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    Smile Old GT Tequesta - Conversion Project (edited)

    Hi, I always wanted to get a GT bike since early 90s. Now I have $3,000 Rocky Mountain bike - and still envy those GT bikes! I wish I bought Zasker back in early 2000s when Supergo was selling dirt cheap. Anyway, I just got Tequesta for a change. Can someone tell me where I can find what year model this is, or where I can find the serial numbers at()? I looked but I'm not seeing it. I noticed 1) no replacable hanger, 2) steel (I think I'm sure...), 3) all parts on it are irrelevant, 4) on a seat mast, there is this funny boss that's facing down like 45 degrees. Any help is appreciated.








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    Hatake,
    Yours is a 94 vintage Tequesta. The were originally shipped with canilever brakes and the braze-on at a 45 degree angle on the side of the seat tube was for an oversize plastic cable noodle so the brake cable didn;t dig into the frame. Here's the original spec list on the bike.
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...esta&Type=bike

    Link to the 94 German GT catalog (It's shown on page 5 of 8):
    http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekataloge/PDF/GT/1994.pdf
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    gm1230126, thanks for the information! I guess I will need to repaint it since it's a steel frame (no polished metal look on this one) and nicked/chipped big time. Whoever had it replaced all STX parts with something else - has a pair of thummy XT (functional), LX rear and a crank (yes, just drive side), and Sugino non-drive side crank, etc. The only original that I can see is a long Control Tech stem. This will be my first single speed project bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatake
    gThe only original that I can see is a long Control Tech stem.
    That's not original either.
    It would have come with a cromoly GT flip-flop stem and GT cowhorn bars.

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    Oh my bad! I seem to remember something about Control Tech stem with GT bikes marketed in the mid 90s. Fun project just planning. The wife can't understand why I need a beat up bike going low tech. I don't either!

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    Follow up...

    So I started stripping the paint. Before that, needed to take off seized square BB. Ended up taking the splined cup off with plumbing wrench - else I would've distroyed the frame.


    I got curios how heavy this thing was - ouch it's heavy.


    And here is the serial number - I could not make it out with the paint as the primer was several layers thick.


    Paint came right off witih Aircraft Remover, but the primer took several applications.


    After 2 nights of elbow grease, all is gone. A local powdercoating guy is quoting $90 to do a single color. Yikes that's 3 times more than the bike. But it maybe better than chips and rusts that will be unavoidable with the garage painting.

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    Nice I have the same bike! Lots of good times on that thing. Its in about the same condition too.

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    Please do update with the new paint! I'm starting the same exact process with my Karakoram. [going the powdercoat route]

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    update

    Update – I had the frame powdercoaded for $90. Denver local powdercoat specialist, Pristine Powdercoating (http://www.pristinepc.com) did one awsome quality job all the way, for this cheap. I guess I saved money on it by stripping the paint chemically myself – but I did it for love not for the $, if you know what I mean.

    Did some crafts with some colored film for automotives and made the GT logo for the down tube. Sure it’s not the original design but I like it this way. My wife said “oh so now you are pretending that you have a GT bike, hu?” Oh well


    Put on some junk parts just to start setting up for the most critical part – the drive train. Tried to sit on the saddle and WOW, this bike is low! I’m used to my sled (Rocky), so I compared the GT to Rocky just for the heck of it – bikes used to be so much lower I guess.


    Head tube angles between two are pretty much the same (?). On priliminary basis, the handling is twitchy. Perhaps I should get a longer steel fork for this thing? Or did I just forget how a bike used to be? This will take some time to get used to...


    On the other hand, this GT will be so much lighter as a bare minimum SS, I can already tell. Now my #1 priority is to score a crank for Slayer so I can swap out the RF crank onto GT.

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    It looks Great!!!

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    Looks amazing!

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    Is everyone going with the white powdercoat on retro bike builds? I thought of making my Kara a white frame but I might stick to that funky purple it originally came with. Here in Okc, Ok. there's a powdercoating guy who can do the white for 45 bones and 90 for an off color like the purple. Decisions decisions. Your Tequesta looks great bro.

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    Hey thanks guys. I had it powder coated because the old paint was so beat up and the fact it is a steel frame, I didn't want it to get rusted. That aspect was more important for me than preserving vintage look (it's Tequesta anyway). PC is not a wet paint, it's a color powder baked in to change the compoud and that makes the paint much stronger. No primer needed since the guy gave it 2 coats. Wet paint takes long time to completely dry, yet forever so soft you can nick the paint even with you fingernails, let alone rocks. It'll look like crap in a year. Not worth the effort, cost, and anger from your spouse for evicting her car from the garage for weeks! 90 bucks and letting a pro do it is well worth it.

    I stripped the paint myself because I wanted to see what's underneath (don't we all ) before covering it up for good. Else I wouldn't have found the serial number. Do mask all threads you are planning to use, though. It's a PITA to get the paint off once it's in BB thread and such.

    Now if I can figure out how to change the thread name...

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    I dig it...I just built up a 96 Talera as a SS and had mine PC'd off white. I just thought it would look clean with all black components. I put commute tires on mine as I am using it to tool around town at the moment...fun stuff. Good job!

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    2,5kg's for a 18" then... hmm I thought it maybe could be a racer with a good build...

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    Little update

    So i finally translpanted Deus and X-type BB from my other bike onto this one, went for a ride.



    It weighs 23 lb with this set up. Front ring is a standard 32T, and the back is Sram old 18T. Tires are light, but I do need a better traction tire on the back. I'm actually thinking to get rid of the bar ends as it seems easier to have wider leverage area seems to be more effective in standing on the pedal than having a pair of bar ends. Aside from SS factors (oh my back hurts!), I was reminded why we have suspension forks and disk brakes. Landing is of course harsher than the full suspension, and braking requires lots more careful planning. Saddle feels like a log but I only had total 2 min of saddle time anyway. I can see the bottom parts of the frame flex as I pedal up, but no chain skipping or dropping, so it shouldn't be that big deal. It is a fun bike, and different kind of fun from my other bike.

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    That white frame and matching forks is really good looking. Well done.

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    hmm

    looks nice, 10.43 kg's in ss with a stiff fork. I think V's work just fine, but it's a good idea with a disc up front, maybe a mechanical but they are a bit heavy...

    I'm not that concerned by weight as long as it's reasonable, There's no point trying to build a 6kg's carbon fiber mountainbike. It's not funnier to ride just easier to load into the car.

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    Your bike looks great, I am starting a similar project. Since it is related I would like to ask a few questions and maybe you guys can help me out a bit. I just acquired a gt palomar from craiglist. I have little information on it and this is my first gt, like the OP I have always wanted one, I just love the frame design. Here are my questions, if anyone can help I would be grateful.

    What year is this? I am guessing early 90s but I thought maybe someone could get me closer to an aprox year. Its green powder coat, canti brakes, 7 speed, treaded headset, grip shifts, shimano sis rear derailer, all else is either missing or unlabeled. This bike has been neglected for a very long time.
    What size headset would this be? 1 inch or 1 1/8?
    Can this fork tube be replaced and made into a treadless headset like the original posters bike?
    Any value to this bike before I tear into it, rare, prized, etc. I doubt it, I believe its a lower end bike from gt, but I could be wrong.

    Thanks for you help in advance. And again hope you dont mind me asking these questions on your tread. Great looking bike again, I hope mine turns out half as nice.
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    Sorry for digging up old treads, but I'm new to this site. I was wondering if you have any updates to your Tequesta? That is one fantastic looking bike.

    Thanks,
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    My neighbor rides it now, with 7sp gears.

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