which bike is better? GT Avalanche / GF
I have decided to buy my first bike in 20 years. I am about 6'0 tall, 250lbs and a 30 inch inseam. I am trying to lose weight and get into better shape riding first on the road and maybe later on the trails. I would like to buy a used bike to get a better value. I am looking at two and wonder which one is better and why?
2009 Gold Series 6061 T6 Malin - 19" - Asking $450
Black 0 Miles ridden
Medium bike range
2008 GT Avalanche 1.0
Crank Bros Smarty pedals, Shimano Deore LX, WTB wheels, WTB seat, Shimano hydrolic disc brakes, 2.3" WTB Weirwolf tires with 98% tread.
Personally I like the Fisher Marlin better (you typed Malin, so I figured Marlin). They bikes differences are very minimal in a stock setup. Looks like the Giant has been upgraded because the Shimano Hydros are not stock.
Bikepedia specs for both bikes, stock.
There's really not much in it component wise. If the GT has Shimano hydraulic discs, they are better brakes than the Avid BB's listed as standard on the Fisher.
I'd prefer the newer of the two bikes myself, if the Fisher is a brand new bike. Best best is to ride both and see which one feels best as far as fit goes, and there' not a huge difference on paper, but one might feel better to you than the other.