1996 GT Pro Freestyle Tour
1996 GT Pro Freestyle Tour, customized for my son in a blue/chrome color theme.
The 1995/1996 range of GT Pro Freestyle Tour bikes was my “Holy Grail” from BITD. It took me almost 4 years to gain the knowhow and to source all the parts from around the world to complete this build. I sincerely thank all my fellow BMX enthusiasts on this site for your technical advice and willingness to sell/ship parts abroad. I couldn't have done it without you, and thank you bmxmuseum.com!
---GT Earn Your Wings---
Frameset: Survivor 1995/1996 GT Pro Freestyle Tour, re-chromed. (Serial No. FS 12950883)
Seat: NOS Viscount 2169 GT seat, blue
Seat Post: NOS GT layback seat post 22.2mm chrome
Seat Post Clamp: NOS GT double bolt seat post clamp, silver
Bottom Bracket: NOS 19mm Profile Hop Up American bottom bracket, blue
Crank Set: Survivor GT stamped Profile 180mm 3pc cranks
Crank Spindle Bolts: NOS Titanium 3/8" X 24T crank spindle bolts w/ concave washers
Sprocket: NOS 43T Profile RIPSAW II, blue
Pedals: GT flat pedals 9/16 in plastic, blue
Headset: NOS Tioga Beartrap 2 threaded 1" x 24 headset (powder coated candy blue by C4)
Rear Brake: NOS Dia-Compe AD-990 rear U-brake calliper, blue
Front Brake: NOS ACS BOA front brake, 10mm spindle
Front Brake Cable Housing: Odyssey Slic-Kable 1.5mm Blue Brake Cable/Housing Set
Detangler: NOS Odyssey Gyro 2
Brake Levers: NOS Dia-Compe Tech 77 locking brake lever set, blue
Grips: GT wing logo grips, black with blue ends
Bars: Survivor GT vert bars, chrome
Pegs: NOS GT grinder axle pegs
Stem: Survivor 93/94 GT 1" quill stem
Hollow Stem Bolt: NOS GT stem quill bolt with Potts mod (Hollow bolt)
Chain: 112L 1/8" KMC Z410x112L, dark blue
Wheels: NOS ACS Z Mags, black
Tires: NOS Panaracer HP406 freestyle tires 20x1.75, blue
Valve Caps: GT BMX dice valve caps, blue
Freewheel: Dicta single speed freewheel 16T x 1/8", chrome
1995-1996 IN GT BMX HISTORY
Fueler is offered as a complete bike, Power series tubular cro-mo cranks introduced. GT and Dyno line grows to 27 models and over 20 framesets. Powerlite and Robinson lines are also introduced with a combined total of 16 models.
GT left the old building on Gothard and moved into a sprawling warehouse back in the original town of GT, Santa Ana, California. With twice the space for both warehousing and office GT kept growing and growing.
Todd Hoffman, GT marketing co-ordinator, Ride BMX UK august 1995: We have 50 percent of the market share here in the United States, that's obviously spread out over five: brands - GT, Dyno, Robinson, Auburn, and Powerlite.
In October of 1995 GT Bicycles Inc. went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange with the help of Bain Capital, a well known investment bank in Boston, Mass. Richard and Gary were turned in multi millionaires over night.
BMX and freestyle account for approximately 40 percent of the sales.
Dave Voelker and Gary Ellis on the cover of the 1996 GT/Dyno catalog.
Aluminum hits the track with the all new "Speed Series Team" . This is a huge step for the former Cro-mo driven BMX product line. GT applies lessons learned with Zaskar production into BMX technology. GT and Dyno both feature price point Taiwan frames to capitalize on the trend. There are now 50 models between GT/Dyno/ Powerlite and Robinson.
July 1996, on his way to a NORBA National race in Big Bear, California Richard Long was killed on his motorcycle. Even Richard's death could not at first slow the massive inertia that GT generated. Business kept growing and GT soon purchased distributors in the UK (This deal was actually consummated in the months prior to Richard's passing) , France and Japan in the months after Richard's death.
Submitted by asterios98