The name says it all. The GT Performer is the bike for you when you're ready to ride, and ride with style. The Performer packs on the attitude with a beefy GT frame and a host of hot freestyle components. The Performer is ready for ramps, street or a stylish ride around the block.
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Made in Taiwan.
First two numbers in the serial indicates year of production. 1996 or 1997. XX in the example above indicates production month
Bikes made in Taiwan usually had an 5-8 month production and shipping timeline before they were sold in bike shops around the world. Bikes welded in the later months of the year would normally be made for the following year.