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Schwinn Crosscut

Old 05-13-17, 06:40 PM
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Schwinn Crosscut

I've asked the seller for more information, but have not yet heard back. Do the color or style of the graphics give away its model year? Or the serial number (J010370)? All I know is it's a Schwinn Crosscut, and the asking price is about $100 more than I'd be prepared to pay for it, but curious to hear your thoughts on it:

https://winchester.craigslist.org/bik/6077121753.html

I'm also having a tough time finding out more about the Crosscut. From various threads on BF, it seems like the Crosscut was one of the top Schwinn hybrids of the day? Or may be THE top of the hybrid line for Schwinn? Seems like they notched above the Crisscross.

How similar are these to something like a Trek 750? There's more information out there on that model, and it's one I'm looking for, but this one also interests me, if I can get it at the right price.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-13-17, 07:11 PM
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The crosscut was a good hybrid model from Schwinn. It was second in line below the crosspoint.

In the trfindley catalogs you will be able to locate that exact model based on the colour. I see it has lugs so start in the early 90's and move up till you find it.
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It's either a 1990



Or a 1991 in "Racing Red." They're really hard to tell apart from just a dark picture like that.



I have a 91 that differs from the catalog spec a bit (black 400 LX cranks, Sun Levanter rims). Look for the faint 4 digit date code on the head badge. If it ends with 0 it's a '90. If it ends in 1 it's a '91.

It's a nice rider, with dutiful mid-grade components, but it's curiously heavy. $200 is as you've noted, silly. I think they were a Consumer Reports best buy, and that's why they pop up on CL quite a bit.

I'd hold out for a 750.
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I've had my blue flash '92 since new, and love it. It's got the Exage 400 group on it and performs really well as a versatile errand/fun bike.

I recently found a rough, white, 1992 donor frame in a 58cm size, had it powder coated, and am building it up for my daughter-in-law. Catalog says, like above, that it came in white or red.

Can't help you ID the year, but do know that it's not a '92.

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Actually the Crosspoint (1992 only), Crosscut and Crisscross all had the exact same frame for several years according to the catalog specs. Cr-mo double butted. The red ones are 1990 or 1991 with Shimano 400LX.

I would give it a very thorough inspection. If you plan to upgrade everything I wouldn't go more than $100. If you like it the way it is and everything is in great shape maybe $150. They do have a long top tube proportionally so be sure to ride it if at all possible.

I've been doing some minor upgrades to my 1991 Crosscut and when I finished today it weighed 29.4 lb, and that's with a very cheap steel hub 48h wheelset. I'm shopping for a wheelset this weekend which should bring the weight down a good bit. By the way I am a super clydesdale at 280 lb and the Crosscut handles it with ease,would make a great touring bike.

For what it's worth, a 1990 blue Crisscross that looked almost showroom new just sold on eBay for over $250 including shipping, it was only up for a day before selling.
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They are from the early days of hybrids, and were approaching a pricey $500 new "back in the day". They are very versatile. They can be used for commuting, touring, and cyclocross. They are also a good prospect for a drop bar conversion with bar-end shifters. The new flat bar Salsa Marrakesh touring bike reminds me of the CrossCut, right down to the tires. The new Salsa has '80s style " throw back" friction thumbies, which are a lot more practical and headache-free than trigger shifters. Some of the old trigger shifters on those bike, that have been sitting for awhile, have "dead" shifters. A few blasts of PB Blaster, or WD-40, usually frees them up. An LBS, though, might give you a repair estimate ("death certificate") in the $200+ range.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
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Thank you.

And thanks to others for advice. I probably will hold out for a 750...unless I found one of these in that white color posted above. That's a much sharper combination (to me) than the red/black decal that is on CL.
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Well, this bike is certainly not 'classic', and still several years away from 'vintage', too. Maybe it's time to rename this forum to simply "valuations"??
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Well, this bike is certainly not 'classic', and still several years away from 'vintage', too. Maybe it's time to rename this forum to simply "valuations"??
It's about 25 years old. Old enough for C&V. If you don't agree, I have a simple solution. Don't post.
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