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Old 10-27-09, 09:44 AM   #1
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Schwinn World Tour

There has been some discussion about this bike here, but I haven't heard anyone comment on the bike's quill stem... it seems very out of place to me (I'm a noob, though) so I'm hoping there might be some feedback here.

Schwinn is odd in that all the specs say the bike comes with Planet Bike fenders... but you certainly don't see them in their photo's. And though Performance seems to sell the bike, they seem slightly different -- and then there re is that strange Performance pricing phenom: people here report getting the bike for circa $600, when it's now listed on the Performance site at $799 (less the current discount of $100).



Here is the Performance version, brown, and lo and behold, there are the fenders!

On the Schwinn 2010 page, a detail blowup of the front fork does also show the braze ons:


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Old 10-27-09, 10:04 AM   #2
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What's the issue? I like quill stems; they work just fine.
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A quil stem is a little out of place on a modern bike, but I still prefer them to threadless and wish they still came on all bikes. They give you an inch or so of adjustment without buying a new stem or stacking up a whole mess of spacers (which you can only do if nobody has already cut the steerer). Threaded headsets look nicer too, IMO. I think the original idea behind the threadless method was to cut weight.
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a quil stem is a little out of place on a modern bike, but i still prefer them to threadless and wish they still came on all bikes. They give you an inch or so of adjustment without buying a new stem or stacking up a whole mess of spacers (which you can only do if nobody has already cut the steerer). Threaded headsets look nicer too, imo. I think the original idea behind the threadless method was to cut weight.
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Old 10-27-09, 09:09 PM   #5
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I think the folks above have it pegged. It is a lot easier to face the "humiliation" of not having a treadless headset than having to buy a new fork to get a taller steering tube. I wish my present touring bike had a quill stem. I need about another.75" and the only way I can get it is to change forks. I suspect the manufactures went to "treadless" because they are cheaper to produce. It would be great if bikes came with uncut steerer tubes which could be sized after the the bike was purchased and fitted to the rider.

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The difference between the Schwinn Super Sport DBX and the Schwinn World DBX is the former has disk brakes and a threadless headset. The World looks like a capable touring bike (with cantis) while the Super Sport is more of an all rounder.

The price for both models is practically the same. Here's a picture of the Super Sport DBX for comparison:


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Old 10-28-09, 03:44 AM   #7
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For what it's worth, it appears the Super Sport DBX is no longer available. The geometry of the bike seems appropriate for touring, but some of other specs give pause: aluminum frame, carbon fork, carbon seat stem, disc brakes.

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