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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:50 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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Back in 1995, in an effort to get more kids excited about mountain biking, Shimano committed to sponsoring the "Shimano Youth Series" They held kids races on a short track before the beginning of the NORBA nationals those years. Some of you state side may remember these events. GT was one of the few companies to jump in and offer something other than a basic heavy steel Shimano Tourney equipped 24" wheel bike, for that matter something other than a 20" wheel 6 speed like most companies were offering. GT put together 150 of these 24" wheel Zaskar frame kits. They were not cataloged in the 1995 model year because they were a late model addition so not many people knew they even existed but they carried some over and pictured them in the 96 model year catalog (95 decals). I picked one of these up from a bike shop owner in Colorado in '05 who had purchased one and stored it away thinking he'd build it up for his son in a couple years. By the time his son was interested in racing a number of companies were offering XS and 12" frames on 26" wheels and he'd forgotten that he had stored it away. So 9 yrs after buying it he threw it on eBay and I grabbed it NOS/NIB. They were sold as kits with the frame, Ballistic Alloy 1" travel elastomer fork and short extension flip flop chromoly stem. I had originally built this up with STX level parts and a couple my kids put some miles on it. I got carried away a couple years back and decided to trick it out to a kids dream bike with as period correct a parts as I could find. I think we all wish we'd maybe have had something like this to ride back when we were 10-11 yrs old. Would have been fun.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:06 am 
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It was fun putting this together. Originally I bought some 28 hole 24" Ritchey Vantage Comp rims from Jeff at First Flight/MOMBAT as he was sitting on some...but many of you know the age old attempt at finding period correct 28 hole hubs is nearly impossible and if found likely to cost you a second mortgage or first born. I did find some newer 28H Deore hubs but they were '00 or newer era. Then I found an old BMX shop sitting on a bunch of 24" Araya RM-20's...double wall, a tad heavy but bomb proof so I grabbed a pair.

Frame: 7005 GT Zaskar MIT 14.5" c-c for 24" wheels
Fork: Ballistic Alloy leading edge dropout 1" travel
Headset: Tioga Alchemy Alloy Black
Stem: Gt Flip Flop Chromoly with internal clamp
Handlebar GT Alloy black
Grips: Odyssey Mini Black
Brakes: Shimano Deore LX with the replaceable pad, why because they had to be black :)
Brake Levers: Dia Compe MX-99 for better reach adjustment for small hands. Basically the same lever as the Ritchey Logics with a smaller lever.
Shifter: Deore XT SL-M737 3x8
Bottom Bracket: GT Titanium
Crank: GT CNC w/155mm arms and XT rings. 155's so the rider isn't going up and down.
Derailleurs: M910 XTR
Rims: Araya RM-20 Hard aNO
Hubs: M900 XTR
Tires: 24" Ritchey Megabites but it looks better with GT AA Pro skinwalls or some of First Flights 24" Tioga Nephews w/amber skinwalls
Seat Post: Syncros
Saddle: GT/Vetta with Sharkskin cover


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:08 am 
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A few more....this will be my entry if they ever run a kids bike theme for BOTM.

The 20" version was ridden by Hans Reys partner Mr. Jiggs.
http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.php/p ... ig/cat/953


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