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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    Nice parts pick up for $25.

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    Those are stickers. Peace signs, hearts and stars. I think I'll keep "Ashlynn " as is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPatrick View Post
    Those are stickers. Peace signs, hearts and stars. I think I'll keep "Ashlynn " as is.


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    Ashlynn. Awesome. You have a bike named after an adult film performer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    Ashlynn. Awesome. You have a bike named after an adult film performer.
    Much more catchy than Brittany or Courtney too.
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    Official GT Thread

    Now I just need to decipher the serial number, H4A00125 and figure out what model I have. Insider of the rear drop out area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPatrick View Post
    Now I just need to decipher the serial number, H4A00125 and figure out what model I have. Insider of the rear drop out area.
    The H will refer to the Hodaka plant in Taiwan. I'd guess it was number 125 off the line. The wilder guesses would be '4' = March and 'A' could mean '10'.

    It might be a Avalanche or Pantera. The rear dropout seems to match.

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    If gm1230126 pops up then you will get better details
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    Here's the 1994 Zaskar frame and Race Face cranks. It was a good week to score my first "Triples". Lots of dents! It came with two generic rims and some ok Kenda tires that have Schwinn on the sidewalls. Not bad for $30.



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    GT Zaskar LE

    Full XTR M900 less the Maguras.

    Fast little bike no doubt.

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    "Less the Maguras"
    Love those brakes. Nice looking ride.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjss View Post
    Full XTR M900 less the Maguras.
    ...and the hubs.

    Those Spin wheels really are from a place in time. Not sure I'd want to visit that place in time personally, but all up that looks like a sweet bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    ...and the hubs.

    Those Spin wheels really are from a place in time. Not sure I'd want to visit that place in time personally, but all up that looks like a sweet bike.

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    It represents the golden age of MTB anodised and CNC'ed goodies. Everyone loved Tuff Wheels but they sure never looked at home on MTB's. Still looks great though.
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    and HS, and seatpost...

    The Spins are quirky no doubt - and heavy - and difficult to true - and disposable once the brake track is gone, but kinda cool. I've got some SUPs laced to SuperBs that are much more pleasurable to ride. Just one of the early 90s frames I use to want while just a poor, deficient college kid.

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    How would you true the Spins apart from taking them off and holding them at the 10 and 2 o'clock position and giving them a good ol' fashioned bashing on the nearest tree.

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    I'll just put this here...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Official GT Thread-sam_1962.jpg  

    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Has anyone tried to move the rear brake to the chainstays? The convoluted rear brake cable line strongly suggests the triple triangle would be better served by placing the Ubrake on the chainstays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    93 GT Borrego's? I think I saw maybe six for sale nation wide on craigslist this year. They were originally spec'd with full Suntour XC Expert with top mount thumb shifters. The one below got bastardized with grip shift.
    I just bought one for $10 NZ, the guy bought it to use the group(Shimano, so someone had already taxed the Suntour XC stuff) on a Stumpjumper and FSX he has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle Addict View Post
    I just bought one for $10 NZ, the guy bought it to use the group(Shimano, so someone had already taxed the Suntour XC stuff) on a Stumpjumper and FSX he has.
    Thats a 1996 model, would have had shimano stx/lx mix originally
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Thats a 1996 model, would have had shimano stx/lx mix originally
    Thanks for the reply, this is good news as I have a whole bunch of LX/STX/XT stuff so this build will be an easy one.

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    Cant seem to find much online about the 96 other than a few pics of some that are black, so not too sure yet of full OEM part placement, as soon as I find that out I will build it up.

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    All the gear and no idea.

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    ^Thanks for the link, I will sit down later on and translate it, really appreciate it.

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    I have had a think and I have decided to go full LX m560 as I have a complete 8spd group, I also think the Black will go well against the red of the frame.

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    Just going through this thread again.

    Too bad about Photobucket debacle and its effect on so many of the photos throughout the forum including this thread.

    Of all of the GT bikes, the one I would most like to someday find is a 1991 Xizang (Ti front with steel rear triangle).
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMDoc View Post
    Just going through this thread again.

    Too bad about Photobucket debacle and its effect on so many of the photos throughout the forum including this thread.

    Of all of the GT bikes, the one I would most like to someday find is a 1991 Xizang (Ti front with steel rear triangle).
    whats wrong w/ the full ti?

    Agree on the photobucket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    whats wrong w/ the full ti?
    Nothing at all, Ive had three all Ti Xizang.
    GREAT bike!

    Im a fan of composite bikes, as you know so Id really like one of those.
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    I acquired my first mtb. . . found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 GT Karakoram. Super stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roaringfork View Post
    I acquired my first mtb. . . found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 GT Karakoram. Super stoked.
    That's a super buy. Love it, enjoy getting it dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roaringfork View Post
    i acquired my first mtb. . . Found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 gt karakoram. Super stoked.

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    love that!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roaringfork View Post
    I acquired my first mtb. . . found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 GT Karakoram. Super stoked.
    Bargain!

    Great score, enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roaringfork View Post
    I acquired my first mtb. . . found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 GT Karakoram. Super stoked.

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    So the only things not original on the bike are the saddle and tires. Looks like I can find a replacement GT saddle somewhere. For tires, can probably find some used ritchey megabites. . . or should I just go with the panaracer smoke and dart which are readily available and were all the rage at that time. . . ?

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    I wouldn't get hung up about the tyres. If you're going to ride it, use whatever 26" treads that will fit the stays and work on your dirt.

    If it's going to be a carpet queen, then sure, go for period correct. Older treads in good order are harder and harder to find, I'm not keen on hunting down good ones only to wear them out railing single track like it's 1996.

    That's my take on it, other views might vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    I wouldn't get hung up about the tyres. If you're going to ride it, use whatever 26" treads that will fit the stays and work on your dirt.

    If it's going to be a carpet queen, then sure, go for period correct. Older treads in good order are harder and harder to find, I'm not keen on hunting down good ones only to wear them out railing single track like it's 1996.

    That's my take on it, other views might vary.

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    They make re-issue smoke and dart tires. . . I'll probably go that direction. You can pick up a pair for what a single maxxis costs. I do plan to ride it on occasion.

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    Does anyone know the steerer tube sz of a 93 Karakoram? Thanks

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    93 should be 1-1/8, GT were pretty early adopters of oversize
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    oh and catalogue says "GT Bolonga Lite Full cromoly triple butted 27mm tapered blades with 1-1/8 oversize chromoly butted steerer tube". So there you go.
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    Thanks very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    93 should be 1-1/8, GT were pretty early adopters of oversize
    I had a 1990 karakoram w/ oversize.
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    I bought a Karakoram in 1994 exactly like this, one of the first in Milan, all Shimano Deore LX:

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    at that time the price in Italy was 950.000 lire and an average salary was 1.250.000 lire, maybe corresponding to 800 today. It was stolen 3 years later....

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    Did you like the Karakoram?

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    Gorgeous bike! My favorite decal set too. Can't get used to those wheels though

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    Above reply was to the Zaskar Le at the top

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeZaskargirl View Post
    Above reply was to the Zaskar Le at the top
    ya gotta use the quotes! but yeah I can never get down with spins...on anything really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    ya gotta use the quotes! but yeah I can never get down with spins...on anything really.
    Did I do it right this time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Well I rode a few rigid steel bikes and I have to say my '96 GT Timberline FS in Cr-mo steel hard tail ride way smoother then a Raleight Summit from a few years ago... Unless you consider that Timberline frame as a high end bike, I'd say the flex in the rear end of the GT really screw away all the vibrations and smooth up the bumps and drops I encounter while street riding it. And it's easy to see how the TTT design can flex better, by having the body weight (when seated) to apply not at the end of the seat stays, but already onto it and then the vibrations from the rear can go right into the front triangle without interfering with your butt.

    But if you are using alu, the vibrations are not much dampened, it's more the flex that will react in a better way then a standard frame design.

    But if you don't like it, I don't think you belong in this thread anyway
    Tru Dat!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    93 should be 1-1/8, GT were pretty early adopters of oversize
    The 93 Karakoram was US made wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeZaskargirl View Post
    The 93 Karakoram was US made wasn't it?
    I want to put a Ridgid fork on it. I found one with this info- 26 in 1 1/8 in threaded 8 1/4 steerer 2.5 in threaded canti brakes. Will that work? It has rockshox quadra 21r
    on it now

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeZaskargirl View Post
    The 93 Karakoram was US made wasn't it?
    Nope, Tawanese. Only US made HT's were Zaskar, Xizang and Pysclone (and some alu Avalanches later one)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeZaskargirl View Post
    I want to put a Ridgid fork on it. I found one with this info- 26 in 1 1/8 in threaded 8 1/4 steerer 2.5 in threaded canti brakes. Will that work? It has rockshox quadra 21r
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    Well according to the catalog the 1993 karakorum used a tioga aheadset, so it's not threaded so no that fork wouldn't fit... however the headset may have been changed (or even the headset from factory was threader *spec subject to change type thing*)... so you need to see if it is a threaded headset or threadless. Threadless is beter for lots of options, but if it's thread then you it's something you need to know.
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    also note what brakes you are using, if vbrake, all good, but if cantilever, then the quadra would have a cable stop on it, if you change to a rigid, you need to make sure you have some sort of cable stop, either on the steerer/headset or as part of the stem, to make the brakes work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Well according to the catalog the 1993 karakorum used a tioga aheadset, so it's not threaded so no that fork wouldn't fit... however the headset may have been changed (or even the headset from factory was threader *spec subject to change type thing*)... so you need to see if it is a threaded headset or threadless. Threadless is beter for lots of options, but if it's thread then you it's something you need to know.
    Thanks I appreciate all your help

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    @LeZaskargirl Yes it was a very good bike I used mainly for cycle touring and for short itineraries in the mountains.

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    Just some pics to keep thread going.










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    Recent pick-up. One of three made welded ~96 by Jeff Jones.
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    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Recent pick-up. One of three made welded ~96 by Jeff Jones.
    That's so amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roaringfork View Post
    I acquired my first mtb. . . found one all original except for saddle and tires. $75 for a 1991 GT Karakoram. Super stoked.

    Attachment 1170039
    Nice! Was one of the first I re-acquired as well.Official GT Thread-20151111_205358.jpg

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    Anyone wanting to add to the GT stable....this just listed in So Cal

    https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/...451329861.html

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    Thanks G!
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    New addition tonight.....another CL find.

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    Nice find! I have the same exact year and model, just tore it down to the frame the other day. Still deciding whether to build it or sell it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHolc View Post
    Nice find! I have the same exact year and model, just tore it down to the frame the other day. Still deciding whether to build it or sell it...
    I can use the RH shifter if you decide to move some things.....this one is shot. The spring loaded prawl is chipped and doesn't grab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Recent pick-up. One of three made welded ~96 by Jeff Jones.
    Sweet!
    Looks the back of a 1996 GT LTS-1 mated to to the front with some miles of tubing in between.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    gt Xizang

    Been awhile since I've posted....here's something I built to road ride with last fall.
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    ^yeah thats alright
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    Nope, green cable straddle is out of place. Ruins the aesthetic.



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    I'm very sorry to jump in here like this and truth be told I ride, but not super into the vintage theme. However, I believe I've been lucky enough to come across some if not rare, at least cool vintage frames. Again I hate to hijack anything, but if a few of you wouldn't mind looking at my gallery album and letting me know what I've found I would greatly appreciate it. So far the only one I think I have pinned down is a 1995 GT LTS carbon fiber full suspension frame. Any help you could provide would be appreciated.

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    ^Going by your other post in the GT area, its a 1996 LTS Thermoplastic frame (was LTS for about 5 minutes before they called them STS's)... dunno about anything else as you "gallery" is...where?
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    Should be under my profile in albums. I appreciate the information.

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    alright (i jsut went to the dropdown "gallery nothing...but profile had stuff)...

    black zaskar is a 12.5inch? 1997 or 98 (think 97 woud have to look up decals to be sure)
    purple zaskar is a 96
    next lts is 96
    next lts is a 96 boomerang (hot jiggity!!!! aka lts dhownhill)
    top zaskar le is a 94 (or 93/95...same year issue as the black one, would have to look u cataloges to be sure but i think 94)


    Boomerang, should have led with that over the thermo... kick arse bike if there ever was one.
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    Also thats just going by the decals, which can easily be changed, the serial numbers will tell the story. No reason to think the Zaskar's arn't Zaskars sitting there with the LTS's but until you get serial numbers which will telly you if zaskars or not and the year then the decals tell as the only story.
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    Is there a reference for serial numbers. So of all the frames one was built But there are no markings on it at all except for a GT stamp on an end cap facing to the rear under the seat.

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    the zaskars serial should be on the non drive drop out, the lts's er...on bottom bracket I think, maybe the dropout (i'm sure someone will op in and give the info.
    All USA made auminium frames, so Zaskars and LTS 1/team, the serial number will start with XX for month, YY for year. All numbers, if here is a letter at the start, or anywhere, then not USA made so not a zaskar or if lts then a 2 or 3... Sometimes there is no serial number, but thats pretty rare.
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    Living in Japan, so I guess well see what the numbers say. I appreciate all the help. Hopefully Ill be able to find them all a good home.

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    On the assumption the zaskars are real (which you'd think would be given sitting next to lts and lts boomerang ad lts thermo), everything should be easy to find a home for and make reasonable money (If i had any I'd be buying). Probably easiest would be ebay and retrobike.co.uk... just be prepared to ship international or you might struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Sometimes there is no serial number, but thats pretty rare.
    No S/N on my Xizang.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DFA View Post
    No S/N on my Xizang.

    Yeah we're talking Zaskars here...
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