I learned something from you. Thanks. But I don't understand how they thought that a chrome-moly True Temper rear end could be any sort of improvement over all-titanium. And it's odd to me that their front forks are standard fixed forks, instead of the Rock Shox type that I always see on Xizangs.
It doesn't say that it's an improvement. The fully Ti Xizang LE frame was 2100 retail and they were just offering something less at a lower price point.
That's pretty obvious just by looking at the frame set page in the catalog.
The bi-metal frame was a one year wonder if that tells you anything. Most opted for the fully Ti frame. Again the catalog is from 1991 and if you remember anything about suspension fork history the Rock Shox RS-1 had just been introduced. Note on the catalog page that it is listed as an option.
I raced a couple NORBA Nat's in 91 and from what I remember 80% were still riding rigid forks.
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