Hello guys! I'm kinda new here, but I actually used to look a lot on this forum before I made my own account. I will leave the introduction to some other time, please excuse me for that.
I just bought this bike today:
It was the equivalent of 120 EUR. No steal, but still a decent price. It's full M900 XTR with a recent era Alivio rear derailleur (I got the original XTR with that, but it's missing the inner part of the cage, otherwise it's in very good condition), Tioga threaded headset, steel stem with narrow Kalloy UNO handlebar, a crappy steel seatpost with an adapter, a Selle Royal Look In saddle, Mavic X221 (steel blue) rear rim and some older Mavic on the front, the CST slicks that you see and 737 pedals that have seen better times. It doesn't matter much, though, because I don't ride SPD's. The middle chainring is pretty much gone, as expected, and it slips. Chain is a Z by KMC and some cogs that I didn't even bother checking out, but the transmission runs decently. The bike runs well generally, I think the hubs could benefit from some love, bottom bracket has minor play and the very narrow handlebar isn't my thing. But maybe that's because I am used to a 780 mm Renthal from my DH bike...
I bought this bike for its M900 XTR group, to be honest, but I am very curious about the frame also. The guy I got it from deals with bicycles and I went to his shed to see this one. He had a story about how he worked his butt off for this bike, how he built it up for himself and how he paid circa 50 EUR for the paintjob alone. The paint is generally okay except some drips in the seatpost area, but frankly I don't care about such details. Stickers are die-cut on the main frame and there is a printed text on the toptube that reads "Serie Speciale Sponsoring '93". I assume he didn't made up this particular sticker and that it was remade specially for this bike as the die-cuts were.
Before buying it I looked up Retrobike and found this thread. I couldn't find anything else on the web, even though I didn't bother much searching. To me it looks very similar to the frame at the beginning of this thread.
I want to ask what you guys think about this find. I am a bit intrigued by the welds and the lug at the seatpost insertion. What's the deal with those? It's a pretty light bike, although I didn't weigh it, so I am guessing the same Columbus Max OR tubeset from above could've been used with my bicycle. Fork is aluminium, by the way.
I like this bike but I am not necessarily thrilled by it, so I don't know whether to keep it or not. The XTR group will more than likely migrate to a different project. If you know anything about this series by Gitane, please reply. I am also curious what the value for this frame could be...
Thanks a lot and a have a great one!
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)