Hi, I recently got back into Mt. Bikes after about 14 years. Back then I was
6' and 178 lbs. Today I'm still 6' but now I'm 230 lbs which is my main reason for getting another bike.
I was lucky to find a 1996 GT LTS that a friend had hanging in his garage no knowing what kind of bike it was. (the Decals were missing) I didn't know what kind of bike it was either but knew I had seen one of these strange frames before. Other than some cheap Marzocchi MZ comp forks, BMX Handlebars and BMX Stem, a cheap Coil Spring Rear Shock, no rear brakes and no front Derailurer, the bike looked like it was in pretty good condition.
I spent a couple of weeks trying to find out what kind of bike this was. I would pick a well known bike maker like Giant and go back about 18 years (That's about when I remember full suspension bike came out) and try to find information and pictures for those bikes for each year. Finally I came to GT bikes and within a few year searches I found the bike!
Once I read more about the LTS I realized this was a great bike back in it's day. Then after doing a bit more research on this bike I found that many still feel this is a great bike even today!
So I didn't lead onto that I knew this was a pretty nice bike and bought the bike with everything original except for the things I listed above, for $100.
I have been restoring the bike and now have it pretty much done. The bike rides great except the front fork shocks I replace the crappy ones that were on there with seem to be just a bit mushy. They are 2002 RS Duke SL 100mm with the Air system Pos-Neg on one tube and oil on the other.
The shocks have been completely refurbish and look like new. The problem is the manual says not to put more than 180psi for someone up to 200 lbs. So what can I do so they will handle my 230 lbs body? are there any replacement parts I can get that will make these forks handle someone heavier? Right now I am cheating and running them with 200psi and they seem fine but still a bit mushy.
Please could someone give me some answers besides selling them.
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