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.