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    Researching GT titanium road bike frame serial number

    I have an older GT titanium road bike and I recently looked under the bottom bracket to get the serial number off of the frame. However in researching on the internet I do not see any mention of a GT road bike serial number pattern that matches what I have found on the frame. The number I have is S8HT00193. It is a very large frame with a seat tube C-T distance of 64cm - 65cm and a C - C distance of 59cm - 60cm. From what I can read of the decal I believe the name on the top tube says Forte but I am not positive about the last letter. In researching on Bikepedia, I see GT made a titanium Forte model with a carbon fork in 1998 and the largest frame size shown is a 60cm which is what I believe this is. Also Bikepedia says the MSRP for the bike in 1998 was $2675 so I am now wondering what an equivalent quality bike today in 2014 would cost. Bikepedia says it originally had a Shimano 600 Ultegra component group which was pretty top of the line in 1998 I think.

    Can anyone help me decipher this serial number so I can know a little more about this frame set?
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    Pictures please! It will help.

    Sounds fricken cool, lots of people love their Ti GT's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotus907efi View Post
    ...Also Bikepedia says the MSRP for the bike in 1998 was $2675 so I am now wondering what an equivalent quality bike today in 2014 would cost. Bikepedia says it originally had a Shimano 600 Ultegra component group which was pretty top of the line in 1998 I think.

    Can anyone help me decipher this serial number so I can know a little more about this frame set?
    Look at what's available from Lynsky, Litespeed and Moots, to name a few for a price comparison. The Ultegra group was, and still is positioned below the Dura Ace group.

    Brad

    PS I didn't come across any S/N info, but if Bikepedia is correct it was only manufactured the one year.
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    I just sold a GT aluminum "Edge".........sn info was hard to come by.....bikepedia was sketchy.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotus907efi View Post
    I have an older GT titanium road bike and I recently looked under the bottom bracket to get the serial number off of the frame. However in researching on the internet I do not see any mention of a GT road bike serial number pattern that matches what I have found on the frame. The number I have is S8HT00193. It is a very large frame with a seat tube C-T distance of 64cm - 65cm and a C - C distance of 59cm - 60cm. From what I can read of the decal I believe the name on the top tube says Forte but I am not positive about the last letter. In researching on Bikepedia, I see GT made a titanium Forte model with a carbon fork in 1998 and the largest frame size shown is a 60cm which is what I believe this is. Also Bikepedia says the MSRP for the bike in 1998 was $2675 so I am now wondering what an equivalent quality bike today in 2014 would cost. Bikepedia says it originally had a Shimano 600 Ultegra component group which was pretty top of the line in 1998 I think.

    Can anyone help me decipher this serial number so I can know a little more about this frame set?
    S is the factory code*, that first 8 in your serial # is the year (1998).

    * GT had bikes made at several factories during this era.
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    My 1998 GT Forte TI bike photos

    As requested here are some photos of the bike.

    It has Mavic Cosmos wheelset. a Control Tech stem with a King headset, a Profile SC carbon fork (never heard of this brand) and an older Avoset O2 seat.
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    I WISH I had a GT road bike to research, a steel one !
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    Very cool bike. I had a Ti Edge (or Edge Titan) for about a year.
    There seemed to be conflicting stories on it's origin; wether it was outsourced to a Ti specialist here or if GT set up for Ti in Colorado.

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