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Old 05-31-12, 05:57 PM
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GT Edge help

Well I first posted about this bike in the road bike section, but someone told me to post in here and I might get some more info. So anyways, picked this frame up and the lbs, and hoping to find some more info out about it. What I know so far is, excel tubing, henry james dropouts, and its possibly handmade? Anyways, any info I can get on this bike would just be awesome. I'll be building this thing up tomorrow, super pumped. Thanks for the help i advance.


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Old 05-31-12, 06:19 PM
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I know those extended seat stays were a GT signature feature, but that is all I know about GT bikes, but Henry James DOs? I believe I only saw those on more special bikes. The DO connection/brazing detail looks really nice too. I hope you still have the original fork for the bike as it must also have nice deails on it.
Someone more familiar with GT bikes should chime in soon to give you more info on your frameset.

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Old 05-31-12, 06:31 PM
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Definitely worth a second look. here's a thread on another forum (google works, you know). Seems yours got some siblings some MTB'ers like a lot. https://forums.mtbr.com/gt/hand-made-...ke-421622.html

and another one. Seems like there is a connection with the well known framebuilder Yamaguchi. https://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f3/96-fillet-brazed-gt-edge-drool-worthy-$2kobo-9055.html
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Old 05-31-12, 06:31 PM
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As per informative thread over at;
https://forums.mtbr.com/gt/hand-made-...ke-421622.html

These road frames were handbuild at GT's tech shop. The HJ dropouts were standard for these bikes.

These were nice bikes, I remember when GT sponsored the US national team and they rode these.
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Old 05-31-12, 06:32 PM
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GT custom shop?
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Old 05-31-12, 06:33 PM
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Wow, nice find of a classic GT road racing frame. From your name, if you are planning to create a fixed gear ride, I sincerely hope you don't remove any of the its braze-on bosses, cable stops, and hanger! A bloody shame if you do. I believe the early GT road frames were all hand brazed for them under contract, before going in-house.
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Old 05-31-12, 06:44 PM
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Just turning it into a single speed, this bike is too pretty to remove anything
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Old 05-31-12, 10:01 PM
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Here's another link to a thread with some info about these bikes: https://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f3/96-fillet-brazed-gt-edge-drool-worthy-$2kobo-9055.html
You have a special bike. I'm OK with most single speed conversions but this one is worth consideration for a geared build.
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Old 05-31-12, 10:02 PM
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Jealous... I'd love a GT road bike. This is a beautiful one too.
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Old 06-01-12, 01:03 AM
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I have the USA made aluminum version. rides great
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Triple Triangle! Good stuff, whether in steel, aluminum or (see below) titanium. Give us a picture of the BB so we can see the serial number. As far as I know, aside from the track and steel racing bikes and the titanium ones, the road bike frames were all made overseas. Their Longmont, CO shop (and a later one in CA) did the hand building, with, among others, Mark Nobilette (he of custom and Rivendell fame) using the torch. Your bike's top tube stub (shorter than most) and the HJ dropouts make me wonder who birthed it, and where.

According to my catalogues, the Reynolds 853 Edge frame was also available separately in black, with a carbon fork.
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Old 06-01-12, 02:06 PM
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Here's the serial #, 94e119. Also it says made in USA on the dropouts. I'm hoping it was made in the US!
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Old 06-01-12, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by sauze View Post
Jealous... I'd love a GT road bike. This is a beautiful one too.

Me too. It doesn't have to be a GT but I would love a decent TripleTriangle frame.
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Old 06-01-12, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Me too. It doesn't have to be a GT but I would love a decent TripleTriangle frame.
Roger that!
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Old 11-12-12, 10:59 PM
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Looking for one of these frames in a 54 also... preferbly in steel or ti
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Old 11-13-12, 01:26 PM
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The subject frame is a 1994 (steel) Edge, handbuilt in the USA using Excell Superlite tubing, Original component group was Dura-Ace STI. Original price $2799.

The Edge road bicycles road bikes had shorter tail stubs and the steel Edge was the shortest by virtue of the small bead permitted by it's fillet brazed construction. It's literally a curved plate brazed onto the back of the seat tube, to seal the ends of the ovalized top tube. The titanium Edge has a slightly longer stub and the welded aluminum Edge has the longest due to the large fillets required.
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Old 11-14-12, 11:23 AM
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Thanks t-mar, some great info for sure! I love learning the history of bikes that I find. Any other info you have on this bike? Any idea what frame builder built it? I contacted Henry James a few months ago and they really didn't have too much info at all. Anyways thanks again, I'll post a pic when I get her built up proper!
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Old 11-15-12, 10:50 AM
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Sorry I don't know who the framebuilder might be. back when the Edge came out, GT opted to build steel, aluminum and titanium versions. Testers were rubbing their hands with glee over the opportunity to test three identical bicycles with the exception of frame materials. RBA did a massive shootout road test and the winner, in their opinion, was the steel Edge.
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GT Edge Excell Tube

I picked up a blue GT Edge bike last year, it had been upgraded with Ultegra groupset and Accelerator wheels. I love this bike and would like to find out what year it was built. I was told by the guy I got it from that it was a 94. I have checked for the serial number and there is no sign that the frame was ever stamped with one. I saw another forum where someone else also had one with no serial number. Does anyone know anything about these GT Excell tube frames and why it doesn't have a serial number?
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