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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 ......
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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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    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
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    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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    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
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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.
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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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    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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    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.
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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?
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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 donīt 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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linoleum View Post
    You guys donīt 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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    Quote Originally Posted by talljako View Post
    All these nice vintage GT's, and not a Virage in the bunch?
    That's probably because this is a Mountain bike website and the Virage is a hybrid. Is yours an original 700D 1992 aluminum frame Virage?
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    That's probably because this is a Mountain bike website and the Virage is a hybrid. Is yours an original 700D 1992 aluminum frame Virage?[/QUOTE]


    Yes, and I think it's more of a Mountain Bike than a Tri-Cross is.

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    Hey gm1230126, I can't post pm's yet...

    Mine was black when I got it new, but I stripped it so now it's silver. I'm running it as a ss with the 700d wheels, but I'm building some 650b's with an IGH.

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    My first off-road ride of 2012 was on a vintage GT. The temps were clear and cold; the ride was great!
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    Great looker Eric
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    Your Tachyon is a beauty...nice pic too...makes me miss my old Arizona winters, (and got me searching for a 700c GT, damn you ).



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    It might have been asked before but does the "Triple Triangle" GT design tend to make their bkes more rigid? Seems like it would. Any opinions? I personally love the design, what a classic look.
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    My 2000 GT i-2K special edition



    and oldie but goodie

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    It might have been asked before but does the "Triple Triangle" GT design tend to make their bkes more rigid? Seems like it would. Any opinions? I personally love the design, what a classic look.
    It's just a gimmick. It does nothing except add weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    It's just a gimmick. It does nothing except add weight.
    And reduce vibration by flexing in a better way, at least on the steel and carbon/composite ones. Plus it looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    And reduce vibration by flexing in a better way, at least on the steel and carbon/composite ones. Plus it looks nice.
    sorry.. but that's baloney. that design comes from their BMX and is nothing but "hey.. we are different."
    if you find it pretty, cool.
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    Great looking Tachyon!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    sorry.. but that's baloney. that design comes from their BMX and is nothing but "hey.. we are different."
    if you find it pretty, cool.
    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
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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
    LOL... the GT Timberline is a POS. That's why it flexes so much. It has nothing to do w/ design but lack of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    LOL... the GT Timberline is a POS. That's why it flexes so much. It has nothing to do w/ design but lack of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post


    You're still here ?

    Haters gonna hate...
    Man.. you asked for it.
    Just don't tell people here to go away. They will come back.
    and then you believe the triple triangle is an engineering marvel created for compliance which makes it too easy.
    did you say anything about a carbon triple triangle GT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    And reduce vibration by flexing in a better way, at least on the steel and carbon/composite ones. Plus it looks nice.
    This would be the first time a shorter stay has been described as more compliant. I think not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    This would be the first time a shorter stay has been described as more compliant. I think not.
    it's the paint.. GTs painting proccess makes the stays vertically compliant. That and the triple triangle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    sorry.. but that's baloney. that design comes from their BMX and is nothing but "hey.. we are different."
    if you find it pretty, cool.
    nice editing ...I wondered what you meant when you said "that's not baloney" ..

    Quote Originally Posted by smedley
    This would be the first time a shorter stay has been described as more compliant. I think not
    I don't think the stays are necessarily shorter, the rear triangle is pretty much the same as a"standard" frame, just the seatstays are extended beyond the seattube to the toptube.
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    nice editing ...I wondered what you meant when you said "that's not baloney" ..



    I don't think the stays are necessarily shorter, the rear triangle is pretty much the same as a"standard" frame, just the seatstays are extended beyond the seattube to the toptube.
    i didn't mean anything except make sure your notion that it was built like that for compliance is wrong. as in .. clueless.
    since you asked nicely...
    the stays are long, heavy and because they attach to the frame at both seat tube and top tube, it's as stiff as short stays.
    by the way..i had a GT. It weighed a ton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    i didn't mean anything except make sure your notion that it was built like that for compliance is wrong. as in .. clueless.
    since you asked nicely...
    the stays are long, heavy and because they attach to the frame at both seat tube and top tube, it's as stiff as short stays.
    I don't believe I stated any notion about compliance, I was ASKING for opinions as to whether or not the design made the frame stiffer...not sure why you responded rudely (clueless?)

    I was, if you'll notice the second quote, referring to Smedleys comment. In regards to the seatstay length from the axle to the seatube, they are probably average length, not shorter or longer than average.

    My opinion is that the extra length from the seattube to the top tube would probably only brace the front triangle.

    Just trying to learn from the masters, thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    I don't believe I stated any notion about compliance, I was ASKING for opinions as to whether or not the design made the frame stiffer...not sure why you responded rudely (clueless?)

    I was, if you'll notice the second quote, referring to Smedleys comment. In regards to the seatstay length from the axle to the seatube, they are probably average length, not shorter or longer than average.

    My opinion is that the extra length from the seattube to the top tube would probably only brace the front triangle.

    Just trying to learn from the masters, thank you.
    the other guy, DC, responded rudely first and it seems you came by in his support so...

    They are longer, yes, but work like short stays. GTs were criticized for the gimmickry of the triple triangle. Although GT had lost of nice touches like internal cable routing and variable rake in thier forks, their bikes were usually heavier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    the other guy, DC, responded rudely first and it seems you came by in his support so...

    They are longer, yes, but work like short stays. GTs were criticized for the gimmickry of the triple triangle. Although GT had lost of nice touches like internal cable routing and variable rake in thier forks, their bikes were usually heavier.
    Humans are simply not perceptive enough to feel the advantages/disadvantages of the triple triangle design (even though it technically has both advantages and disadvantages over conventional frames). So if you can't feel the difference, then why argue over it?
    im sure if gt built a hardtail exactly the same but without the triple triangle it would feel pretty much the same (but look cooler)

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    I rode my triple triangle Karakoram (double butted tange steel), rigid, just over 15.5 miles across the desert today. I can't say the triple triangle helped/hindered the performance, but I can say it rides one hundred percent better than either of my two previous Zaskars. AND its got a groove tube. So put that in your pipe and smoke it Colker1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linoleum View Post
    I rode my triple triangle Karakoram (double butted tange steel), rigid, just over 15.5 miles across the desert today. I can't say the triple triangle helped/hindered the performance, but I can say it rides one hundred percent better than either of my two previous Zaskars. AND its got a groove tube. So put that in your pipe and smoke it Colker1.

    Oh.. a steel rode better than aluminum. Wow... i am always learning something new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV View Post
    I was, if you'll notice the second quote, referring to Smedleys comment. In regards to the seatstay length from the axle to the seatube, they are probably average length, not shorter or longer than average.

    The tape measure does not lie. 1990 20" GT Avalanche (C to C). 446mm from seat tube attachment point to axle. 1995 17.5" Specialized Stumpjumper (C to C) 483mm from seat tube attachment point to axle. Even being a smaller frame in this example the traditional diamond design has longer stays. If the seat stay did not tie into the seat tube then then the GT would have longer stays and the compliance argument could be made.

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    Does any of this really matter?

    GTs ride fine, regardless of any extra weight created by the triple triangle design. Just like lugs on a modern bike, they may add weight to frames and serve no purpose, but I still think they're cool.

    As far as the Tachyon goes, I wish that the fork had a little more offset (even with the fork adjusted all the way forward), and the chain stays feel a bit long when lifting the front end (part of the price that you pay to fit 2.3" tires). But overall it rides nicely.

    In the larger sizes I like the look of the GT stay design - the chain stays are nearly parallel to the down tube which creates an interesting symmetry.
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    Just like lugs on a modern bike, they may add weight to frames and serve no purpose, but I still think they're cool.
    This. I love modern bikes with lugs, and I think bikes with Hellenic stays look pretty darn cool.

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    There are some lovely bikes on this thread.

    I started riding as a teenager in the late nineties and always lusted after a Zaskar but could never afford one. After 2000 I took a few years off riding and started in 2008 again. I bought a 2008 model Zaskar and was so disappointed. It was a brilliant bike but just didnt feel magical as I had always dreamed a Zaskar would.

    This thread has inspired me to look for one of these older model ones. The ones I used to dream about as a kid.

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    I have a 1988 GT Timberline (gray/white crackle paint) that I bought new then and I have been holding onto it over the years. I hope to revive it again someday and get some kind of use out of it.

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    Wow, this thread is long in the tooth!

    My bike was only 6 or 7 years old (and not owned by me) when this thread started . GT STS 1000 DS. I got it a year and a half ago, or so... Replaced the leaky shock with a Fox Float (the one in the photo was temporary, now replaced with a FF of appropriate length). Replaced the near useless Rock Shox front disc brake and the rear V-brake with BB7's. Second and third pix show some home-fabricated aluminum bits for the rear brake... A good ride, but the fork could use some work.
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    Avalanche

    Avalanche still my best choice....GT

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    kamidsake, for you

    letīs all just enjoy our GTs and keep them coming

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    very pleased with my avalanche, found it in very good condition, but to be honest I canīt use such a long stem (130 mm on a 18" frame!), so stem and bar will remain useless.
    Does anybody know if those stems are still available anywhere? or may I just look on ebay, etc

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    1997 GT Timberline FS. Picked it up on Craigslist for 60 bucks. It was missing wheel skewers, pedals, and tubes. Rear wheel was also bent. I shortly thereafter replaced with some Araya wheels from an older specialized I had lying around. Everything else is stock.

    I am looking to change out the fork with something close to 100mm of travel. I don't like the small steerer tube and small travel.

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    new tires, some changes...

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    ^^^dual crown SID?

    btw - hardtail, dual crown fork, narrow bars with bar ends = pure awesomeness!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    ^^^dual crown SID?

    btw - hardtail, dual crown fork, narrow bars with bar ends = pure awesomeness!
    Yep. SID XL dual air. 100x better than the stock Indy c lol

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    now i really need to replace the brakepads. after saturdays ride there's almost nothing left.




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    There's a beauty in it's muddy glory....93 right?
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    I'll throw my GT in the thread

    The GT dealer in my home town must have done well, for years.... I keep finding them for cheap. I got three Timberlines in the past six months (one already gone).

    This one I believe is a '94 Timberline GT. Got it for $20. Rock Shox Quadra 5 fork should be worth that much.



    Not sure the year with this one. I am guessing late 80s based on the rad Duran Duran album cover graphics. I would love to know the exact year.




    It cleaned up nicely (these are old pix). Got a new seat and tires... desperately needs brake pads though. It might be the bottom of the line GT but it really rides nicely. Well worth the $5 I paid for it.
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    My advice would be to step up to a Karakoram or above and forget about Timberlines for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopdad View Post
    The GT dealer in my home town must have done well, for years.... I keep finding them for cheap. I got three Timberlines in the past six months (one already gone).

    This one I believe is a '94 Timberline GT. Got it for $20. Rock Shox Quadra 10 fork should be worth that much.



    Not sure the year with this one. I am guessing late 80s based on the rad Duran Duran album cover graphics. I would love to know the exact year.




    It cleaned up nicely (these are old pix). Got a new seat and tires... desperately needs brake pads though. It might be the bottom of the line GT but it really rides nicely. Well worth the $5 I paid for it.
    Hey, that Timberline is the exact same as mine. '94 you said ? I thought mine was a '96... Strange. It is also a Taiwan made and have a Quadra fork, which I believed to be the Quadra 5, not the 10. I think I have the SN of the frame somewhere...
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    Here it is :
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    There's a beauty in it's muddy glory....93 right?
    thanks.
    it's a '94.karakoram elite. known as corrado in the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Here it is :
    That's a 95 Timberline in "Blacklight" color. Note the H5 at the beginning of the serial number. It was built at Hodaka in Taiwan, the H signifies that it's Hodaka built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopdad View Post
    Got it for $20. Rock Shox Quadra 10 fork should be worth that much.
    No, it's not. But if you can spend a few hours and replace the cables/housing, give it a full tune up, new tubes, new chain if necessary, etc. it may be worth $40! Score!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    That's a 95 Timberline in "Blacklight" color. Note the H5 at the beginning of the serial number. It was built at Hodaka in Taiwan, the H signifies that it's Hodaka built.
    Thanks very much for the info

    Do you know what are the rest of the SN number means ?
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    Just picked up my old GT back from my sister. Even though it is not a MTB this is the correct place to put as well as I did not want to start a new thread. It's a 1994 GT Vertigo with everything still stock except the tires and brake pads. It has some minor rust on it from the neglect from her but hopefully I can clear it up, fix the non-working brakes and bent rear rim. Other then that she replaced the seat post and saddle. Just thought I'd share this classic with everyone and, I'm glad to have my bike back after fourteen years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuartfleming View Post
    There are some lovely bikes on this thread.

    I started riding as a teenager in the late nineties and always lusted after a Zaskar but could never afford one. After 2000 I took a few years off riding and started in 2008 again. I bought a 2008 model Zaskar and was so disappointed. It was a brilliant bike but just didnt feel magical as I had always dreamed a Zaskar would.

    This thread has inspired me to look for one of these older model ones. The ones I used to dream about as a kid.
    I rode a 2010 model and it was not like the original Zaskars. This year, it seams ALL of the GT line is called Zaskar, even 29rs...I'm glad I kept my old ones.

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    Anyone know if this is a 1993 Timberline? I bought it at a yard sale for $15. It's a little beat up but all original parts and still rides great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaj View Post
    Anyone know if this is a 1993 Timberline? I bought it at a yard sale for $15. It's a little beat up but all original parts and still rides great.
    Yes and the color is Rainforest Green.
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    Thanks, it's not the greatest bike but finding it makes me want to go out and find more

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    ... fixin' up a Karakoram now. I believe its a '93 because Performance Bike Shop claims that the Kara's were stopped after '93 ... temporarily anyway.

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    Correction, its a 1994; verified by the S/N. PBS was wrong (but I still like'em).

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    hello im hoping someone can help im after some lugs for my frame for the vbrakes...

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    1999 Zaskar LE

    99 with xt group. Sometimes I put a 99 yellow Judy SL on her. Bomber for now. Its amazing how smooth the old Italian made Bombers are. The Judy looks better on her though.
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    99 with xt group. Sometimes I put a 99 yellow Judy SL on her. Bomber for now. Its amazing how smooth the old Italian made Bombers are. The Judy looks better on her though.
    Don't think they made polished frames in '99, thought I could be mistaken. The '99 LEs had a cosmic sunrise color scheme. gm would know

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    I was working at a GT dealer in 99; IIRC polished was quite common for Zaskars, anodized were more rare. Nice bike, either way.
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    From this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassteban View Post
    I was working at a GT dealer in 99; IIRC polished was quite common for Zaskars, anodized were more rare. Nice bike, either way.
    Seems like I remember red? anodize and I think they made an american red white and blue. Does anybody know if the rear dropouts? for the axle that looked beefed up, Sorry not sure if thats the proper name for em, appeared on any other year. All the other Zaskars are flat back there that I have seen. Here is a pic. By beefed up, I mean that the dropouts, versus just flat aluminum.
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    Hi, I've just picked up an old GT steel Mtb frame that I want to build up as a project. I'd like to use some parts from the era but I don't know anything about the frame. Are there identifying numbers anywhere that would help find out the model and year? Thanks for any help.

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    Vintage '96 Karakoram with some upgraded parts (brakes, pedals, fork, headset I think, etc.). It was offered rigid or with Rock Shox Quadra 21 for like an extra $100. I opted for rigid instead of the low-end fork, rode it that way for a year or two and then upgraded to the Manitou FS Ti Bulge.

    Still going strong, although I am looking to replace this bike in the next few weeks. Can't decide between the new 29er Karakoram or last year's Avalanche Expert which is a 26er with higher spec drivetrain and the RS Sektor RL fork. Leaning towards the Avalanche...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Get Fixed View Post
    Hi, I've just picked up an old GT steel Mtb frame that I want to build up as a project. I'd like to use some parts from the era but I don't know anything about the frame. Are there identifying numbers anywhere that would help find out the model and year? Thanks for any help.
    Most likely you will find 3 groups of numbers on the bottom of the bottom bracket. Not sure what the first set is, but if yours is like the one I'm working on, the second set will be the consecutive build number. The last set (bottom line) will have the year shown in the first two digits ... again, this is if yours was done in the same pattern.

    Enjoy the project, and post pics when you get a chance.

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    Hey thanks 2wheels2! yeah I'll post some pics soon.

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    ... and if we just ... Pimp my ride GT

    So here she is ready to receive the bling. Unknown year or model at this time but will look for some nice early nineties componentry.
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    I love this thread ... Its occupied me for quite some time whilst I should be working. lol And of course while my Bearings need cleaned and lubed, my brake and cable routings done (which is a huge ordeal for me to make it right) my cogs ground, cranks on, tires and new bottom bracket to get here (supposed to be today after 5 weeks) ILL BE ROCKIN MY NEW RIDE! Anyhow... I like this thread!

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    1993/94 GT Karakoram

    Just acquird this beauty from craigslist for $100
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    There are dozens of them available for 75-100 dollars, that one looks good for it's age though.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    I picked up this 22" Tequesta at a garage sale on Saturday for $50. The tires were dry rotted so I changed those out for errand duty. Bike is very clean and only needed a slight tune up. The Answer Pro Forx were a nice bonus which are in mint shape and work as new....Only thing I plan to change is that seat.

    Not sure of the year.....I am thinking 1989.



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    $50 wow, great deal, hard to believe it's that old.

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    Early trifecta of yellow GT's. 91 Cyclone, 92 Team Avalanche and 92 Bravado. One fillet, two Tig.
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    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    VERY nice! Wondering what the total amount of complete GT's in your collection is gm?

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    I was told this is an 89, is this true? Also, what should I look for to get the stock forks.....years etc? I like the Pro Forx a lot, but would like to get the correct fork.....just for giggles.

    Since I posted the above pics, I changed the seat, post and cables. She runs like a new bike and have put about 100 miles on her since.

    I dig this bike.




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    1992 Zaskar

    If anybody has a 3-D or Bologna lite fork 390ish for a 20" frame I have a 3D threaded with a 6" steer tube for trade. I believe the original 3D had a lot of rake 50+++ or so so a bologna needs at least 45mm rake to be close.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemidart View Post
    I was told this is an 89, is this true? Also, what should I look for to get the stock forks.....years etc? I like the Pro Forx a lot, but would like to get the correct fork.....just for giggles.

    Since I posted the above pics, I changed the seat, post and cables. She runs like a new bike and have put about 100 miles on her since.

    I dig this bike.




    That sir is a 1990 model. May have been produced in late 89 and show 89 serial number but it is a 90.
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    long time listener, first time caller. was going to post a new thread but apparently you need 5 posts.

    i picked up a 94 i think zaskar about 2 months ago after some quick research and reading all the rave reviews. marzocchi z2 bam, 951 RD, xt FD+shifter/brake combo. came from a beach city so the brakes are all gritty. shock needs seals i guess, its all wet with oil. white bros? white industries? crankset

    ill try to post a picture...

    nope.i guess ill get back to you on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Early trifecta of yellow GT's. 91 Cyclone, 92 Team Avalanche and 92 Bravado. One fillet, two Tig.
    Nice collection of classics there buddy

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    Wow great thread! I had several great GT from the 92-93 era. A buddy of mine worked for GT and I worked at Riteway Products, as subsidiary of GT, in the early 90's. I had a one-off purple anodized Zaskar LE frame. It was all single butted 6061, super light. Didn't pass the stress tests so never in production. Needless to say, I built it with completer XTR, rode it for years until someone stole it in summer of 95. Also had a Daktari white Pantera for a while. I think that was one-off paint for that model. Looked just like a Zaskar only 7000 series tubing. Gonna see if I can dig up some pics...

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    Can't wait to post some pics of '93 Zaskar. Time to hit the trail with the camera. Stay tuned!

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    love GT bikes. Can't beat the triple triangle for strength. I own an old Outpost. Cheap but good frame. It hauls my 350 lb butt around.
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    Unknown Al framed GT Mountain Craigslist buy...

    Grabbed this cheap for the road tires/wheel set for easy swap on/off of my Timberline which currently has knobbies. I'm obsessed with finding out what model it is...

    Someone musta thrown some stickers on it because the seat tube is labeled "4130 Chromoly Main Tubes" when the bike is clearly aluminum (non magnetic).

    SN H4A0#### on inside left dropout. I cant find any other markings at quick glance. Research indicates this is made in Hodaka (H). Possibly 1994 (4)?

    Deore LT components lead me to believe its an Avalanche Al but research indicates they were serialized on the Bottom Bracket/Crankcase.

    Modest (minimal) welded gussets where top tube and down tube meet head tube. Avalanche Al i've seen elesware dont have this configuration...

    Curved "GT" at end of Top Tube.

    Raw aluminum finish....not sure if this is original or could someone have stripped a painted model?

    Help?
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    1994 GT Bravado LE SR

    Just picked this up, would appreciate your thoughts/comments here or on my build/resto thread (see sig):

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    Nice bravado..He is what I believe to be a 93 or 94 Avalanche AL I just bought from the original owner.
    2012 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO carbon 29 2010 felt solo nine SS, 1994 Zaskar ,1995 GT Pantera, 2001 Hive Ti SS....

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    wow, 2 nice origianl bikes, me likey

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    Just got this - my first GT

    It was set up by previous owner as a road warrior with Mavix Crosslinks and slicks but also came with these XTR-hubbed wheels and WTB Raptor tires.

    VERY light!

    Threw a cassette on the XTR hub, lowered the saddle and took it for a quick ride before it got dark.

    WTB Racing Raptors are "Not my favorite" (as my daughter would say when she was 4) on the roots and rocks of my local, close to home trail but there was too little time to change them over.

    Needs a longer, flatter stem (I set up all of my bikes as if I were racing in 1989), a Flite saddle, some 737 pedals, an 8-speed cassette and of course different tires, but my first impessions were "light and mighty stiff". I might have to put the road wheels back on and hammer on the pavement - seems like it would love that too.
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    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    I so, so hate you!

    What size is it? seller seemed to think 18 or 18.5 (and everything else is 16inch at the moment), but wouldn't ship international so didn't really matter

    Nice bar too
    All the gear and no idea.

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    GT Outpost

    Not one of the more expensive ones, but what a strong great 6061 frame. Love the geometry. This one I have set up for my "around town" bike with S-A 3spd hub, Shimano V-brakes, layback post & swept back bars, DMR chain tensioner, Maxxis tires, Surly front sprocket, etc.
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    Hi all. Can not post pictures here but I am the proud owner of a 91 I believe zaskar. I have owned it now for about ten years. This bike has the seat stay U brakes and the flat Rear gt medalion. Love the pictures of the old steel gt bikes. Now I wish I had kept the original fork for the bike. I will post up some pictures of the old beast once I am allowed. Thanks for all the shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_udy View Post
    Grabbed this cheap for the road tires/wheel set for easy swap on/off of my Timberline which currently has knobbies. I'm obsessed with finding out what model it is...

    Someone musta thrown some stickers on it because the seat tube is labeled "4130 Chromoly Main Tubes" when the bike is clearly aluminum (non magnetic).

    SN H4A0#### on inside left dropout. I cant find any other markings at quick glance. Research indicates this is made in Hodaka (H). Possibly 1994 (4)?

    Deore LT components lead me to believe its an Avalanche Al but research indicates they were serialized on the Bottom Bracket/Crankcase.

    Modest (minimal) welded gussets where top tube and down tube meet head tube. Avalanche Al i've seen elesware dont have this configuration...

    Curved "GT" at end of Top Tube.

    Raw aluminum finish....not sure if this is original or could someone have stripped a painted model?

    Help?
    Could be a Pantera??? The Pantera was the Taiwan version...sorta...of the Zaskar. Zaskars were built in the US. Is it Taiwanese? The ball burnished finish was common for GT aluminum in the early/mid 90's.

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    Triple triangle power!

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    What year did GT switch to a cantilever on the rear for the Zaskar's? Also did GT ever do a 1 1/4 Zaskar or did they only make them in 1". Thanks

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