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    2010 Access XCL 9.5 29er vs 2010 GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc 26"

    I have owned a Trek 7000 since 1999 and I am looking to replace it. I have narrowed down my search to the following two bikes:

    1) 2010 Access XCL 9.5 29er ($699.99)
    2) 2010 GT Avalanche 1.0 Disc 26" ($599.99)

    Here is a link that compares the specifications of the two bikes:
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...ompSKU=1081532

    I understand that one is a 29er and the other is a 26". I am not looking to get into the debate of which is a better wheel size.

    I am simply looking for a comparison of the parts and components of the two bikes. I am interested in performance, durability, reliability, maintenance costs, and appropriateness for use on a wide variety of types of riding.

    I am 29 years old, 5'9", 160lbs, ride on all sorts of trails and sometimes on pavement, and am looking to stay in the $500-$700 price range.

    Thanks in advance your help in this decision.

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    Well, the Access is available in 19", 21" and 23" and the GT is available in XS, S or L. So you better make sure a large size GT or the 19" Access is going to fit you well.

    Aside from that, for the price, I would prefer Tektro hydraulic brakes (on the GT) to BB5's on the Access. I would also prefer a Tora 302 (on the GT) to a Dart just for the 32mm stanchions vs. the 28mm stanchions on the Dart (Access). You could probably drop in a Motion Control damper on that Tora for not too much coin.

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    Curious to find out which you ended up getting. I am also about to make a decision between these same two bikes.

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    Here's mine with a new crankset amongst other things:

    Let's see your Performance Access XCL 9r Build!

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    I own both of these bikes...both with better components then advertised here (through upgrades of course) and I can tell you that after getting my Access 9.5...my GT will maybe never see Trail time again under my arsh. I think it's more the 29er thing then the quality of the bike...just my 2€...

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    Thanks for your input guys. I ended up going with the Access 9.5 and should be picking it up tomorrow. As a begginer I didn't want to step up to the 9.7 until I know this is really for me. I'll probably end up upgrading too.

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    There she is


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    Nice looking bike!
    I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich...

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    Here's the list of upgrades to my own 2010 Access XCL 9r 9.5. It’s ridiculous how few original parts I have left on it - I should have just bought a 9.7 model to begin with. Over the past ten months I’ve upgraded every component except the wheelset, rear shifter/derailleur, chain and frame. You’d almost think I had a “problem” (especially if “you” is my wife):
    • Headset:......FSA Orbit ZS-3
    • Pedals:........Forté Convert Platform pedal
    • Handlebar:..TruVativ Stylo 680mm (26.75in), 20mm rise
    • Stem:..........TruVativ Stylo Race 110mm with 31.8 clamp (I would have gone 100mm but they were out of that size)
    • Grips:..........Ergon GC2-L (I like these but next time I'll try the Ergon GX1 Leichtbau grips)
    • Saddle:.......WTB Speed V Comp
    • Fork:...........RST M-29 100mm air fork
    • Brakes:........Shimano XT M775 with 203/180mm F/R rotors (I should have stuck with 180mm F/R)
    • 1x9 conv:.....Paul Love Components Chain Keeper (35mm)
    • Crankset:.....Shimano Deore M590 Hollowtech II with external BB 175mm, 32T middle ring only (I should have stuck with 170mm)
    • Tires:...........Continental Race King 29x2.2's



    Let's not even get into the clothing, shoes, tools and other accessories...
    Last edited by Clones123; 03-21-2011 at 05:48 PM.

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    Okay, maybe I do have a little bit of a problem because I just ordered:
    • R.Shifter:......SRAM X.9, black
    • R.Deraileur:..SRAM X.7 short cage, black
    • Cassette:.......SRAM PG970 11-34T


    That leaves the wheelset, chain, seatpost and frame as still original. (cough) Yikes.
    Last edited by Clones123; 03-21-2011 at 05:51 PM.

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    I have a 9.5... I love it. How do you like the RST fork? Better than the Dart 3?

    Been thinking about removing the large chainring and changing the bike over to a 2x9 with a bashguard.

    My 9.5 currently has X.7 shifters, but the stock X.5 rear derailleur. Maybe I need to shift it over to all X.7 or X.9.

    Also been thinking about hydraulic brakes... not sure yet.
    2009 Access 9.5 29er
    2010 Diamondback Insight RS (700c hybrid)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardwarz
    How do you like the RST fork? Better than the Dart 3?
    M-29 vs Dart 3 - a fork that really works vs a fork that really doesn't.

    I just added a Easton Haven Disc 29er UST wheelset this week. With the new Ergon GX1 grips I recently added, I'm into the area of upgrading parts that have already been upgraded once. Man, who knew it would get this expensive?!


    After less than a year only the frame, chain and seat post are still original


    Last edited by Clones123; 04-27-2011 at 05:34 PM.
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    damn, clones. your almost as bad as me and my deadeye. i started upgrading it in january, and now have 2 new bikes. i get it to where its just the stock frame, then i buy a frame for all those upgrades. return the dawes to stock, but i start upgrading again. horrible.

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