My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

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Bartimaeus
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My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby Bartimaeus » Tue Feb 14, 2012 20:07 pm

I think I may have found the perfect winter/play bike on eBay... a 2010 Avalanche, hardly used (road only, and not much judging by the tyres) for £235

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Forks - RockShox Tora 302 with 100 mm travel
Front Deore and rear XT
Brakes - Tektro Auriga comp, hydraulic (not sure about these, yet - seem a bit grabby, and that front hose needs shortening)

Going to swap on my MG1s (new Nanos for the Anthem) and try a Sunline V1 745 riser bar on a 65mm stem (on order from CRC).

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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby lawman » Tue Feb 14, 2012 20:13 pm

flipping heck thats a bargain and a half!!!!

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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby chez_m356 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 20:31 pm

lawman wrote:flipping heck thats a bargain and a half!!!!

not half, what a find, you lucky bugger :lol:
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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby andymc06 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 21:32 pm

What a find. Well done sir!
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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby Bartimaeus » Wed Feb 15, 2012 23:17 pm

First ride tonight - 30k. Took a while to get used to the riding position as the GT is much shorter than the Anthem, and feels much more upright. The wider bars should help, I think, as it feels a bit narrow at the moment. But great fun, especially going down. After a bit of fettling I think I've just about found the right position, but the saddle may have to go.

One lesson learned... don't just check the gears, check the derailleur stops! I managed to unship the chain right off the cassette which could have been nasty.

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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby Bartimaeus » Sun Feb 19, 2012 22:20 pm

Sorted... shorter stem, wider bars, winter tyres, better saddle and some MG1s. Oh, and some mud.
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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby coomber » Wed Feb 22, 2012 13:23 pm

I really like the look of that. Nice and functional.

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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby sanchez89 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 17:51 pm

should really start riding my hardtail in winter, its hard though, the bouncy bike is comfy over rough ground!!

looks like you got a great bargain there matey. you going to be slowly modding it or is it just to keep the bouncer nice over the sh!tty months?
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Re: My new eBay winter bike - GT Avalanche 1.0

Postby Bartimaeus » Thu Feb 23, 2012 13:20 pm

sanchez89 wrote:you going to be slowly modding it or is it just to keep the bouncer nice over the sh!tty months?

No plans for any more mods at the moment... can't really afford it, but to be honest it seems a pretty good set-up with no major weaknesses. I'll be riding it over the winter, partly to save the bearings on my Anthem, and partly to learn some technique, particularly on the downhills and drops... at the moment I'm a bit rubbish


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