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    The Bicycle & Cycling Thread

    Thought i'd start this thread as it's something i've taken a recent interest in again and i'm sure there are a few others here that take an interest in cycling and bikes.

    I've got a cheap BMX for playing around on and a cheap mountain bike i converted for road use only. Now i'm looking at buying a half decent cross country mountain bike with a max budget of 600.
    I've been looking at GT's as a few friends had good experience with them in the past. Has anyone else used GT brand before?

    I'm 5ft6 as well with 28" inside leg so looking at either a small 16" frame or medium 18" frame. I've been trying to find comparison pictures online to get a better idea as i'll be ordering online but not much luck. Does anyone happen to have any pictures of their bikes or others with either sized frame?

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    I have a GT Aggressor XC2 and I love it, I think it's an 18" frame but can't remember for sure. They don't sell it any more but a similar model IIRC. Only front suspension though, full suspension gets super expensive for a decent brand.


    I have some pics but not sure they'll be helpful for size assessment: https://picasaweb.google.com/1141199...eat=directlink

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    I used to have a GT and absolutely loved it, until it got stolen and then the insurance company replaced it with a Saracen which I think is ****.

    In other words, get a GT.

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    What height are you JT? Have you had to replace anything on the bike yet? The frame looks like it would be ideal for me with the seat right down.

    It's either the Zaskar Sport (2012) or the 2011 Avalanche 1.0 i'm looking at just now and front suspension only as well.

    Edit: Yeah Tim, that's a bit of a bad replacement for a GT. Saracen are usually from Halfords and that speaks for itself.

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    Avalanche is the same as the Aggressor (the Aggressor was only sold by Halfords I think). XC1 is similar to 1.0, XC2 is similar to 2.0 etc.
    There are some slight differences but nothing major, similar price/spec.
    Halfords no longer sell GT though. Halfords still do some OK bikes to be fair, but you can get better elsewhere.

    I'm about 5' 8 I think
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    Yep, cheque only spendable in that place

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    I think they do Boardman Tim, they're usually rated quite well, or Specialized. Anything but Saracen (although I did love my old Saracen with it's triple clamps)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt999 View Post
    Avalanche is the same as the Aggressor (the Aggressor was only sold by Halfords I think). XC1 is similar to 1.0, XC2 is similar to 2.0 etc.
    There are some slight differences but nothing major, similar price/spec.
    Halfords no longer sell GT though. Halfords still do some OK bikes to be fair, but you can get better elsewhere.

    I'm about 5' 8 I think
    Yeah i'm ordering it from Paul's Cycles online. They're older models but still brand new, but there's a few hundred normally knocked off because they're no longer made. Was your XC2 higher or lower spec than the XC1?
    I was wondering why the Aggressor range was never listed on GT's site so that makes sense.

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    Yep, cheque only spendable in that place
    How's it holding up these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    Yeah i'm ordering it from Paul's Cycles online. They're older models but still brand new, but there's a few hundred normally knocked off because they're no longer made. Was your XC2 higher or lower spec than the XC1?
    I was wondering why the Aggressor range was never listed on GT's site so that makes sense.
    The XC1 is better spec IIRC but not sure what is different, my XC2 has hydraulic disks etc so I guess it's just down to the parts that are used. Maybe Rockshox forks or something (mine are Suntour). Depends on the year!

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    Pedal fell off twice, seat snapped, generally feels crappy. I don't really use it now.

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    Pop in to your local Bike Hut just to try a few different bikes out for size. Should give you a better idea what to look for.

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    That's the plan before i place the order, Just a pain to get to my local one without a car, but hoping to pop in at the weekend to try and gauge what i need. 16" frame would be fine for me seat wise, but not sure if it'll feel weird if the handlebars sit too low.

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    If you aren't too short I'd suggest an 18

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    I have a 07/08 specialized rock hopper pro which is a dream for long rides and mountain trails (will pop a pic up later)

    And a 2012 voodoo shango jump bike with top spec, that I've stripped down today to rebuild and put back to ridged frame with lower lift bars, great on the tougher jumps and trails, lovely and agile.


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    I've always liked the look of dirt jumper style bikes. I used to do a bit of BMXing and they seemed like an oversized version.

    What size is the frame in the one pictured above Sam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcore View Post
    I've always liked the look of dirt jumper style bikes. I used to do a bit of BMXing and they seemed like an oversized version.

    What size is the frame in the one pictured above Sam?
    Yeah their decent and 13" with 26" wheels. Very underestimated bike!

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    I got a bmx recently

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    Finished rebuilding the voodoo today new crank and stem barrings and sorted out the play in the stem. Also fitted the original ridged forks and truvativ stem, grips and handle bars. Ready for the jumps
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    New bike arrived today. Went for a 16" frame on the 2011 1.0 GT Avalanche


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    Went out on the new bike today. 8 mile cycle to the place and back on road, but when we were there approx 4 miles or so on off road as well.
    Absolutely killed me on the small uphill sections. Front suspension sometimes feels a bit soft but done a few jumps and drop offs and it was fine. The Hydraulic disks are the business though on the downhill sections.

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