2012 GT Xizang

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  • 03-23-2015
    mluczkow
    Interesting. I also don't use a top cap and star nut. When I install the fork and stem, I use a long threaded rod with nuts and washers to set the tension, then tighten the stem to the steer tube. Kinda cool being able to look down the steer tube and see tire. I had a guy at mount snow in VT not let me on the lift with my bike because he told me my handlebars would surely fall off. Hahaha.

    Anyone else seen the 2015 catalog? Xizang cancelled again? Maybe a 27.5?

    I'm 30 minutes flight from Taiwan, I'd like to go check out the place.
  • 03-23-2015
    mik_git
    Yeah but if you end up running a carbon steerer, you don't want to not have the plug in there...
  • 03-23-2015
    mluczkow
    So if Chris King has their head up their a$s about Zero Stack headsets, who's the next best?

    Cane?
  • 03-23-2015
    mik_git
    I think the inset is zero stack....dunno its all too confusing, I like the semi integrated due to its ease of use, but the old style press in are just super simple.
    But wait till you gett he frame to figure out what you need.
  • 03-24-2015
    mluczkow
    Michael,
    Unfortunately we don't make any integrated headsets. We like to control the outer bearing race tolerance and we can't do that with an integrated set up. That is a sweet bike though! Good luck.
    Thanks,

    Abraham
  • 03-24-2015
    mik_git
    yeah I'd go with cane creek...i have a ritchey wcs seems to work pretty well...

    and just to clarify - someone feel free to set me straight (as i'm too lazy to go research again) and I often get the last 2 mixed up - in know the zero stack and drop in names, but the semi/integrated bit i get wrong.

    old style - headset is press fit into frame, with bearing outside the frame
    zero stack - integrated - headset is press fit into frame, the bearing are inside the frame
    drop in - semi integrated - the frame is machined to fit bearings, bearing race "drops into" frame then seals etc are placed outside the frame.
  • 03-25-2015
    mluczkow
    Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrre. :-)
  • 03-25-2015
    mik_git
    Sweet
  • 03-26-2015
    mluczkow
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  • 03-26-2015
    mluczkow
    Now time for Blog Hogs and I to start a 26" 201x' Xizang USA club :-P (After I move back, of course).
  • 03-26-2015
    mluczkow
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    Integrated. Looks like I'm going with a cane creek 110. :-) So excited :D
  • 03-26-2015
    mluczkow
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    The size of this frame could not be any more perfect!! I'm in love. Here it is, compared to a 1997 18" Zaskar.
  • 03-26-2015
    cbj2012
    Wow that polished finish is amazing!
  • 03-27-2015
    mluczkow
    Next mission: 26" DVO Diamond in green? :-)

    First part ordered:

    Silver Thomson Masterpiece Post.

    Lots more to go...
  • 03-29-2015
    mluczkow
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    Some of these are "hold me over" parts (wheels, fork), some are not.

    I'm also eyeing the atlas cranks. Hmmm. This is gonna be a fun pig bike!

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  • 03-30-2015
    deckard2
    very nice!
    I know of one other new modern 26" small GT Xizang
    it arrived here at my place in Burlington Ontario then crossed Canada to BC with its new owner
    needless to say it was very eye wateringly expensive and from ebay
    currently waiting to be built up
    so yes, there should be a Modern GT Xizang Registry started so we can see just how many of these imports made it over
  • 03-30-2015
    mluczkow
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    Got a 2000g tfal scale.

    Attachment 976991

    here you go:
    1997 18" Zaskar frame w/ water bottle bolts, hanger, seat bolt - 1767g
    2014 M 26" Xizang frame w/ water bottle bolts, hanger, stock seat clamp/bolt - 1823g
    2014 M 26" Xizang frame w/o water bottle bolts, stock seat clamp/bolt (frame+hanger only) - 1781g
    water bottle bolts x4 = 14g
    stock seat clamp/bolt = 28g

    28+14+1781 = 1823g

    Certainly not the lightest Ti frame, but as you can see by my hardware choices (platform pedals, BMX stem and braced riser bars), I'm building a dirt pig, so I was just wanting the Ti for the durability (and I've wanted a Xizang since the 90s). :-)

    Cheers!!
  • 04-06-2015
    mluczkow
    Went to my local riteway japan dealer, he made some calls. Looks like it's cancelled for 2015. Hopefully I'm wrong....

    Get your 2014's now! :-)
  • 05-19-2015
    mluczkow
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    Muahahaha
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  • 05-19-2015
    mik_git
    what in the hell is goin on there!
  • 05-19-2015
    mik_git
  • 05-19-2015
    mluczkow
    Still waiting on a lot of parts :-( Basically building this thing like an old "mod8" trials bike from the 90s. The neon yellow is nice too, reminds me of the old magura hydraulic cantilever brakes and putting tar on my rims. Oh the noises!
  • 05-24-2015
    gt4130
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    Waiting on parts for the 9er
  • 05-24-2015
    mluczkow
    Digging the fork color. Kinda want a DVO Diamond.
  • 05-25-2015
    gt4130
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mluczkow View Post
    Digging the fork color. Kinda want a DVO Diamond.

    Thanks, it's niner green but looks decent. DVO stuff is really nice!
  • 05-30-2015
    mluczkow
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    Mock up. My oil slick stem needs some machining and Ti hardware. I found my old monkeylite SL risers. 128g! Might use them again. Should I worry about fatigue on 10+ year old carbon?
  • 06-01-2015
    mluczkow
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    Machining on my Stranger BMX stem done.

    It's 6061-T6 CNC'd, and "Oil Slick" Annodized.

    I had a good friend of mine do some weight reduction on the under side of it, as well as open it from 22.2 to 25.4mm. I'll use my old 128g Monkeylite SL bars, but I'm looking for some old Hellbent Ti bars.

    I like how the look of the bike came out.

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  • 06-05-2015
    gt4130
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    All the parts are in!!
  • 06-06-2015
    gt4130
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  • 04-16-2016
    mustardfj40
    I used to have a late '90 Zaskar which I really loved until it was stolen out of my garage back in the late '90, then I replaced it with a Litespeed and later a Santa Cruz, and finally Specialized FSR Evo carbon (still have the last 3).Then I saw a brand new reissue GT Xizang frame, and I offered a stupid lowball price and....the frame is now mine...for half the price of the listed price...Looking to build it up with XTR, Chrisking, Rockshok, but I have built up my FSR Evo carbon in 2014, Cervelo R5 in 2015, so this build will be done in in late 2016 early 2017.
  • 08-19-2016
    lumpsum
    I ride mostly gravelroads on CX-bikes and have not had a mountainbike for some time. Most of the big offroad races in Norway prohibits the use of CX so I have been looking for a decent racerig for an old geezer. Next year I'm turning 60 and I hope to take part in a few events. Bought this new old stock 2014 Xizang for 1850 $ which I think is pretty good for this frame with OK equipment. The 72 degree headangle will take some time to get used to but so far I like it. I will mostly ride gravelroads and easy singletrack.
  • 08-20-2016
    mik_git
    Yeah that seemed a bit wierd (72), and then the 26er gets 69 HA...super yuk (from steep to too slack).