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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:23 am 
BoTM Winner
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No. Read CherryBomb’s post. He has it right.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:33 am 
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So getting more complicated on the guess work. Looking at the groupset on mine and comparing to the shimano catalogues. The DX stuff is all from the last year of that line in 1993 by the looks of it. Yet the frame serial number indicates 03/1996. Guess the original owner must have purchased the frame as an upgrade and added the fork. The Specilaized stem/saddle was from the most recent owner I believe, not the original, but may well have been.

With that said, might be best to try slowly return it all to 1996 XT stock. Although this DX stuff is in good shape and working well so seems a shame. In a way it's nice to try preserve a little of the actual history of the person who brought it to life back in the day.

Group set looks mostly like this; ... X.jpg.html

PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:33 am 
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Thats the thing, when you don't know the history, you don't know the history. It could be that the original owner had a bike, then upgraded the frame to a zaskar, swapping components over. Or It could be that the owner bought a complete bike, LE with all XTR maybe, then at some point upgraded to a new frame and striped eveything off the zaskar for the new frame and then at another time re built it with parts off another bike so it was ridable/could on sell... you'll never know for sure.
All that matters is you have the serial number and it's a zaskar, there's no difference between an LE and non LE for a 96 in the frame (that came later) and they could both be frame or built bike the difference was the parts build (XTR vs XT)
I'd say ride it and enjoy it then upgrade/replace bits as you go...or strip and rebuild with the original XTR 95x etc

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