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Fillet Brazed GT Edge - A much nicer bike than I expected

Old 04-27-14, 08:18 PM
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Fillet Brazed GT Edge - A much nicer bike than I expected

My original plans for this bike were to harvest the parts for other projects then either build up the frame as a beater or sell it. That was until I took a closer look today and realized it is not just some mass production mid level bike... I noticed the very nice fillets and thought it was odd, then when I removed the rear wheel and saw the Henry James dropouts I knew something was up. Did some searching and realized these things are actually kind of special. Handbuilt in the US by a top tier (but unconfirmed) builder.

Anyway, I am not sure what I am going to do with this thing, but I thought you all might like to see some pictures. Unfortunately, I do not have the original fork. I am trying to track it down, but I am not confident. Also the stem / seatpost / saddle are not the prettiest. I love the DA and Mavic stuff though.

A couple threads that mention these bikes if you want some further reading. Looks like there was thought that Yamaguchi built some of these but it seems he was a consultant for GT and the triple triangle design was his? History is a little confusing on these, would love to learn more.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...edge-help.html
'96 fillet brazed GT edge- drool-worthy $2kobo | Retrobike
https://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f3/96-fillet-brazed-gt-edge-drool-worthy-$2kobo-9055.html (same bike as the post above but more details / discussion)







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Old 04-27-14, 08:37 PM
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I'm digging the parts! You're a lucky man to land those starfish cranks.

I just hate the GT graphics so much...and I can't stand the Hellenic stays. Now the important part - how's it ride?
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I'm digging the parts! You're a lucky man to land those starfish cranks.

I just hate the GT graphics so much...and I can't stand the Hellenic stays. Now the important part - how's it ride?
Couldn't tell ya! It's at my parents' house leaned up against my MX Leader that I also don't ever ride. It's very light though. I might toss a normal stem and a Brooks on it and try it out.

It's hard for me to get excited about skinny tire road bikes these days as I don't really ever ride them anymore... I will probably be doing a massive inventory clearing soon. There is a Hampsten Crema I've got my eye on...

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Looks nice.
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Yamaguchi didn't have anything to do with the GT frame building…Mark Nobilette built the fillet brazed team bikes (with True Temper tubing).

There was a production facility in CA (if I remember correctly) that built the fillet road bikes…should be Reynolds tubing if steel…not sure about these Excell frames…???

-Mark in St. Louis
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Originally Posted by buldogge View Post
Yamaguchi didn't have anything to do with the GT frame building…Mark Nobilette built the fillet brazed team bikes (with True Temper tubing).

There was a production facility in CA (if I remember correctly) that built the fillet road bikes…should be Reynolds tubing if steel…not sure about these Excell frames…???

-Mark in St. Louis
Some interesting stuff in this thread about what seems like a very similar bike. Some heavy hitters chiming in, but nothing is really conclusive...

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Nice looking bike! Too bad the original GT fork isn't there.
Should you part it out, might be interested in the frameset as it's my size.
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Nice looking bike! Too bad the original GT fork isn't there.
Should you part it out, might be interested in the frameset as it's my size.
Sending you a PM...
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My co-worker has a similar vintage GT that is nicely fillet brazed, I told her not to let if go. It is white and built with 853 if I remember correctly. They are very nice frames and really when you see them in person you will like them even more. It has a carbon fork but I am pretty sure it is original. It's been well used but not abused.
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