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MB1, I saw the other day that you worked at GT...(9 posts)

MB1, I saw the other day that you worked at GT...GTlover
Oct 4, 2001 9:50 AM
Whats the inside scoop on the LTS? Did Specialized force you guys to stop with the Horst Link? Or was the I drive really seen as a needed improvement? THanks.
Management was worried that they had ridden that ponyMB1
Oct 4, 2001 9:57 AM
a little too long. Other companies designs were getting too much press and attention and the LTS was becoming old hat. GT always wanted to be on the leading-not trailing-edge.

The I-Drive was fine and a marked change in direction in suspension. Pretty expensive to make that change though. There was a lot (a whole lot) of leftover LTS parts in the system.
So...GTlover
Oct 4, 2001 10:14 AM
it had nothing to do with the Horst patent huh? I love both designs but I love the ability to carry two bottles in the traditional location on the LTS. There arent many FS bikes these days that can say that.

I am currently looking for an I drive team.
Other LTS problems...MB1
Oct 4, 2001 10:22 AM
LTS didn't work well with all frame sizes-it had to be really tweaked to fit smaller frames, anything smaller than 14.5" was a no go. Even the 14.5" frames ran pretty big. I-Drive wasn't dependent on the upper location of the seat tube/top tube so you could make any size frame.

LTS wasn't so hot for Downhill specific bikes. I-Drive worked better for downhill only uses. And remember the "Freeride" craze? I-Drive was new and could be marketed as such-not a reworked older system.

Some of the guys in Product Development had the sweetest LTS bikes you have ever ridden. The system was really tuneable.
whats happening with GTturtlemoye
Oct 4, 2001 10:15 AM
I haven't followed it closely but I know that GT/Schwinn was bought by pacific. Do you know what is supposed to happen? Please tell me that we aren't going to see them poping up in Wal Mart.

--Turtle
Every one is gone. And yes, you will see them in Wal-Mart. nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 10:23 AM
What about the ZR1.0jaybird
Oct 4, 2001 11:53 AM
I just saw it on sale for about $450 is it worth it, i like the longer tt but I have never ridden one. I have heard that it is extremely stiff; Is it going to ride like a Cannonwhale?
So, what are Gary Turner, Jim Busby, and Dean Martin doing theseGTlover
Oct 4, 2001 12:26 PM
days? ANy idea?

I remember being at the Big Bear National in 1991 when I heard that Richard Long had passed away. Very sad. I think it happened on the way to the race or something like that right??
Haven't kept in close touch butMB1
Oct 4, 2001 5:09 PM
Last I heard Gary Turner was leading a fairly good life off his share of the original IPO. He helped his family start a juice company kind of like Nantucket Necter called "Turner Berry".

No idea about Jim Busby, still riding with the Rads and designing I guess.

Doug Martin was recently named manager of one of the USCF national teams. You could probably search for that on one of the race forums.

It was a very bad day at Big Bear that year. One thing I saw and appreciated was Rishi Grewal racing and winning the cross-country wearing a black armband. Richard was always really good to the racers he sponsored-even when they moved on he kept in touch.