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    my bike was stolen....but there is some good news


    Hello all!!

    This is my first post on this site... Looking to get some feedback on a situation.
    Okay here's the sad story in short:

    My cruiser was stolen outside of my house... however, the fools left behind their Schwinn S-20 full suspension mountain bike with a broken spoke.
    After reading some stuff on the web, it appears there are plenty of knockoffs from what used to be the original Schwinn model. I was wondering how to tell whats a cheap copy, and what may be an original?
    I am wanting to tune this said bike up and sell it so I can get another cruiser.
    Any help would be most appreciated. I find a huge range of prices for a used S-20, but I have been outta the mountain bike loop for a few years now, and wouldn't be able to confirm with any confidence what this thing is, exactly.


    Thanks!!
    Spencer

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    I'm no expert on Schwinn S-20's, but I'm going to guess that if it was left behind, it's no prize. You may be able to use it for what you are hoping, though.
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    I have a Schwinn S-30 from the late 90's - the $999 MSRP version, not the $200 Wal-mart version. You should be able to tell just by looking at components. The S-30 had reasonable components, nothing great, but at least Shimano STX RC and some other Shimano parts, Rock Shox Judy XC fork, stuff that a $200 Wal-mart bike wouldn't have.

    Take a look at the components on the bike, get some model numbers from them if you can, and post them on here - people should quickly be able to tell you if the bike is crap or not.

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    my bike was stolen from my house a month or two ago. it sucked. sorry to hear about your sad situation. i can't help with advise about your schwinn but i found my bike in a pawn shop about 2 weeks after it was stolen. so i guess my advise to you is to check out your local pawn shops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spencer517

    Hello all!!

    This is my first post on this site... Looking to get some feedback on a situation.
    Okay here's the sad story in short:

    My cruiser was stolen outside of my house... however, the fools left behind their Schwinn S-20 full suspension mountain bike with a broken spoke.
    After reading some stuff on the web, it appears there are plenty of knockoffs from what used to be the original Schwinn model. I was wondering how to tell whats a cheap copy, and what may be an original?
    I am wanting to tune this said bike up and sell it so I can get another cruiser.
    Any help would be most appreciated. I find a huge range of prices for a used S-20, but I have been outta the mountain bike loop for a few years now, and wouldn't be able to confirm with any confidence what this thing is, exactly.


    Thanks!!
    Spencer
    Spencer,

    There is a chance that the bike they left was stolen from someone else. You may want to find the original owner. Just my $.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Podolak
    Spencer,

    There is a chance that the bike they left was stolen from someone else. You may want to find the original owner. Just my $.02.
    That's what I was thinking. You may bring trouble on yourself trying to sell.

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    indeed

    thanks everyone for the words of wisdom.
    i hadn't even thought about the possible victims before me.
    this thing is in pretty good shape and has a lot of shimano parts.
    how would anyone prove they are the owner i wonder.

    -spencer

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    Look on the top of the BB for a small sticker that says pacific bicycles. If you see that its trash. I've seen that model at target though. Probably junk.

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    it might be pre pacific -

    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Bike/product_18790.shtml

    Most of the s-20's I am seeing on mtbr reviews look pretty decent...

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    pics to be sure.
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    I was thinking you saved money on your car insurance by switching to geico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spencer517
    thanks everyone for the words of wisdom.
    i hadn't even thought about the possible victims before me.
    this thing is in pretty good shape and has a lot of shimano parts.
    how would anyone prove they are the owner i wonder.

    -spencer
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    thanks everyone! word here is that its crap. just won't carry 30 tecates like my faithful cruiser did. but heres some pics for fun... i will now be attending the weekly swap meet where cruisers have been know to turn up.














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    whoa! hold on a second man. it turns out that you have a legit schwinn on your hands. the rock shox rear shock and the avid brake lever (Good stuff) prove it--its an older model, but back in its day it was a nice bike.

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    Presuming you called the cops to report your bike stolen, you should have mentioned "the trade". There might be another victim, however if they tell you it's your's - get it in writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mech2o4
    whoa! hold on a second man. it turns out that you have a legit schwinn on your hands. the rock shox rear shock and the avid brake lever (Good stuff) prove it--its an older model, but back in its day it was a nice bike.
    +1
    keep that if you can

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