Well, I still haven't started a thread for the Karakoram Elite, but today I'm off work, hoping to get a little done on the Zaskar, so I thought I would start a thread for it.
This is the frame I bought here on Retrobike:
It's 20" and was made November 1990, so pretty early Zaskar:
I bought it with the Flipflop stem, original GT handlebars, Triple Trak forks are a Dia Compe U-brake. Given I'm 6'3", it should be a better fit for me than my 18" Karakoram, though I find that comfortable and good to ride.
It's been painted metallic blue and although the paint is not in great condition, the plan is to build it up as it is, in a blue/black scheme and then in the future I have the option to stip the paint to the original finish, polish it up and go to a silver/black scheme.
I have to say the build concept is still a little mixed, between:1.
Cheap build, using parts I find/have/can pick up cheap2.
Light build, trying to keep weight to a minimum3.
Blue/black colour scheme, trying to minimise4.
Paying a little more for quality parts where I feel the extra cost is justified
It will not be period correct, mainly due to Concept 1
- I'll be doing it as cheaply as possible.
I'm building it as a single-speed, as I live somewhere pretty flat and intend to use it for my commute sometimes (especially whilst my commute-build Karakoram elite is a long way from finished) and for going out for rides when I feel full of energy. Having thought about gearing, my plan is to gear it pretty high and see how I get on, since I can always purchase larger rear single sprockets if necessary. Because I am gearing it this way, it will be pretty much just for road use, which will also be part of the build.
 I realised it was best to put the components list in this first post and then edit/update it as it went along:
Frame: 20" 1991 GT Zaskar - Aluminium Alloy 6061-T6 Heat Treated
Fork: GT 2x4
Headset: Original Tioga with GT locknut
Stem: Original GT Flip Flop
Handlebar: Original GT Duraluminium
Grips: Ritchey WCS Foam
Barends: None yet .... should I get some? I can't decide.
Brakes: Dia Compe U Brake rear and Tektro CR720 front
Brake Pads: Dia Compe/Tektro standard
Brake Cables: Fibrax Teflon-coated Black
Cantilever cable hangers: Proper rear, Tektro front
Brake Levers: Dia Compe Power Control 7 anodised blue
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: Surly Singleator chain tensioner
Derailleur Cables: n/a
Cassette: Chris King 14T Single sprocket with Halo spacers
Chain: KMC Z610 HX
Cranks: Shimano Deore LX
Crank Bolts: X Brand self extracting
Chainrings: Shmiano 42T
Chainring bolts: Independent Cro-mo Single
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN71
Pedals: Wellgo M-111
Hub Skewers: Unbranded Titanium
Rims: Unbranded 2005 Giant Yukon
Hubs: Unbranded 2005 Giant Yukon
Nipples: Unbranded 2005 Giant Yukon
Spokes: Unbranded 2005 Giant Yukon
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix MTB 26x1.00
Tubes: Continental 26x1.00
Saddle: San Marco SLK
Seatpost: Original GT/True Temper? 26.8mm x 350mm
Seatpost Binder: Original GT All Terra Heat Treated Aluminium with GT QR
Weight: 9.96Kg - 21lbs 15oz