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    GT Arrowhead

    Hi riders,

    I just got myself a standard used GT Arrowhead. Nice decent looking bike for short commuting purposes. I tried to search the forum but I couldn't find any info/specs/pics of the arrowhead. I wonder how other Arrowhead looks like. Cant find much on google as well.

    So, I'm calling as many as possible GT Arrowhead owners to post their ride and specs here for me to get some inspirations. I may need some upgrade. Thank you.

    I'll start with mine..

    Fork: Excel 515 Sync
    Brake caliper: Promax
    Front D: Shimano Altus
    Rear D: Shimano Acera
    Crank: Shimano Altus
    Rim: Weinmann
    Saddle: WTB SST.X
    Seatpost: Kalloy
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    Just by looking at it, you probably need to lighten it up some for trail riding. Since the components are low level, maybe single speed? That way you toss the heavy deraileurs/shifters etc. Toss the suspension fork too for something rigid [and light] and you should be in business. Again, these are just my opinions, I'm sure others may disagree.

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    Hey Lino, thanks for the opinion. I was thinking about making it SS even before I got it. Just to feel how the stock feels like for now. That's one of the reason why I need to see more Arrowhead photos.. anyone? Cheers!

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    GT Arrowhead

    I have not seen many either on the forum sites....

    Here is mine. I have set it up as a commute bike.....

    Frame - 1998 GT Arrowhead 6061 aluminum
    Fork - 2001 Manitou Mars Elite 80mm Travel
    Headset - 1 1/8" Dia-Compe Aheadset
    Stem - R.I.D.
    Handlebar - R.I.D.
    Grips - GT Lock Ons
    Brakes - Shimano Deore
    Brake Levers - Shimano LX
    Shifters - Shimano STX
    Front Derailleur - Shimano STX
    Rear Derailleur - Shimano LX
    Cassette - Shimano 7-speed, 11 - 22 teeth
    Chain - Shimano
    Cranks - Shimano LX
    Chainrings - Shimano HyperDrive-C, 22/32/46 teeth
    Bottom Bracket - Shimano
    Pedals - Shimano SPD
    Quick Releases - Shimano
    Rims - Velocity
    Hubs - Shimano LX
    Tyres - Maxxis Flyweight
    Saddle - Bel Air
    Seatpost - Kalloy Alloy micro-adjust, 27.0 mm diameter
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    Wow.. nice and neat looking Arrowhead! Still looks good for a 11year old frame.
    Yeah, searched the net but couldn't find much info on the Arrowhead. Is Arrowhead the cheapest/ lousiest model back then thus people don't bother keeping it?

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    I think that honor might have gone to the Palomar followed by Outpost. From memory i think the Arrowhead was the cheapest aluminium frame bike at the time.

    I recon they look sweet!
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    yups, the frame looks sweet enough to steal my heart.
    Anymore Arrowhead owners?

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    My first bike was '98 yellow Arrowhead.

    According to decals and v-brakes, yours is probably from '99. Mine had a cheap suntour fork and cantis. As long as I remember '97 model was of goldish colour.

    bad things about arrowheads are short ETT although I'm not sure here and frame weight (my 20" had a 2.3kg frame). Nonetheless, if you like it, keep it. Their frames last forever.

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    Thanks for the reply dot. Any pics of yours? Guess im gonna keep it, no reason to sell it for now..cheers!

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    I sold mine after 2 months and 1200 km. I fell in love with MTBing and got a decent bike for off-road riding instead.

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    Gt Arrowhead

    Even though they are at the lower end of the Gt Range the frame is not too bad at all.

    Mine is 6061 frame not the 7005 series as most are.

    Made a go frame to build into something a little better spec wise with the components.

    The image is how I received it.
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    you did a good job on building the bike.
    I'm thinking of changing the fork as it squeaks when ever I roll over a hump. This is my city commuting bike, a short travel fork will do.

    If I were to change the fork for the SR Suntour XCR, I must change the stem as well right? Or I can reuse back the original stem?

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    If you change your fork to a threaded steerer tube you will be able to keep your Stem and headset.

    If you change your fork to a threadless type you will need to change the stem and Headset. This is what I had to do to use the Manitou forks.

    Hope this helps.....
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    yups, agree... I thought the same thing. The prob here is, I couldnt find a good threaded fork. Most are cheapo brands/model.

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    Most forks now days and even decent second hand ones are all threadless.

    You will need to get a stem and headset to suit....

    Unless you can get a bike shop to put a thread on it and cut the stem down?

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    GT Arrowhead

    Ive made a few changes to the Arrowhead.

    XT Crankset
    Judy Forks
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    brettels...I think I'd prefer how it looks earlier, more classic and macho

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    GT Arrowhead

    Hey your right, not totally sold on it either........too much yellow...

    Might play around with it today and post up something later...

    Thanks

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    GT Arrowhead

    Changed a few things around.....looking not so yellow....
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    Nearly joined the Arrowhead club the other day!

    Was bidding on a '99 similar to brettels. Forgot to check the auction and got pipped by
    one stupid dollar!

    Still keeping my eye out for one!

    Better luck next time i guess.
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    My new(?) GT Arrowhead

    Just picked this up on ebay. Frame and chain only

    I intend to single speed it after a respray. Stickers should be easy to replace

    Has anyone single speeded theirs? If so, can you post pictures.

    Also, what size is the BB?
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    Hi

    Does anyone know what gear hanger fits an GT Arrowhead frame? Have you got a photo of one?

    Thanks in advance

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    Getting there, the frame is nearly stripped ready for primer. There are a couple of dings to sort out. The unwanted cable bosses have been removed and the Insync 515 Excel forks have been buried for eternity. Replacing with eXotic rigid ones

    Sorry for the poor quality photos, Blackberry got covered in paint dust during the stripping process!
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    Post a picture of your drives side dropout. By others pictures it appears as though your hanger is the standard one bolt GT derailleur hanger http://derailleurhanger.com/images/DH_02_BIG.jpg
    Put a metric ruler across your bottom bracket and read it should be either 68 or 73
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Hi everybody, I'm Cuong from Vietnam. This is my GT ArrowHead since 2002:












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