I will bump this thread as I am the new owner of this very frame.
I have given it a 10 minute manual polish with Autosol and the frame is now quite shiny again:
Marcus was right about the remarkable condition - after 23 years! No cracks, no dings - even the decals are in pretty good state!
I have gathered the following parts for a build up:
- complete XT 730/735 gruppo with thumbies, 733 brake levers, 732 black front Canti, 733 XT II U-Brake, XT headset 730 beartrap pedals, SG C-Series black chainrings and black XT hubs
- black Araya RM-17 rims
- Syncros first generation stem with noodle (1990-91)
- Syncros second generation seatpost (91-92)
- GT handle bar black (or Syncros with shim if I find one)
- Panaracer Smoke/Dart Skinwall re-issue
- Ringle holey seatcollar
- Ringle Camtwist holey skewers
- Flite Titanium saddle (unless I find a GT saddle with the rivets)
- original GT grips from a 1992 Karakoram
As a fork I have a freshly powdered 3D fork. Unfortunately, being 1992, this fork will not be time-correct. Up until now, I have found no 2x4 fork, though.
Currently, I have the option to swap this frame against a 19inch 1992 model year
which needs new decals. I don't know, if I should do it and am therefore greatful for your opionions:Pros:
- 19inch fits me better than 18inch. 18inch is okay, though.
- my 3D fork will be time-correctCons:
- the 18inch 1990 frame has a special history: it is from the first production month of the serial Zaskar. This makes the frame special to me
- The decals of my current 1990 Zaskar are orginal; I will need reproduction decals on the 92 frame
- My first generation Syncros stem with noodle will not be time-correct anymore. However, I would really like to use this stemUndecided:
- I won't ride the Zaskar much anyway as I have other lovely GTs to ride: Xizang and Psyclone
What shall I do? Keep the 1990/91 Zaskar which is a tiny bit too small (and hope finding a 2x4 fork)? Or swap to the 1992 Zaskar with perfect size and making the lovely 3D-fork time-correct?