From the 90s, the iconic frame called Xizang will be brought back by GT Bicyles for 2012. With its reincarnation, this titanium frame will be reintroduced as a 29er. While the new Xizang is immediately recognizable, it is scrupulously interpreted with nice innovations.
Included in the innovative updates of the frame are a replaceable derailleur hanger, a tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in head tube, and post mount disc tabs. Nicely welded, the custom drawn butted titanium tubes come with state-of-the-art geometry.
With the master plan of GT Bicyles to regain the glory it once enjoyed, the 2012 GT Xizang 29er Titanium Frame is back after its absence for over a decade. Other new features of the frame are a 31.6 seat post, English thread bottom bracket, full-length cable housing, and direct post type disc brake mount.
Head angles can be effortlessly controlled by using Burgtec Titanium Offset Shock Hardware to shorten or lengthen the very useful shock eyelets. When Marc Beaumont won at Val Di Sole 2010 World Cup, he admitted that this offset shock hardware contributed to his victory.
Depending on the shock bolt size of the frame, the angle alteration allowed by the Burgtec hardware ranges from 1 to 1.5 degrees. Obviously, 6mm frames will have the highest amount of alteration while the 8mm frames will get the least.
Made from grade 5 Titanium, the hardware weighs considerably lighter than the steel hardware ones but still maintains equally outstanding wear ratings like that of the OE Aluminum ones. To keep out as much element as possible, a proprietary o-ring seal is included in the hardware.
Charge will release a 29er called the 2012 Ti Cooker. As the Charge has avoided the carbon bike trend, the 29er is expected from a company known for making bikes that are almost exclusively in steel.
While Charge builds bikes mostly with steel materials, there is an exception that is the titanium. Aside for being light, titanium is more responsive and rust free. Included in the top quality components of this 29er is a nice sized downtube gusset and an added headset.
Ti bikes are available only as frame at the moment and the Cooker is presumed to use a 27.2 seatpost along with the standard cabling. Equipped with the Griddle, a new lock on grip, the 2012 Charge Ti Cooker will also feature a standard threaded bottom bracket.