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1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

#1 2012-04-07 11:49pm

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1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

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1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

With a retail price of $1,139.99, the 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike was one of the most expensive stock BMX bikes available in 1999.


I bought this bike while on vacation in Southern California on April 4, 2012 from its original owner.  I can't say that it was cheap, but who else has a '99 GT Speed Series Team XL bike in essentially new condition?  The bike was originally purchased from GT shortly after they closed their Santa Anna, CA manufacturing facility back in Spring 2000 ([url=http://www.genesbmx.com/schwinn-news.html#[-0046-]]http://www.genesbmx.com/schwinn-news.html#[-0046-][/url]).  Prior to owning this bike, it spent 12 years in a So. Cal. body shop collecting dust!

This is BMX Museum's first completely stock and mint 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike.  It has very minor brake rub on the rear rim, but other than that, the bike is brand new and in perfect condition.  Not a single bolt has been loosened since the original purchase of the bike, and I intend to keep it that way.  This bike retailed for $1,139.99 USD back in 1999, making it one of the most expensive stock BMX bikes available in 1999 (Source: BikePedia).

It is noted that both the 1999 and 2000 GT Speed Series Team XL bikes are identical.  The serial number is the only way to tell if you have a 1999 or 2000 model-year bike.  However, many advertisements for the 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike show that this bike came stock with a regular (non-inverted) GT Piston XL stem, a GT Micro Adjust seat post stat has a slightly different "GT" logo on it, and black axle nuts (see images below).  In actuality, I have seen no stock '99 GT Speed Series Team XL bikes that came with these parts - my stock/NOS 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike looks identical to the 2000 GT Speed Series Team XL bike that is shown in the 2000 GT BMX Catalog (image shown below).  I should also note that the seat tube decal that is on my bike is actually for a 1999 GT Speed Series bike - someone at the GT factory must not have been paying attention smile .

I regrettably sold this bike to Museum member LBR 61989 on 7/22/2019.


The bike came with the following parts (as pictured):
Frame: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL (20.25" top tube, 1-1/8" head tube, American bottom bracket, custom 6061-T6 butted/tapered aluminum tubes - made in the U.S.A. by Easton, Box chainstays, angle-cut Box stay dropouts, CNCd head tube, seat stay bridge, seat tube collar, bottom bracket shell, and dropouts, original 1999 GT Speed Series XL decal set, ball burnished/black two tone)
Fork: GT Stilleto (butted 1-1/8" threadless Cr-Mo steer tube, Reynolds 531 butted (Manganese-Moly cold-worked steel) 1-1/4" oval blades - keeps the weight down while increasing strength, 35mm of offset - which is all in the dropouts, made purely for racing, new for 1999, black)
Handlebars: GT 4-Bar Pro (4130 chromoly, 4pc. tapered Pro design - features oversized 0.065 inch wall risers that taper down to standard O.D. at the ends, has a lower crossbar - for more clearance, includes knurling - provides better clamping action, 27.5" wide, about 8" rise, new for 1999, chrome plated)
Stem: GT U.S.A.-made Inverted Piston XL (for 1-1/8" steer tube, aluminum, CNC precision machined, about 53mm reach, anodized black)
Headset: Dia-Compe Tank SAS/STS Aheadset (1-1/8", threadless, USA-made)
Headset Cap: GT ("GT Racing" logo, aluminum, anodized black)
Grips: Dyno Suction Cup (Pro sized, Kraton rubber, deluxe Dynoval suction cup pattern - "sticks to you almost like glue", black)
Bar Ends: GT (plastic)
Seat: 1999 GT Dropnose Racing (Spandura cover with embroidered "GT Racing" logo, 7mm Cr-Mo rails, composite gray shell, red "GT" logo on back on seat, made for GT by Viscount)
Seat Post: GT Aluminum Micro Adjust (aluminum, 27.0mm, anodized black)
Seat Post Clamp: integrated into frame (19mm Cr-Mo binder bolt)
Cranks: GT OverDrive (180 mm, U.S.A.-made 4130 chromoly arms, heat treated chromoly spindle, Japanese sealed bearings with aluminum cups and washers, made for GT by Supercross, new for 1999, chrome plated arms)
Chainwheel: GT Overdrive Lite (44T, U.S.A.-made, CNC-machined 6061 aluminum, black/silver)
Chain: KMC (1/2" x 3/32", roughly half of the links are stamped with either "KMC", "TAIWAN", or "SJ")
Chain Tensioners: 1999 GT (CNCd aluminum, U.S.A.-made, black/silver)
Pedals: GT Platform (9/16" Cr-Mo axle, aluminum body, new for 1999, black)
Front Hub: GT "Rhythm System" (36H, 100mm OLD, slotted 3/8" Cr-Mo axle w/ steel axle nuts, anodized black aluminum shell with oversize flanges, sealed bearings)
Rear Hub: GT "Rhythm System" (36H, 110mm OLD, flip/flop design, solid round 3/8" Cr-Mo axle w/ steel axle nuts, anodized black aluminum shell with oversize flanges, sealed bearings)
Cog: ACS Claws (16T, Cr-Mo, chrome plated)
Rims: GT "Rhythm System" Double Wall (38mm wide, aluminum construction, stainless steel eyelets, anodized black w/ CNC machined braking surface, welded joint, extra-wide flange spacing "for superior strength", designed in the USA)
Spokes: Wheelsmith (double butted - 14G thickness on each end with a thinner 15G section in the middle for weight savings, stainless steel, black)
Nipples: Wheelsmith Aluminum (alloy construction, for 14G spokes, 0.127" (3.23mm) heads, compatible with a Park SW-0 (black) or "15" spoke wrench, silver)
Tires: GT AA Pro (20 x 2.125" front, 20 x 1.75” rear, Kevlar bead, 120 TPI casing, 60 psi)
Tubes: stock tubes w/ Schrader valve (20" x 1.75-2.125")
Brake Lever: Shimano DX BL-M601 (red body w/ black blade)
Brakes: Dia-Compe Diatech VC-767 (parallel push, black)
Brake Cable: GT Racing

Note: OLD = outer locknut dimension.
         butted = thicker at the ends and thin-walled sections in the middle of the tubes.
         TPI = threads per inch.


Complete Frame/Bike Geometry - see image below (Source: 1999 GT BMX Catalog):
* HA (Head Tube Angle):  73.0 deg.
* SA (Seat Tube Angle):  70.0 deg.
* TT (Top Tube Length):  20.25 in.
* CS-1 (Minimum Chain Stay Length):  15.13 in.
* CS-2 (Maximum Chain Stay Length):  16.38 in.
* BB (Bottom Bracket Height):  12.00 in.
* FC (Front Center Distance):  22.77 in.
* WB-1 (Minimum Wheel Base Length):  37.62 in.
* WB-2 (Maximum Wheel Base Length):  38.93 in.

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/103_1999-GT-Cat_Re-700.jpg


Advertisements for the 1999/2000 GT Speed Series Team XL bike/frame:
1999 GT Speed Series Team XL bike advertisement (Source: Sept. '98 BMX Plus!):

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/1999-GT-SST-Ad_Sept-98-BMX-Plus_Re-700.jpg


http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/BMX-Plus_Sept-98_Pg-36_Re-700.jpg


http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/BMX-Plus_Sept-98_Pg-37_Re-700.jpg

1999 GT Speed Series Team XL (Source: 1999 GT BMX Catalog):

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/101_1999-GT-Cat_Re-700.jpg


http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/102_1999-GT-Cat_Re-700.jpg

2000 GT Speed Series Team XL (Source: 2000 GT BMX Catalog):

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb370/pharv85/1999-GT-SST-XL/104_2000-GT-Cat_Re-700.jpg


Here is a very short video of Thomas Allier riding his '99 GT Speed Series Team bike: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrYhS87z2as).


Feel free to leave a comment.  If you have a question, please send me a PM.

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Wanted:   3rd Gen. Profile Gas pedals;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   20" HED carbon fiber rim (36H or 28H)

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#2 2012-04-07 11:58pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

gotta LOVE those close ups of the frame, welds, components & the GT Overdrive cranks!! big_smile

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Thanks for posting this for us to see!


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#3 2012-04-08 5:17pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Just awesome, great aquisition dude.

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#4 2012-04-08 6:48pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

got the same one.   it feels like a #50 tank


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#5 2012-04-08 7:15pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Wow, looks good for it sitting in a machine shop all this time. I am diggin' the seat, super rare; first time I'm seeing it.  Killer pick-up!!!

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#6 2012-04-16 11:26am

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Thanks for the comments fellas smile .  This bike is a complete work of art!  I have always wanted a new and stock '98 GT Speed Series Team bike, but personally, I would say this is the second best thing smile .  And honestly, the pictures don't do this bike justice - it looks amazing big_smile .  The OverDrive cranks and Rhythm System wheels are my favorite parts on the bike, but both must add significant weight to the bike because it's a tank.  As far as I know, this seat only came stock on the '99 and 2000 GT Speed Series Team XL bikes.  I have seen a couple of the non-Spandura covered version of this seat come up for sale (they came stock on the '99 and 2000 GT Speed Series XL and Speed Series 24 bikes), but I haven't seen a Spandura covered seat (like mine) come up for sale yet.  It's a pretty nice seat though wink .


Wanted:   3rd Gen. Profile Gas pedals;    2000 GT UltraBox chain tensioners;   20" HED carbon fiber rim (36H or 28H)

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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#7 2012-04-24 6:38am

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Very nice. Well done. Great page.-CC


I have been underestimated and misunderstood. Just ask Gary/mods and the 3 aholes who left me bad feedback(Gary wont remove it either even though I was not allowed to return feedback...). Also along with the others who got into kicking me around in a discussion here about me getting ripped off by another pro member. Instead they turned on me and then Gary/mods tied my hands behind my back by not allowing me to reply to the aholes kicking me down. I started my collection of builds here and changed them over the years to what you see today. It has been a shit ride getting involved with this site. To all of the nonbelievers, a big FK U, your nothing but a bunch of amateurs...

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#8 2012-07-06 3:02pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Great bike! ,and as astroidbeltwalker would say. ''Wish you would of had more info on the bike''.  smile


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#9 2015-04-15 1:09am

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Man I love this bike. Trying to build one up right now. Proving to be nearly impossible.. The seat, the handlebars, chain tensioners... So elusive!

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#10 2015-09-01 8:02pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

That is one BAD ASS GT DUDE!!!

I've got a 99 GT Team Speed Series 24" that I'm trying to build. any help much appreciated

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#11 2015-12-08 6:09pm

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Re: 1999 GT Speed Series Team XL

Your bike is just pure badass! I'm hoping to find some of those original chain stay decals for mine. I know that my wheels aren't the original GT Rhythm system set that came on that year and make model, but I'm gonna relace them with black spokes to make it look like the correct set of wheels.

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