1996 GT Talera Part I

The Go Anywhere Bike

The newest Bikes For No Reason project is completely transforming a 1996 GT Talera mountain bike into a go anywhere touring machine. This bike will have to be able to handle on and off road situations in it's soon to be new home in the Great Northwest. 
This project was loosely inspired by a reconfiguration of a vintage F. Moser mountain bike featured on cycleexif
On a budget of less than $500USD I'm selecting components that are strong, reliable, low maintenance, and lighter weight when possible. Key conversion features include: drop bars, integrated road brake/shift levers, 9x2 gearing, lightweight wheels, and a fresh coat of paint. See part II here.

Mountain Bike
The GT Talera as purchased (photo courtesy of the seller)
The components that have been acquired so far
The frame prepared for painting
Vuelta Limited Edition
26" Zerolite Vuelta Wheels
The cockpit ready for tape


Frame: 4130 CR-MO
Fork: Tange Unicrown CR-MO
Hubs: N/A
Rims: Vuelta Zero Lite 24 Spoke
Tires: 26"
Shift levers: Shimano Sora 9X2/3
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crank: Shimano Deore
Cassette: SRAM 11-28
Pedals: Platform
Chain: SRAM
Brake Calipers: Shimano (Cantilever)
Brake Levers: Shimano Sora
Stem: Bianchi Componenti
Handle Bars: Salsa Moto Ace
Saddle: WTB Rocket
Seat Post: Kalloy
Original Weight N/A
Current Weight N/A