JULI FURTADO'S 1992 GT RTS-1 | Besides the obvious standout of purple glitter paint, this bike was sporting ceramic braking surfaces, a braking breakthrough at the time. The full-suspension frame is pretty fresh, with the rear shock feeding through a hole in the seat tube. Up front, the RockShox SL fork has a plush 63 millimeters of travel. This bike reflects an era when all GTs were U.S.-made, and of course it sports decade-appropriate anodizing and Onza accessories.
TODD WELLS' 2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS GT ZASKAR | Twelve years doesn’t seem like long ago, but in bike years that’s eons. The bike Wells took to the 2004 Olympics looks archaic by today’s standards, with its aluminum hardtail frame, 26-inch wheels, triple crankset, bar ends and integrated shifter brake levers. The RockShox SID has puny 28-millimeter stanchions and brake studs, as the disc brake movement still hadn’t taken hold. One of its more subtle details is the special ‘SID’ Greek lettering along the fork’s lowers.