Here are a few pics of my 2003 Avalanche Disc, both when I got it and after some heavy mods. The last one is of my Avalanche 1.0 with my cousin's Avalanche 2.0. Sweet stuff, let the GT pride live forever!
The only thing that is stock today is the seatpost (Thomson) and the front derailleur (Shimano XT).... Everything else has been switched out... BTW as pictured it weighs 20.5 lbs. The fork is a painted 2002 SID SL. She is semi retired now as I have a full suspension that gets trail duty. The Zaskar is relegated to pulling the kid's trailer and a foul weather bike...
This has and still is a faithful rig to me... has had many upgrades along the way like: '03 Psylo XC (u-turn) Fork, '04 Cane Creek Cloud 9 rear shock, XT/XTR deraileurs, Avid front Disc brakes, Thompson Stem and WTB Ti Saddle. Everything else is stock, not much I know, but goes to show you that the frame has withheld hundreds of miles through the San Grabriel Mountains for almost 4 years. I'm buying a Titus Switchblade this year but this rig is staying for many more rides ahead. Weights 30lbs., climbs well overall and handles nice. It rides very plush with the setup I'm running and the onlu changes since the picture are a new set of Kenda Blue Groove 2.1 (front) and Nevegal 2.1 (rear). Enjoy!
Anyone riden one of these? Any comments of suggestions? I had a 1999 Zaskar I loved, but of course, it cracked at the seat weld. I love the way GT's ride and fit me but am wary of another because of the cracked frame....but, there are some good deals on them now so I am considering it....any comments appreciated!! peace, eek
Heres my 2003 GT I-Drive. I know, I know, why the yellow wheels right?
GT I-Drive 3.0 2003
Chris King wheelset
Hayes Hydraulic Disc Brakes
WTB Weirwolf 2.1 Comp
Shimano LX shifters
Just added (not in picture), Shimano XT Crankset
Sun Ringle ZuZu pedals. I have mallets, but I am too chicken to get used to them.
Profile Design Ultra FR handlebar
Oury Grips, that got changed to Salsa grips
RS Psylo 80 to 125mm travel
Cane Creek Cloud Nine rear shock
Shimano Deore front derailleur
Shimano XT rear derailleur
Koobi Silver saddle
Race Face XY seatpost
Xizang frame with no stickers or decals to give it a stealth look, so to the untrained eye it looks like an unpainted cheap aluminium bike.
XTR shifters and rear derealier/ XT front
Team Stylo cranks/ ATAC pedals
Bullseye front hub (Rhyno Lite)/ GT (red anno!) rear hub ( 0*XC)
Magura rim brakes + TWP levers
King headset/ Kore stem/ Avenir Ti bats and bar-ends
White Brothers SC90 forks
I don't think the Titanium will ever look like cheap aluminium
I too have made a commuter out of an old Xizang but with a different setup than yours.
The overall mission is to have a super ride that doesn't draw too much attention to itself.
I took it a bit further and re-decaled the frame with Karakoram stickers, to make it look really cheap. The wheels are built of American Classic hubs and secured by Kryptonite skewers. It's built as a single speeder with Truvativ Cranks and cheap platforms.
I think it's the coolest commuter I ever had.. It's certainly the fastest
Here's the results caught on camera.. also an intermediate picture when the frame was stripped of all stickers (I saved the Titanium sticker though)
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