Newbie here based up in the north of Scotland, planning a retro project in the next few months (just building up the "War Chest" at present). Have spent far too much time in the last few days surfing round on eBay and Gumtree, my head hurts and my S.O. is not very impressed.
I have a question about sizing. At what point in the 90s did mountain bike sizing start to diverge from the road stuff? I see some early MTB specs with like a 21" / 54cm SP classed as medium?!!
I have a 2000s era GT Avalanche which I love, but at 18" is probably on the limit for me (5'7", 30" trouser leg). It's comfortable for long or urban rides, but not great on the technical stuff where ability runs out and the bawsack-TT interface results.
My project bike will likely be used for work commutes, fire road jaunts etc. so I think I'd size it similar to the Avalanche. In fact I'd really like a GT of some sort, rigid fork, rim brakes... (any advice there? not too clued up on the lineage, but assuming a Zaskar would be a bit OTT!).
Any advice appreciated.
I'm off to rake around in the For Sale section now!
1991 GT Karakoram Elite - Commuter Spec
2008 GT Aggressor with Rock Shox Tora
2012 Canyon Nerve XC 7.0
2011 GT Air