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Old 09-17-12, 05:59 PM   #1
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My new 1998 GT STS-1000 full suspension - carbon/aluminum

I got rid of my 1994 GT zaskar and upgraded to this amazing bike. It's a 1998 GT STS-1000 full suspension, picked it up for one hell of a deal, only $275.00 . I'm in the process of upgrading some of the components. I already put some XTR V-brakes on and i'm about to install this XTR rear derailleur that has a backwards pull. I have a King headset on my specialized FSR ltd. i might swap over.

Anyway, I have a few questions about this bike. When i brought it into my lbs, they were shocked and had not seen one in years. They told me it sold for $3,400 brand new in 1998 and had no idea what it could be worth today. So my questions are how much is it worth and will it break if i jump it?

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Frame - 19.5" GT STS 1000 DH? full suspension carbon frame with aluminum rear triangle and lugs
Fork - Rock Shox Judy XL long travel w/ cartridge system
Rear suspension - Rock Shox coupe deluxe
Wheelset - Mavic X221 rims w/ Deore LX Parallax hubs
Cranks - Deore LX
Rear derailleur - Deore XT (XTR coming soon!)
Front derailleur - Deore LX
Shifters/brake levers - Deore XT 3x8
Brake calipers - Shimano XTR
Bars - FSA Maximus
Stem - Bontrager?
Pedals - Forte?
Seat - Serfas ARC kevlar

Thanks for looking!
Here's some pictures of the bike, and a few shots of me and my homie at sheep hills hitting some small jumps. (Kona scrap)

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So you basically bought a mountain bike version of this car. Congratulations.

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And how is the car relevant? Price?
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And how is the car relevant? Price?
Nope..it's a junk.

I'm so sorry brother I know you already bought it and spend your hard earned money on it but you should've done bit more search and waited and saved a few more bucks for something little better.
Here are a few examples.
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...278648287.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...272227954.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...271463785.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...277640694.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv...276880810.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...276854921.html
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I beg to differ. How is an ironhorse from Target with no name components better? I'm very pleased with my GT and the way it rides. It's also much lighter than all the bikes listed above. Junk? not even close.
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They ate pivot bushings and bearings, and the rears had a fair bit of cracking issues over the years. It's not a bike I'd be jumping or riding crazy aggressively on at this point, let's put it that way.

Plus, it's just a plain dated design, with quite old shock and fork technology. There are many, many, many bikes that will ride and pedal way better.

If you like it and are happy, that's all that matters. What it's worth is what you can get someone willing to pay for it. It's not a particularly coveted classic, and that one looks to be fairly beat down besides. Other than the XTR stuff that you're adding, there isn't really anything high zoot on it. You'd sink more money into the thing to shine it up than you'll ever get out of it selling the thing. Ride it and have fun.
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I beg to differ. How is an ironhorse from Target with no name components better? I'm very pleased with my GT and the way it rides. It's also much lighter than all the bikes listed above. Junk? not even close.
lol that was the point. even that ironhorse is better than that GT. plus rest of the other bikes I posted were specialized and newer GTs.

Here is another car analogy, even the cheapest car today is a much better car then 1980s Cadillac.
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From the look of the bike, and what you paid; looks like you got a good deal, if you are looking at it as a retro bike.

The STS does have a bit of a reputation for cracking, if / when this does happen (especially if your are riding it like pics 4/5), you should get your money back by selling off the components, as it has a pretty good spec.
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From the look of the bike, and what you paid; looks like you got a good deal, if you are looking at it as a retro bike.

The STS does have a bit of a reputation for cracking, if / when this does happen (especially if your are riding it like pics 4/5), you should get your money back by selling off the components, as it has a pretty good spec.

I want what you're smoking. Clapped out mostly LX parts with a smattering of STX, XT, and XTR and some beat down looking house brand parts/not great suspension parts when they were new are not going to fetch him much to be even worth shipping.
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I want what you're smoking. Clapped out mostly LX parts with a smattering of STX, XT, and XTR and some beat down looking house brand parts/not great suspension parts when they were new are not going to fetch him much to be even worth shipping.
Are you sure you are replying to the correct post? no STX listed in the OP's spec

8 speed XT (shifters, brake levers and RD) can go for big money on ebay on a good day, same with the XTR brakes, as the are no longer available, I sold a set for these for virtually retail earlier this year, (although I'm UK based, I have sold bike parts to the US for good money). Will give you that the LX FD won't be worth much selling.

No reason why that bike can't be broken and the parts sold to break even, and maybe a small profit at the end of the bikes life.
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I'm with scrublover on this one. 15 year old MTB components aren't worth a ton at this point.
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I'm with scrublover on this one........

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I dunno - I have a 1989 Teesdale Brave Warrior that I have been offered all kinds of money for. The older, rarer bikes are worth hanging onto. I like the look of yours!


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I'm sure my GT is fairly rare, not too many people were interested in buying a $3,400 MTB in 98. In addition, it rides much better than most of you think. Maybe you just haven't had a chance to ride one yet. But i agree with you guys for the most part, the rear end is held on by bushings but i'm trying to get some sealed bearings in there. There is a fair amount of creaking. And yes the LX components could be better. But this frame seems like a nice piece of MTB history.

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lol that was the point. even that ironhorse is better than that GT. plus rest of the other bikes I posted were specialized and newer GTs.

Here is another car analogy, even the cheapest car today is a much better car then 1980s Cadillac.
No. Have a nice collection of road bike derailleurs from the 80's. All of them work better than 90% of what is available today. Cadillac? come on... No need to hate on them too.

Nice Teesdale w/ Campagnolo magohn!
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Are you sure you are replying to the correct post? no STX listed in the OP's spec

8 speed XT (shifters, brake levers and RD) can go for big money on ebay on a good day, same with the XTR brakes, as the are no longer available, I sold a set for these for virtually retail earlier this year, (although I'm UK based, I have sold bike parts to the US for good money). Will give you that the LX FD won't be worth much selling.

No reason why that bike can't be broken and the parts sold to break even, and maybe a small profit at the end of the bikes life.

Yep, my bad on the STX. I still stand by the rest of my post. Granted, I'm going by some not very good pics - but the pics make it look as if everything is pretty clapped out. Sure, he'd get good money if everything was in tip top shape, but it doesn't appear to be.

For the OP: Ride it, have fun with it, but don't be surprised if you don't get much cash out of it.
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I dunno - I have a 1989 Teesdale Brave Warrior that I have been offered all kinds of money for. The older, rarer bikes are worth hanging onto. I like the look of yours!
A Brave Warrior with Campy mtb parts is a very, very different beast than the OP's bike, and I'm sure you know that...

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A Brave Warrior with Campy mtb parts is a very, very different beast than the OP's bike, and I'm sure you know that...
True but vintage is vintage. There is something cool about the OPs bike (style). I think he got a great deal
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True but vintage is vintage. There is something cool about the OPs bike (style). I think he got a great deal
Yes, but I'm not saying he didn't get a great deal. I'm saying trying to flip some of the parts for more than he paid for it may not happen.

I'd also not really qualify that bike in the "vintage" category.
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I thought those have all cracked at this point in time, guess that thought was wrong. Have to agree with scrublover with this. It's not like we are talking NOS 8 speed xtr or a NOS deer head XT, or a Fat Chance in near mint condition.
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I am going to disagree with the haters and say that bike looks like a blast to ride! And for under $300 who cares if it is in tip top condition, you are still gonn ahave a ton of fun, thats what matters. And those are the sheep hills in Costa Mesa on the Bluffs correct? If so you might see me there someday with my late 90's Cannondale haha
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I am going to disagree with the haters and say that bike looks like a blast to ride! And for under $300 who cares if it is in tip top condition, you are still gonn ahave a ton of fun, thats what matters. And those are the sheep hills in Costa Mesa on the Bluffs correct? If so you might see me there someday with my late 90's Cannondale haha
How is being honest about something considered being a hater?

If one thing was to go wrong, lets say the rear shock was to go bad, there just will not be a shock available in the stroke and eye to eye length that the STS has and am not entirely sure, but a rebuild may not be worth it.
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Not "haters"...like..."truth'ers"...er sumthin.
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I am going to disagree with the haters and say that bike looks like a blast to ride! And for under $300 who cares if it is in tip top condition, you are still gonn ahave a ton of fun, thats what matters. And those are the sheep hills in Costa Mesa on the Bluffs correct? If so you might see me there someday with my late 90's Cannondale haha
I see reading comprehension is not your strong point.
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I am going to disagree with the haters and say that bike looks like a blast to ride! And for under $300 who cares if it is in tip top condition, you are still gonn ahave a ton of fun, thats what matters. And those are the sheep hills in Costa Mesa on the Bluffs correct? If so you might see me there someday with my late 90's Cannondale haha
Sheep hills it is. I'm building some stuff at hidden valley right now, you should check it out soon.
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Sheep hills it is. I'm building some stuff at hidden valley right now, you should check it out soon.
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