GT Xizang – Still Ti After All These Years


Who remembers the old GT Xizang? Back in the 90′s, GT had a frame called the Xizang, it came from their SkunkWorks lab that they had in Longmont, CO. That was the pinnacle of the bike, basically equivalent to the Zaskar LE but it was produced in titanium.

For 2013, GT has brought back the “‘Xang”. It is a full Ti frame, the biggest difference is that they put 29inch wheels on it and basically modernized all the features: tapered head tube, fully shaped tubing, and really nice chainstays and seatstays to make the bike nice and stiff but compliant as well. It will be offered as a frameset and is actually available in shops right now so you can get one at your local GT dealer.

MSRP is $2200 for the frameset and is available in 26″ or 29″ versions. The Xizang 26 comes in XS, SM and MD. The 29er version comes in MD, LG or XL. The frame features Aerospace grade Titanium 3AL-2.5v Triple Triangle™ Frame Construction with post mount for disc brakes, replaceable derailleur hanger and 1-1/8″ to 1-1/2″ Tapered Head Tube with internal machined bearing seat. It is hydroformed and butted and the dropouts are laser cut grade 5 6/4 plate with CNC post machining.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Colin says:

    “MSRP is $2200 for the frameset”. So it comes with a fork or is that a typo?

  • DrDon says:

    Wow. Back in the day I could only dream of owning a Zaskar, and I couldn’t imagine owning a Xang.

  • ErIkH says:

    Wow….I really like Moots and Litespeed…….but I think I’m in love with this!

  • mik says:

    Well they tell you it comes in 26… but try finding one…

  • Lucas H says:

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. Back in the day all my poor self could do was lust after a Zaskar and dream of a Xizang. Even now, I still troll ebay looking for an old Xizang in my size. Too Bad I am 42, 25lbs over weight and have a bad back. Otherwise, I would be all over this. Just purchased a Lenz Mammoth. Thank you GT for releasing this.

  • QBall says:

    If only they also made retro yellow Judy or blue SID 29er forks to go with it!!!!!!

  • Kenton Ensink says:

    Ah wow, I had a xizang back in 95. With rock shox mag21ti forks.
    Always regretted selling it. Standards aside a frame like that would still be going now. Can’t justify buying this one but would love a ride

  • Virtus says:

    What model WTB saddle is that on the bike?

  • Kevin says:

    author should check his facts as the Xizang did not come out of Longmont. All the early design stuff was out of GT in Huntington Beach with production in BC in 1990 and Kennebec, Wash for years after that.

  • Mark says:

    Xizangs first made in Canada, then Yale Street Plant in Santa Ana, and then in Longmont Facility

  • YeloVelo says:

    I still have a 26″ GT titanium hardtail. Ride it for fun once in a while… Great for long steep climbing.

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