SOC18: Vintage GT Bicycles

25 years of shred

GT Marathon 2003: This original i-Drive Marathon was first produced in 2003. Product Manager at the time, Mark Peterman, said the model was produced by “cooking with leftovers” as old tooling was used to create this new-at-the-time product. It was not a true new iteration of the i-Drive System but nevertheless was quite successful. This version of the bike was only produced and sold from 2003-2004 until the generation 2 i-Drive system was introduced in 2005 and the bike was renamed i-Drive 4.0. The Marathon name would not be used again until 2007 when a carbon version of the bike was introduced.

GT RTS 1992: This is a ’92 GT RTS, originally decaled as an RTS-1. Yuri Rabena has piloted this RTS for five years. The rear steel swingarm has been swapped out with an aluminum swingarm salvaged from a 96′ RTS-2 that had a cracked BB shell. This GT RTS is not a garage wall hanger as it is still raced at XC and DH events around Washington State – It even won the 2017 Retro Bike of the year award at the NW MTB Series XC race. This RTS has been modified as close to contemporary as the frame allows – no component on this bike is of the original spec.

GT LTS 1996: This is the “son of Team LTS” and with a papa like that, you can sure this kid will scream. The 1996 LTS-1 is a race-ready rocketship that will lead full suspension onto the XC race courses of the world. This made-in-the-USA frame is the same chassis as the Team LTS with a brand new, fully adjustable, coil-over-oil rear ShockShox shock. This combination provides 3.5 inches of travel. Competition features include the GT Designed CNC hubset, full 24-speed Shimano XT componentry with RockShox Judy XC fork, Mavic M217 rims and more.

GT DH Lobo 1998: It’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing. One glance tells you that the  STS DH Lobo was designed to do one thing, and do it well: Turn gravity into blinding speed.  An evolution of GT’s world championship winning downhill bikes, the Lobo’s pull-shock rear end delivered 6 inches of bump-sucking travel, while lowering the bike’s center of gravity for corner craving confidence. Up front, there was a RockShox BoXXer Pro, the downhill fork that used to be reserved only for sponsored pro’s. At the heart of it all was GT’s groundbreaking STS high-modulus, thermoplastic frame, the only composite that was tough enough at that time to withstand the demands of world-class downhill.

 

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