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Old 05-27-06, 05:10 PM   #1
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Gt Frame..........

As I was leaving my lbs at closing I saw a red 'GT' frame hanging from the ceiling with what looked likt a triangular sticker on the seat tube just above the bb which might have said '631'.

The seat stays went past the seat tube and were welded(?) to the top tube, which I have never seen before.

Questions. Is this a steel frame, and if so, is there a way to determine its age?
Since I would like to try a steel frame what are the odds that the components from my Trek 1200 would fit?

The sticker said $400.00. Is this a reasonable price?

If I go back to the lbs I would like to be armed with as much information as possible and have tried the search function and Google but can't find any info on frames that look quite like this one.

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Old 05-27-06, 05:16 PM   #2
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1) Before getting excited about any frame, check whether it's the correct size for you as a rider.

2) Call them and ask them if it's a steel frame? 631 is a model of Reynolds steel tubeset, so it could be.

3) That's GT's signature frame design with the forward-welded stays. It can be a little bit of a nuisance if you use a rear rack, since the seatstays are so far down.
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Old 05-27-06, 05:23 PM   #3
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As I was leaving my lbs at closing I saw a red 'GT' frame hanging from the ceiling with what looked likt a triangular sticker on the seat tube just above the bb which might have said '631'.

The seat stays went past the seat tube and were welded(?) to the top tube, which I have never seen before.

Questions. Is this a steel frame, and if so, is there a way to determine its age?
Since I would like to try a steel frame what are the odds that the components from my Trek 1200 would fit?

The sticker said $400.00. Is this a reasonable price?

If I go back to the lbs I would like to be armed with as much information as possible and have tried the search function and Google but can't find any info on frames that look quite like this one.

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More info please. Was it a road or mountain frame. The frame you noticed is a GT Triple Triangle frame which has stays that bypass the seat tube and are welded at the top tube (hellenic type frame). Did you notice any model name decals on the frame?
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Old 05-27-06, 06:29 PM   #4
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Gt Frame..............

mechBgon,
Naturally I will see if the frame is an appropriate size for me if I were to get that far.

gm1230126,
It appeared to be a road frame but I just got a brief look as I was leaving the shop and didn't have time to chat with the lbs owner. And I didn't see any other decals or have any other info.

How does one find the age of a frame.....if the lbs owner does not know?

Thanks for the help.

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There should be a serial number engraved on the frame, usually on the under side of the bottom bracket shell. The serial number can be used to date the frame either by contacting GT or if there is a GT Owners Group on the web.
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Gt Frame..............

Thanks for all the replies and help. If I get a chance on Tuesday I will go by the shop and take a closer look and may post more questions.

Going back to an earlier question, is an older steel frame really worth that much money?


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Going back to an earlier question, is an older steel frame really worth that much money?
For a noting-special production frame? No.
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I've always loved gt frames. I'm not sure about their road frames but their track frames are wonderful, really stiff and very responsive. Reynolds 631 is a great ride too soaks up the bumps fairly light and really quick. I was just watching a gt that was actually made of reynolds 853 on ebay a week ago and regret not picking it up. Cheers
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There was a time in the mid '90s when GT partnered with a custom frame builder and produced some really beautiful steel and Ti frames. These frames were marketed as "GT Custom Shop".
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Gt Frames....

Since I posted those questions I have run across something called 'Soma' frames, which are about the
same price and are new, so I might look in that direction. Regardless, thanks for all the help.


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