This is my 97 GT Zaskar Frost Red. Had her from new. Frame was bought early in 98 from Supercycles in Nottingham. they only had 19" left and i really needed an 18", but the price was too good to pass up. came with a Tioga headset which they fitted while i waited, and Kore Stem.
the group-set is XT. I bought the brakes and levers at the Bike Show in the NEC, and the rest of the group from Merlin when they were still based in Ormskirk.
I originally ran a set of Balistics forks until i picked up a set of RC36 Evos at the 99 Bike Show (got a free Marin Holdall too). the RC36's have an alloy steerer. cant remember if they came with this or i bought it.
Wheels were hand built by Dave Hinde in Northwich.
She's been laid up in the shed at my caravan for a few years but i brought her home and rebuilt her. Ive made a few changes at the front end.
Managed to pick up a set of NOS decals from Ebay. Havent put them on yet. just got rid of the old stickers I put on (apart from the Datatag stickers)
Frame: 97 GT Zaskar Frost Red 19"
Fork: Pace RC36 Evo
Stem: Kore Race 90mm OS (2012) (replaced Kore single bolt 110mm)
Handlebar: Kore Race Low Rise (2012) (replaced X-Lite Xpert X-Country flat bar)
Grips: Ragley lock-on
Barends: X-Lite Enduro Stubbies (removed)
Brakes: XT M-739 (black solid parallel pull link)
Brake Pads: XT
Brake Cables: Jagwire (replaced old XTR)
Cantilever cable hangers: N/A
Brake Levers: XT M-739
Shifters: SRAM Attack (replaced Sachs Waveys)
Front Derailleur: XT FD-M738 (compact)
Rear Derailleur: XT RD-M739 GS (Tacx Stainless Bearing Jockey Wheels)
Derailleur Cables: Jagwire
Cassette: M-737 11-28
Chain: Sachs PC-91
Cranks: FC-M739 175
Crank Bolts: Std Shimano
Chainring bolts: Std Shimano
Bottom Bracket: UN-55 (replaced UN-52, couldnt get a UN-72 at the time)
Hub Skewers: Kore Titanium
Rims: Mavic XM517 Sup
Hubs: Fr: Hope Suspension, R: XT M737
Spokes: Stainless double butted
Tyres: Michelin Wild Grip'r 2.1
Tubes: Conti Shraeder valve
Saddle: Flite Titanium 1990
Seatpost: Thompson Elite (2012, replaced Dean, which had bent)
Seatpost Binder: Original GT
The bike always felt a little big but switching to a shorter stem and a riser has improved that. The forks have been serviced, and i may pop it over to Dalby forest to the Pace service centre and ask about a travel upgrade to 90mm.
Im going to use her as my getting around bike, but want to keep her in good shape.
I'll post more pics when i can. I broke my wrist on my modern mtb the other day, so i cant do much right now.
I know im not purist by putting some modern bits on it, but i think they go really well. I am looking out for a set of period XT rapid fires, though. just biding my time till a really good pair come along.
The first pic is after it had been in to get its new headset fitted.
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