Avanti vs. gitane?

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Avanti vs. gitane?

Postby benalc81 » Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:27 pm

Hi guys, just after any opinion. Today i test rode a number of bikes, but ended up really happy after both a 2007 Avanti Blade 8 (really good price) and a Gitane Mach 3200 which fit me perfectly. I enjoyed riding both, the shop with the Avanti seemed a better place to buy though. Anyone have any thoughts or comments on either of these bikes, in particular specs, or any other feedback. Thanks

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Re: Avanti vs. gitane?

Postby stryker84 » Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:51 pm

benalc81 wrote:Hi guys, just after any opinion. Today i test rode a number of bikes, but ended up really happy after both a 2007 Avanti Blade 8 (really good price) and a Gitane Mach 3200 which fit me perfectly. I enjoyed riding both, the shop with the Avanti seemed a better place to buy though. Anyone have any thoughts or comments on either of these bikes, in particular specs, or any other feedback. Thanks

I've got a Blade Sport, and it works great as my everyday (only) bike. Don't know much about the 8, is that with the Shimano nexus thingo?
I also went for a ride on a Gitane (not sure which model) once, in the search that culminated in the Avanti, the ride was great as well, but the standard bars fitted on it were very wide, a little too much for my liking, but the ride was good.
In the end it was the service, the colour scheme, and perhaps the slightly better specs that swayed me to the Avanti, but not much in it.
If you post some specs of both it might make it easier to compare side-by-side.

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Postby MountGower » Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:17 pm

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Postby stryker84 » Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:03 am

MountGower wrote:Poor old North Melbourne. No Melbourne teams in the AFL grand final again. I'm cut to the bone.


Meh, I'd rather no Melb team than Collingwood getting in the GF. Woeful performance from my boys tonight though... :(
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Postby benalc81 » Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:35 am

Manufacturer Gitane
Model Mach 3200
Fork Alloy forks
Headset Semi integrated
B/Bracket Cartridge type
Handlebar Kalloy Flat Bar 6061
Chainwheel Shimano Sora 52x42x30T.
Front Hub Joytech
Rear Hub Joytech
Rims Weinmann SP-17 32Hole
Tyres (Tires) Kenda 700x25c
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora
Shifters Shimano 2200
Freewheel Shimano 12-32T 8spd
Front Brake Tektro V-Brake
Rear Brake Tektro V-Brake
Brake Levers Shimano 2200
Pedals VP-390T Nylon with toe clips
Saddle Selle Italia FK-TRANS-AM
Seatpost Alloy Micro-adjust
Extras Stainless steel spokes, Kalloy bar ends

Avanti Blade 8
Frame: Alloy 7005 UL1
Fork: Cromo Integrated with 1-1/8¨ Steerer
Front Derailleur: NA
Rear Derailleur: NA
Brake Levers: Tektro Alloy
Shifters: Shimano Nexus 8 Speed
Crankset: SR Suntour Alloy Crank, 42T Chain-wheel/Chainguard
Brakes: Tektro RX3 Mini V Brakes
Hubs: Nexus 8 Speed Internal Rear Hub, Shimano 2200 Front
Cassette: Shimano 19T
Handlebar: Alloy Straight, with Alloy Bar Ends
Grips: Avanti Comfort Grip
Handlebar Stem: Forged Alloy Ahead
Pedals: Alloy Comfort
Rims/Wheel Set: Alex DA16 Alloy Black with CNC Side Wall
Spokes: DT Stainless Steel
Tyres: Specialized All Condition Sport FJ 700 x 28c with Lightweight Tubes
Saddle: Avanti Dual Density Comfort Sport
Seat Post: Alloy 27.2mm Micro Adjust with Suspension
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26 Cartridge
Headset: FSA Intellaset 1-1/8¨ – Semi-Integrated
Chain: KMC 408
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Postby Bnej » Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:47 am

If you want easy, hassle free, shifting - especially if you're riding in traffic, I'd get the Blade 8. The gearing range won't be quite as wide as the Gitane, but the jumps in gears are bigger so it's unlikely you'll feel short changed on gears. The Cromo fork will absorb road vibration better than the alloy fork too.

The Gitane would probably be a little faster & lighter but there's nothing special on there - it's all pretty cheap parts so it will be a passable flat bar bike.

I'd take the Avanti if it was me. I did ride a Nexus hub 7 speed bike for a year and a half and it is a very practical gearing system, especially compared to low end deraileurs.
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