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 Post subject: Xizang Vs Lightening
PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:53 pm 
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I have a GT Xizang, that has no decals (got it NOS - funny storey how I got it), and it looks the same as GT Lightening cchris2lou pointed out;

http://www.velovert.com/annonces/detail ... eid=196112

So how would a potential buyer be able to tell the difference between a bare Xizang and a Lightening frame?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:24 am 
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I'm fairly sure all of the Xizangs were polished. The lightening was the flat matt colour. The xizang was light and the lightening weighed a fair bit from memory.


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Think the xizang was US made, lighter and generally better quality. The lightning was made elsewhere (taiwan? china?) of lower quality materials.


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I think John is right , difference of quality and provenance . The xizang was used by the team to race .


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:21 am 
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xizange was built by sandvik, weighed 3.2lb for an 18in. tho to be honest if you properly polished the lightning & got replacement decals few people would be able to tell the difference ;)
I rode a mates xizange for 6months & despite being a tad back end flexy was a nice bike :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:25 am 
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if you properly polished the lightning & got replacement decals few people would be able to tell the difference


Which I'm sure happens a lot on ebay, you do seem to see a lot of xizangs with a matt finish :?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:21 pm 
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Anyone care to provide a phonetic version of the name?

I know some who rides one, and always refers to as the 'shiz-zang', and we always ask about the 'zi-zang'

The early ones had steel rear end bottled on the front, or was that a different / cheaper model?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:25 pm 
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Worked for the UK importers for a bit - always refereed to them as "shi-zangs". Not to say it's right though

Think you're right that the early models had steel back ends.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:27 pm 
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the ti front, bolt on steel back-ends are waay rarer..


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:44 pm 
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was gonna ask the same thing about pronunciation (sp?)

-we always called them " she-zang ", though other obvious hethens called them " Zi-Zang "

Never sure what was right. But we were better riders :?


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