that are making a serious commitment to get GT back to its once stong LBS/IBD presence where dealers that know the bikes will give this tech line the attention that it truely needs when sold. They will have fences to mend getting back but I beleive they will get there. I would plow ahead with your planned build-up. I too have a number of GT's many of them historic. Two Xizang Ti's, a rare 24" wheel Zaskar, an Avalanche, a Fury road bike and I'm shopping a used Edge Ti road bike now. They have always been well accepted internationally and they will grow back to their once great status. I had the opportunity to work for one of their distributors from 92-97 in the glory years. The history of the products and their once dominating race teams is something that will never be forgotten in cycling history. They will make it back.
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Old 01-18-06, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by gm1230126
While most of the GT product is no longer produced on these shores, be assured that they are using many of the same frame builders and assemblers that all other major bike brands are using. I would say their current product is on par if not better than most of their competitors. GT is still making great product and as stated they announced that are making a serious commitment to get GT back to its once stong LBS/IBD presence where dealers that know the bikes will give this tech line the attention that it truely needs when sold. They will have fences to mend getting back but I beleive they will get there. I would plow ahead with your planned build-up. I too have a number of GT's many of them historic. Two Xizang Ti's, a rare 24" wheel Zaskar, an Avalanche, a Fury road bike and I'm shopping a used Edge Ti road bike now. They have always been well accepted internationally and they will grow back to their once great status. I had the opportunity to work for one of their distributors from 92-97 in the glory years. The history of the products and their once dominating race teams is something that will never be forgotten in cycling history. They will make it back.
Thanks for your information. Its great to learn it from an "insider", if I may, about GT. I hope they comeback even stronger this time around. That Triple triangle tech and their iDrive are some of the more interesting contribution to MTB world. I am not saying that they are earth shattering, but I am saying that it makes me feel that they are thinking forward and outside of the box. I dont see a lot of the other bike brands taking the risk and being innovative. But, that just me. I believe that more competition in the MTB market will bring better, affordable products and advanced technology for the consumer.
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I love GT frames. The Geometry is awesome for handling and bunny hopping. I'd think it would definately be worth building up. Have fun.
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Old 01-18-06, 09:09 PM
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Hi guys thanks for this feedback. It's seems quite positive. I think I am going to ho ahead with it and see how it goes over the next few months. I have some good components so I can move these over to a new frame down the line if I need to.
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Old 01-19-06, 10:04 AM
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Good luck and have fun with it. Please post pictures of when you are done building the bike......ride on...
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