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 Post subject: 1997 Gt Avalanche LE
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:43 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I bought this frame on ebay at the weekend and bought the forks to. I'm now looking for ideas for the rest of the build.

And information on the best way to polish the frame


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 Post subject: Re: 1997 Gt Avalanche LE
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:47 am 
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Check out bikepedia for parts specs and the GT catalogue for how it used to look.

Also, there's a fair few Zaskar builds on here if you're looking for ideas.

Trousy wrote:
And information on the best way to polish the frame


Autosol metal polish.

On the scratches use 1500 wet & dry, then 2000. Keep it wet. Then Autosol to mirror finish.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:49 pm 
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nice!

maybe a red kore elite stem if you can find one.

i would be tempted to try and fit the nicest groupset you can afford on that bike. XT at least!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Signing up. Love a shiny GT


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:45 pm 
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I'm doing up a 97 Zaskar at the mo and found that fine wire wool is excellent for cleaning up the welds.
I actually went over entire frame after the wet 'n' dry in prep for polishing with it, which is going to take place this weekend. Progress pics coming soom :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:33 pm 
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Going for xtr 950 group set as I have wheels and cranks.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:21 am 
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I had a 97 Zaskar for a short while and the red decals go very well with red anodized parts. Red Kore Elite stem and skewers would be beautiful!

Go with XT 737/739 (ideally the silver cranks) if you are on a budget or XTR 950 if you can afford it.

However, if you really decide to spend a good amount of money it is worth thinking about selling the frame now and getting a 97 Zaskar, ideally the LE-Version with CNC'ed dropouts and brazed on seatpost clamp. The Zaskar is USA-made and just has a lot of nice history to it.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:31 am 
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There is a red Kore Elite stem for sale here:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... light=kore


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:44 pm 
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A few more bits for the build


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 Post subject: Re: 1997 Gt Avalanche LE
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:50 am 
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A little update


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