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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.

    Official GT Thread-wheels-manufacturing-cnc-dropout-2-bolt-gt-avalanche-pantera-no-15drivetrainwheels-manufacturing.jpg

    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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    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.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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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.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Official GT Thread-c7b97656-45ef-46f8-bb61-7d58d6d7a56e.jpg  


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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.
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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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.

    Attachment 1170039

    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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