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Scwhinn Paramount --info request?

Old 03-21-13, 11:33 AM
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Scwhinn Paramount --info request?



i need help getting info on this paramount, its been offered for $450
also it is said the fork needs to be replaced.
please share your thoughts and info with me.
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Old 03-21-13, 04:51 PM
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Crashed bike = pass. Where do you plan to find a matching fork (bike is 20 years old, Schwinn went backrupt in about 1995, etc). Wheels don't match (typical crash replacement).

If you are going to buy a crashed bike, you really need to be proficient at doing a complete, full, inspection, and with some prior experience with wrecked bikes.

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Old 03-21-13, 04:54 PM
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I might get scolded for this but I would not pay that for it considering the bent fork. Was it crashed? How did the fork get bent? Original wheels?
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Old 03-21-13, 05:50 PM
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I might get scolded for this but I would not pay that for it considering the bent fork. Was it crashed? How did the fork get bent? Original wheels?
You would need to carefully inspect the frame before even considering buying it. If it was crashed or driven into the garage hard enough to bend the fork and front wheel it is possible the frame has damage. If the bike has noticeable damage like this one you need to consider that you are just buying the components.

I don't always assume mismatched wheels mean a crash, it is possible that a wheel just went bad through rough riding style, or a wheel was lost or stolen. the key here is knowing what the OEM wheels were. a replaced rear is likely damaged riding, the reason the front was replaced is of more concern.
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Old 03-21-13, 06:43 PM
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There are better bikes for $500 than that basket case + the parts/work required.

Isn't that a PDG and therefore a non-Schwinn?

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It kills me how the ad states, "Classic Schwinn Paramount in fabulous shape! Frame is perfect. Forks will need to be replaced soon."

It' can't be in fabulous shape and need a fork replacement. It's listed at $299 and I would still stay away personally. I've seen it listed for at least a week.
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$450 is waaaaaaaaaaaay too much for this bike. Fork is trashed, wheels don't match, frame is suspect and must be inspected in person.

Value is in the components that are still useable. I'm guessing around $100.
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Old 03-21-13, 07:42 PM
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Nice bike if fixed. Fork...well...it's not hard to find a fork & if you're not looking to restore it, why not put a carbon fork on it (sue me, C&V folks...but why not...it's a beater already). Not sure if I'm reading the model correctly, but I'm assuming it's a lower end of the PDG series and as such not anything more exciting than yet another nice '80s/'90s steel frame with some pretty nice geometry (all of which translates to, not bad & could build back to be pretty nice). The tag on the fork looks like a columbus tag...could it be? if so, I'd guess it's a nicer frame than I was imagining. Parts bike in the current condition. $75-125 depending on market?
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Columbus sticker is baffling. I would have to see the bike in person. But the series Paramounts were Tange tubing, not Columbus.

Schwinn DT decal looks like my 1992 Paramount MTB. Bike looks really fishy to me, would need to be cheap, and then I would chance it, damage and all (cheap - $100).
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I could be wrong, but I think it's a Waterford built bike; all the Series Paramounts had unicrown forks. The serial number would be helpful in determining whether it's a Waterford or Series bike.

I agree the bike has probably been crashed, and besides the bent fork it may have frame damage. Seller is asking way too much.
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