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    GT Lightning or Lightspeed Owl Hollow

    If you were lookiing for a Ti bike, which would you choose and why? I know it's not really VRC stuff but it's close....more to follow when I get home...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    If you were lookiing for a Ti bike, which would you choose and why? I know it's not really VRC stuff but it's close....more to follow when I get home...
    both are cool but the owl hollow down tube does it for me. it's litespeed btw.

    i'd choose an old merlin though.

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    I'd pick the Lightning for sure.

    I've been using mine since 99 and its still going strong.

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    I've always been partial to GTs. But I wouldn't kick the litespeed out of bed either. Assuming they were both my size of course.
    Last edited by muddybuddy; 04-04-2008 at 03:59 PM.

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    wasnt the Lightning made overseas unlike the Xizang? Im just going off a vague recollection...

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    the one that fits.

    having said that the litespeed is a much evolved ti bike. much stiffer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    wasnt the Lightning made overseas unlike the Xizang? Im just going off a vague recollection...
    I have heard that before but don't have any information about it.

    Mine is a 16" and I weight about 145 and I will say that I can feel it flex under power if I really pay attention and the ground is smooth. Off road I can never feel it.

    I went from a Zaskar LE to the Xizang and the difference is ride comfort is astounding. I will never ride another aluminum hardtail again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toff
    I have heard that before but don't have any information about it.

    Mine is a 16" and I weight about 145 and I will say that I can feel it flex under power if I really pay attention and the ground is smooth. Off road I can never feel it.

    I went from a Zaskar LE to the Xizang and the difference is ride comfort is astounding. I will never ride another aluminum hardtail again.

    yeah, youre probably getting .5mm more "give" from the rear triangle and about 4mm more from the front triangle.

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    heres why I wondered....

    Actually it was just to fill space till I got home. I stopped in one of my "connections" today, lo and behold he was having a bike clearance .I looked around and spotted this beauty...a GT Lightning with a Chris King rear hub and Carbon front laced to Ceramic Mavic 217s, XTR derailers-Crank-Cassette and brakes, XT shifters and pedals, Ti Avocet saddle, RS Judy SL....and it was on sale Since I already have the aforementioned Litespeed, I thought a running mate was in order.

    And to think I was excited that tonight I was going to pick up a Bridgestone MB3 ..but I still might, it's been available for a week and no-ones grabbed it. So the HOOVER will do it's job
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    Nice, just how cheap did you get that for?

    I was just a tad to late to pick up another complete xizang a few months back. It was at a very nice price and had been sitting in some garage for the last 10 years.

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    I'm diggin the duct tape cable end
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    Yes I am!

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    heyyyyy!

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    I'm diggin the duct tape cable end
    (ends, as in multiple ) I noticed that too...I just pulled it out of my truck . and haven't even had a chance to wipe it down yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toff
    Nice, just how cheap did you get that for?
    you don't even want to know lets just say it was about the same as I paid for the MB1 earlier this week and that was a deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    (ends, as in multiple ) I noticed that too...I just pulled it out of my truck . and haven't even had a chance to wipe it down yet.



    you don't even want to know lets just say it was about the same as I paid for the MB1 earlier this week and that was a deal

    so, what is it - rider (looks too big), flipper, collector bike? What year is that thing? Fork looks like 98 as do the parts.

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    I think it's a 98 but I haven't researched it yet. I probably will flip some parts (to pay for it) and turn it into a paved trail/light offroad bike.
    Last edited by stan4bikes; 04-04-2008 at 05:37 PM.
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    paved trail bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by soreyes
    paved trail bike
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    looking for 20-21" P team

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    They were only made two years 1997 and 1998 as a complete bike only and yes it is an imported frame. In 97 they had a mix of STX-RC and LX and in 98 they up spec'd to a mix of LX and XT. The Lightning was added to the line back then because Ti was hot pre-carbon days and GT's international distributors wanted a more affordable Ti bike and more Ti bikes. GT couldn't meet the international demand on Xizang's and with VAT added onto a Xizang frame the landed cost was very high in many European countries. They are very nice I've bought and sold nine in the past year.

    Differences between the Lightning and Xizang
    Lightning top tube end cap is round, Xizang is oval
    Lighting top tube end cap is stamp GT 3AL/2.5V, Xizang is just stamped GT
    Lightning is bead blasted, Xizang was hand polished or had RWB Team graphics in 99
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soreyes
    paved trail bike

    I wonder if there is a PTBR (Paved Trail Bike Review). Maybe they have an PTB forum that caters to non-new bikes had for cheap.

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    hmmmmm?

    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    Differences between the Lightning and Xizang
    Lightning top tube end cap is round, Xizang is oval
    Lighting top tube end cap is stamp GT 3AL/2.5V, Xizang is just stamped GT
    Lightning is bead blasted, Xizang was hand polished or had RWB Team graphics in 99

    Soooo, My end cap is oval (Xizang)but marked "GT 3AL/2.5V" (Lightning) ..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    Soooo, My end cap is oval (Xizang)but marked "GT 3AL/2.5V" (Lightning) ..?
    OK Stan, the Lightning end cap is round compared to the squashed oval end cap of the Xizang.
    The Lightning is the top picture and the Xizang the bottom picture. See what I mean?
    By the way yours is a 1998 model also.
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    thanx, I gotcha now...hey I don't know all the intricasies
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    so, what is it - rider (looks too big), flipper, collector bike? What year is that thing? Fork looks like 98 as do the parts.

    fork looks a 97. i had one.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    I have what I believe is a 97 Lightning. Its my wife's bike and she never rides it. I might end up selling it. It's been updated from stock though with XT V brakes, Zoke Atom 80, XT 8 speed shifters and some lighter wheels with some White Industries Hubs.
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    I have a friend that is looking for a 16" Xizang frame (Lightning might do).

    He fell in love with mine and I won't let him have it. heh

    On the bottom of the bottom bracket shell on mine is stamped my serial number which includes the year made.
    Your may be in the same place.
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    yahoo!

    Just looked in my garage and what did I see? ....a matching RED Chris King front hub on a Mavic 517 Ceramic rim Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder and hang onto stuff. Those CK's just might pay for the whole bike Not sure what wheels I'll put back on (maybe some Pewter Rolf Satellites ) but I'm going to downgrade the bike to XT with a Pewter RaceFace Turbine crankset.
    Last edited by stan4bikes; 04-05-2008 at 09:04 PM.
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