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#1 2011-08-18 1:52am

pharv85
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1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

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1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

This bike was purchased in 1997 and the frame was replaced in 1998 by GT (due to the recall).  The frame shown above was manufactured in 1998 and has serial number "98 07970974 XXL".


I purchased this bike on August 14, 2011 from its original owner.  Back in 1995 (when he was 12 years old), the original owner of the bike decided that he wanted a top of the line BMX racing bike.  He really wanted a Haro Monocoque, but soon realized that he could never save up enough to get one.  Then in 1997, after he had been saving for two years, the 1997 GT Speed Series Team came out; the first GT to have BOX stays.  He instantly fell in love with the look of the bike (which was also partially due to Gary Ellis) and decided that he had to have this bike!  He called up the local bike shop (Ray's Cycle in Vacaville, CA) and had them order the bike for him.  Ray's gave him a call when the bike had arrived at the shop and he (the original owner) was allowed to watch his dream bike get pulled out of the box and built up in front of his eyes!  The bike cost him more than $900 back in 1997 (I will be receiving the original sales receipt shortly), which made it one of the most expensive BMX bikes of that year.  Then less than a year later, he was given a phone call by Ray's and told that his aluminum GT frame had been recalled by GT (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml98/98079.html).  He mailed the original frame back to GT, and they gave him the frame that you see in the pictures above.  This recall replacement frame was manufactured in 1998 and has serial number "98 07970974 XXL". The replacement frame's top tube length (center to center) is 21.0 inches, which makes this frame the XXL version!  However, since the bike looked so nice, he was afraid to ride it (he only raced it twice).  So, to protect it, he retired the bike to his bedroom... and there it stayed for the next 12 years (right next to his bed)!!!  Then in 1999, when he was 26 years old, he purchased his first house and garaged the bike.  Unfortunately, while trying to keep his house and put himself through school, in 2011 he had to sell his beloved bike (which he had now owned for half of his life - 14 years).  He shopped the bike for about 3 months, trying to find the right person for the bike; someone who would cherish the bike as much as he did.  I was thankfully that person and am now the proud owner of this 1997 GT Speed Series Team XXL bike.  This bike looks amazing and I am really glad that I was able to buy it, especially since I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to buy another basically never ridden stock GT Speed Series bike again!  Update: After searching the L.A. Craigslist (while on vacation), I found and purchased this like-new stock 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/gt_bicycles/56676)!!!

In total, this bike has only been ridden four (4) times!!!!  It is truly in immaculate condition and looks brand new!  The factory chrome, polish, and ano looks the same as it did 14 years ago. Also, everything on this bike is stock (to a '97 GT Speed Series Team bike) except the seat post (the '97 seat post was a little smaller (in diameter) than the '98 seat post), the chain tensioners (GT replaced the '97 tensioners with '98 tensioners when this frame was recalled), and the frame (as discussed previously).  The '97 GT Speed Series Team frame uses a 26.8mm seat post while the '98 GT Speed Series Team frame uses a 27.0mm seat post.  Additionally, the '97 GT Speed Series Team frame uses a 31.8mm GT single-bolt seat post clamp while the '98 GT Speed Series Team frame has an integrated seat post clamp.

Since the original frame (a 1997 GT Speed Series Team frame) was returned to GT after the March 1998 recall (and destroyed), shortly after purchasing this bike, I started looking for a 1997 GT Speed Series Team frame.  My idea was to put all of these mint '97 parts back on a '97 Speed Series Team frame.  However, this became a difficult task because the vast majority of 1997 GT Speed Series Team frames were returned to GT after the recall, destroyed, and then replaced with '98 GT Speed Series Team frames (just as mine was).  On August 23, 2011, my lucky break came; I found and purchased a '97 GT Speed Series Team XL frame.  The serial number on this '97 frame is "08970416 XLT", which means that this frame was manufactured in August (notice the first two digits in the serial number; August = the eighth month) of 1997 (notice the next two digits in the serial number) and has a top tube length of 20.5 inches.  My 1997 GT Speed Series Team XL frame weighs 3 lb. 11.461 oz. (without decals).

Now that I have a '97 GT Speed Series Team frame, I'm looking for a '97 GT Speed Series Team seat tube decal that says "6061-T6 Aluminum".  This decal has yellow text and is outlined in red.  Here is a picture of what this decal looks like: (http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb3 … ike/82.jpg).  I also technically need a set of '97 GT Speed Series Team chain tensioners (which are all silver), but instead I'm going to use a set of '99 GT tensioners that have had the black ano removed.  I have already obtained a nearly complete '97 GT Speed Series Team decal set (shown below), a '97 GT Cr-Mo seat post (http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/54419), and a '97 GT seat post clamp (32.0mm, ano black color). After these last couple of items, I will have a completely stock 1997 GT Speed Series Team XL bike!!!


The bike has the following parts (as pictured):
Frame:  1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL (21" top tube, ball-burnished, 6061 T-6 aluminum, USA made, BOX Series chainstays, angle-cut Box stay dropouts, CNCd head tube, seat bridge, seat tube collar, bottom bracket shell, and dropouts)
Fork:  GT Cr-Mo (20", 1-1/8" threadless steer tube, 1-1/4" double-butted blades, oversized)
Handlebars:  GT Pro .065 (chromoly, USA made, 0.065” thick tubing, chrome plated for “show-quality looks”, cut 1/2" one each side by original owner)
Stem:  GT Piston XL (1-1/8", polished aluminum, CNC precision machined, "Made in USA")
Headset:  Dia-Compe SX-1 A-headset (threadless, unsealed)
Grips:  GT Cam Shaft (black, USA-made, Kraton rubber)
Bar Ends:  GT (plastic)
Seat:  1997 GT (Speed Series Team) Dropnose Racing (Spandura cover with embroidered "GT BMX" logo, 7mm Cr-Mo rails, composite gray shell, blue "GT" logo on back on seat)
Seat Post:  Advent (27.0mm diameter, micro adjust, aluminum)
Seat Post Clamp:  integrated into frame (19mm Cr-Mo binder bolt)
Cranks:  GT Power Series 3-piece (180 mm long hollow chromoly arms, 5-5/8" long chromoly spindle, 19mm chromoly axle, precision sealed cartridge bearings)
Cone Washers:  GT Racer Spacers (aluminum, silver)
Chainwheel:  GT Overdrive Lite (44T, black, CNC machined, 22mm)
Chainwheel Adapter:  22mm to 19mm (steel, silver)
Chain:  KMC 410 (1/2 x 3/32")
Chain Tensioners:  1998 GT chain-tension device (CNCd aluminum, black)
Pedals:  GT alloy platform (9/16" axle, hi-polish)
Hubs:  GT Mohawk (36H, high flange, flip-flop rear hub, cartridge sealed bearings, solid axles, anodized black)
Freewheel:  Shimano SF-MX30 (16T, made in Japan)
Rims:  Araya RB-907X (Araya Super 7X) (chrome plated aluminum double wall rim, 36H, 31.0mm wide and 17.5mm tall, welded seam, weight: 425g to 430g per rim, designed for 1.75" to 2.125" tires, made in Japan)
Spokes:  14 G stainless steel (2.0mm straight gauge, silver alloy nipples)
Tires:  GT AA Pro (20 x 2.125" front, 20 x 1.75" rear, kevlar bead?)
Tubes:  generic w/ Schrader valve (20", stock)
Brake Lever:  Shimano DX V-Lever (red)
Brakes:  Shimano DX V-brake (red)
Brake Cable:  Shimano (from Shimano DX V-Brake Kit)
Pad Set:  GT Slim Pads (1mm neoprene cover with 1-1/4" stitched in pad, black)


The complete 1997 GT Speed Series Team bike retailed for $869.99 in the USA (Source: BikePedia).  The 1998 GT Speed Series Team frame (XL or XXL model) retailed for $279.99 in the USA; the chromoly GT fork was an additional $25.00 (Source: Dan's Comp).


The following is a picture of the 1997 GT Speed Series Team bike (Source: '97 GT BMX Catalog):


http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1997%20GT%20Speed%20Series%20Team%20XL/1997-GT-Speed-Series-Team_USA_Re-650.jpg


Here's a picture from the compressed Australian version of the same catalog (Thanks "Deicide"):

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1997%20GT%20Speed%20Series%20Team%20XL/1997-GT-Speed-Series-Team_AUS_Re-650.jpg


The following pictures are of my newly purchased unpolished '97 GT Speed Series Team XL frame:











Here is a picture of the decals that I've purchased for my '97 GT Speed Series Team XL frame:




After I finish sanding and polishing my '97 GT Speed Series Team XL frame (above), I will put all of my '97 parts and decals on it to make a completely stock 1997 GT Speed Series Team XL bike.  I then plan to build up the '98 GT Speed Series Team XXL frame (top of page) with mainly mid-school parts from the mid- to late-90's.

For additional pictures of parts that I hope to use on my upcoming '98 GT Speed Series Team XXL build, see the following link:  http://s1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb3 … ?start=all

Remember these commercials?!?!?!  The third one features the '97 GT Speed Series Team: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKnfwAd6FV4).

Lastly, I find it fitting that I, a recent graduate from UC Davis (MS, environmental engineering), was able to get this bike from a UC Berkeley MBA student.  UC Davis, the second campus of the University of California system, was established as Cal's farm school.



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Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
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#2 2011-08-18 3:35am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Killer bike! Please let me know if you want to sell it.

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#3 2011-08-18 6:41am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

RAD71 wrote:

Killer bike! Please let me know if you want to sell it.

Thanks!  I've always been a sucker for the '98 Speed Series bikes, but when this came along, I had to have it.  As of now, I have no intention of selling this (It's going on the wall!!!), but I'll let you know.


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

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#4 2011-08-18 7:10am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Yea 4 sure peter this thing came out looking kiiiiiler GOOD i second dib when you want to sell IF THAT EVER HAPPENS,,, coolcoolbig_smilecoolcool


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#5 2011-08-18 7:24am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

purpledude1600 wrote:

Yea 4 sure peter this thing came out looking kiiiiiler GOOD i second dib when you want to sell IF THAT EVER HAPPENS,,, coolcoolbig_smilecoolcool

Jose, thanks man.  It's all original and hasn't been touched.  If I ever let this go, I'll be sure to get a hold of you!


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#6 2011-08-22 1:44pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

came out great! job very well done.cool i also have a GT

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#7 2011-08-22 2:39pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Thanks!  However, I can't take credit for this build because I got the bike from its original owner who got it stock from GT in 1997.  The bike's almost entirely stock and I haven't even touched it yet!!!


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#8 2011-08-27 1:14pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

I just bought one of these complete from a friend at my local track in Glasgow - It was originally bought new by another friend, who's single-handedly responsible for keeping BMXRacing alive in Scotland; it's got a bit of provenance locally!

I'd like to thank you for all the background info - the recall and the specs/ads.  It's helped me source the original brakes and an expensive wish-list for future upgrades, but as I've already got 10 BMX's in the house (inc. 3 GT's) I might just have to live with the standard spec!

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#9 2011-08-27 7:44pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

BMXR wrote:

I just bought one of these complete from a friend at my local track in Glasgow - It was originally bought new by another friend, who's single-handedly responsible for keeping BMXRacing alive in Scotland; it's got a bit of provenance locally!

I'd like to thank you for all the background info - the recall and the specs/ads.  It's helped me source the original brakes and an expensive wish-list for future upgrades, but as I've already got 10 BMX's in the house (inc. 3 GT's) I might just have to live with the standard spec!

I see that you're a Museum Newbie and this was your first post; welcome to the Museum!!!  If you've also got a '97 GT Speed Series Team bike, you should add it to the Museum so everyone else can enjoy it!  While you're at it, go ahead and add your other bikes too.

I'm glad that you found my background info helpful!  Before buying this bike, I didn't know much about '97 GT Speed Series bikes, so I had to do quite a bit of research.  But, I sure did (and continue to) learn quite a bit about these bikes.  If anything doesn't seem right, send me a PM (personal message), and I can make changes to the background info and bike description.


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#10 2011-09-03 9:40pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

that is one clean speed series!  i love the gt pad set,  been looking for one just like it.  did they come with the bike or did you purchase them seperatly?


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Things im looking for:  AUBURN BARS, 2014 GT SPEED SERIES CARBON, GT SPEED SERIES 24 DECAL (RECALL VERSION),  GT ALUMINUM SERIES XL DECALS, SPIN THUG RIMS, CLEM TWIN CRANKS/HUBS,  LEGAL AGE VIRGIN PUSSY, FISHBONE KONG FU OR NINJA, GT HE MAN PEDALS, DUAL SIDE DRIVE HUB (LHD/RHD)

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#11 2011-09-04 9:00am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Thanks Bull!  The pad set was an aftermarket addition.  But, I believe that the original owner of the bike bought this pad set at the same time he bought the bike.  When I bought this bike, this GT pad set came with it.

If you find some of these pads (they also came in blue and red - see the '98 GT BMX Catalog), make sure they are in good condition because they are pretty delicate.  The neoprene cover is thin and there isn't much stitching holding the cover to the velcro.


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#12 2011-09-09 11:54pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Awesome.
Them original 97 squared off dropouts brings back memories.
Cut my ankle on them a couple times and I wasn't even riding it.
probly why they angled them off in 98. Lol.

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#13 2011-09-10 9:34am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

nintendoninja wrote:

Awesome.
Them original 97 squared off dropouts brings back memories.
Cut my ankle on them a couple times and I wasn't even riding it.
probly why they angled them off in 98. Lol.

lol.  Yeah, those squared-off dropouts are pretty sharp.  They also make it difficult to remove the rear wheel with a wrench, but a ratchet works well.  I personally like the angle-cut dropouts that the '98 (and more recent) Speed Series frames have better, but the squared-off dropouts are a little bit different, so that's cool.


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#14 2011-10-06 10:19am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

GOT A SET OF PADS THAT MATCH YOURS IN GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION (MINE ARE THE FULL SIZE NOT THE SLIMS),  HAD TO HAVE EM AFTER SEEING YOURS.  THANKS FOR THEY EYE CANDY I COULDNT RESIST THEM THEY WERE WAY TOO SWEET!   ALSO THANKS FOR THE LINK TO THE COMMERCIAL,  NEVER SEEN A MACH TWO IN A COMMERCIAL (GARY ELLIS ENDORSED NONE THE LESS) BEFORE THAT AND PROBABLY WONT EVER AGAIN! MIND IF I STEAL THE LINK FROM YOU AND THROW IT ON MY BIKES POSTING?


44T CLUB CHICAGO
Things im looking for:  AUBURN BARS, 2014 GT SPEED SERIES CARBON, GT SPEED SERIES 24 DECAL (RECALL VERSION),  GT ALUMINUM SERIES XL DECALS, SPIN THUG RIMS, CLEM TWIN CRANKS/HUBS,  LEGAL AGE VIRGIN PUSSY, FISHBONE KONG FU OR NINJA, GT HE MAN PEDALS, DUAL SIDE DRIVE HUB (LHD/RHD)

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#15 2011-10-06 10:25am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

AFTER WATCHING THE COMMERCIAL A SECOND TIME I SAW HE HAS THE SAME PAD SET WE OWN ON THE MACH TWO WHEN RACING!!  HAVE TO STEAL THIS CLIP FROM YOU NOW!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!


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Things im looking for:  AUBURN BARS, 2014 GT SPEED SERIES CARBON, GT SPEED SERIES 24 DECAL (RECALL VERSION),  GT ALUMINUM SERIES XL DECALS, SPIN THUG RIMS, CLEM TWIN CRANKS/HUBS,  LEGAL AGE VIRGIN PUSSY, FISHBONE KONG FU OR NINJA, GT HE MAN PEDALS, DUAL SIDE DRIVE HUB (LHD/RHD)

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#16 2011-10-06 7:38pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

knightindullarmor wrote:

GOT A SET OF PADS THAT MATCH YOURS IN GREAT ORIGINAL CONDITION (MINE ARE THE FULL SIZE NOT THE SLIMS),  HAD TO HAVE EM AFTER SEEING YOURS.  THANKS FOR THEY EYE CANDY I COULDNT RESIST THEM THEY WERE WAY TOO SWEET!   ALSO THANKS FOR THE LINK TO THE COMMERCIAL,  NEVER SEEN A MACH TWO IN A COMMERCIAL (GARY ELLIS ENDORSED NONE THE LESS) BEFORE THAT AND PROBABLY WONT EVER AGAIN! MIND IF I STEAL THE LINK FROM YOU AND THROW IT ON MY BIKES POSTING?

Bull,

Very cool!!!  Those mid-school GT pad sets look awesome!  Also, those GT commercials bring back a lot of good memories of watching the first few X Games with my little bro.  Back then (when I was like 11 years old), I didn't even want a Speed Series because they were WAY too expensive - I settled with a bright orange '96 Dyno Nitro.  But now, I can't get enough of the older GT Speed Series bikes!  However, that second commercial showcases a '95 or '96 GT Speed Series Team bike; the GT Mach Two had a much too small top tube for a big guy like Gary Ellis.  I got to see Gary's '98 GT Speed Series Team bike a couple months ago and it must have had a minimum of a 21" top tube - I asked to measure the top tube (I even brought a tape measure), but it was behind glass so I wasn't able to (http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=350282).


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

I love riding trails!  Here are some brands that I endorse.
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#17 2011-10-07 9:00am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

i thought the same thing at first that it had to be a speed series but the forks are a dead giveaway,  the speed series didnt have the winged fork decals only the mach two did,  check the ad and make sure im right but i am pretty sure!


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Things im looking for:  AUBURN BARS, 2014 GT SPEED SERIES CARBON, GT SPEED SERIES 24 DECAL (RECALL VERSION),  GT ALUMINUM SERIES XL DECALS, SPIN THUG RIMS, CLEM TWIN CRANKS/HUBS,  LEGAL AGE VIRGIN PUSSY, FISHBONE KONG FU OR NINJA, GT HE MAN PEDALS, DUAL SIDE DRIVE HUB (LHD/RHD)

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#18 2011-10-07 9:15am

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

double checked the winged fork decals were not on the speed series untill 1997,  only frame in 95/96 that had that rear dropout with the winged fork decal was the mach two.


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Things im looking for:  AUBURN BARS, 2014 GT SPEED SERIES CARBON, GT SPEED SERIES 24 DECAL (RECALL VERSION),  GT ALUMINUM SERIES XL DECALS, SPIN THUG RIMS, CLEM TWIN CRANKS/HUBS,  LEGAL AGE VIRGIN PUSSY, FISHBONE KONG FU OR NINJA, GT HE MAN PEDALS, DUAL SIDE DRIVE HUB (LHD/RHD)

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#19 2011-10-08 1:52pm

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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

knightindullarmor wrote:

i thought the same thing at first that it had to be a speed series but the forks are a dead giveaway,  the speed series didnt have the winged fork decals only the mach two did,  check the ad and make sure im right but i am pretty sure!

double checked the winged fork decals were not on the speed series untill 1997,  only frame in 95/96 that had that rear dropout with the winged fork decal was the mach two.

Bull,

The following web page provides downloadable links for all of the GT BMX Catalogs between 1986 and 1999 (http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=179294).  I have a hard copy of the 2000 GT BMX Catalog, so I'll be adding it to the Museum sometime soon.  I use these catalogs to verify basically all that I know about mid-school GT BMX bikes.  Also, I can't verify this, but it would make sense that these catalogs came out at the beginning of the year so dealers/customers could see what the new model-year bikes looked like.

The GT winged fork decals weren't on any production GT BMX bikes until 1997.  However, if you look at page 2 (and more clearly on p. 6) of the '96 catalog (the '96 catalog probably came out at the beginning of 1996), you will see a picture of Gary Ellis on an aluminum GT bike that has (upside down) winged fork decals; this bike looks identical to the one shown at the end of the second commercial (see the "1:10" mark of that commercial).  Also, this bike has red "GT BMX" down tube decals and those decals didn't appear of production GT bikes until 1997.  What I mean to say is that the pros typically got/get access to frames/parts/decals before anyone else does so that they can "test" the new frames/parts before they are put into production.  My little bro. is a pro street rider, and the majority of the parts on his "daily-rider" are prototype/pre-production parts.  Here's a pic. of the frame that he's currently riding and it's not yet in production (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/stranger/48933).

Actually, if you look at the 1996 GT BMX Catalog, you will see that neither the Speed Series nor the Mach Two had winged fork decals.  It wasn't till 1997 that the production Speed Series and Mach Two bikes had winged fork decals (and yes, according to the GT BMX Catalogs that I have, the Mach Two was only made for two model years - being 1996 and 1997).  Bull, if the decals on your Mach Two are correct, you actually have a 1997 GT Mach Two - the Mach Two's with blue down tube decals were '96 model-year bikes while the ones with red down tube decals (like your bike) were '97 model-year bikes.  I hope this helps.

But, more importantly, the top tube length on the Mach Two frames were much too small for a big guy like Gary Ellis.  He was 6'-3", so at the time, he was probably riding a frame with no less than a 21" top tube.  The bike in the second commercial is a GT Speed Series, regardless of what the decals look like.


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#20 2011-11-30 8:26pm

Mazzocco2385
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

beautiful bike man!

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#21 2012-02-10 6:44am

pharv85
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Mazzocco2385 wrote:

beautiful bike man!

Benton wrote:

Yep, definitely agree, this is one factory original mint ride, onya Pete!!wink

Thanks guys smile


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#22 2012-02-19 6:22pm

Fulthrotle73
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From: Chelsea, Mi. via Concord, Ca.
Registered: 2009-02-12
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Awesome bike and love the write up and history. cool


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#23 2012-02-20 10:59am

pharv85
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Fulthrotle73 wrote:

Awesome bike and love the write up and history. cool

Thanks!  This GT is one of my favorite bikes and I had a lot of fun with the write up too.  Thanks for checking out my page smile .


Wanted:   175mm chrome Profile DJ crank arms;    36T Profile Whippit sprocket;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   HED rim (http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/3290)

I have several mid-school BMX catalogs and magazines on my Issuu Page  -------->  issuu.com/pharv85/docs
Check out some parts that I've researched and learn something new:  http://bmxmuseum.com/reference/user/55510/

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#24 2012-11-15 12:13pm

JB186
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

Sick find. I have the same bike. I bought mine as a frame only.

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#25 2012-11-22 7:51pm

jason486
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Registered: 2011-12-23
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Re: 1998 GT Speed Series Team XXL

I got my xxl coming together slowly with the muscle forks, the 1998 team came with the dx hubs right not gt? Love your bike man it's sweet

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