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Old 12-19-09, 11:51 PM
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1987 schwinn prologue info/value

Hello...I was redirected to to this forum from a fellow member...kind of new at this so bear with me...Looking for info/value on a 1987 (I believe) Schwinn Prologue (road bike, not the TT or "funny bike") that I just picked up from a local pawn shop for $150...Black metallic/ silver gray fade paint (believe the other paint choice that year was red/white fade) with Shimano 600 (6400 series) groupset...believe this was sold as a frameset only...headtube badge has # 0497 (49th day/1987?)...# on headtube is 7D06333....very nice condition with low miles...it's a keeper so would like to find out as much info as possible and if it was a good buy value wise even though it is not a Paramount...Thanks !
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(copy and paste from my reply to your post in the other place : )

Not an '87... 90s+ as far as the bike goes. In the 80s Prologues were the funny bikes only (Circuit and Peloton were the top of the line Non-Paramount bikes). The 6400 group might be a later addition to this bike (it run from 88-90)... Does it have an Aluminum frame? Look at the frame sticker

Or... are you talking about a Prelude instead of a Prologue? (and Preludes did not come with anything like 6400).

Oh... and pictures will help
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Well, you're right; it's a keeper. I believe they were made in Japan by National/Panasonic, and they're very high end framesets. Notice the sidebar:

"Prologue - A 1987 World Champion in its very first year."

Here's the 1988 Prologue catalog page from the lightweight catalog. I don't believe there were any significant changes made from '87 through '89.





Here's the frameset page from the '89 Parts & Accessories catalog.

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Originally Posted by eirewise View Post
Hello...I was redirected to to this forum from a fellow member...kind of new at this so bear with me...Looking for info/value on a 1987 (I believe) Schwinn Prologue (road bike, not the TT or "funny bike") that I just picked up from a local pawn shop for $150...Black metallic/ silver gray fade paint (believe the other paint choice that year was red/white fade) with Shimano 600 (6400 series) groupset...believe this was sold as a frameset only...headtube badge has # 0497 (49th day/1987?)...# on headtube is 7D06333....very nice condition with low miles...it's a keeper so would like to find out as much info as possible and if it was a good buy value wise even though it is not a Paramount...Thanks !
The frame is tange prestige here is a link to the geometry http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1988_04.html

I have seen the frame sets alone go for well over the price you paid for the whole bike. I would love to have one of these.

EDIT: Scooper beat me to it
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Old 12-20-09, 09:01 AM
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I think you did very well on your purchase if it's in decent condition and fits you. For a simiilar comparison I sold a '87 Circuit last summer w/ Suntour sprint for $350, but that was summer.

I had a Prologue about a year ago. The red/white frame and got it on ebay with a local pick up. Paid $250 for it. It was all Campagnolo, Victory if I recall except for Superbee shifters. Might have been some Chorus in there, fluted seat post, Campy hubs and rims, Cinelli stem and bars. Fantastic bike but 1 size too small for a perfect fit, (hence the seat post height). I did a complete tear down, BB, head set overhaul, all new cables, housing, bar tape, brake hoods and very good tires.

It was kind of a strange situation how it was sold. I posted on the Schwinn forum to get some info on it. One day I get e mail, PM from some guy wanting to know where to buy one. I told him I was thinking of selling. He said his had been stolen and he had to have a Prologue to replace it and nothing else would do. Thinking he might be some fruitcake I threw out a high number to test the waters.
Turned out he was for real and 15 years old. He showed up with his Dad who gladly paid $500 for the bike. I had mentioned I could probably get that much if parted out so I didn't think the amount was out of line considering the condition and components.

I now have a 1989 Circuit with Ultegra 9 speed and love it.



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Thanks...See replys below...mine is the black/smoke grey color Prologue frameset...sold as frameset only so I'm sure there are many different groupset combinations...Shimano 600 (6400) series groupset would be the right time frame ('88 to '91) for the bike...
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Old 12-20-09, 07:14 PM
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Thanks for the info & catalogue pics!...Going to get to work on replacing cables/housing etc...frameset itself is in very nice shape...just a few paint nicks/scratches...zero rust/corrosion...Thanks again!
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Thanks for the info & the great pics of the red/white fade color...Took it out for a quick ride today for fit...I'm thinking it may be a tad small but I'm going to go ahead replace cables/housing...rear hub overhaul & probably do the BB...it has very low miles & even had the orig (I believe) 700 x 20 Continentals...If it doesn't fit (it's 59 cm & I usually ride 60cm) then I will update this post with some pictures in case anyone would be interested...Thanks again!
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Definitely a good purchase. $150 plus a set of $100 Shimano 600 STI shifters, and you've got a very nice bike that can run with anything out there, plus has some character to it.
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Is it a 54?
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Old 12-20-09, 11:22 PM
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Hey Jim...I'ts a 23" seat tube that I measure 59cm center to top...By the way, you & T-mar & others have been very helpful the past few years with info on my mid '80s Miyatas, Univegas, & Fujis...Many Thanks!...Walt
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