Pros: - Cost
Cons: - Cheap components
My apologies to anyone who wants a very technical description - I'm just a bit of a weekend warrior who doesn't go offroad enough! I use this for cycling around town mainly.
I bought this after losing, one way or another, three GT Timberlines. The reason I bought it was that I couldn't find my particular model of Timberline - probably a 2001 model - I needed a bike and the price (around $150 with postage) on Ebay was pretty good.
I kind of got what I paid for - I have no complaints whatsoever about the seller as it was all as described and you can still get this model as I write this (August 2004).
The overall feeling with this is of a potentially good bike that isn't because the components are not as good on some of GT's other bikes.
I don't like grip shift gears so changed one of them to rapid fire - this led to a separate set of problems that I cannot blame GT for - but the grip shifters were so slow to respond that I felt I had to do something.
My experience with the Timberline was fantastic - every time I rode it, I enjoyed myself regardless of where I was going. The gears (rapid fire) were smooth, the Rock Shox worked perfectly, the brakes were aligned just right etc.
For the Aggressor, I put it together in the same way as I had my previous Timberlines - it came in a bike box with the wheels, handlebars, saddle etc needing to be connected. But it never rode as smoothly as I would have hoped.
The saddle was uncomfortable and squeaked with every revolution of the pedals - I changed it for an old one. Great improvement.
The gears never changed properly and still don't even after being looked at by a mechanic in a bike shop.
The chain creaks a lot.
BUT - and I'm taking all the above into account - for the money you get more of a bike than if you go into Walmart or some other big store and buy a no-name brand where the components are even worse. I am still using the bike - I bought it three months or so ago - and it gets me from A to B with only minor annoyances. I will upgrade it one day - when I'm feeling a bit more affluent.
And I've learnt a lesson. If you pay entry level prices you get an entry level bike!