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?