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GT Karakoram Elite 91

Picked this up and switched up some parts to make it rideable again.

Frame:
GT Karakoram Elite

Fork/Headset:
Stock

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Deore M615 Crankset / BB52 HollowTech II

Pedals:
Stolen Thermalite

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano 28-11T Cassette/ KMC / Deckas Narrow Wide Chainring 38T

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano Deore DX 7 Speed (Stock) / Shimano Altus M310 7 Speed Trigger Shifter

Handlebars/Stem:
Stock

Saddle/Seatpost:
Nukeproof Neutron/ Stock

Brakes:
Front: Shimano Altus CT91 Cantilever. Rear: ÉCLAT Talon alloy u-brake rear (WeThePeople Crysis 2018) / Clarks Brake Lever

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Ritchey Vantage Expert (Stock)/ Shimano Deore (Stock)/ Stolen Joint HP 2.2 tyre

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Ritchey Vantage Expert (Stock)/ Shimano Deore(Stock)/ Stolen Joint HP 2.2 tyre

Accessories:
Cults X Vans / RFR Front Carrier / Vittoria Ultra Lite Innertube / Topeak Mono Bottle Cage / Kryptonite Evolution Mini 7 doubling as a bike stand

More Info:
Photos taken on an Olympus 35SP with Fujifilm C200

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Narrow Wide

Current Stage Info:

Finally installed a narrow wide chainring, added a rack and put the stock derailleur back on.

Added by raphaelng. Last updated 4 months ago.

9 Comments

50voltphantom

50voltphantom says:

I love that you were able to ditch the plastic cable guide on the seat tube. This is much nicer.

Posted 6 months ago

raphaelng

raphaelng says:

Thanks! If I'm not wrong the cable guide on the seat tube was for the front derailleur and I've ditched it so it looks pretty clean!

Posted 6 months ago

Flyingitalian

Flyingitalian says:

that derailleur and shifter are an abomination, otherwise I really like this as a 1 by.

Posted 6 months ago

raphaelng

raphaelng says:

Thanks! This was more of a budget build. The real issue with this build was the chainring. I didn't do enough research before building up this 1 by and ended up putting a normal chainring on. The bike shop that I purchased it from did not give me much advice too. I put on a chain guide later which didn't help the situaton. Right now I have a narrow wide installed and it works fine. I'm thinking of getting a clutch derailleur in the future too. An updated bike check is on the way!

Posted 6 months ago

Flyingitalian

Flyingitalian says:

narrow wide chain rings are widely available in 4 bolt patterns, unfortunately 5 bolts are usually more expensive but would be ideal if you're trying to use the original crankset, sorry your local bike shop couldn't help you much. I would suggest using a clutch derailleur except that you're approaching 10 speed territory, unfortunately I don't think that wheel is compatible with a 10 speed cassette. I suggest using the original shifter and derailleur with a bullet bros chain tensioner, its period correct, does the job and looks sweet, the tensioners are around $10-$20 on ebay. have fun whatever you decide on!

Posted 6 months ago

raphaelng

raphaelng says:

Thanks for the advice! I'm currently running Shimano Deore cranks with a 4 bolt narrow wide chainring. Initially I tried to put a 9 speed on but the stock freehub would not fit anything more than a 7 speed. The original shifter and derailleur is pretty beat up so I may not be able to use them anymore. Thanks again for your advice and ride safe!

Posted 6 months ago

50voltphantom

50voltphantom says:

Very nice.

Posted 6 months ago

GhostRidingTheWhip

GhostRidingTheWhip says:

+1

Posted 6 months ago

raphaelng

raphaelng says:

Thanks!

Posted 6 months ago