1996 GT Bravado - finished with new pics!


Gold Trader
Here we go again! I'd promised myself (and my wife) "no more retro bike builds!".

But then on the day I bought my Malverns ticket, up popped a beautiful blue GT Bravado, (thanks Conrad). I was smitten and having previously done a Xizang, an RTS 1 and a few i-drives, I fancied a bit of GT steel. 😂

Now finished with photos on page 2. Very happy with it, but now probably move onto a new project, so let me know if you are interested. ;)

Full spec:

Frame: 1996 GT Bravado in lovely blue (Steel) (used V. good condition)

Fork: As above (used V. good condition)

Headset: Blue Chris King Nothreadset (used V. good condition)
Stem: Thomson Elite (used V. good condition)
Handlebar: Answer Alumilite (used good condition)
Grips: Oury (new)

Brakes: XT V brake (used good condition)
Brake Pads: XT (used fair condition)
Brake Levers: XT V brake (used good condition)

Shifter: Modern Shimano Deore 10 speed (new)
Front Derailleur: Nope
Rear Derailleur: Modern Shimano Deore 10 speed (new)
Derailleur Cables: Shimano (new)
Cassette: Modern SLX 10 speed (new)
Chain: KMC 10 speed (new)
Cranks: Middleburn RS7 (new from BETD)
Crank Bolts: Blue
Chainrings: Middleburn Narrow-wide 38T (new from BETD)
Chainring bolts: LitePro blue (new)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN50? (new)
Pedals: Odyssey Spider (NOS)

Hub Skewers: Hope (used V. good condition)
Rims: Mavic 317 (used V. good condition)
Hubs: Hope Pro III (used V. good condition)
Nipples: DT?
Spokes: DT I think (used V. good condition)
Tyres: Tioga Psycho II in grey (pretty old and worn, but look cool)
Tubes: Schwalbe? (new)

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Ti Repro (new)
Seatpost: Thomson Elite (new)
Seatpost Binder: Control Tech Ti in Blue (NOS)

Weight: TBC


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Retro Newbie
Congratulations i have the same bike and as far as i know it has a 27,2mm seatpost. Not every 27,2mm seatpost i tried did fit.


Gold Trader
A few more bits fitted. Don't like the blue bars as they don't match the other blue bits, so they'll have to go. Otherwise pretty happy so far!
The bottom bracket is frying my brain though! BETD said I needed a 118mmone, but that was too short (chainring touches the rear stay)
Got a 122mm one and it still touches. 😩


GT Fan
> Going for a blue/sliver theme

My '92 Karakoram was this theme, and a very similar blue, this is reminding me of it a lot, I love it!
I even had the grey tyres, although I think mine were Panaracer, not sure.
Mine had a chrome bar and clear grips, which I think worked really well, but that blue bar is spot on 👍