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 Post subject: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:10 am 
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Normally i build and collect 20" and 24" bmx, but have been riding mountain bikes since the 80's. i recently sold my old ibis mojo w/ handjob and haven't really gotten any mountain bikes lately besides my dual suspension rider.
i had a karakorum a long time ago, and loved it, it was black with blue speckling.
anyhow, ran into this one the other day. beautiful condition. just need to figure out how i want to build it up.
has XT front to back, ukai rims, unidentified ti handlebar. rides awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:47 am 
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Congratulations! Large Xizangs are very rare! If you have a 1991 model year, your frame is actually the Xizang "LE", as it is full titanium.

Please give us some more pics and the serial number.

Racer X has some 91 Decals for you:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=265437

There is a 1991 2x4 GT fork with long steerer on ebay. Not cheap but this special frame deserves the correct fork.

I would build it period correct with GT Flip-Flop I stem (or Syncros 1st Generation) and a nice black XT 730/732/735. E.g. like here (shown with 1990 decals):

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(C) Tomasius/mtb-news.de

Here is a scan of the 1991 catalogue (shown with 1990 decals):
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By the way: ist that a first generation Syncros seatpost you got there? If yes and if it is 27.0, I would gladly take it. ;) I have a 27.0 Deore XT in NOS for swaps, if you like.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:00 am 
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wow, yeah nice! very rare to see a 20" xizang. i agree, period XT and a rigid cro mo GT fork in black, with the old school decals. perfection.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:01 am 
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i'll get some more pictures posted soon, we are in the middle of our monsoon season and the rain just won't let up.

the seatpost is a ringlé moby.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:30 am 
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It looks larger than a 20" frame. Looks more like a 22"


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:21 pm 
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ez054098 wrote:
It looks larger than a 20" frame. Looks more like a 22"



Not possible, 20" c-c was the largest they ever built a Xizang. Head tube gap looks just like all the 20"ers I've seen.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:24 pm 
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gm1230126 wrote:
ez054098 wrote:
It looks larger than a 20" frame. Looks more like a 22"



Not possible, 20" c-c was the largest they ever built a Xizang. Head tube gap looks just like all the 20"ers I've seen.


What is the measurement c-t?


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:10 am 
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it's a 20" bike.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:50 am 
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I love this bike. Any other pictures?


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 GT Xizang
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:02 pm 
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i'll try to take pictures in a couple of days. still raining here.
the serial number is ttn-221.

i'm really torn on what i want to do with it. i'd like to either make it a single speed townie or maybe a comfort cruiser, just to have something different. don't really need a hardtail mountainbike.


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