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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:23 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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I've always loved the classic GT triple triangle frame, especially the older ones with a horizontal top tube.

My "proper" MTB is a souped up 2010 GT Avalanche but although it's smart enough in a more modern way, the classic 90s Zaskar builds I see on here always look much smarter and bring me much envy!

So when I saw this frame going cheap near me I thought it's got to be worth a punt for a bit of a winter project now it's too dark to ride after work.

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It looks like a pretty massive frame so might turn out to be too big for me... but the top tube is not insanely long so as long as I can deal with the standover height it should be alright.

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There wasn't much info in the ad, and I had my fingers crossed it would be a Zaskar, but as far as I can tell it's turned out to be a 1996 Avalanche - guessing this from the 7000 series tubing, the curved pantographed end cap on the top tube, and by comparison with google image pics.

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It's missing the mech hanger but I've got one on the way in the post - was easier & cheaper to source than I feared, just hope it fits when it turns up!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:31 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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Not totally sure how to build this one up yet.

I've got an early 90s Claude Butler Pagan which could do as a donor bike (the components on the Claude are quite nice, but the frame is fugly!). It's a mix of 300 and 400LX, with biopace chainrings; the finishing kit is mostly black which could look nice with the silver frame.

Before doing anything else, the frame needs a damn good polish. It currently looks OK from a distance but pretty grotty up close. I hate polishing frames, always get bored very quickly.... but it's usually worth it in the end.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:32 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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Any confirmation / correction on the year & model gratefully received btw.

Ditto any suggestions for the build!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:36 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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Hmmm... if I painted the frame I wouldn't have to polish it.... thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:05 pm 
Old School Hero

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There might be some cataloge scans on here you can compare too

would be nice to leave it polished then just put a quality wax on it


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:57 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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Well, I had a quick go at polishing up a bit of the frame the other day, but lacked the enthusiasm to do a good job of the whole thing...

So it's now got a first coat of paint on - I've gone for a ferrari red main triangle and black seat stays and chain stays. Will post a piccy or two when I've done the second coat.

Got a load of bits and bobs ready to build it up with too. Don't like painting much but looking forward to building it!

I struggled to get the old headset cups out a little, and rather than resort to brute force devised a new tool - the aluminium ring from a clamp-on grip with a little section cut out so that it fits into the head tube through the cup. This then acts as a perfect size to distribute the force from a mallet blow to a socket on an extension bar to pop out the cup.

Very pleased with how well this worked as I always stress about damaging the head tube if I use a regular socket small enough to fit through the headset cup :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:01 pm 
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Not sure how I managed without my headset removal tool, like this one:

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/x-t ... 0491491c4c


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:32 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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^ That looks like a useful tool, thanks for the link.

Planning on asking for a decent pair of cable cutters for xmas this year but this might be a good one for another time.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:07 pm 
Two Fat Ladies

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Here's how it's looking after a bit of paint. Still needs a little tidying up and I've learnt it's always best to leave the paint to harden a little before building, so will be a while before any further progress.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:58 pm 
Old School Hero

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A bit different have you lacquered it yet?


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