Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:37 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: GT Tempest (Moto style)
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:58 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:15 am
Posts: 7563
Location: North Yorkshire
Just thrown this together, not too common in 12.5 size Billet finish, model is Tempest, but weighes 3.7 pounds so pretty light, handles well, bit small for me, but with the lay back post works really well, needs decals and a tidy on some specs and weighes a not too shabby 22.5 pounds.
The pix are on my expensive and accurate bathroom scales. They cannot be tared, but the box weighes 400g and yes none of the bike is on the floor! So the bike weighes 10.3Kg. It weighed 10.25 on LBS scales, bear in mind it has a 350g saddle 270g seat post 100g skewers and 350g cassette and 260g Saint rear mech, so another 350g could be shaved easily, I feel its pretty light, the XTR front mech, Syntace 90g stem and Easton 100g bars do help a lot though. Tyres are 400g Hutchinson Mosquitos and tubes 90g Supersonics, hubs: white industries which are very light, BB is Race Face Titanium. Thumbies are light too.
Image
Image
Image


Last edited by Wold Ranger on Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:47 am, edited 2 times in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:42 am 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:35 pm
Posts: 5802
Location: Dunkeswell, Nr Honiton, Devon
for being thrown together, that actually looks quite nice


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: GT
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:52 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:15 am
Posts: 7563
Location: North Yorkshire
Would like to upgrade to more period parts, namely seatpost, grips and stem but all the rest pretty much fits. It's a really good climber being light and despite being 6061 Alloy, the shallow seat stays make it quite forgiving to ride. The Fork angle is spot on with very precise steering. I think I'll gradually upgrade the parts, interestingly the frame weighes the same as a Zaskar Le I had in this size, which is a bit confusing!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:30 pm 
Lincs AEC
Lincs AEC

Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:34 pm
Posts: 12314
Location: Branston, Lincoln
Like the Pace forks, dont see them often enough on GT's.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: GT
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:47 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:15 am
Posts: 7563
Location: North Yorkshire
Just been for a spin on it and a bit shocked at how well it both climbs and descends, as its only got a 40 inch wheelbase, but it's very stable, the Hutchinson tyres help a lot with their slow rebound damping, so you don't bounce around much.
The RC 36 forks always astound at their ability to absorb hits too, you would think they were 100mm or more travel, they really damp out the trail well.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:07 pm 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:51 pm
Posts: 1719
Location: Midlands
Lovely job Philip, glad I sold it now had sat in the garage for many years as a project for my wife.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: GT
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:21 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:15 am
Posts: 7563
Location: North Yorkshire
To be honest it warrants some better kit really, a better wheelset and King headset? Thanks, it really is a nice ride. My youngest will be riding it too if the weather continues like this!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:47 pm 
Anglian AEC / Prison Ship Captain
Anglian AEC / Prison Ship Captain
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:26 am
Posts: 6045
Location: LOWESTOFT the worlds smallest bore fest
i built one of those up in that size for my brother in laws boy its not a bad bike for him he's 12 now and im slowly converting him to trials and away from his friends dirt jump crap kitted his with m950 xtr and it weights just over 25lbs with ritchey wcs wet look finishing kit and hope xc/717 wheelset 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:10 pm 
Devout Dirtbag
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:08 pm
Posts: 149
Location: Southampton
I just love this, I've been a bit unsure of these little GTs in the past but this looks great - functional but elegant too. Showed it to my 12 year old daughter earlier and she has given me the go ahead to look for one of these frames for her. Next project I think.
I've seen three of your bikes now Phil and they all look beautiful.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:53 am 
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:12 pm
Posts: 5785
Wold Ranger wrote:
weighes a not too shabby 22.5 pounds


You know the rules about no unsubstantiated weight comments :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bignick, GosforthBike, My_Teenage_Self, pago79 and 20 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group