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1991 GT Karakoram - Inferno

Old 05-16-21, 08:42 AM
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1991 GT Karakoram - Inferno

Going to see this in an hour....seems like a winner to me. What do y'all think?

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Old 05-16-21, 08:47 AM
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This was a notoriously good frameset out of GT. The sales info indicates that it should be ready to ride, new tires. I don't think $125 is a bad deal at all so long as it FITS.

I had a Timberline for years and honestly is the only bike I have gotten rid of that I regret. It was a superb "hybrid" style bike to ride.
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Update: I bought the bike for $100. The frame, drivetrain and brakes are original and in great shape.

The wheels are straight but don't match and are not original, same with tires tho they're all in decent shape.

The bike is a lil reachy for me with the long stem. I'll may try riser bars....not going to replace that sexy stem! If it doesn't work, I'll find a good home for it one way or another.








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Groovy paint.
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STEAL at $100. I paid the same, pre-pandemic, for the same year/model/color, with a LOT more paint fade.
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STEAL at $100. I paid the same, pre-pandemic, for the same year/model/color, with a LOT more paint fade.
Thanks. Yah the paint is pretty amazing for a 30 year old bike. Between that and the Shimano LX it was love at first sight.
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Definitely a steal! I sold mine, exact same color and all, a few months ago for over $200. And yours has paint in better condition!
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I had one too.
My son used it for five years in high school and than college, where unfortunately was stolen.
As you know, boys don't care about bikes, but this one was like a tank. I used to make a tune-up every spring and I changed a set of wheels, no other damages.
It worth every $ of the 100 paid.
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You got a sick deal on that thing. I've got a 1998 GT Zaskar LE that was built up by the second owner. Its a great bike.

Where and how do you plan to ride it? Commute or single track? They are fast and capable in the hands of the correct rider.
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You got a sick deal on that thing. I've got a 1998 GT Zaskar LE that was built up by the second owner. Its a great bike.

Where and how do you plan to ride it? Commute or single track? They are fast and capable in the hands of the correct rider.
I ended up selling it. It was too reachy for me and I didn't want to mess with the beautiful stem or other original parts. It also felt a bit plodding to me. The new owner was excited to have it, so all's good.
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I ended up selling it. It was too reachy for me and I didn't want to mess with the beautiful stem or other original parts. It also felt a bit plodding to me. The new owner was excited to have it, so all's good.
Plodding where? On pavement? Or singletrack like its designed for?

That length stem on such a small frame would be expected to feel too long. If the bike suited your needs/riding style, you would've been well off getting a shorter stem instead of sticking to one that's fancy but useless.
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Plodding where? On pavement? Or singletrack like its designed for?

That length stem on such a small frame would be expected to feel too long. If the bike suited your needs/riding style, you would've been well off getting a shorter stem instead of sticking to one that's fancy but useless.
Yah, I hear you. I should have mentioned that the wheels were not original, and I think a downgrade. Maybe that contributed to the plod?

I didn't want to mess with the frame aesthetics, that paint was sweet. Anyway, the guy who bought it had been looking for one so he's happy.

I'm lucky to live in an area where good deals on vintage bikes are pretty common. So there will be more to check out, not that I really need another bike. But it's kind of addicting as I suspect many of you know .
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Originally Posted by SDHawk View Post
I ended up selling it. It was too reachy for me and I didn't want to mess with the beautiful stem or other original parts. It also felt a bit plodding to me. The new owner was excited to have it, so all's good.
Plodding is a good way to describe these bikes. I bought one new in the early 90s and unloaded it very quickly in favor of a much nicer Specialized S-Works. One must realize this was ~$500 bike new back then and a pretty basic entry level mountain bike. Nothing special and, as I recall, did not ride particularly well. A decent enough first bike.
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Plodding is a good way to describe these bikes. I bought one new in the early 90s and unloaded it very quickly in favor of a much nicer Specialized S-Works. One must realize this was ~$500 bike new back then and a pretty basic entry level mountain bike. Nothing special and, as I recall, did not ride particularly well. A decent enough first bike.
Not a very kind review but Iím afraid I have to agree with you! I still have my Ď89 Karakoram and as much as I may have denied it back in the day, it was always too heavy and of course, plodding, to be competitive. What a great ride on more open, manicured trails though.

That said, I donít recall $500, nor the Karakoram, being entry level back then. You got a decent Deore group and a bike on par with the lower-range Stumpjumpers, albeit with a more plodding ride.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
STEAL at $100. I paid the same, pre-pandemic, for the same year/model/color, with a LOT more paint fade.
Paint still looks great. Mine was faded on the top tube and top of stem. Great pick up for him!!
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The so tcalled plodding of this and most of GT's stuff from the 80's and 90's both MTB's and BMX comes from the longer than typical wheelbases and top lines. This is not bad just a bit different leaning more towards GT's heritage of coming from making top end adult sized BMX bikes. On these you need to figure on getting a bike one or two sizes smaller than typical based on standard CC sizing. If you have one that is correctly sized based on the top line . I have found they have very nice riding character somewhat grounded with good handling and braking.
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