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    Schwinn High Sierra - complete (photos)





    Not restored, but made as new. 1987 High Sierra. 4130 "Black Chrome" frame, very very nice.

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    Wow, that is nice! With those braze-ons, this would make a killer expedition bike.

    When you say "made as new," do you mean it's in unrestored, but as-new condition?

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    I started with a frame, but I didn't restore it, I used more modern parts and built it up without regard to "accuracy", component wise. It is a old frame but mostly new parts.

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    That looks really really nice! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    That is an awesome frame... as pointed out the center pulls brakes are wicked and the smoke chrome looking finish is magnifique. Never seen a fork like that either... is nice.
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    I just found one that I believe is an 88, since it was the only year I could see yellow listed in the colors? I have found chrome under the minimal paint chips, so maybe it's a leftover frame painted to make a new model year. The chainguard sticker also is worded differently from the catalog scan I saw.,,,,BD

    They're quite nice, tig welded with fillet brazed head tube joint. Probably one of the very last bikes Schwinn used fillet brazing on.,,,,BD

    I need a fresher picture. The stem has already been dropped 2-3 inches, and the frame cleaned. I need to get going on it, but am out of lined housing at the moment.



    Update! It's done.... for now.


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    Very cool machines. I've been thinking about finding an older rigid mtb for a neighborhood kick around bike to ride with my wife.

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    I built this one to pull my daughters trailer - though I am worried about ruining my finish with the hitch.

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    custer, we may have matching schwinn sierra's soon. I'm going to look at one nearly identical (except for components of course) this afternoon.

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    I have a 1986 Sierra in Black Chrome that I bought new. It's still mostly original, just the seat and bars have been changed.

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    how much was yours when it was new?

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    Well, passed on the Sierra. It was too big.

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    Very Nice...good job.

    I have a 1990 Schwinn KOM S9 XT in basically showroom condition which had first generation shimano XT complete, made in Japan. This was their top tier model at the time.
    I'll try to find pictures.

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    That looks great. You're right, the black chrome finish is in really good condition. Well done!

    Is it fun to ride?
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    It is too much fun to ride, and very fast. I have it dialed in a little differently with some rise on the bars, but it is a sweet, sweet ride.

    I rip around the paths in my neighborhood every night.

    It is built with Deore XT (NOS front, lightly used rear), SRAM Gripshift 8 x3, WTB hubs laced to Speedmaster rims, and Ritchey Rizer bars (not in picture).

    This is a nice, nice bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    I just found one that I believe is an 88, since it was the only year I could see yellow listed in the colors? I have found chrome under the minimal paint chips, so maybe it's a leftover frame painted to make a new model year. The chainguard sticker also is worded differently from the catalog scan I saw.,,,,BD

    Wow- that was my very first mountain bike. Loved that thing. Then it got stolen. Those roller cam brakes were pretty amazing.

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    OK...here's the one built into a touring rig...pretty awesome, huh?

    I'll try to find a picture of mine, too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by custermustache View Post
    Not restored, but made as new. 1987 High Sierra. 4130 "Black Chrome" frame, very very nice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    I just found one that I believe is an 88, since it was the only year I could see yellow listed in the colors? I have found chrome under the minimal paint chips, so maybe it's a leftover frame painted to make a new model year. The chainguard sticker also is worded differently from the catalog scan I saw.,,,,BD

    They're quite nice, tig welded with fillet brazed head tube joint. Probably one of the very last bikes Schwinn used fillet brazing on.,,,,BD
    Thank you for starting this thread and sharing your pictures. I just started research on this style of Schwinn steel. Hoping to add one tall model to my collection as I really like the geometry of the frames and the components utilized on several models.

    Schwinn Cool Lemon is one of my favorite colors, so your 88 is extremely attractive to me, it would compliment my cool lemon Super Sport.

    I have not seen the early MTBs Schwinn produced much up here in the midwest, and few I have seen are down in the Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma markets. Then again unless you are looking for something specific, you may ignore other gems as just bike clutter

    PS: @alicestrong, thanks for the touring version image, and look forward to yours as well.

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    Then again unless you are looking for something specific, you may ignore other gems as just bike clutter
    Isn't that the truth. When I started to get back into bikes, I went to a grage sale down the street from me, and they guy had a chrome Schwinn Ladies cruiser, and a nice italian road bike from about the same era - late sixties. The road bike was a little rough, but it was complete, and had a frame pump. the guy wanted $40 for the pair of bikes, but I passed, becasue I wasn't sure if I was throwing $40 away.

    I rethought it, went back, and the road bike was gone. c'est la vie.

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    Here's my fast cruiser mobile...

    I rode it yesterday in a neighborhood bike rally-fun!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by custermustache View Post




    Not restored, but made as new. 1987 High Sierra. 4130 "Black Chrome" frame, very very nice.
    I'm lovin the brake caliper setup. Kinda mad max plus terminator look
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    I actually saw a road bike on eBay theo other day with rollercam brakes. If it had been a little bigger frame it would have been mine.

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    What's the story on the brakes I love em. What brand or style or whatever tell me about them.
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    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/1177009281.html
    $99 on the Raleigh C/L.
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    Hey, Custer, what tires did you put on that? I like the look of them.

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    1987 High Sierra Black Chrome: I wore this one out and the frame broke, I did one of my first centeries on this bike with street tires.
    1988 High Sierra Black Chrome: Schwinn replaced the frame and I still have it very good bikes.
    I have a NOS 1987 hanging in the rafters with about 500 miles on it... I bought 2 bikes back in 87, one for me and one for my brother... he only rode his the first year and its been hanging ever since... in a time warp, completely original and not a scratch....
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