One thing I’ve always wanted, is a titanium frame. I’ve had a couple actually, but didn’t hang on to them because they just weren’t quite right. I think I’ll find the right one someday, but it’s not a priority at the moment.
Doesn’t mean that I don’t look though.
Today I found a gorgeous GT Xizang.
The Xizang was highly desirable back in the day and continues to be today. So much so that the seller is asking $1400 for this frame. It doesn’t appear to have been built up, so it’s technically new, but it’s New Old Stock. It’s not New new.
As a comparison, a New new Lynskey Ti frame runs about $1700. But that’s with all mod cons like a tapered head tube, press fit BB, disc brake mounts, and dropper post cable routing (maybe, I don’t know). So, I don’t know if $1400 is reasonable. I don’t know if “reasonable” even is a factor when it comes to vintage bikes.
Especially a rare one like the Xizang.
My problem though, is the listing itself. That terrible picture I posted above? That’s probably the best picture on the eBay listing. Between the six pictures posted, you end up seeing the entire bike, but never the whole thing at once.
Even worse, is the seller has put this very rare, very expensive, never been built up frame on the ground, resting up against a metal pole. At Redbike we had crazy awesome metal work stands (that are still there I think) that we were under incredibly strict orders to NEVER prop a bike up against. Because a slip and a massive scratch was so easy on those stands.
It’s pretty hard to accept this price with such a shoddy attitude towards selling.
Nice frame though.