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    Struggling with letting the past go - part out GT Xizang

    So many great memories on this rig. It was my dream bike in my mid-twenties back in the mid-nineties. Many many miles on it.

    The plan was to part out and help fund the recently purchased Santa Cruz Bronson. However, every time I approach the Xizang with tool in hand to remove a part... I can't do it.

    There's no reason to keep it... right?

    Please (ruthlessly) advise.
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    I like that bike better than your specialized.

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    Your Xizang looks great and nicely spec'ed from what I can see. I have got one too and it would be hard to let go.

    Can you be irresponsible and have a Xizang and Bronson?

    Live big sir, hock a kidney, raid several piggy banks, pawn the TV and make sure the Bronson looks much the same so the home Financial Controller won't recognise it.

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    What the heck are you going to get for that, a couple hundred bucks? If that? Keep it as a back up bike or just an ornament to hang in your work shop.

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    back u bike for sure. I still have and use my 94 Trek Mountain Track 830 as a commuter...not b/c it is worth anything but because it still works absolutely fine. Would be a waste to get rid of it and then buy another commuter-specific bike....

    hell, I still use my 1988 Mongoose Californian Pro BMX bike at the park...get odd looks from the youngn's and lots of "man, wish I had kept mine" from the old guys
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    There is a reason you are hesitating. I wouldn't pull apart a fully functional bike for peanuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpdemello View Post
    What the heck are you going to get for that, a couple hundred bucks? If that? Keep it as a back up bike or just an ornament to hang in your work shop.
    It would sell for ~$800 as it without much effort. Could probably get another $200 if parted out.
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    Thanks all for the feedback. I think I can get some decent coin for it based on completed/sold ebay listings (frame only, Crossmax wheel set, full XTR). Also, good opportunity to gain some much needed garage space. I do think the Bronson is all the bike that I need.

    I'm sure everyone has been here before with bikes so my situation is nothing new.

    Just need to make a decision... and I honestly think there is no wrong one to make.
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    Random thought: is a modern mid-range hard tail "better" than a retro high -end hard tail?
    Personally, I think Specialized Chisel is probably better than my old Xizang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Tilton View Post
    Random thought: is a modern mid-range hard tail "better" than a retro high -end hard tail?
    Personally, I think Specialized Chisel is probably better than my old Xizang.
    They're totally different IMO. The headtube angles on the 90's HT's makes them hard to compare. I still love the feel of a good quality steep headtube hardtail with a really light wheelset. There's nothing that comes close in how snappy and responsive they are.

    I like having multiple bikes, so if I was in your place, I would save up for the bronson and single speed the xizang. At least you remove the overlap completely by repurposing.
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    Not an SC guy, so no idea what wheels the thing comes with, but guessing they are bigger than 26.

    As such, get used to hopping back on little wheels, and going, "why the hell do I still have this thing", hanging it back up, and still feeling like you're being mean by stripping it for profit.

    A whole flock of 26" bikes in my shop, bear witness the the truth....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpdemello View Post
    What the heck are you going to get for that, a couple hundred bucks? If that? Keep it as a back up bike or just an ornament to hang in your work shop.
    Frame looks like a desirable size and would go for around $700. Fork for $130ish. I have a couple NOS spiders for those cranks and would single speed it.
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    I must admit, I've been pondering selling mine over the last while... mostly because no job = broke (and there's only so much of the GF's money I can spend on stuff), then it would free up soem cash to spend on new bits for newer bikes...

    ... but then I think, well I don't really need all that new crap for stuff (1x, dropper, new wheels, etc etc...) although I do need new cranks, broke some last week...and then I wouldn't have a xizang, and that would be sad. So I'm not selling (selling a spare house instead, yay, new cranks for me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    Frame looks like a desirable size and would go for around $700. Fork for $130ish. I have a couple NOS spiders for those cranks and would single speed it.
    Thanks Vader! That's closer to what I was figuring plus garage $pace!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Not an SC guy, so no idea what wheels the thing comes with, but guessing they are bigger than 26.

    As such, get used to hopping back on little wheels, and going, "why the hell do I still have this thing", hanging it back up, and still feeling like you're being mean by stripping it for profit.

    A whole flock of 26" bikes in my shop, bear witness the the truth....
    Yeah - super happy with the Bronson but more so very interested in digesting the newer technology. That's not to say I don't appreciate "vintage" as I have a 49 year old car!
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    as someone who likes to monitor xizang prices (as I did it for so long wanting to pick one up), the going rate is generally around the $700-1000, depending. It used to be 800-1200, but prices have fallen a bit in the last year or so (I guess lots of the people that wanted one have gotten one). It mostly depends on who is looking for one at the time as to how much hey go for. Also full bikes only got for slightly more than bare frame, no matter what's on it (usually sids and m95x xtr).
    But if you do go to sell, give it a polish and put some good decals on it (OG year if you can), they seem to sell better than frames without.
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    Thanks mik_git for the info! I'm leaning more towards letting it go and parting it out. It's been a great bike but time to move on. I will most likely keep the M2 which actually has more memories back when I was car-less for two years while going to college in Seattle.

    Thanks for all the feedback all! The Xizang is such a unique bike... best hard tail I ever owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    It would sell for ~$800 as it without much effort. Could probably get another $200 if parted out.
    Holy chocolate-flavored nutballs, I would totally sell it.

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    So I finally took the Xizang down to the frame last night. It took me two months to emotionally get here... and yes that is pathetic. It's just a bike.

    I keep telling myself the Xizang will fund my wife's bike. Please pass (sniff, sniff) the box of tissue.
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    Put some decals on her and let er go! If she comes back it was meant to be.

    I've got the same decision to make regarding an ibis mojo frame. The build up that has yet materialise after 4 years.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshew View Post
    Put some decals on her and let er go! If she comes back it was meant to be.

    I've got the same decision to make regarding an ibis mojo frame. The build up that has yet materialise after 4 years.

    Good luck!
    I know. I know.

    Don't get me started on the M2. That's the sentimental bike! Two years without a car in Seattle while attending the Art Institute in 95-96. Up and down Pike St... from Capital Hill to Downtown... to all over Seattle.
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    Please excuse the shameless plug but I finally cut the heart strings and listed it on eBay (plus parts). User id tilton101. Tx for all the advice!



    https://www.ebay.com/itm/30263580383...84.m1555.l2649
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    No international shipping may kill you in getting a top price, but good luck with the sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    No international shipping may kill you in getting a top price, but good luck with the sale.
    Hmm... I have received messages from potential international buyers. I figured it was cost prohibitive for international buyers.
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    Yeah I cross posted you auction to the gt xizang FB page, someone already grumpy about no int post haha... thing is, while these arn't super rare, theyre arnt exactly common...anywhere, especially 16inch. It cost me almost as much as the frame for the postage to get mine to Australia and I wasn't complaining
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    Thanks mik_git! The listing immediately received bidders which prevents me from revising the international postage section. I can either end auction or add a note for international buyers with package size and weight info.

    Got myself in a pickle due to lack of anticipation on international interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Tilton View Post
    Thanks mik_git! The listing immediately received bidders which prevents me from revising the international postage section. I can either end auction or add a note for international buyers with package size and weight info.

    Got myself in a pickle due to lack of anticipation on international interest.
    Or you can just update the description to say you'll ship internationally too.
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    Just add PM me for international shipping estimates, if you can still do that. You may have to add it in a comment.

    It's cleaned up so well, it looks absolutely phenomenal. Best of luck.
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    Thanks guys. I will add a note for international shipping.

    The frame is in super nice condition and a proper machine polish would really make this frame a superb restoration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    It cost me almost as much as the frame for the postage to get mine to Australia and I wasn't complaining
    ^This.

    About 12 years ago I bought a Kona Hei Hei frame from the states. Won the auction at about US$400 and shipping was also US$400 at the time.

    But when you're in a part of the world where awesome stuff is thin on the ground, you just embrace the dedication that comes with selling a kidney to pay off FedEx.

    Good luck with the sale Bob, it's a beautiful frame but too small for me, dang it.

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    Thanks Grumps! I think if you want something bad enough you'll just pay it! I'm surprised that the Xizang seems to be more popular today than in the late 90s.

    I did add the following to the listing - I appreciate the guidance from everyone:

    Due to multiple requests, I will ship international. Please check with me for quote as I am learning this box size and weight will only ship Global Express to certain areas (for example Brazil for over $500). My conditions for international shipping:


    1 Check with me for a quote.
    2 Claimed value for customs form will be auction end price. I will not adjust lower to avoid charges.
    3 I would strongly advise getting insurance.

    Check USPS.com - 10 pounds - 41"L x 7"W x 22"H from California, USA 94523.
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    Yeah I understand that posting intrnational can be a pain, especially bike boxes...

    Back in the day, I priced up one, 93/94ish a Xizang in Australia was $5K frame only (well you may have gotten 3D forks, stem and headset as well can't remember), that was more than a whole Zaskar LE bike with RS mag 21's and XTR etc.

    I think I paid US$500ish for post when I got mine...all up it came out to just under $2KAUD, didn't care, had the money an wanted one, took 3 days from New jersey to Brisbane, money well spent (well I was rich at the time).

    I was i one of the cycles where there weren't many up for sale, well there were 2 and neither would post International (one in UK other in US)... but long way around I ended up with the US one...still a big cheers to CCMDoc.
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    Shipping my Xizang from Florida to Sydney was about USD $400 also BITD. I'm jsut glad they didn't lose or jump all over it.

    Worth the effort though. It is always fun but rarely cheap to play around with hard to get bike exotica.
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    So 16 inch is all the rage it seems...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    So 16 inch is all the rage it seems...
    Yep! Frame with Chris King HS sold for $1,220 and is going to a new home in Canada!
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