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#101 2017-07-31 9:11pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

I drilled my frame for Gyro tabs also.

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#102 2017-08-05 2:48pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Ok, so I'll follow and drill my frame, too tongue


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#103 2017-09-05 8:14pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

tfi_friday wrote:

Finally finished off my 26" Performer, pretty much only the frame, forks and cranks were kept from the original bike. 26" Ukai Speedlines to Superlace hubs.

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We NEED more pictures of this bike in higher resolution.  Please smile

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#104 2017-09-05 10:46pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

nynoah wrote:

We NEED more pictures of this bike in higher resolution.  Please smile

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#105 2017-09-06 2:21am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

What a beauty big_smile


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#106 2017-09-06 2:41am

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tongue

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#107 2017-11-10 8:05am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Who did the embroidered pads?

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#108 2017-11-21 2:10am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Yesterday I've seen that Alan's BMX in UK takes pre-orders on the new threadless GT Mallet stem in black or silver big_smile

http://www.alansbmx.com/images/2gt-mallet-stem-sv2.jpg?maxheight=1200
http://www.alansbmx.com/1652587/product … _stem.aspx

Stems should be available in the end of January, 2018.
Price is 59,99 GBP plus shipping.
Seems to be a good deal on it, I think.
...have pre-ordered in the meantime... cool

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#109 2017-11-21 2:36am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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By the way:
In the meantime I've had the heart to drill my frame for gyro tabs yikes
I think that the result is very well smile

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20171014_1549125a14016d5d.jpg

To underline the old school look I've used a NOS chromed Odyssey Gyro as well as the matching Odyssey upper plate.
In this context I've removed the mounting inside the fork shaft to insert one with a wider thread hole.
So I was able to use a hollow screw for the front brake cable.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20171015_1322365a14017ac1.jpg

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20171015_1814275a1406727c.jpg


Also I've swapped the original chainring to a silver one with 41 teeth.
Would like to copy now the gear ratio from the new 26" Haro 2018, having 41 and 17 at the rear wheel (already mounted - ACS Crossfire).
Combined with an Izumi two-tone chain (black-silver) it must look sweet cool

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20171015_1814445a14018baf.jpg

As you can see: I've mounted a polished Dia-Compe AD990 now.
Now I'm trying to use an unusual way to combine the U-brake and the brake cable.
Don't like the "normal" way by using a triangle - pretty sure that the angle between the triangle and the brake arms is not really good for the break power as well as the brake arm bearings...

Last thing is, that I've mounted chain tensioners - particular to protect the frame from scratches.
Not really happy about the screw lenght, but the frame side of the original screw was machined and coupled via a snap-ring to the moveable plate.
So I'm not able to just cut 'em down...will think about a better solution.

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#110 2017-11-21 3:06am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Whilst I think 26 is too big for a BMX there's no denying these things are absolutely lovely. Would make fantastic cruisers ! Are those mags GT?


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#111 2017-11-21 3:57am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Trust me: very comfortable and merciful to the knees lol
I use them to drive with my family - best choice ever!

No, these are not GT, OGK or Skyway wheels.
They were made in the 90's for Mountainbikes.
It was an italian firm called "Grimeca".


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#112 2017-11-21 5:24am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

oldschool_bmx_freestyler wrote:

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Trust me: very comfortable and merciful to the knees lol
I use them to drive with my family - best choice ever!

No, these are not GT, OGK or Skyway wheels.
They were made in the 90's for Mountainbikes.
It was an italian firm called "Grimeca".

Oh I can imagine mate. Yesterday I spent about five hours sitting on my mother's sofa on my laptop sorting her out an email addy and opening a load of accounts for her (so she can order food etc to be delivered). Stood up and my knees were so stiff I could hardly move lol.

What I've realised over the past few months though is that wheel size is only a small part. Most of it is TT length, bar rise and seat position. I got a 24" Quadangle figuring it would solve all of my problems, then discovered it was actually more crampt than my 20" 07. Mostly down to bar rise.


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#113 2017-11-21 6:34am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Hehe,
We understand one another lol

Your experience is interesting:
Also thought that the first important distance is the one between the seat and the lower pedal, being responsible for the angle between the upper and lower leg.
Then the upcoming knee must have enough space relating to the handlebar.
And responsible for this is the combination out of top tube lenght and stem lenght.
Last but not least the height and angle of the handlebar is responsible for the comfort relating to your back.

For this, the diameter of the wheels could be a feature, leading (normally) to a longer seat tube as well as a longer top tube.
When I get you right, than a rising TT lenght just leads to a more and more bended back - but didn't help in widening the angle of the knees.
Therefore a better solution for more comfort is just to extend the seatpost lenght as well as the height of the handlebar.

But regarding the proportion there is more harmony in a combination out of big wheels and a big frame, whereas a too long seat post and a too long stem look a little bit strange - like a bonanza bike, I think.

I also have three 24" Cruiser, namely a Carheart (made by WTP), a Haro Group 1 SI24 and a S&M Challenger.
But to be honest: For me individually they are all to big for a BMX and to small for comfortable cruising and riding in style.

If I want to get rad I choose one of my 20" ones.
And when I'ld like to cruise with my family, than I take one of my 26" Performers.
But just my two cents tongue


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#114 2017-11-21 6:37am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Asap I will do a photo of me sitting on the 26" Performer, so we can do some anatomic studies on it smile


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#115 2017-11-21 8:26am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

oldschool_bmx_freestyler wrote:

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Asap I will do a photo of me sitting on the 26" Performer, so we can do some anatomic studies on it smile

Yeah that would be cool smile


If you haven't seen the magical stars floating around whilst lying face down in the mud you ain't lived.

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#116 2017-12-15 1:54pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Fast info:
GT has started to sell the 2pc Performer Bar as an after market product (29"x9,125").
New geometry and old school design!
Have ordered today... big_smile

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/2018-2pc-performer-bar5a3443d33e.jpg


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#117 2018-01-05 8:13am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Happy New Year!

Today I've received three new GT Pro Performer (model 2018) handlebars.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20180105_1217155a4fa3b0bc.jpg
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http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20180105_1217425a4fa40c4a.jpg

Compared to a NOS one out of middle 80's (the lavender/pink one) these are a little bit higher.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20180105_1219325a4fa3c949.jpg

Particular the geometry of the ends is much comfortable, because the bars are more straight than bended like the ones from back in the days.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/215386/p_20180105_1218595a4fa3d617.jpg

It seems, that the diameter of the rounded corners between the clamping area and the rising tube sections is a little bit smaller.
I'm very curious about the outcome while mounting one of these handlebars on the 26" Performer tongue


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#118 2018-01-05 10:55am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Sorry to chime in so late. I've got the 29" Performer, so I can't give my opinion on some things pertaining to the 26".  I can however speak to the quality of the new GTs versus my Big Rippers/Flyer. The first, and most important to me was in the quality of the cranks. I've had to replace them on every SE I have within a few months of riding due to really bad creaking/popping from them. I replaced 2 with Redline Flights, and the other 2 with Profiles. The only reason I make mention of that is because the stock cranks on my Performer are more stout than the Profiles and Redlines. The only knock I have on the GT is that it's 2-2.5 lbs heavier than my SEs due to its being chromoly vs aluminum. Hope this will help in your decision.


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#119 2018-01-05 10:56am

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I just noticed that you already had the 26" Performer. Good purchase.


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#120 2018-01-05 11:01am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

squabs217 wrote:

Sorry to chime in so late. I've got the 29" Performer, so I can't give my opinion on some things pertaining to the 26".  I can however speak to the quality of the new GTs versus my Big Rippers/Flyer. The first, and most important to me was in the quality of the cranks. I've had to replace them on every SE I have within a few months of riding due to really bad creaking/popping from them. I replaced 2 with Redline Flights, and the other 2 with Profiles. The only reason I make mention of that is because the stock cranks on my Performer are more stout than the Profiles and Redlines. The only knock I have on the GT is that it's 2-2.5 lbs heavier than my SEs due to its being chromoly vs aluminum. Hope this will help in your decision.

The easiest fix to cranks creaking/popping is to grease the spindle and spindle boss.


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#121 2018-01-31 5:39am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

squabs217 wrote:

I just noticed that you already had the 26" Performer. Good purchase.

Hehe, no problem - thanks smile

Thanks for sharing your experience with the 29" GT Performer compared to your SE-Bikes.
Yes, the Power Series Cranks on the GT are really nice.
Maybe your impression is based on the solid aluminum of the GT crank arms!?
Because Redline/Profile cranks have tubular crank arms - when I'm right.
On the other side, for me the connection between the axle and the crank arms appears more durable on the Profile or Redline Cranks, because those axle-ends are multiple splined, wherein the GT cranks has "just" squared axle-ends.
But this is just an estimation and not my experience - we will see.

Let's see some potos of your 29" Performer! big_smile
Can you describe your experience of the 29" bike compared to a 26" one?


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#122 2018-07-19 12:17pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

What is the seat tube length on the 2017 - 2018 26" Performers? (either center-to-top or center-to-center)  On the GT website, it looks like they have the geometry numbers all mixed up; they show 9.6" for the seat tube.

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#123 2018-09-15 11:11am

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Hello everyone,

I just got my GT PRO PERFORMER 2018 chrome imported from England (ALANS BMX) because I am in PARIS (FRANCE) where it is not imported.

This bike is aesthetically really good.

Some pieces are qualitative but I must quickly improve some really mediocre pieces;

- the brakes (a shame on a bike of this price)
- the pedals

For tires (too large), I have already followed the advice of oldschool_bmx_freestyle (which I thank) by ordering PANRACER PASELA 26X1,75.

Can you help me by giving me the elements to order for a really effective braking?

Thank you all. My bike in PARIS TROCADERO ...

https://zupimages.net/up/18/37/fzdv.jpg

https://zupimages.net/up/18/37/5tn1.jpg

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#124 2018-09-15 3:42pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

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Awesome cool
Congrats to your choice!
AD990 at the rear and 993 „Nippon“ at the front (both Dia-Compe) will work fine.
Good braking pads will be from „Kool Stop“, for example.
Otherwise you can try to take clear brake-pads:
Very good braking power, but maybe a little bit to loud...also I‘ve heard, that clear ones will treat particular the black anidised rims well (no fast abrasion of the black surface).

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#125 2018-10-06 5:16pm

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Re: 26" GT Performer (2017) - quality discussion

Was at a little shop in Walnut IA and they old guy who had the shop has a new 26” white performer on the floor for $329!  If anyone is interested I’m sure he would appreciate someone coming and buying it, he is about 90 and said he is no longer buying replacements just selling what he had, also a couple other GT 20” bikes, nothing vintage!


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