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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 9:10 am 
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In the interview will Bill Duehring he confirmed the Triple Triangle was indeed based on marketing as much as anything else.

Really nice build anyhow FMJ. Those cromo / ti xizangs are uber cool and the build is bang on. My only small gripe is I'd like to see more seatpost showing on the photos :)


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John wrote:
My only small gripe is I'd like to see more seatpost showing on the photos :)


I will need to see if these come in 9/16" :lol:

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I have made a few changes since the original build as some parts I wanted came available. The black rims on black 730 hubs w. skinwall Megabites were a must to me. Black SG rings, a GT All Tera badged saddle (put the GT badged one on my Avalanche), and a GT seat clamp from jamabikes finished things off. The new changes just make it pop, and look right. I may still run a shimmed XT post (hard to find 29.4 posts in 1991 flavour) if I can find one in VGC, and a pair of black 730 cranks (unicorn), but I'm not holding my breath on those.

Updated parts list:

Frame: 91 GT Xizang
Fork: GT 2x4
Headset: XT
Stem: GT flip flop
Handlebar: GT badged CroMo
Grips: AME GT
Brakes: 730 XT U II (r) 730 XT (f)
Brake Pads: Shimano
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: Dia Compe/Joe's
Brake Levers: 730 XT
Shifters: 730 XT thumbies
Front Derailleur: 730 XT
Rear Derailleur: 730 XT
Derailleur Cables: Shimano SIS
Cassette: 730 XT HG
Chain: HG-70
Cranks: 730 XT
Chainrings: Shimano SG
Bottom Bracket: 730 XT
Pedals: Shimano 730 XT
Hub Skewers: 730 XT
Rims: Araya RM-17
Hubs: 730 XT
Spokes: DT
Tyres: Ritchey Megabite
Saddle: GT All Terra badged Viscount
Seatpost: Sakae TCO
Seatpost Binder: GT
Weight: as always, don't care

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Nice work, good luck finding some black m730s.

Another option for the seat post may be a Tioga Prestige one - as was fitted to the 91 Team Avalanche. You can still pick them up for reasonable money NOS - bit more of a GT link and jet black too.


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merckx wrote:
nice. can anyone shed light on the rationale GT might have had for putting the cro mo rear end on these? it seems like a really incongruous thing to do..


They were going after two retail price points and when the Xizang LE (full Ti) was introduced it was like $2200 retail and the Bi-metal was 500 less.


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FMJ wrote:
John wrote:
My only small gripe is I'd like to see more seatpost showing on the photos :)


I will need to see if these come in 9/16" :lol:

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Those are actually pedal blocks that clamp on over your pedal...they will work on 1/2" or 9/16"


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:04 am 
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gm1230126 wrote:
merckx wrote:
nice. can anyone shed light on the rationale GT might have had for putting the cro mo rear end on these? it seems like a really incongruous thing to do..


They were going after two retail price points and when the Xizang LE (full Ti) was introduced it was like $2200 retail and the Bi-metal was 500 less.


ah, i see! thanks!

great updtaes fmj bike looks perfect! no need to change anything! i think it actually looks best with the cranks you have, all black ones might be too much i reckon.

love the megabites. they really suit the bike well.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:00 pm 
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kaiser wrote:
Awesome! I'd love to see a show us your Xizang thread.


No not yet, I don't have a Xizang... maybe I'd have to post up a sad face! :(


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A few changes since the last post. Swapped to XT an seatpost (w. custom shim), XT headset, XT U-brake blocks to make it a full XT 730/2 group. Changed to some GT Duraluminum bars, and a GT All Terra badged/branded Viscount seat, replacing the GT branded Viscount that was on it to finish things off.

I'm still sitting on the fence about the black 730 cranks.

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Keeps getting better 8)

Black XT cranks would be the finishing ouch IMO :D


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