I am the original owner of this Blue Ano '97 Zaskar LE. It brings me great joy in life to ride my bike. I feel very lucky to own such a finely crafted machine for all these years.
I live right next to the ocean and the elements are hard on a bike here. I ride a lot, almost everyday for many years. I ride in all seasons. Through crashes and hospital visits, this bike stands the test of time.
I have replaced many of the parts many times but the frame lives on. I love my bike and it is nice to see similar posts from others so I thought I would share.
Below is a picture I took today in its current configuration. It is so much fun to ride and a very fast and sure climber. I try and take it easy on the downhills now. I don't heal like I use to.
Thanks for letting me share.
Below is a list of the OEM parts it had when I first purchased it in '97.
OEM parts for '97 Zaskar LE (my bike doesn't have many of these parts anymore.)
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction Welded
Frame Tubing Material 6061 T6 aluminum, butted
Fork Brand & Model Rock Shox Judy SL
Fork Material Magnesium, triple-clamp crown
Component Group Shimano XTR 950
Brakeset Shimano XTR V-Brake brakes, Shimano XTR levers
Shift Levers Shimano XTR RapidFire SL
Front Derailleur Shimano XTR top-swing, bottom-pull
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR SGS
Crankset Shimano XTR M950-IG, 24/34/46 teeth
Pedals Shimano PD-M747 SPD clipless
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-M950, 112.5 mm spindle
BB Shell Width 73mm English
Rear Cogs 8-speed, 11 - 30 teeth
Chain Shimano, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost Kore Elite II, 27.2 mm diameter
Saddle WTB SST, titanium rails, w/kevlar sides
Handlebar Kore thermoplastic
Handlebar Extensions GT Cut Weld
Handlebar Stem Kore Elite
Headset 1 1/8" threadless Dia-Compe Kontak Aheadset DL-2
Hubs GT CNC
Rims Mavic 217 SUP, 32-hole
Tires 26 x 2.10" Michelin Wild Gripper Lite-S kevlar
Spoke Brand DT Revolution stainless steel, 2.0mm double butted
Spoke Nipples Brass nipples