Question… I picked up a GT Xizang LE in ’96, barley used. How do I tell what year frame it is? I think it’s a ’92 but here are my clues. It has a rear U-brake, external cable routing/bosses, and a NON replaceable derailleur hanger.
I want to get rid of the u-brake (not enough clearance for bigger tires, and its heavy), I have a local custom builder who will weld on disc tabs for $50. Should I also have him add a reinforcement tube from the seat-stay to the chain-stay in the area the disc caliper will mount? The LAST thing I want to do is mess up this frame in any way. I never plan to sell it so I’m not worried about it being non-factory.
I LOVE this bike needless to say, have had many come and go but this one will stay in my bike stable forever. I converted it to a SS 96er. I was unsure how it would handle using a 80mm (suspension compensated) rigid fork (surly 1x1), with a 29” front wheel, and a 2” riser/690mm wide bar… I was impressed, one of the best handling bikes Ive ever ridden now. Still having trouble finding a “magic-gear” for SS riding. Im in SE MI so no monster hills, currently using 34x15/16/17Anyone have any tips on that? Id like to ditch the tensioner if possible. Id be worried about having someone cut off the rear hanger/axle mounts to weld on horizontal mounts… Too intrusive I think.
Thanks in advance,
Yes, there is no tire rub on the front
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