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Old 04-03-07, 10:07 AM   #1
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I bought a GT avalanch 2.0 (i think) about 2 years ago. Not the best bike...Anyone have any thoughts/opinions on the GT's and what else to get instead? Im trying to stay under $400.
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look for '05-06 bike models as they'll be marked down much cheaper than new retail prices (visit as many bike shops in your area as you can find). youll find a decent older model bike for under 400. i suggest specialized, they back up their products and make great bikes
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Specialized and Trek both have pretty good options in that price range. You're not going to find anything top of the line for $400 (my race wheels alone cost twice that much) but you will find a good reliable bike. Look at the specialized hardrock and the Trek 4300 (I think that's the one near $400)

Or look around for a used bike. You may be able to find a 2 year old $1000 bike for near that price, if you shop around. Just make sure you aren't going to have to spend $200 as soon as you get it to replace all the worn parts. There are lots of people who buy nice bikes and never ride them then sell them cheap, barely used, so look for one of those.
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