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    '96 Pantera

    Hello all, I am the original owner of a 96 GT Pantera who hasn't ridden really all that much since the 90's. Anyway, I am returning to the sport after many years and would like to restore/upgrade my ride. I know that it will be extrememly difficult to do given all the advancements in the industry. My question is are there any good resources, ie stores and/or suppliers that I should be looking at? Also how much upgrading is even possible on this bike? I really do like the bike and I really dont want to "just buy a new one" I, like I'm sure many of you are, am attached to the classic GT frames.

    Thanks in advance

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    A 96 pantera should be compatible with most modern parts with the exception of disc brakes and suspension forks greater than 80mm travel. Also, if it came with 7-speed, you may not be able to switch to 8 or 9 or 10 speed without a new rear hub (if it has a 7-speed cassette plus a spacer you should be good). Though I wouldn't start pumping a bunch of money into it just to "upgrade". Clean and lube everything and see what works and what doesn't. Put some modern tires on it (something appropriate for your riding conditions and preferences) and maybe some new brake pads (Koolstops are really good), and you should be good to go. If you want to switch to v-brakes, you will need new levers also.
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    Thank you for the advice, I actually just dropped off my bike at the shop to have it tuned up, hopefully that will keep her running for a while. Is there that much of a difference with V-Brakes vs Cantilevers? The stopping power was not so hot, however that could be because the pads were old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedawg24 View Post
    Thank you for the advice, I actually just dropped off my bike at the shop to have it tuned up, hopefully that will keep her running for a while. Is there that much of a difference with V-Brakes vs Cantilevers? The stopping power was not so hot, however that could be because the pads were old.
    Putting some new Koolstop pads should get you better stopping power with your cantis, however you can do even better with v-brakes (linear brakes). Theoretically a high quality set of cantis properly set up can get you very good stopping power, but most people don't have high quality cantis properly set up (proper canti setup is an art form, while linear brakes are much easier to set up). I've run cantis for years and still have a couple of bikes with cantis, and even though I've got some OK performance from them, I've never had cantis that work as well as linear brakes. Pricepoint almost always has previous years versions of Single Digit 7 and Single Digit 5 linear brakes and Speed Dial 7 levers (or FR5 levers) on sale. They work well right out of the box, but swap out the pads for Kool Stop combination (salmon and black combo) pads, and you really have some stopping power.
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    my Xizang '93

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    pretty bike! That fork is great! Is that stock?

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    No, not stock. GT never did a Ti fork and not many of the one's that were ever made have a great track record for holding up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Dave View Post
    pretty bike! That fork is great! Is that stock?
    the titanium forks is a Paduano (italian made) and 35 mm stanchions

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    That is tasty

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    Just went through this whole thread and thoroughly impressed with everyone's vintage GT's. This left me wondering, where did the Timberline series fit into the model range of GTs? Back in 95, my dad got me a GT Timberline of unknown origin (nor did I care at the time, I had the coolest bike among my friends). Unfortunately it was stolen a few years later. I'd like to ID it and perhaps track one down as a future project.

    Here's the details of the bike I still remember (bear with me, I was only 11-13 at the time).
    Shimano XT/XTR components
    26x1.75 tires
    Vetta Gel saddle
    Tioga grips
    U brakes in the rear, canti in the front
    Shimano STI shifters I believe with 2 thumb triggers.

    and those are the only details I remember. I've seen one on Craigslist but that was a few years back and in Philadelphia. I found this one which... from what I can tell is possibly the same bike. Any help to rekindle the childhood magic would be great.
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    that one looks like it is from lthe late 80's to early 90's

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    The granite color Timberline is from the 1990 model year.
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    Wow, thanks for the info. So is a timberline worth VRC status or is this a "old bike"?

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    Fair enough. Probably pretty tough to track one down in any event.
    Progress is crippled by too many ideas and not enough room/money.

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    couple a month listed on craigs. you should be able to pick one up for 50...75 tops if a garage queen but the shipping will cost more than the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    The granite color Timberline is from the 1990 model year.
    i had a tequesta in that blue... my first mtn bike. damm.. the memories.
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    My '94 GT Zaskar

    Here is my '94 GT Zaskar which I just got back on the road with the help of RichieB from this site and his expertise and parts for the rebuild of the MAG 21 shock. My LBS with full tune to make worthy for the dirt again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    You'rre kidding right? Gt used U-brakes in the rear because it was the best brake for the rear end of a bike at the time, especially when mounted up top. Some think it still is.
    U Brake is the OTB = One True Brake. OTB is probably also why they weren't mounted upfront either.
    My U brake on the Avalanche may not be the trimmest piece of braking hardware made but it always had plenty of braking mumbo on hand compared to many poorly adjusted canti's that were out there
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    Just back with GT since a Talera college commuter bike. I just picked up a mostly original 1993 richter 8.0 and could not be more impressed with the weight and handling of this frame.

    One concern I have is an aftermarket fork, it's fitted with a mach 5 sx and while it's serial is not included in the recall I don't have much faith it will last for long.

    For this generation of steel frames, can someone recommend a few modern forks that fit the old geometry of the mid 90s GT frames?

    Thanks, Brent

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    Quote Originally Posted by blangley View Post
    Just back with GT since a Talera college commuter bike. I just picked up a mostly original 1993 richter 8.0 and could not be more impressed with the weight and handling of this frame.

    One concern I have is an aftermarket fork, it's fitted with a mach 5 sx and while it's serial is not included in the recall I don't have much faith it will last for long.

    For this generation of steel frames, can someone recommend a few modern forks that fit the old geometry of the mid 90s GT frames?

    Thanks, Brent
    Nothing modern with an axle to crown short enough. Need to pick up a *98 or earlier fork with low miles and upgrade springs or cartridges as needed. Modern forks are too tall and will add stress to the head tube that it wasn't designed to take and also "chopper" the ride and affect the handling too much.
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    Thanks for the advise, will start looking at only 90s models. In your experience is there a specific fork make/model that you like for it's durability and performance on 90's frames?

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    Rode GT BMX as a kid, won the state champeionship on it. Made sure I bought a GT when getting into moutain bikes; I'm glad I did because the bike does everything I want it to doo and some........ Love GT bicycles; I hope I always own one.

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    I found an old 21 speed GT mountain bike for sale for $100. No suspension or anything, looks like its from the 90's. Black paint with what looks like a woodpecker decal near the seat post. I don't really know much about bikes, but was wondering if it was a good deal for a commuting and light mtn biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanMan68 View Post
    I found an old 21 speed GT mountain bike for sale for $100. No suspension or anything, looks like its from the 90's. Black paint with what looks like a woodpecker decal near the seat post. I don't really know much about bikes, but was wondering if it was a good deal for a commuting and light mtn biking.
    $100 for a good running average bike can be a good value. $100 for an average bike that needs work can be a money pit. Hard to say without more info. Pics? Model?
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    Without knowing what model it is (frame tubing type) or what components are on it...that's an impossible question to answer.
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    I foolishly only gave it a once over and didn't take any pictures. What I posted is all that I know. The only distinguishing feature that I remember was the woodpecker decal. The paint scheme was black with red and yellow for the markings. I am going back tomorrow to take some pictures, look for a serial number, and perhaps just spring for it.

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    Sounds like a dealeo to me. I raced GT BMX's and I have two GT mountain bikes. I recon GT is good quality. I have never had any serious problems with mine.

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    The forum wont let me post pictures yet, but its a Palomar

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    Palomar was the absolute low end model staring in like 98. Should be able to find them for 40-50 dollars. Not a thing special about them. Sold as a basic transportation/city bike type of mountain bike
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    So not worth the $100 they want then? The paint on the frame is kinda beat up, so I guess I will just pass.

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    For the first time in my life I do not have a GT.. Kinda freaking out. Hopefully buying a Force pretty soon.

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    You guys might like this one......

    Ti hardtail built in Longmont for one of the office employees.......




















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    Sweet frame! Is that yours?

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    no, just in for some routine repairs.

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    Imagine that....an archetype GT frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Imagine that....an archetype GT frame
    indeed. seems few personal projects featured the 'triple triangle'.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by surly357 View Post
    indeed. seems few personal projects featured the 'triple triangle'.......
    Just all the Tech Shop fillet brazed Psyclones, all the fillet brazed Edge road frames and all the late Ti stuff and some one-off tandems that were all built in Longmont. So actually most of the personal projects. My guess for the archetype frame on this one....cable routing on a tiny frame with v-vbrakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Just all the Tech Shop fillet brazed Psyclones, all the fillet brazed Edge road frames and all the late Ti stuff and some one-off tandems that were all built in Longmont. So actually most of the personal projects. My guess for the archetype frame on this one....cable routing on a tiny frame with v-vbrakes.
    i'll edit this to simply say we obviously have differing views of what constitutes an employee's "personal project"......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    That looks like a 1996 model. I have a red one in 22". I put XT v-brakes on mine (to replace the stock cantilevers) and the rear v-brake worked like dookie until I put a brace on it.

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    Finally got my hands on it. Made a few parts changes to bring it to year correct. Last year I owned no GTs. Now I own 4. Strange.



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    GT 2x4 fork. What an awesome name.

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    I rode the 98 LTS, loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj View Post
    That looks like a 1996 model. I have a red one in 22". I put XT v-brakes on mine (to replace the stock cantilevers) and the rear v-brake worked like dookie until I put a brace on it.
    Yup. I built this up for a friend and gave it to him. I put on all new cables and housing, new chain, new wheelset, new freewheel, tektro v-brakes, and new grips and tires.

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    Let's just say somebody has the choice between a '91 Tange Prestige frame and a '92 True Temper GTX frame. Same sweet model, same garage queen condition, same low price. The only catch is, the owner will only part with one. Which one should the lucky guy pick up?

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    91 prestige...
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xizang11 View Post
    Let's just say somebody has the choice between a '91 Tange Prestige frame and a '92 True Temper GTX frame. Same sweet model, same garage queen condition, same low price. The only catch is, the owner will only part with one. Which one should the lucky guy pick up?
    Depends upon which model it is, but I'd probably go with the 91?
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    Quote Originally Posted by masseymtb View Post
    For the first time in my life I do not have a GT.. Kinda freaking out. Hopefully buying a Force pretty soon.

    Me neither! And look at my screen name! I'm always on the hunt though
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    They are both Avalanches. Both white. One's a 91 with prestige tubing, ones a 92 with GTX tubing. Same size, same condition. No components at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xizang11 View Post
    They are both Avalanches. Both white. One's a 91 with prestige tubing, ones a 92 with GTX tubing. Same size, same condition. No components at all.
    91 Daktari white for sure then...classic paint job.
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    is it really that much better than this one? (google image search, but it's just like this)

    I considered the asthetics basically tied. I was curious about differences in ride quality. I have Tange bikes and True Temper bikes, and I've generally like the TT bikes better. That said, I've never ridden Prestige or GTX tubed frames. And it's not like I can test ride a bare frame. And I have to pick tomorrow morning.

    ...and I know I win either way, but I have first pick, so I want to fully examine my options. And I know you guys know better than I do. I have plenty of experience with 94-98 model bikes, but these frames are from the days I was ridding huffys.
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    I prefer the paint on the '92 to the '91, and also think that the "groove tube" (on the '92 but not the '91) is a really cool feature.

    However, I own a '91 Team Avalanche (Prestige) and a while '92 Avalanche (GTX); both are 20" frames. The '91 fits me a better. The frames are definitely different sizes even though they are both 20" frames (the '91 has a taller head tube by about 1 cm: 133mm versus about 145mm). I'm not sure if the differences are due to year or model: GT's catalogs shows very little info on frame geo.

    You may want to check to see if the frames really have identical geo.
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    That's a really good point. Leaving to make my choice now. Nice to hear from somebody who has one of each! Thanks for all your help, folks!

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    Picked up a 91 Prestige this afternoon (will run the SN by gm(lbunch-of-numbers) to confirm year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    I prefer the paint on the '92 to the '91, and also think that the "groove tube" (on the '92 but not the '91) is a really cool feature.

    However, I own a '91 Team Avalanche (Prestige) and a while '92 Avalanche (GTX); both are 20" frames. The '91 fits me a better. The frames are definitely different sizes even though they are both 20" frames (the '91 has a taller head tube by about 1 cm: 133mm versus about 145mm). I'm not sure if the differences are due to year or model: GT's catalogs shows very little info on frame geo.

    You may want to check to see if the frames really have identical geo.
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    While I like the "Groove Tube"....Older is always better in the vintage world? Right? I think the internally routed rear brake cable, 2x4 fork, MIJ SR MTP-126 Lowfat pedals, easier front shifting action on the down pull front derailleur make the 91 the better choice.
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    Ok, I got the '91, and it's beautiful. The '92 was, too, and I'm glad that it also went to a good home.

    Looks like '91 was an interesting year for GT. The Avalanche/Team were Tange, while the Karakoram/Elite were True Temper, as was the "True Temper Chromoloy Frame with Triple Track Plus" (psyclone?)

    '92 had some differences, it's probably the best year for the Karakoram. For this year, it's the same frame, same parts as the Avalanche, except it has a rigid fork--and a killer paintjob.

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    I'll post pics of my wifes little 14.5" '94 FTS team when I've outgrown the 10 post rule ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeagain View Post
    I'll post pics of my wifes little 14.5" '94 FTS team when I've outgrown the 10 post rule ......
    Just use photobucket and embed the image in the text. Makes for much
    nicer-larger photos also.

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    Thanks Fred. Will do later today. Nearly there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by homeagain View Post
    I'll post pics of my wife when I've outgrown the 10 post rule ......
    Look forward

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    Pics as promised:




    The 14.5" frameset was bought at Supergo and I built it up using a mix of LX, XT and XTR parts.
    100mm Judy SL forks, which slows the steering a bit, her preference, Sun CR17A rims on XT hubs, Panaracer Mach SK Comp 1.95 tires, Salsa stem with Race Face bars, Fat saddle on Thomson stem. 15 years old and still a great ride
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    I'd really like to have me some 90s steel triple triangle.

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    HI,

    I rebuilt my old GT Outpost early this spring to serve as my commuter. This was my first build and an awesome experiance. Not so much for my bank account or my wife This was the first non department store bike I ever bought. I was 12 at the time. It's hard to believe it still fits, but it does! I spent a lot of time debating if this frame was even worth rebuilding and from a sentimental stand point I'd say it was was worth every penny!
    And it rides great! the 4130 Cromo really smooths things out. I never intended to hold on to this frame for this long, but Im glad it did.
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    My recently sold 1998 GT Rebound.
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    The Best Bike Buy Ever...

    My LTS I just bought for a cool $5.00 at flea market.. I'm working on upgrading it for a great ride the paths or trails bike..still don't know what year it is.
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    nice catch

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    Looks like it just came from the show room!

    The 14.5" frameset was bought at Supergo and I built it up using a mix of LX, XT and XTR parts.
    100mm Judy SL forks, which slows the steering a bit, her preference, Sun CR17A rims on XT hubs, Panaracer Mach SK Comp 1.95 tires, Salsa stem with Race Face bars, Fat saddle on Thomson stem. 15 years old and still a great ride
    Cheers, Rob.[/QUOTE]

    For a mid 90's bike it looks like it just came from the bike shop brand new! Any how it looks great, I love the anodized purple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_goat View Post
    thought i would post a pic of my LTS 3, I've had it since new and still ride it, although the last time i rode it ( 7weeks ago) i went OTB and fractured my upper humerus, but i still love it, and hope to be back on the trails soon.
    I have the same bike, 1997 LTS3, except mine is 18 inch frame. Sadly I am no longer riding it, I have disassembled it and have used most of the parts on another project bike. The pivots make an erie creaking noise and definitly need overhauling or replaced with new. Hope to have it back running again soon!

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    1992 GT Zaskar

    Okay...so my ride is finally done! I've been meaning to work on my 1992 Gt Zaskar forever and I finally had the time and means to get it together and thought that I'd share it on this forum.

    The specs are as follows:

    ]B]Year:[/B]1992
    Model: Zaskar LE
    Serial Number: 04921897
    Frame Material: 6061 butted Aluminum
    Frame Color: Ball Burnished (chrome)
    Frame Size: 16”
    Fork: Manitou Answer Mach 5
    Headset: Aheadset
    Stem: Syncros 1” Quill
    Handle Bar: Easton Hyper Lite 5 degree
    Grips: GT (black/red)
    Brake Levers: Shimano Deore XT / Tioga grips
    Bar Ends: Ritchey WCS
    Shifters: Shimano XTR 7 speed
    Computer: Cateye Mity 8
    Seat: SDG Bel Aire (black/red)
    Seat Post: Post Modern Suspension
    Seat Post Clamp: GT Quick Release
    Front Brake: Shimano XTR (Rim)
    Front Brake Pads: Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Brake: Shimano U-II (Rim)
    Rear Brake Pads: Shimano
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
    Front Wheel: Weinmann 519, 36 spoke
    Front Hub: Generic
    Rear Wheel: Weinmann 519, 36 spoke
    Rear Hub: Shimano Paralax
    Front Tire: Kenda Telonix 26” 2.20 Hans Rey Series
    Rear Tire: Kenda Telonix 26” 2.20 Hans Rey Series
    Tubes: Presta, slimed
    Skewers: Shimano XT Quick Release
    Pedals: Shimano M520 SPD
    Cassette: Hyper Glide 11-28
    Chain Rings: Suntour 42, 32, 20
    Chain: Shimano HG70
    Cranks: Specialized
    Bottle Cage: n/a
    Chain Stay Protector: GT (black)[/B]


    Where I could, I tried to stay as "period correct" as possible depending on part availability, personal preference and budget constrains. Anyway, she's been a dependable trusted friend for a long time and has gotten me home safe on many occasions. I hope I've done her justice with this rebuilt!

    p.s. I'm a newbie on this site so I hope I posted this in the right place...if not, my apologies.
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    Yikers that awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskar4life View Post
    Where I could, I tried to stay as "period correct" as possible depending on part availability, personal preference and budget constrains.
    Nice ride.

    I personally like the SDG Bel Air. I had one of those and a Mach 5 SX on my ride in '96.

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    Here's my 89 Avalanche

    I bought this new in summer 89 and it's been with me ever since.




    It's in the paid classifieds area if any of you are interested.

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    New question here.

    Hi, I've been using this thread to research one of the bikes I bought a couple of years ago from a pile of old bikes at a thrift store. I'm pretty sure it's an Avalanche - it has a rounded endcap and a 7005 frame - but I'm not sure about the year. The components point to a '95 (Deore LX/XT) but the decals look more like the pictures I've seen of '93s. I added the fork, wheels, chain, cables and seat from my spares collection and bought new brake pads, bottom bracket and front derailleur for it. It had a Manitou 4 on it but I'm still working through rebuilding that. It did have bar ends but I had to cut the bolts to get them off (rust).
    This bike is rough cosmetically and all indications are are that it's spent some time underwater, so I'm just happy that it's functional at this point. I just had to save it from going to the scrap yard.

    The serial number is in the rear, not under the BB. Any help with ID for the year and model is appreciated. Thanks!

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    definitely a 1995 model year Avalanche
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Awesome. I've taken to calling it "my Avalanche" so that's nice.

    Weren't there a few variations, like "AL" or "LE" also? Anyone know what the differences were? I'd like to get the right decals for it someday. I have to assume someone added a Manitou 4 fork either at time of purchase or shortly afterwards, so it may or may not have had a Rock Shox originally.
    c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carol View Post
    Weren't there a few variations, like "AL" or "LE" also? Anyone know what the differences were? I'd like to get the right decals for it someday. c.
    In 1993 there was a Team Avalanche in steel and that was the first year of an aluminum Avalanche model so the 1993 and 94 it was called the Avalanche AL. In 1995 they dropped the AL from the name. In 1996 they had two models the Avalanche and the Avalanche LE. Avalanche came with rigid fork or optional Rock Shox and the LE model came with front suspension and clipless pedals. There were two models through the 98 model year. Just one in 99. Correct model year decals will be tough to find for a 95 Avalanche there haven't been any originals around for a number of years. There are a few people reproducing decals.
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    Wow. Thanks a million for the info. I'll post some more pictures if I get it fixed up nicer. Right now I'm just enjoying riding it... and cleaning elastomer goo out of those old forks.

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    Glad you saved it! It may take some time but it'll be worth rebuilding it.
    "It's just a hill...get over it!"

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    It's got some scratches and dents but I think I got my $10 worth already.

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    A while back I picked up a '91 Tachyon in good condition. It's mostly sat waiting for a few items and for me to install new cables and housing. This weekend I finally found the time to install the cables and wrap the bars. The pic isn't great as my cell phone wasn't enjoying the cold weather on this morning's commute to work.

    When I received it, the bike was completely "stock." I swapped out the saddle for one that I preferred, the bars for one that is slightly wider, the cranks and BB for a lower gearing that will work better for off-road use, and the old 700d tries for new 2.3" 650b Nevegals (still mated to the original 700d rims). The tires were tighter fit than the original tires even though they're supposed to be 3mm larger.

    I've commuted on it several times during the build process to check fit, but haven't had it off-road yet. Hopefully it feels as nice on dirt as it does on pavement. I'm still trying to decide how I fell about the SunTour Command shifters - maybe I'll get used to them with time, but they're a bit awkward to use.

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    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Neat bike, EL. I like that the 650b tires can be put on those "obsolete" rims. Looks like a fun one.

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    That looks like lots of fun, nice work..............
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    Got the kids together for a family portrait.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DFA View Post
    Got the kids together for a family portrait.
    Love that orange Karakoram back there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linoleum View Post
    Love that orange Karakoram back there....
    +1 - me too

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    1991 "Inferno" one of GT's better "special paints".
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    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    I kept just one.

    After selling off my herd of GTs... I kept just one.
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    And it's a nice one. I have the purple fork for that bike.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    gt

    how good is gt bikes are they better then alma orbea?

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    Anyone ever try to "touch up" the paint on any of GT's splatter jobs? I'm building an Inferno Karakoram and it's got lots of chips I'd like to try to address. NOT going for perfection, restoration or anything exacting. It's meant as a rider, but I figured I'd try to dress it up a bit ............

    Nothing fancy, but here's a few pieces together. I'll keep the original LX crank, but the BB is sloppy. The only good 7 speed drivetrain I've got right now is LX rapidfires/STX everything else, so that'll have to do.
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    The GT special paint colors from 87-94 are the easiest in the world to touch up and hide because it's not just a plain color canvas. How are you going to tell if it's touched up or a part of the paint scheme?
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by partsman View Post
    I bought this new in summer 89 and it's been with me ever since.
    WOW! Throw on some Farmer John's and that thing would be all original.

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    Just saw this thread. Great old GTs on here.
    When I first got into mountain biking back in 95 or so, I bought my girl friend and I matching GT Timberlines FS. I got rid of mine a few years ago but hers (she is now my wife), is just like we bought it still. I'm pretty sure these are even the original tires. Guess I will have to hang onto it a while longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    And it's a nice one. I have the purple fork for that bike.
    That's funny 'cause I probably do too.

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    You guys don´t like the black? Geesh! Its definitely a burlier GT fork than the original. GM.. would the purple fork be a downgrade from the one Iḿ using now?

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linoleum View Post
    You guys don´t like the black? Geesh! Its definitely a burlier GT fork than the original. GM.. would the purple fork be a downgrade from the one Iḿ using now?

    R.
    It looks fine. It's a pretty cool bike if you ask me.

    I said it was funny because I think GM and I are the only people in the universe who could build a rainbow out of rigid GT forks from the '90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound View Post
    It looks fine. It's a pretty cool bike if you ask me.

    I said it was funny because I think GM and I are the only people in the universe who could build a rainbow out of rigid GT forks from the '90's.
    Same fork I beleive. Bologna Lite was the original spec. Rockhound you always need a fork rainbow...never no when you might grab a frame and then the next thing you look for is forks, right? Always easier to search the wall than the globe
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    Virage

    All these nice vintage GT's, and not a Virage in the bunch?

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