Ebay, my great weakness. Every morning I have a search setup to send me new listing of certain bike frames and parts. Couple of months ago a 2000 Team Zaskar popped up in small. This is a rare size and these frames are super light. Even in aluminum the small frame weighs in at 1320 grams. Most Carbon frames are barely lighter than this. Next interesting thing about these frames are the geometry GT picked for them. They are specifically setup for cross country racing not really going downhill. That suites the riding in the midwest a bit better than the slackers built for the coasts. Anyway, that means it has a low BB, low standover and was setup for 80mm of travel. Once you add some 650B wheels the BB height is still low and the standover height is perfect for someone with a 29” inseam. Now I just have to purchase it.
|650B clearance on Fox Float 100|
Well I am a cheap bastard, let’s just get this straight. So when the initial price was $400 I ignored it and kept looking. Week after week the frame was unsold and it kept getting cheaper and cheaper. So each week when it was relisted I looked at it with my cup of coffee, debated it and went about my business. Finally the auction was listed below $300 and I shot him an even lower offer assuming it would be refused. Couple hours later I had a Team Zaskar frame being shipped to me. I won’t say what I finally got it for, but I would just say I didn’t pay enough for it. 😉
|Team Zaskar lower chainstay 650B clearance|
|Team Zaskar upper frame 650B clearance|
Anyway, I am going to take my Team Avalanche and put it on the wall for now. All of my lightweight go fast parts are going on the new Team Zaskar. My goal is a 22lb 650B trail ripper. Problem is the 650B wheelset I have is over 2100g. Just too heavy to get down to that weight. After thinking over to buy or build I am going to build a set of light wheels. Next update will be on what I chose to go with. Anyone want to buy a nice set of lightly used Vuelta 650b wheels?