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  1. #1
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    Old School Avalanche

    Well, I started riding again after a hiatus of over a decade. A few friends of mine and I decided it was time to get back to the trail after putting on a few extra pounds after marriage and a few kids.

    So I pulled out my old ride, a late 90ís Avalanche. The polished finish was less then polished so I pulled out a can of Mother's aluminum polish and ordered a new sticker kit. The Avalanche was cool when I got it, but that was long ago and now it is very outdated. Cycling has really changed during this time. I wanted to try a 9'speed setup so I found a nice set of XT shifters and derailleur locally. Other upgrades included a new cassette and chain to a Sram 9-speed, the front brakes to a set of Avid BB7 (had to upgrade the front wheel as well), added a Marzzochi Marathon Race along with a slew of other small parts.

    I plan on getting a new bike this summer or fall. For now, these upgrades have really changed the characteristics of this bike and allows me enjoy the trail much more. Here are a few pics of the bike after with the new parts installed. Sorry for the poor quality, hard to take good pics without sunlight.

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    Cycling may have changed but it's still about having fun - and looks like that Av still has a lot of fun miles left in it yet.
    Less isn't MOAR

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    Great looking ride. The nice thing with the GT's is that frame design is still around so it's as if they never go out of style.

  4. #4
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    nice bike but that's' not "old school". 97 vintage... it's not even a teenager yet

    Now these are old enough o be legally married in some states!
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    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

  5. #5
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    Nice Avalanche! I love the polished frames!

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    sweet ride, I upgreded my 98 GT Ricochet with a Marzocchi MX Comp (same looking fork but white), Mavic crossride, FSA steam ... but It look really similar to your avalanche, but mine is blue. I love it.

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