2007 GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc or 2007 Iron Horse Warrior 3.0???
I'm not sure which bike to buy!?!? I'm getting back into mountain biking and my budget only allows a max of $400.....Please let me know what you think and if there are any better options under $400! Thanks!
~2007 GT Avalanche 2.0 Disc $399.99~
Seatpost: Alloy Micro-adjust
Handlebar: Anatomically sized Aluminum, 20mm rise, 6 degree bend
Pedals: ATB Resin body, Steel cage, Toe Clip compatible
Stem: GT ATB, Threadless, 25 degree rise w/ 4-bolt Aluminum face plate
Grips/Tape: GT Dual Density ATB
Frame: GT Triple Triangle Design w/ 6061 Butted Aluminum
Tires: Kenda Nevegal, 26 x 2.1
Rear Shock: NA
Bottom Bracket: Power Spline cartridge sealed
Wheelset: Rims: Alloy double wall ATB; Front Hub: Alloy QR for Disc; Rear Hub: Alloy 8-speed Cassette w/ QR for Disc
Cassette: Shimano 8-speed, 11/32T
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M-530
Front Derailleur: Shimano M-330
Levers: Shimano ST-EF50
Shifters: Shimano ST-EF50, 8-speed, EZ Fire shifters
Fork: Suntour XCR, 100mm Travel
Headset: Tange Seiki system for 1 1/8"
Brakes: Tektro Aquila, forged caliper w/ dial adjust pad centering
Crankset: TruVativ Iso Flo, 42/32/22 with Power Spline interface
Saddle: WTB Speed V
~2007 Iron Horse Warrior 3.0 $399.99~
Frame: DOUBLE BUTTED HARDTAIL FRAME, 1-1/8" ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT
Fork: MARZOCCHI MZ COMP, 100MM TRAVEL
Rear Shock: N/A
Front Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE, 34.9 CLAMP
Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE
Shifters: SHIMANO DEORE RAPIDFIRE
Brakes Levers: SHIMANO ALIVIO
Brakes: SHIMANO DEORE MECHANICAL DISC, W/ 6" ROTOR
Chain: SHIMANO HG-73
Crankset: FSA DYNA DRIVE
Cassette: SRAM PG-950, 11/34T, 9 SPEED
Pedals: ALLOY PLATFORM
Bottom Bracket: FSA POWER DRIVE, 73MM
Headset: ZERO STACK
Saddle: WTB PURE V SPORT
Seat Post: ALLOY MICRO ADJUST
Handlebar: ALLOY RISERBAR, 31.8MM CLAMP
Stem: RITCHEY V2
Tires: WTB WEIRWOLF 2.1
Wheelset: WTB SX-24 W/ EYELETS w/14/15G DB STAINLESS BLACK SPOKES
Weight: 31.7 lbs.
They both have a pretty good group of budget components, with the IH having the better fork. My vote is for the Warrior,, as I had one of those MZ Comp forks on my STP 2 a couple of years ago and it worked well with no problems.
Check out what makes you can get at you local shops, keeping an eye out for Haro, Giant, and Jamis.
The Iron Horse looks like it may have the advantage there between the two bikes, assuming that you fit on both frames equally well.
I was faced with making that exact decision about 2 months ago. I had a buddy who had the avalanche and I liked the feel of it. So I went to my LBS to buy one, while I was there I got turned on to the Warrior by one of the salesmen there. After a trip to the trails on a loaner bike my mind was made up the Warrior was great! Seemed to pedal easier up the hills, and the Marzzochi fork is awesome. Ultimately it should come down to what ever feels the best to you, but I will tell you I have done alot on this bike so far its held up to everything including some nice dirt jumps.
Sweet! Thanks for the info! I will be going to my LBS to try some stuff out in a week or two! I don't think that I'll be able to get a better deal than on the two bikes I listed though!
I own an avalanche, and it's great. However, the fork is pretty limp when pushed on, and you can compress pretty much the entire thing by just standing on it. I'm not sure about the marzocchi fork, because I've never ridden one, but I assume it's a little better quality than the suntour. But if you like a limp fork, go with the gt.
Commit or eat sh!t
I own an Avalanche (backup bike). I rode it last week. I almost crashed because I was trying to ride it the same speed as my dual suspension bike. My wrist was hurting after a ride through the rock gardens. Not even a contest between the two systems.
My advice is to get a used dual suspension with that $400. Check craigslist or eBay.
Go with the Iron Horse. For sure. Beefier everything, better components. The extra pound or two is well worth it.
umm, shouldn't this be in "Bike and Frame Discussion"?
I've sold TONS of both bikes (I work at a Performance during summers and on breaks from school), and both are great. The avalanche frame is bomb proof, but some say it's a bit too harsh. Also, the pedals on it are crap. For that and a few other niggling details I won't get into, I'd say the Warrior is your best bet. Also check the IH Maverick 3.5 However, if you can scrounge a bit more money, the Warrior 4.5 and 5.0 are much nicer, as is the Avalanche 1.0....as it stands, the warrior 3.0 is good. I had a day this past July when I sold 6 bikes during my shift--5 of them were black warrior 3.0's. It's a very popular bike, and great for the money.
Yeah, I think I'm going to go with IH Warrior 3.0, unless I can find a better deal on another bike online or at my LBS.