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GT LTS 1 - Worth it?

Old 04-03-16, 06:19 AM
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GT LTS 1 - Worth it?



I ran across this beauty on craigslist for $350. I'm wondering if it's worth it. Will I be able to find parts for it when things go awry or am i stuck trying to find components compatible with that frame? I'm sure i can upgrade the derailleurs, but not sure about the shocks.

Man she's pretty though!
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Old 04-03-16, 06:37 AM
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Nice if you want a mid 90's museum piece -- its already in an age category that you dont upgrade it, you restore it and hang up from the rafter's in your artists loft. ----- Proprietary rear suspension and shock that has long been phaased out, wrong fork for the bike and a fragile frameset (I broke one of these in half in '96) adds up to a bike i'd stay away from except for nostalgia reasons.

I see nice Cannondale Super V bikes pop up from time to time, and i wrestle with these same decisions as that was my holy grail MTB back then -- but so far i have held back. Pretty machines, but tough to get parts for and old shocks etc may have limited availability of re-build kits, etc.
the rest of the drivetrain stuff is easy to find on E-bay
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Old 04-03-16, 06:55 AM
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Rigid mtbs are great; they're cheap and no real replacement part worries.
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Old 04-03-16, 09:15 AM
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One of the guys I ride with has one of those frames never built up. He offered it to me for $50 and I turned him down. I thought it might be fun to build up using my old worthless 26er as a goof but I was too lazy. The GT just look like it would ride like poo.

There is a guy on craigslist near me trying to sell 3 of those old Trek V framed bikes for over $1k each lol. He has been trying for a long LONG time.
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. The GT just look like it would ride like poo.

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quite the contrary- They rode very nice. Was an early Horst link suspension design. GT ran into patent issues with Specialized and had to abandon the design

But the Horst link uses a lot of bushings and pivots that get loose

a new old stock frameset would be a fun build if you sourced out quality parts from 1996 to build it with -- Rock Shox Judy xc or sl, period XTR or XT group, and a bunch of purple anodized doo dads-- but just not as a primary MTB
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If it is a fully functional bike, and you like it, then it is worth it.
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Great bike in the day - I broke a couple. Pivots needed to be disassembled every wet ride. The ride was amazing, when maintained and tuned right.
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