Avanti Ventura - worth repairing?

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Avanti Ventura - worth repairing?

Postby m@ » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:43 am

G'day all, hope nobody minds this thread going here instead of in the shop forum, but I'm hoping to benefit from some specialist MTB advice :)

I'm looking to get back onto the mtb after a couple of years of it gathering dust - it's just a waste to live in Tassie and only ride on-road ;)

My much-abused Avanti Ventura hardtail needs at least a new chain, cassette, crankset and bottom bracket and possibly rear derailleur. I figure I can pick up low-end Shimano or generic bits for under $200 if the RD is ok, or $300 if not.

The bike is an Avanti Ventura 'comp series' (whatever that means); 6061 alloy frame and forks are Suntour M8040. The existing/original group is mostly Acera(RD M330, FD C101, Acera 7-speed shifters). It seems reasonably light to me, but then all my other bikes have been steel frames.

Question is; is it worth doing? I'm planning on a new mtb eventually; but if I can get away with the current bike for 12 months or so, it would make my cash-flow situation easier. I need a new road bike as well, which will take priority since I ride it every day </sacrilege>. I'm planning on a gentle re-introduction to off-road cycling; some cross-country riding and possibly a bit of single-trail but nothing too difficult - so I reckon the current frame and forks should be ok.

What do the experts reckon - worth spending a few bucks on, or should I stick to the road until I can afford an upgrade?
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:51 pm

Really only you can make this call M@, in your shoes, I'd prolly hunt out an ebay unit to cannibalise.

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