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 Post subject: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:52 pm 
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I've never ridden a GT but I have a chance to snag one for a decent price.

What's the general consensus. Do they ride nice? Build quality? Chick magnets?

Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:04 pm 
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Purple'lanche


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:18 pm 
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Terrible! Post it to me and I'll save you having to go through the trauma of riding it.

You can keep the lovely saddle though.

I've not ridden an Avalanche, but I've loved all the other early 90s steel GT frames I've ridden.

Looks in very good condition as far as I can tell from that picture - was the purple the alternative paint scheme for 1990?


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:20 pm 
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I had one of these in the white colourway BITD......really nice to ride and a lot more forgiving than a Zaskar ...but almost as responsive.

Been looking for one of those on and off for a while now. Pretty rare in that colour too...

Out of interest what kind of price is it ?

edit...is it me or do those crank arms look hugely long :D . Also agree about the saddle ...that'll weigh as much as the prestige frame. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Thanks for the info, sounds like it would be worth a look and ride. I passed on a 88 or 89 'lanche last year and have been regretting it ever since. I like the look of these frames.

The seat, ick. I actually have a GT seat I would put on that bike if I get it.

Price is good, I guess. The wife doesn't think so.


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:15 pm 
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Beautiful ride, loveley smooth components. Only criticism is stem length which is designed for old-fashioned lean-right-over-the-bars off road style.
Pulls my back after a while when riding seated, tho might be mine as its a 20" frame.


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:48 pm 
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This one looks like my size and mostly original. Reflectors usually mean it hasn't seen too many trails, though the chainrings look a little worn.

Has anybody seen a purple Avalanche before, not the Team? Could be a rare color?

I'll be looking at the bike this evening!


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:15 pm 
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The scheme's called Purple Haze isn't it?

In which case one was up for sale in the States in 2011:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=164825

and someone in Canada mentions having one:

http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=39254&page=2

but that's the only references a quick search on Google throws up.

It was the standard colour scheme for the Karakoram of the same year.


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:26 pm 
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Looking at the RB catalog for this year they show the Purple Haze (on the Karakoram) as being purple with flashes of white. This paint on this 'lanche looks different but still cool.

In any case if I get the bike I will post pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: 1990 GT Avalanche
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:58 pm 
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Just returned home with a almost all original 1990 GT Avalanche in Lunarscape.

Pics to be posted soon. I really like this bike!


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