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    Cannondale Trail 6 vs GT Avalanche 1.0 disc

    Hi guys,

    I'm stumped between these 2 choices which are being sold for second hand.
    The cannondale comes with the following upgraded parts below while the Ava 1.0 disc is stock:

    Pro Grips
    Kore Stem
    Selcof handelbar
    Wellgo paddle
    Taurus wheelset
    Intense system tire(2.35)

    Which would make a better choice in your opinion? thank in advance

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    I'm new to riding but love my Cannondale and the quality compared to other bikes I've seen.

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    Going by the specs, the Avalanche has a far better quality fork and drivetrain over the Cannondale 6.0 however that is based upon the 2012 stats for both bikes.

    Since these bikes are used, knowing which year each model is from would help determine their overall values.
    ~ 2011 GT Avalanche 2.0
    ~ 1993 Diamondback Topanga
    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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    Thanks for everyone's input so far. I've just gotten word from the owner that the Ava 1.0 disc is a 2004 model.

    In this instance, would a Ava 1.0 disc model still fare better against Cannondale Trail 6 (probably 2011/2012) in terms of spec & value for money?

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    With the Avalanche you have Deore/LX level components vs. the Acera stuff on the Cannondale, so the Avalanche would still have the better components however the question of age/condition becomes more significant when you are considering an 8 year old bike vs. something much newer.

    Ultimately it boils down to the condition of both but if you don't know much about bike repair/maintenance and don't know how to check for problems then I would be wary of any used bike much less one that is eight years old.
    ~ 2011 GT Avalanche 2.0
    ~ 1993 Diamondback Topanga
    ~ 2012 Diamondback Overdrive Expert

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