93/94 GT RTS-2 Replica of my 94/95 race bike - BOTM Oct 2020

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Ive had my GT RTS-2 for around 6 years now and it was my first retro bike. I got it in order to build a more aesthetically pleasing replica of my 18" 94/95 race bike.

I found the bike fairly local to me on Gumtree...despite it being completely covered in free MBUK stickers and having a huge weird saddle it looked really good condition in the usual high-wear areas and was pretty much OEM spec apart from Judy SL's, Syncros riser bars and first generation XT V brakes, so I arranged to view it. Upon arriving at the guys house the bike was immaculate. It turned out that he had owned the bike from new (purchased March 94), had only ridden it 8 times, had never ridden it off road, the Judy SL's and XT V's had only been ridden once.

I decided that I wanted to replicate the build of my most memorable parts build I had on my race bike back in the day (I had a few part changes when money allowed, trends changed and I also snapped 3 frames all replaced under warranty) with Mag 21's, Flite titanium, ano blue USE bars, seat post, Onza barends, clear Onza grips, white Onza Porcupine tyres, blue Hope Ti hubs on silver M231's (always wanted Spins), M737 spd's and various ano blue bolts/bits.

So the initial build started like this...

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After a while I decided that I didn't like the caramel Maxxis tyres (I sourced them after seeing how rare/expensive white Onza Porcs were), I wanted Spins, I wanted the spec I initially set out to build and my OCD was starting to kick in so I wanted to replace the cranks, pedals as they had slight signs of wear. I spent the next couple of years sourcing parts to the build it is today. It was on display in it's current form at the 2018 Malverns...

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Woow, that is a cool bike :cool: !

Very interesting ensemble of (NOS :shock: ) componentry :cool: :cool:
Like everything, but the Spins, I must admit; will you be riding this baby too?
 

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Double-E F":37434bw9 said:
Woow, that is a cool bike :cool: !

Very interesting ensemble of (NOS :shock: ) componentry :cool: :cool:
Like everything, but the Spins, I must admit; will you be riding this baby too?

Cheers mate.

Yeah the spec is a little different as it replicates my build from back in the day that was “upgraded” as and when money allowed, but still retained certain OEM parts such as the drivetrain, stem, etc.

Spins are very marmite where you either love or hate them and in my opinion they only suit certain bikes/brands. I fitted them as I lusted after some back in the day, however in reality they’re heavier than my Hope titanium wheels.

No this is a workshop wall hanger that won’t be ridden as I have modern bikes to ride. It’s there to remind me of good days gone.
 

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Full spec...

Frame: 1993 (purchased new 1994) GT RTS-2 14.5"

Fork: RockShox Mag 21 (NOS)

Headset: Cane Creek S-3
Stem: GT flip-flop
Handlebar: USE anodised blue
Grips: Onza Porcupine clear (NOS)
Barends: Onza (NOS)

Brakes: Shimano LX M560 mounted with X-Lite anodised blue cantilever bolts and original X-Lite ti bolts
Brake Pads: Shimano OEM
Brake Cables: Shimano
Cantilever cable hangers: Onza Chill Pill anodised blue (rear Chill Pill modified for RTS cable routing) (NOS)
Brake Levers: Shimano LX M560

Shifters: Shimano LX M560
Front Derailleur: Shimano LX M560
Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX M560 with anodised blue mech hanger bolt
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: Shimano LX M560
Chain: Shimano HG71
Cranks: Shimano LX M560 (NOS)
Crank Bolts: Middleburn anodised blue (NOS)
Chainrings: Shimano LX M560
Chainring bolts: Middleburn anodised blue (NOS)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano LX UN51
Pedals: Shimano PD-M737 (NOS)

Hub Skewers: 1st gen Hope Titanium
Rims: Spin
Hubs: Spin (I believe made by Hadley)
Nipples: N/A
Spokes: Spin
Tyres: Tioga Psycho (NOS)
Tubes: OEM

Saddle: Flite Titanium
Seatpost: USE anodised blue
Seatpost Binder: GT

Weight: Not sure
 

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That looks great! About to start a RTS1 myself, good ideas here.
 

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That is a stunner!! It looks even better then new, and I use to sell them back in the day. Well done, great work.
 

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lukewheels":2ft01tlw said:
That looks great! About to start a RTS1 myself, good ideas here.

Thank you :LOL:

Ah wow, that’ll be a great project. Got to love an RTS-1
 

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malt":2ua2s8g4 said:
That is a stunner!! It looks even better then new, and I use to sell them back in the day. Well done, great work.

Thank you :LOL:

The frame is completely unrestored, it’s only been ridden 8 times so has just been meticulously cleaned and polished.

The build is running the original front/rear mechs, cassette, levers/shifters, bb, chainrings and GT seat clamp. Numerous items of the build I managed to source NOS including the Mag 21’s.
 

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Sourced a NOS black brake arch for my Mag 21's so that they matched mine from back in the day...

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Also got some close-up pics of my modified Onza Chill Pill for the rear RTS brake set-up

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