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The issue with Schwinn, is that several years ago, GT and Schwinn were going bankrupt and were eventually purchased by Pacific Cycle Corp. (don't remember ACTUAL Name, but it is Pacific). Pacific is the largest retailer of bicycles in the US. Unfortunately, 90% of their bikes are "X-Mart" type bikes costing less than $250.00.
Pacific decided to use the popularity of the Schwinn name and make cheap bicycles (on the same level as Huffy, Murray...etc.) with a Schwinn name. They decided to keep GT as a shop quality bike.
Personally, I think this has paid for THEM (the corp.), but not for US (the consumer). Too many ignorant people walk into an "X-Mart", see the Schwinn name, remember the reputation, and buy an inferior bike.
I will add however, that of most of the "X-Mart" bikes available, the Schwinn is one of the better ones out there. (Best of the Worst - so to speak).
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