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What say you BF? Minty Schwinn Circuit

Old 08-06-16, 08:08 AM
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What say you BF? Minty Schwinn Circuit

I just got a prelude and this is in my size (typo in ad) supposed to be in perfect condition. Hmmm what do you guys think?

Schwinn "Circuit" Racing Bicycle

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Old 08-06-16, 08:16 AM
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Pending better pictures to verify condition that's somewhat reasonable. I don't know LA's market but I'll assume its somewhere between Tampa's down the toilet and Seattle/Portland's top of the mountain.

I'd be comfortable at $275-300 otherwise there's no money in it - 'Big Hoss'
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Better pics? Are those Campy Brakes?
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Yeah I agree with the pics not being so great but it's supposed to be perfect cond according to the seller. So of course that's to be expected upon inspection. I didnt see too many for sale on ebay, whats the go to rate for this model and is it that much better than my prelude performance wise? I think its about 3 pounds lighter.
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Old 08-06-16, 08:24 AM
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Better pics? Are those Campy Brakes?
What are campy brakes?
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whats the go to rate for this model and is it that much better than my prelude performance wise? I think its about 3 pounds lighter.
Without question a step up from the Prelude. I think the Prelude is Columbus Tenax, 3 tubes only, which is an entry level tube. The Circuit uses a mix of Columbus SL/SP which is top notch especially on big frame.

The going rate is somewhere in the $250-350 range depending on market. I'd be in for $250 in Tampa but the bikes in LA so there's a market adjustment to consider.

Components are Shimano Sante...one level below Dura Ace.
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What are campy brakes?
Campagnolo - Campy

Italian component maker.
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I went from a Prelude to a Circuit. Huge improvement, the best handling bike I have owned. Sold mine because it was too small for me. Would buy another in my size if it popped up close to me.

The Prelude is a comfortable sport bike, the Circuit is a race machine.
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The brakes and most of the components on this bike look to be from the Shimano Sante group which was there second from the top group at the time very nice component's very distinct white gloss finish..
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Old 08-06-16, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
I went from a Prelude to a Circuit. Huge improvement, the best handling bike I have owned. Sold mine because it was too small for me. Would buy another in my size if it popped up close to me.

The Prelude is a comfortable sport bike, the Circuit is a race machine.
Awh lol I think my Prelude blushed..


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The brakes and most of the components on this bike look to be from the Shimano Sante group which was there second from the top group at the time very nice component's very distinct white gloss finish..
Thanks he says it has under 150 miles and never dropped. Its been on for about 2 weeks hmm not too many big guys looking for vintage bikes.

By the way could a modern road bike toady (not walmart target crap) weigh 22ish pounds and have similar performance for around 300?
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Awh lol I think my Prelude blushed..



Thanks he says it has under 150 miles and never dropped. Its been on for about 2 weeks hmm not too many big guys looking for vintage bikes.

By the way could a modern road bike toady (not walmart target crap) weigh 22ish pounds and have similar performance for around 300?
It depends if you want aluminum frame or not? It will also depend on what components and wheels it has? I was lucky to find a Schwinn Fastback Pro for $150 with full 9 speed Ultegra and Ritchey wheels. I was going to strip the parts but the bike rides so well I added it to my fleet. 20 lbs bike.

I also picked up a Scott Aluminum bike, 2006 or something, lowest model with Sora components. It was a heavy dog at 23 lbs. It did nothing well. Sold it off fast.
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Old 08-06-16, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
It depends if you want aluminum frame or not? It will also depend on what components and wheels it has? I was lucky to find a Schwinn Fastback Pro for $150 with full 9 speed Ultegra and Ritchey wheels. I was going to strip the parts but the bike rides so well I added it to my fleet. 20 lbs bike.

I also picked up a Scott Aluminum bike, 2006 or something, lowest model with Sora components. It was a heavy dog at 23 lbs. Sold it off fast.
My prelude weighs around 25 pounds and Im happy with it. Still need to replace the tires and buy some cycling shorts before I give it a good ride. I bet that circuit weighs around 23 or 24 pounds.
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My prelude weighs around 25 pounds and Im happy with it. Still need to replace the tires and buy some cycling shorts before I give it a good ride. I bet that circuit weighs around 23 or 24 pounds.
The Circuit will weigh about 23 lbs. The hubs are sweet, smooth as butter. The bike will be quicker, have faster handling, will hold the line on fast turns and give you thrills that the Prelude was not designed to do. If speed is your goal, the Circuit will deliver. There is nothing wrong with the Prelude at all. It is a great all around bike. I loved mine.

You really can`t compare the two because they are designed for different things.
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Old 08-06-16, 12:50 PM
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I had a '88 Circuit with the Sante group. 24" frame which is what the one listed by OP looks like. It was the best riding bike I had owned at that point. I rode it stock, then 8 speed bar end shifters, 9 speed brifters and as a fixed gear. I put a lot of miles on it. The Tange fork was a bit heavy in that big frame so I tried a carbon fork as well.

I sold the Sante group for more than I paid for the whole bike. It was pretty. Sante was only made the one year I believe. Too bad the OP bike does not have the original Concor Profil saddle. It is desirable as well. I see what looks like a Campagnolo water bottle. Nice.

If the bike really has 150 miles on it and is ready to ride then $300 would be OK IMO. I paid less. Catalog says the Circuit weighs 21 pounds. Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (346 of 456)

Mine with 9 speed 7700 brifters and a mix of other bits.




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I had a '88 Circuit with the Sante group. 24" frame which is what the one listed by OP looks like. It was the best riding bike I had owned at that point. I rode it stock, then 8 speed bar end shifters, 9 speed brifters and as a fixed gear. I put a lot of miles on it. The Tange fork was a bit heavy in that big frame so I tried a carbon fork as well.

I sold the Sante group for more than I paid for the whole bike. It was pretty. Sante was only made the one year I believe. Too bad the OP bike does not have the original Concor Profil saddle. It is desirable as well. I see what looks like a Campagnolo water bottle. Nice.

If the bike really has 150 miles on it and is ready to ride then $300 would be OK IMO. I paid less. Catalog says the Circuit weighs 21 pounds. Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (346 of 456)

Mine with 9 speed 7700 brifters and a mix of other bits.




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You seem to know your stuff I'll offer him 250 and see what he says. I'll also ask if he has original seat
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Searching for more info on my 89 Circuit frameset I picked up and this thread came across.

In my market (Chicago even though I'm also near Milwaukee) this price is FAIR for the quality of the bike. My frame is beat up cosmetically, but is solid and straight. If the bike is in as it appears condition and needs nothing, then I think it's solid if you plan to ride it. Offer the $250 or even $275. The year this bike was made it was 2nd down for Schwinn only after the paramount.

This wouldn't last, if mint, in my market. If you are picking this up to ride, and it fits, I would buy it. Find a bike with Columbus SP/SL tubes for a similar price-point.
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If it comes with that campagnolo water bottle, you could sell that and the bottle holder together on eBay and make a dent in whatever you paid.
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If it comes with that campagnolo water bottle, you could sell that and the bottle holder together on eBay and make a dent in whatever you paid.
^This. Check SOLD listings on the bay. I sold one locally for $50 so the ebay numbers tell the story. The bike has been up for a month so either the OP changed his mind or the seller said no to his offer.
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