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    Can you help ID this GT frame?

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    I was given this bike a while back and have grown to like the old gal.
    Problem is someone just came into our yard and stole the bike so I am out of luck.
    I would like to pick up another so can you guys help me narrow down what model this is?
    As far as I can tell this is a GT triple triangle frame, was nice and light in aluminum, had Deore gear on it and Rocshox front end.
    Odd bit is top cap on the headset was Marin...
    I have no ideal how it was originally set up as had been through several hands and was powder coated etc..

    In any case I just liked the damn thing and it would take the sting out of having it stolen if I could buy another like it.

    Here is bike :

    Can you help ID this GT frame?-gt.jpg


    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Looks like a late 90's Avalanche or Zaskar at around a 20" frame. Being realistic - that fork was horrible. Those brakes didn't stop well. Nothing really special about the geometry... As much as you may have loved it, there's very little worth replicating.

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    Yeah I hear you- So if nothing special maybe I will just search out a new ride.
    I'm easy- a light weight beater like that one should do the trick..
    I did like that one though.. sucks to have a bike swiped.

    So what were the top end GT bikes from that vintage?

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    id look into a new Giant. theyre hard to beat for the $. they have a huge dealer network too. id go demo them

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes/off-road

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    Top end of that era was Xizang (titanuim) and more commonly the Zaskar (alu)... but it's probably best check well beyond GT. A $3000 high end bike of the 90's is inferior in many (most) ways to $500 bikes of the last 5 or so years.

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    I'd say a top end bike from that era will kick a $500 bike from todays era all the way across the mountain and back... the only time my old xizang struggles compared to my newish scott spark 710 is really rough stuff. The rest of the time it easily copes.
    it more depends on where/what and how you ride.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatsDirt View Post
    Looks like a late 90's Avalanche or Zaskar at around a 20" frame. Being realistic - that fork was horrible. Those brakes didn't stop well. Nothing really special about the geometry... As much as you may have loved it, there's very little worth replicating.
    What kind of fork is it, and why was it so horrible?

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    ^hard to tell frm the pic, looks like an early 2000's RS maybe duke or phsylo (from the raised lettering on the lower). which arn't terrible forks.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Guys- thanks for the input- I am mulling this over.
    Curious- "high end bike of the 90's is inferior in many (most) ways to $500 bikes of the last 5 or so years."

    Evolution of the breed plus manufacturing advances?

    I have always had the ideal that some vintage gear was better built- just not true?

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    It's a matter of debate. IMO, late 90's suspension tech was pretty bad, but by mid 00's things were looking a lot better.

    An older high-end bike will probably have twitchy xc-race geometry and will definitely have 26 wheels.

    The high end was all about weight back then, so you'll see sub-3-lb SID forks with short travel and narrow, flexy stanchions.

    The thing is, modern cheap bikes are quite a bit behind the times technologically, too. So if it's a high $$$ old bike vs a new cheapie, I'd give the old one a second look, assuming good condition. But like I said, it's a matter of debate.

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    Ok- thanks

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