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    Everything Gt Lts

    Please Post Everything You Have Related To The Gt Lts Bike From Old Ads To Articles To Specs , Tips, Stories About Bike. Manuals And Of Course All You Pics . I Am Building A 1996 New Old Stock Lts 1 Frame I Found With All Xtr And Saint Parts
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    Just picked this up yesterday, its a 98 18". My first downhill. I plan on doing lots of trail riding on this thing though. So far its awesome.I ended up paying 480 for it and it came with xt everything(literally), bomber forks, hydraulic disks, sun rims, azonic bars, and some kind of billet shorty neck. Lots of fun on my first ride yesterday.

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    whoa that's wild. crazy how technology has changed
    Former bike mechanic; current idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nato_the_greato
    whoa that's wild. crazy how technology has changed
    Is it? I've been out of the game for a while now. Do you think I paid too much for it?

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    as long as the drivetrain isn't totally blown out, it's not a bad price. it's so hard to say without actually seeing the bike.
    Former bike mechanic; current idiot.

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    I went through it and everything seems tight, even the linkages seem fine. Shifts good too. I put it through a slight beating yesterday with zero complaints.

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    Pics of my '97 LTS-2 at Palo Duro Canyon from last week.
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    And a few links for LTS/STS parts:

    http://www.benscycle.net - various suspension parts

    http://www.mountainbikecomponents.co.uk/ -suspension parts and bearing upgrades

    http://www.icyclesusa.com/ - still have a few trunion mount Rock shock coupe deluxe's around if you need a replacement rear shock.

    If I missed any other sources for spares/parts, please feel free to add them.

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    What version of LTS do I have? 1,2,3? Its a 98 model year.

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    Its either a LTS-1000 or LTS-2000. Both of them came with a Rock shox coupe deluxe rear shock. The 1000 was originally spec'ed with an XTR rear derailleur and XT everywhere else. Your bike has an XT on the rear, but that doesn't mean the previous owner broke it or put it on something else... Either way, I'd be pretty stoked to have it.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...0+DS&Type=bike

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    Cool. Its definitly a 1000ds then, Thanks for the help!

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    I would say you got yourself a bargain there, outdated (yes), but a bargain none the less. It looks like it is going to BOMB down trails though. Don't get me wrong, I love old GTs (my current XC race rig is built off a 94 Zaskar).

    Looks like a fun rig, especially for under 500 bux.......

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    Does your bike have the disc brake tabs on the rear swing arm or is there some sort of adapter there? Later model LTS models have the disc brake tabs, so you might have one of the more desired frames. On ebay, the last rear swingarm with disc brake tabs off of a 99 LTS sold for almost as much as what a used LTS (non-disc) mountain bike was going for! No kidding..I think it went for over $350....

    Here's more LTS porn for you guys.

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    Wow, that's a lot of LTS's John. I may get a hand me down from a buddy of mine. he couldn't find bushings for it so it is just sitting there unused. One of these days I'll talk him into getting rid of it and giving it to me. LOL! What a scammer huh? Nice pics from Palo Duro too John. I'm from Okc, Ok. and one of these days I'm planning on going there.
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    Fortunately, they put me thru bike rehab and I've been clean for a couple of months now.

    Its sad to her that your buddy has one lying around unused. Parts are getting scarce for them but not yet impossible to find. I probably need to start looking and restocking my parts bin this summer as well! I bet you could wrangle that LTS from him if you kept at it... Just convince him that nobody rides those bikes anymore.

    Not pictured are the two STS bikes that are lurking around the corner. That brings the total of GT LTS/STS bikes up to eight. But out of those, only three of those I would even consider to be currently "trail-worthy". One is still just a roller, and the rest of them have varying degrees of problems that need to be addressed. They range from missing springs, blown damping cartridges, worn out bushings, and missing components. I hope to get them all fixed one day but nevertheless the LTS (especially the 1997 models) holds a special place in my heart and I still enjoy them greatly. I still have old mountain bike magazine reviews of the LTS and STS that if I can dig them up, I'll scan them and post them as well.

    Thanks for the compliments on the photos! Palo Duro Canyon is well worth the trip. I could spend all day there riding the trails. There's another state park at Quitique, TX called Caprock Canyons. It's just as beautiful, but the trails to me aren't quite as enjoyable as the ones at Palo Duro. If you do make a trip, I could arrange for you to have an LTS test ride if you would like one. (I think I have a extra LTS or two hanging around here... lol)

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    Hell I paid 300 for a brand new old stock 1996 frame. These are a piece of art nothing better looking than these frames all polished up. When I finish building mine it will be a head turner at the trail even more so than all the new bikes. Built by craftsmen not overseas

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    my fave.............................

    you can tell that is a really good bike,when the name is written on the end of the top tube.

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    Gt Lts

    Here is my 1998 GT LTS 4000.

    One shot with some long travel Indy's as per specifications for the cross country version of that year.

    An a second shot with some decent forks - Rockshox Psylo.

    In storage at the present time.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntheroadie
    Does your bike have the disc brake tabs on the rear swing arm or is there some sort of adapter there? Later model LTS models have the disc brake tabs, so you might have one of the more desired frames. On ebay, the last rear swingarm with disc brake tabs off of a 99 LTS sold for almost as much as what a used LTS (non-disc) mountain bike was going for! No kidding..I think it went for over $350....

    Here's more LTS porn for you guys.

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    1997 LTS-1 (not built)
    1996 LTS-2
    1997 LTS-2
    1997 LTS-2
    1997 LTS-3
    1997 LTS-3
    Yes it does have a bracket or "tab" as you call it. I can take a close up shot tonight if you like. The wife offered to polish this thing up with some billet polish and wow is it blingy!



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    8716valver: nice bike! It really makes a difference when you polish them up. One thing about a nice ball burnished gt is that it may get dull from oxidation over time, but they WILL polish back to a mirror shine.

    I also found something interesting on youtube. It might come in handy for those who have yet experienced the joy of taking an LTS completely apart. At least now I know where those rubber o-rings were supposed to go... (and it isn't where they are now, either. )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWW_D...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtwuG...eature=related

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    My GT LTS 2000




    I'm looking for a Super Deluxe Shox. Let me know if you have a spare one or where to get them. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by johntheroadie
    8716valver: nice bike! It really makes a difference when you polish them up. One thing about a nice ball burnished gt is that it may get dull from oxidation over time, but they WILL polish back to a mirror shine.

    I also found something interesting on youtube. It might come in handy for those who have yet experienced the joy of taking an LTS completely apart. At least now I know where those rubber o-rings were supposed to go... (and it isn't where they are now, either. )

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWW_D...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtwuG...eature=related

    Thank for the info thats definitly helpful

    Dennis25 thats a sick setup you've got there!

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    Lts Manual

    does anyone have a owners manual they can post.

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    drool!
    i have always wanted an lts/sts i didn't know some of them came with disc mounts.
    now i definatly will start looking for one!
    does anyone know how much the frames of the sts weighed?

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    i've just sold my lts dh...after reading this, i wish i kept it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailking
    does anyone have a owners manual they can post.
    I've been looking as well

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    My newest acquisition

    Well here it is....my newest used GT. I know it's an LTS but don't know what year. IT needs alot of tlc starting with some new bushings and maybe either a shiny buff job or a powdercoat. I'm leaning more towards buff shiny bare aluminum on this one. GM123.. I need your expertise on this serial number. It only has a small dent and a slight edge bent on the seat tube. I'll post pics as it progresses.
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    gt jorgito... it looks like a 1997 to me. My 1996 LTS has a gusset welded at the junction of the bottom of the seat tube and down tube. Also, the down tube is not ovalized toward the bottom bracket. Kinda hard to explain, but I can post a pic of it. 1998 or newer would have a curved seat tube. The S/N should shed more light onto it.

    Nice find! Good luck on the build!

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    I'd say it's a 96 LTS-2. In 97 they went with the trunion mount. The upper link looks to be aluminum (not Ti) and the shock looks like a deluxe (not super deluxe) making an LTS-2.

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    Sweet info guys. Thanks a million. I think I'm gonna polish this one up, and use some leftover parts to put it together.
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    I have one lying around, never been mounted. My STS is for sale on ebay so I will have no need for it. Make me an offer.

    Quote Originally Posted by dennis25
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    I'm looking for a Super Deluxe Shox. Let me know if you have a spare one or where to get them. Thanks

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    Here is my LTS-3

    This is embarrassing to say the least, and I can take the smart comments if necessary..........

    I am the original owner of this LTS-3 and when I say original I can sadly say original tires, grips, brakes and pedals. I have the manuals as well.....possibly the receipt somewhere.

    The only things I have upgraded are the seat and the seat clamp to a quick release. It just didn't get ridden much, mostly due to a Ducati problem I had.

    I was going to sell it recently until I discovered this thread in a google search of GT LTS's.

    I love this bike as much as the day I bought it. I think it is a 96 or 97, not quite sure, maybe someone could tell me.

    I also own a Iron Horse Warrior that a friend sold me for $400, it's a decent bike but not like the GT.
    Yesterday I demo-ed a Trek Fuel EX8 and that's a nice bike, super light as well but at $1899 I think my GT and Iron Horse are just fine.

    Anyway, glad to find this forum and looking forward to contributing, would love to hear about some upgrades you all have done to your LTS's

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    Hey LTS guys and gals,

    I'm in the process of getting together a bushing kit for the LTS's and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in this. The kits you can buy now are kind of expensive and include not only the bushings but the whole enchilada of bolts and other parts which I don't need. I only need the PTFE bushings and I'm assuming that is what most of us need to replace. I'm talking to a bushing maker that may be able to get those bushings for a fraction of the price. I'm gonna get some samples and see how they work. I want to know if anyone is interested in this because the more you order the cheaper they are. Let me know guys.
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    Count me in. Not sure about how many, but I'd be interested. The BETD bearing kit is da bomb, but it gets expensive quick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducseven
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    I love this bike as much as the day I bought it. I think it is a 96 or 97, not quite sure, maybe someone could tell me.
    Rob - no need to be embarrassed. No sarcasm and abuse in this forum.
    From the decals, I'd say your bike is a 97 or newer, definitely not a 96.

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    My old LTS-1, I had to dust her off for the photo shoot. Someday I will wash, grease, and polish her down. Maybe



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    Quote Originally Posted by GT_guy
    I'd say it's a 96 LTS-2. In 97 they went with the trunion mount. The upper link looks to be aluminum (not Ti) and the shock looks like a deluxe (not super deluxe) making an LTS-2.



    I agree. I to have a 96 LTS 1. I purchased the LTS1 because I had waited for the LTS2 for over a month in late 95. The shop owner gave me the LTS1 for the price of The LTS2. $2100 out the door. The Lts 2 had aluminum upper links. 97 went to trunions.

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    I have all of the literature that came with my 96 LTS1 new in late 95. The owners manual that I recieved is fairly generic and only mentions the RTS. I also have all of the XT owner's manuals, the RockShox Judy xc manual and the Rock shox Deluxe tuning manual. I am not letting go of them but I can scan you specifics.
    The rear shock manual is just for rider set up. I am looking for oil quantity and pressure specs as I have new seals to rebiuld the shock. I have been unsuccessfull in finding this info.
    Let me know what you want.

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    In 97 they went with the trunion mount.
    Yes, in 1997, they introduced the trunion mounted shock, but In 1997, GT sold BOTH trunion mount and eye to eye mounts. The STS models and the LTS-1 were the only models that year that had them. The lower-end models, the LTS-2 and LTS-3 still kept the old style mounts. LTS-4 and LTS-5 had elastomer suspension. The following year in 1998, they went trunion mounted shocks 100%.

    I scanned the pages out of my catalog from 1997. I also have the 98-99 catalog as well if anyone else is interested, I'll post them as well.
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    I have a '97 LTS-4 frame that had been scavenged for parts when my friend had to put some new bolts in his LTS-2. Its been hanging on the wall for 8 years, but man, would I love to rebuild it and take it for a spin. I can replace the scavenged parts with the BETD kit, the problem is, I need a new elastomer and, if i remember correctly, a big screw that goes through the middle of the elastomer. Now, where on earth would one get something like that?

    Yeah, I didn't think so....But thanks anyway.

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    check out these guys.

    http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...ndex&cPath=224

    If you read the reviews on the green elastomer, one guy mentions that it comes with some nuts and washers. I've haven't looked at those LTS models closely to even know how they go together, but maybe whatever you need can be bought off the shelf. Pics would help if you have them. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT_guy
    Rob - no need to be embarrassed. No sarcasm and abuse in this forum.
    From the decals, I'd say your bike is a 97 or newer, definitely not a 96.
    Yep it's a '97 alright.

    The colours called Frost Grey.

    It actually mentions it in the the catalogue above as a colour option.

    That is an unreal LTS Ducseven!!! Awesome condition and original tyres!!!! Do they still have those little rubber spikey bits on em?????

    Deffinately a keeper that's for sure! Welcome to the forums!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt jorgito
    Hey LTS guys and gals,

    I'm in the process of getting together a bushing kit for the LTS's and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in this. The kits you can buy now are kind of expensive and include not only the bushings but the whole enchilada of bolts and other parts which I don't need. I only need the PTFE bushings and I'm assuming that is what most of us need to replace. I'm talking to a bushing maker that may be able to get those bushings for a fraction of the price. I'm gonna get some samples and see how they work. I want to know if anyone is interested in this because the more you order the cheaper they are. Let me know guys.
    Interested

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    Bushing update

    I've got some bushings measured out and matched to the closest that they have to offer. I'm gonna e-mail the rep and see what can be done. If all goes well, we may be able to get all the bushings for around $20.00 bucks give or take a few dollars. I'll keep you posted.
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    HI All.
    Awesome site for an Awesome bike. I purchased my Team LTS when they first came out. I picked the bike up in early January of 95, it may have been made in 94. I have put over 2000 miles on her, a lot for some, not for others. Unfortunately, last season I broke the chain stay portion of the frame and have been struggling to find the part necessary to get her back up and running. If anyone comes by a new piece please let me know, do not want to have to put her down. They do not make them like like they use to.

    Don

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    Hey guys,

    I have recently been trying to find a mountain bike to get started in the sport. A guy at work wants to sell me a GT LTS-3. It is black. It has different decals than DUCSEVEN's. My guess is that it is a 96? What would this be worth. I think this guy bought this bike and it just hung in his garage. The tires still have the little prickly things on them still. Anyways, it seems to be in great shape. What would you say it is worth?

    -McBain

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    Don; Sorry about the broken chainstay. your best bet would be to check ebay frequently and hope that some lists an old chainstay around. It might take a while, but I know I saw a bunch of parts posted many months ago...including the chainstay that you need.

    McBain; pics please! It would help id and evaluate the condition of the bike. The trunion mounted frames go for a bit more than other one. In my opinion, a fair price to shoot for is $300-$400. Is the bike all original and doesn't have a mark anywhere on it? Go for the high end. Does it look like it fell out of a tree and hit every branch on the way down? Go for less than $300...or better yet, stay away from it.

    This is just my 2 cents worth...not that it means much.

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    Thanks for the reply, the chain stays that were on ebay a few months ago were for the the trunion rear end which is slightly narrower then the 94-96. I was out bid on one I found in england, I was in a meeting when the sale ended and could not counter in time. Bummer. Anyway, I will keep looking, if anyone hears about one let me know.

    Don

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    1998 Manual Photos

    Some of you might find this helpful....

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    Part two...

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