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    Another Paramount ID question

    OK, so I was looking for a decent, lugged-steel roadbike. Nothing available new outside of custom or way-high end as far as I can tell. I resigned myself to getting something like a Soma lugged frame... for a split second until, duh, I remembered ebay. A few days later, I scored a nice 1990 Schwinn Paramount for a very fair price--top of the line bike outfitted with full Dura-Ace for about what I would have paid for frameset only on not as nice a frame. Score!

    Now I'm trying to ID it. I've been to Waterford's Paramount ID page and am still confused by a couple digits. Serial number is 530BMW E90081, which plays out as follows:

    530: Size, 53cm frame.
    B: ??? Waterford says this might be the fork on a scale of A (aggressive, race) to E (relaxed, tour?).
    M: ??? Waterford says this might be the model designation, but M is said to indicate a mountain frame. This most certainly isn't a mountain frame--it's a road frame without even any eyelets, "Sport" or "Race" frame at the very least.
    W: Waterford manufacture (yay!).

    E90: May 1990 mfg date.
    081: 81st off the line in May.

    Anyone know what the "B" and "M" stand for? (And don't get too funny, any of you in healthcare, I'm well aware of what BM *could* mean...)

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    "B" is the fork size, which corresponds to the 53cm frame size. My '89 55cm Waterford paramount has a slighter bigger "C" fork designation. I believe the "M" signifies oversized tubing, measure your top tube diameter to see if it is 1" or 1 1/8".

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    Quote Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
    "B" is the fork size, which corresponds to the 53cm frame size. My '89 55cm Waterford paramount has a slighter bigger "C" fork designation. I believe the "M" signifies oversized tubing, measure your top tube diameter to see if it is 1" or 1 1/8".
    Wow, dead on--thanks for the info. Top tube has a diameter of 1-1/8. I thought they had completely switched over to OS tubing by '90? So they were still using traditional tubing on some frames as well?

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    Nice bike. Nice score. Let's see some pictures. An OS Waterford paramount from the late 80s or early 90s is on my list of highly desired bikes.
    If 80's steel was good enough for Hinault, Moser, Kelly, Roche, Lemond and Anderson then I need to prove my worthiness of it on a daily basis.
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