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    Why don't I hear more about GT bicycles?

    Any reason? Or am I just out of the loop? I was flipping back through some bicycling magazines from like 1999 and there seemed to be some bikes advertised that I don't here about anymore. What about Mongoose? I remember an ad for a titanium rig...

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    GT pretty much bankrupted themselves trying to get into the European peleton. They sponsored the U.S. Nat'l team and Team Lotto for a while...imploded shortly thereafter.

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    That explains why I see cheap looking bikes with the GT brand at my local Performance store.

    Back in the day, GT was a hot name in BMX. Mongoose too. A Mongoose was my first real BMX'er, and my GT Pro Performer was my main freestyling rig back in the days of the AFA American Freestyle Association (before X sports).
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    Long live Kuwahara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Towlie View Post
    That explains why I see cheap looking bikes with the GT brand at my local Performance store.

    Back in the day, GT was a hot name in BMX. Mongoose too. A Mongoose was my first real BMX'er, and my GT Pro Performer was my main freestyling rig back in the days of the AFA American Freestyle Association (before X sports).
    Mongoose was bought out and shortly after started going the retail route, selling a ton of crappy bikes. They had some good BMX's back in the day like the Supergoose, and M1 (super old school). GT has gone down hill to. I think they also were bought out.

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    yeah, i remember you were a poser if you had a mongoose, but gold if you had a gt

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    Both Mongoose and GT are now owned by Pacific Cycles. Their primary concern is mass market, so that's where they are.
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    There are plenty of places here that stock Mongoose and GT bikes.
    I don't mind the look of some of the GT MTB, usually reasonable components for a good price. Never owned one since my Mongoose BMX as a kid though, and that was the bees knees back then with tuff wheels.

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    Mongoose and Tomac. GT and Furtado. That's how I remember those brands. So sad what happened to them.
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    Well, this isn't too shabby...

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    Diamond Back is another long lost soul. They used to have a cool diamond shaped plate welded to the head angles. You were really king of the block if you had a Robinson or PK Ripper though.

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    This is well timed thread. I just bought a new GTR 2.0 frame and fork off fleabay for $200. Looks like a rather descent frame/fork combo. It's a 2006 model so it has more traditional geometry...level top tube, 73 degree seat angle, etc... Should be a pretty sweet ride I think.

    This is a pic from the GT site...I'll have it built with campy though...


    They must have really got something wrong when gearing up to sponsor pro teams, Cannondale, Specialized and Trek have all done very well with themselves in the euro arena. I know that GT had sponsored at least one or two fledgling domestic pro teams in the past few years...maybe Forrest Yelverton's head finally got to big..who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkizzle View Post
    yeah, i remember you were a poser if you had a mongoose, but gold if you had a gt
    I had a 1983 GT chrome BMX. (back when the color schemes were chrome and something - mine was red)

    Back in the day, that bike was the gold standard in dirt bikes - cost $265 in 1983 (a small fortune now that I'm doing the math.)

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    One of the things that struck me was that Gary Turner was NOT a rider. As a matter of fact, he would have been a close cousin to Orson Wells in the physique department...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Towlie View Post
    That explains why I see cheap looking bikes with the GT brand at my local Performance store.

    Back in the day, GT was a hot name in BMX. Mongoose too. A Mongoose was my first real BMX'er, and my GT Pro Performer was my main freestyling rig back in the days of the AFA American Freestyle Association (before X sports).

    Funny you mention GT and Mongoose in the same sentence since they are "brands" made by Pacific Cycle. Sort of like Motobecane, but Pacific actually makes the frames and has a factory.

    Pacific also makes Schwinn and got both Schwinn and GT, as I recall, about 2001. Their GT stuff is very good and they sponsor pro MTB riders...website has more info. You can still get a Schwinn Sting Ray if you want...
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    GT make some nice MTBs. Zaskar and Avalanche are really nice to ride, despite incredibly slack HA on the avalanche (69 degrees). Their I Drive suspension system is top notch and the I Drive Carbon is a great bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Towlie View Post
    and my GT Pro Performer was my main freestyling rig back in the days of the AFA.
    long live Martin Aparijio and Josh White...

    and does this look familiar?


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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX View Post
    long live Martin Aparijio and Josh White...

    and does this look familiar?


    Ok now I'm going to go to youtube and watch clips of RAD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felt1 View Post
    Diamond Back is another long lost soul. They used to have a cool diamond shaped plate welded to the head angles. You were really king of the block if you had a Robinson or PK Ripper though.
    Diamond Back Master TB was my first performance road bike. I ended up pawning it. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX View Post
    long live Martin Aparijio and Josh White...

    and does this look familiar?

    wtf is going on with that front fork and that front brake??
    Weight weenies keep it light.

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    I just saw an ad for one of their higher end carbon bikes in Velonews. Looks sharp. I sold GTs when they were still GT. That Zaskar frame from the late 90's was pretty kickass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX View Post
    long live Martin Aparijio and Josh White...

    and does this look familiar?

    Man, I'm starting to get nostalgic for my old Eddie Fiola posters cut out of BMXPLus! . . . .

    Is that a current picture?

    JJ

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    HOLY CRAP! I had the same thing in chrome back in like 1985. I wanted the yellow so bad but my LBS didn't have them in stock at the time! My downtube stickers were slightly different though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatlander_48 View Post
    One of the things that struck me was that Gary Turner was NOT a rider. As a matter of fact, he would have been a close cousin to Orson Wells in the physique department...
    I think his son was a BMX rider. Gary was a drag race guy, and I think he got started with bikes due to his son.

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