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#1 2010-08-07 11:14pm

Pacman71
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1981 GT Pro

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1981 GT Pro

Survivor/rider and original owner

Here is my first project build started in 1981.  I purchased all components new from Fairview Bike and Moped in Chicopee, MA back in 1981.  She started out chrome with red anno components/GT pads and Araya Aero/Suzue wheels and was my daily rider for a few years before I started racing.  A few years later, I turned her into a flatlander  swapping in the Skyway Tuf II's and painted the rear brakes and stem top to match the new pads.  Ridden for a few more years then spent the last 20 years in my Dad's barn waiting to be ridden again.  I just replaced the red Kashimax Aero seat for the photos because it had a big chip broken from the rear lip and the matching turquoise seat cover is long gone.  Soon to be broken down and restored (rider) to as close to original as possible.


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#2 2010-08-08 12:21am

1979 Diamondback
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From: Lawrence, KS
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

I'm at a loss for words.............. so cool that you still have it.  I love survivor bikes.


"We want to be free! We want to be free to do what we want to do! We want to be free to ride. And we want to be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man. And we want to get loaded." -Peter Fonda, Wild Angels 1966

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#3 2010-08-08 12:17pm

blindfaith420
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From: Seattle, WA 98178
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

How long is the TT? What makes it a long? As far as I know, the longest frame they made in 81 was the PRO.


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#4 2010-08-08 4:42pm

Pacman71
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

It was listed as a GT Pro Long frame/fork at the shop, but if GT didn't make a Pro Long in 1981, then blindfaith420 may be right.  I measured the top tube today (center to center) and it is 18 5/8."  I can't locate the spec list for the 1981 GT frames...  Anyone else?

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#5 2010-08-08 4:47pm

Pacman71
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

I re-measured again and it could be 18 1/2" from head tube center to seat post tube center (along the top tube).  There is a "4" stamped on the rear dropout near the serial number stamp...

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#6 2010-08-09 7:25am

marsmann
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From: South Eastern, PA
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

Great bike.

+ points for survivor.  I personally prefer survivor bikes with a history.

This is a GT Pro.  Pro Longs werent available just yet in this year and if it were even a prototype it most likely should have received the proper stamping.  A Pro Long is noted by an "L 4" stamp in the rear.  They also have a top tube length of 19.25".

Awesome bike though.  Good job on keepin' her and even a better job resisting to restore her like many do here.

Rock on.

Last edited by marsmann (2010-08-09 7:33am)

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#7 2010-08-09 10:45am

Pacman71
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

Thanks for the feedback everyone.  The original Araya Aero's are getting rebuilt (and upgraded) with era-correct Suzue sealed hubs.  Stay tuned for the finshed product...

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#8 2010-08-09 3:24pm

phillyc71
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From: San Jose, CA
Registered: 2007-11-26
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

cool survivor. I love to see the race bikes that were converted for freestyle use. cool

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#9 2010-12-11 3:30pm

dynoben2
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Registered: 2010-06-14
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

great bike

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#10 2012-05-19 1:44pm

n1623k
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From: British Columbia, Canada
Registered: 2007-08-27
Posts: 110
Bikes: 3

Re: 1981 GT Pro

Goodlooking!!!!
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#11 2012-05-19 4:21pm

Haro-83
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From: East Texas
Registered: 2009-10-05
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Re: 1981 GT Pro

Looking good cool


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