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    Difference between older Zaskar, Avalanche, etc

    I've got an older frame, and I'm not quite sure what it is.

    It's that metallic blue color, that changes to a purple in dark light, and its decently big tubing. I've had a Timberline of the same era before, and that had small tubing. I can't tell if its a Zaskar or an Avalanche, are there any distinguishing features? This bike has no stickers.

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    Do you have a frame number?

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    Where would I find that?

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    Should be on the bottom of your bottom bracket.

    It may be hard to see from being covered up by paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toff
    Should be on the bottom of your bottom bracket.

    It may be hard to see from being covered up by paint.
    Your not totally correct on the location. If it's a Zaskar frame which it probably is....the serial number is stamped into the left rear dropout. The frame size shoud also be stamped there.
    If it's an Avalanche, Pantera, Backwoods, Tempest or Aggressor it will be stamped in the bottom bracket.

    The Zaskar's used die-cit decals on top of the aluminum frame all the other models had decals clearcoated.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Woot, I found it on the dropout.

    Serial 03951906

    Size 18.

    Thing is, why is the top tube so darn short? I hate having to run such a long stem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    Woot, I found it on the dropout.

    Serial 03951906

    Size 18.

    Thing is, why is the top tube so darn short? I hate having to run such a long stem!
    GT probably spec'd that frame size originally with a 135mm seat post. I'm a six footer and long in the body and I ride my 18" GT's with a 110. I think if you compare them to most makes you will find that they are as long or longer than most per equal size. Remember too the GT sizing is center of BB to center of TT. Yours is an Ink Blue anodized Zaskar produced in March of 95 per the serial number.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    I guess it just feels really weird because I'm accustomed to a much more slack head angle (FR/AM), so it feels short and very hunched over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody
    Woot, I found it on the dropout.

    Serial 03951906
    So it is a Zaskar and it was produced in March (03) 1995 (95).

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    So if its an 18, that means it should have around a 23.5 inch top tube.

    My size Medium Cannondale Prophet is a bit short on length for me, and it runs a 23.6 top tube, but the bikes feel completely different from one another.

    I've got an older Judy on my Zaskar, and its only got 3 inches or so of travel. I'm wondering if that doesn't affect the feel of the bike compared to my 5 inches on the Prophet. The Zaskar just does not decend well.

    How long a fork can we put on the older Zaskar's?

    Anyone have geometry specs in CM/IN for the Zaskars?

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    Experimented with flipping an old 90mm stem I have and putting it on the bike.

    Not quite as much reach as the 130mm or longer stem that was on their before, but I'm thinking it would be more comfortable right side up.

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