GT Tequesta "Gravel Trail" details - yesterday, today & tomorrow

  • GT Tequesta screenshots & specs taken of 1994 & 96 GT catalog, thanks to,  1995 catalog retrobike forum entry
  • The compoments can be used for dating the bike. In this case the STX core components narrow the production years down to 1994, 95 or 96. Shimano STX components where introduced in 93 replacing the Exage range. From 1994 onwards GT specced the Tequesta and Timberline (rear derailleur) accordingly with the STX groupsets. STX are good quality, mid of the range components for Mountainbikes and road bikes. Shimano desided in the mid 90s to split the components for two specific dedicated product ranges for MTBs and road bikes. STX was then replaced by Deore in 1997 (?)
  • Serial Numbers on the bottom bracket: H3M5 4603 94087
    [94...] is suggesting that the production year is 1994. The fork has a 1993 stamp, further confirming 1994 for the bike. The format of the serial number is consistent with GT serial numbers for MTBs from 94 onwards. (see retrobike thread)
  • Frame Sizes: 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22" mine is the largest size 22" or 60cm
  • double-butted chromoly steel ,Triple-Triangle Design Frame

1994 (DE spec)

  • GT Chromoly fork
  • Shimano STX 21 Speed group
  • Diacompe Aheadset
  • GT FlipFlop III stem
  • GT Ergobar
  • Weinmann rims
  • Tioga tires

1994 EN brochure source retrobike GT1994 catalogue

I have the impression, that specifically regarding frame specifications / descriptions are somewhat influenced by the marketing department trying to differentiate models more than they actually were. The top tube of my Tequesta has a very obvious groove for the rear brake cable. "Groove Tube" as a design feature  is explicitly mentioned for the "top" Chromoly models Bravado LE, Corrado and Karakoram only.


FRAME: GT Triple Triangle Design, Tig Pulse Welded, Double Butted Chromoly, 73mm Bottom Bracket Shell
FORK: GT Unicrown Full Chromoly with 1 1/8" Oversize Steer Tube and 1 1/8" Blades with Chisel Cut
RIMS: Weinmann Double Wall Alloy 26x1,50 32H, Silver Anodized
TIRES: Tioga Psycho 26x1.95
HUBS: Shimano STX QR Alloy with Rear Cassette, 32H
SPOKES: 14G Steinless Steel
PEDALS/TOE CLIPS & STRAPS: One-Piece Alloy GT Nylon Anatomically Sized
CHAIN: Shimano HyperGlide
DERAILLEURS: Shimano STX 21-Speed
SHIFTERS: Shimano STXRapid-Fire plus 7-Speed DUAL SIS
HANDLEBAR: GT Ergo Alloy with Multiple Hand Positions, Anatomically Sized
HANDLEBAR STEM: GT Flip Flop III Heat Treated Chromoly 1 1/8 Oversize "Aheadset" Type, Anatomically Sized
CRANKSET: Shimano STX 42/34/24 HyperDrive-C with Anatomically Sized Arms
BB PARTS: Shimano Cartridge
SEAT POST: Alloy Micro-Adjust
BRAKES: Shimano STX Canitlevers
FRAME SIZES: 14.5", 16", 18", 20", 22"
Colors: Blacklight, Raging Red

1995 (UK spec)

  • GT full chromoly fork with chisel-out blades
  • Shimano STX 21 Speed component group with RapidFire Plus shifters 
  • Mavic 136 alloy rims, 5.5 spokes
  • Tioga Psyche amber wall tires
  • Alloy pedals with GT toe-clips and straps
  • Oversize Aheadset stem
  • GT Vetta TI TriShock saddle
  • Gloss Black or Team Scream finish
  • 499.95 pounds

1996 (DE spec)

  • fork Bologna cut , (3fach konifiziert)
  • Mavic 238
  • WTB Velociraptor
  • Front rim Alivio Quickrelease
  • Rear rim Shimano silent clutch quick release
  • Spokes stainless steel
  • Alloy pedals with GT toe clips and straps

My GT Tequesta 1994 (as bought)

  • GT Chromoly fork
  • Shimano STX 21 Speed groupset (rear derailleur, front derailleur, brakes, crank / chain rings / pedals)
  • Diacompe Aheadset (original)
  • Diacompe Stem (not original?)
  • GT Ergobar (steel)
  • Shimano Altus A20 Shifter/Brake lever (not original)
  • Tires and rims are not original, the bike is 25 years old

My GT has had a GT Ergobar (steel handlebar) and a Dia-Compe ahead stem and Shimano Altus A20 gearshifter, brake levers. The cockpit components are an odd mix. The Altus A Series was introduced in 1992 and are entry level components. Normally my Tequesta should have had better STX brake levers / shifter. I believe that the first or second buyer changed the original flat handlebar to this GT Ergobar. To do that they swapped the complete handlebar with another GT bike, for example a GT Outpost or Timberline which were equipped with Altus A series components. To adjust the geometry, the Dia-Compe Stem was added to my bike. I know... I am speculating, but it is fun.

Why 1994?

The fork has a steel stamp of 1993, the bottom bracket 5 digit serial number starts with a 94. Therefore I call it a 94 GT Tequesta.
2 weeks after purchase, paint stripped off naked steel frame:

My GT Tequesta first mods

I have swapped all of the modern components of my previous project bike, the Merida Dakar.

  • Microshift Advent X shifter, rear derailleur
  • Tektro CV cantilever brakes (maybe later upgrading to front disc brake or Magura in the rear)
  • Ritchey Kyote handlebar
  • Ergotec 6 stem
  • innerbarends (old ones, don't know the brand)
  • SQLab grips 711
  • wheels / rims: first I'll stick with the 26" wheels of my Merida, rear including Hyperglide (HG) freehub for the 10 speed Microshift Advent X cassette
  • Tires: Schwalbe Billy Bonkers 

My GT Tequesta plans

  • Paint: Stripping the paint to bare steel look and leave it "naked"
  • Saddle: SQLab saddle(lightweight and I like the ergonomics of being able to have a little rear support with effort
  • Stem / ahead: Speedlifter twist stem (classic looks better than the current long highly angled system, practical to find ergonomic position and twist for practicality. I use a By.Schulz SDS Twist on my 28" terekking bike and love the space saving functionality.)
  • Tires:  Upgrading ASAP to Vittoria Barzo 2.25 front, Mezcal 2.1 rear or Continental Cross King front, Race King rear.

Both tire brands offer such "downcountry / XC / cross country" tires in similarly looking 26, 27.5 and 29er. My first choice are the Vittorias, but at the moment they seem to be more difficult to procure.
I decided against tan walls, as it looks weird with different tire sizes - in addition, the design is such a very visible two tone colour is seldomly consistent over tire sizes. One exception, the Vittorias!