GT Avalanche 1.0 review

The Avalanche 1.0 is recognisably part of the long line of GT hardtails over more than 15 years - with its distinctive 'triple triangle' design. It's been brought bang up to date, but can this classic design still cut it among the big boys?

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £570.00 RRP
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Our review

Great all-round trail bike combines fun ride character with good spec
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The Avalanche 1.0 is recognisably part of the long line of GT hardtails stretching back over more than 15 years – with its distinctive ‘triple triangle’ design. It’s been brought bang up to date, but can this classic design still cut it among the big boys?

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There are two things that immediately strike you when you first climb aboard the Avalanche and start turning the pedals. For starters, the ride position is relatively compact. Riders used to the old-skool of arse skywards, flat-backed masochism that used to typify cross-country bikes may feel a little bit out of place here. Second, the fork works pretty well for a budget unit, soaking up bumps with an alacrity that belies its price.

Riders used to the old-skool of arse skywards, flat-backed masochism that used to typify cross-country bikes may feel a little bit out of place here

Hayes’ entry-level Sole hydraulic discs are now the must-have spec for mid-range bikes: they work well and they’re easy to adjust. GT’s own-brand finishing kit lacks the high-class appeal of some of the name brand alternatives, but it all works fine enough when you’re on the trail.

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Appearances can be deceptive. Although the Avalanche looks like it’ll deliver a bruising ride, GT deserves credit for finding room in the budget for one of the best low-cost bump munchers. The RockShox J3 is all the fork that many riders will ever need. More importantly, it’s a perfect match for the frame, helping to endow this bike with the kind of ride-by-wire handling and liveliness we normally associate with much more expensive off-road machinery.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Avalanche 1.0
Brand GT

Bottom Bracket Power Spline
Spokes Brand DT Swiss
Max. Fork Travel 100mm
Colour Black
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.1
Rear Tyre Nevegal
Front Tyre Size 26x2.1
Front Tyre Nevegal
Available Sizes L M S XL
Available Colours Black White
Weight (kg) 12
Stem GT ATB
Shifters Deore
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Speed V
Rims SX24 Disc
Cassette SRAM Nine speed index cassette 12-32
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Deore XT
Pedals Alloy Platform
Headset Type 1 1/8 Inch Threadless
Head Angle 71
Handlebar Rise 31
Handlebar GT Mtn Riser
Grips/Tape Dual Density ATB
Front Hub Deore 475
Front Derailleur Deore M-530
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork XR100
Cranks TruVativ SD
Chain Shimano HG-53
Handlebar Type Riser