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73 Schwinn World Voyageur or Chrome 81 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, which would you choose?

Old 07-03-15, 07:54 PM
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73 Schwinn World Voyageur or Chrome 81 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, which would you choose?

I have the 11.8, which is in fair shape. It's missing all of the decals, very small dent on the top tube, has a replaced rim, otherwise components are original. I'm thinking about making a three way deal for an orange World, which is missing about every key original component. Either bike would be used as a rider (not a wall hanging piece of art). Any advice?
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Normally if they were equal in originality and condition I'd choose the '73, but being full chrome and nearly original I'd have to go with the '81.
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Originally Posted by Metacortex
... I'd have to go with the '81.
Thanks for your input Meta.
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I have both, and I'm selling the 11.8 to keep the 74.
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Originally Posted by lord_athlon
I have both, and I'm selling the 11.8 to keep the 74.
Pray tell my Lord, what drove you to make this decision?
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I'd keep the 83 as well.
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I would prefer whichever one is lighter in weight.
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Originally Posted by lord_athlon
I have both, and I'm selling the 11.8 to keep the 74.
You want a Sports Tourer in 58cm too IIRC. I've got most of one, needs a wheel set, shifters, derailleurs, and levers. I think I have a crankset which matches the OEM in my stash somewhere.

My choice, the Voyageur 11.8, it is lighter Tom.
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The Voyageur 11.8 is mark as chromo/butted main tubes (aka main triangle); read "it's other tube bits are something less than chromo". The World Voyageur is stated as being "butted chromo" in the catalog flyer, but I don't know if that's just the main triangle, or the seats and stays in addition. I'm curious to know which is lighter, though regardless which is lighter, I carry enough addition anchor weight in fleshiness to make a choice based upon frame weight differences full circle into a fair counter discussion of hypocrisy.
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Originally Posted by uncle uncle
Pray tell my Lord, what drove you to make this decision?
Voyageur 11.8
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Voyageur II

Roughly the same geometry...I just like the long pointed lugs on the Voyageur II.

The Voyageur II I got came with 99% of the original parts, and they were all higher quality than the ones on the 11.8.

Since your trade wont, it really comes down to vanity.

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Having an 11.8, Im biased and would go that route. Decals are $50 for good ones.
...the original Altus components are less than impressive though, at least to me. And the 1st gen uniglide cassette is infuriating, if it isnt in perfect shape and it really cant be worked on at this point.

If the World has changed components, but what is on the bike all matches and makes sense, that's still a plus in my book.
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What size do you ride?
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Do you mean me? The original poster guy? I ride a 23".
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I only asked because I have a 25 that's looking for a new home.

If you have any questions about differences, I can take any pics and measure whatever you want
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Originally Posted by lord_athlon
I only asked because I have a 25 that's looking for a new home.

If you have any questions about differences, I can take any pics and measure whatever you want
A 25" World Voyageur or 11.8? What's the standover height?

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Originally Posted by lord_athlon
If you have any questions about differences, I can take any pics and measure whatever you want
Hey Lord, do you know if the fork or stays where chromoly? I've read that the paint is rather "delicate"; got a opinion on it?
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I do believe the forks and stays are Chromoly. The frames on the '73 World is fully chrome under the paint, that's why the paint is so easy to scratch.
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They're both 4130. The paint is fairly fragile. But mine has held up ok for 41 years.
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Originally Posted by Metacortex
Normally if they were equal in originality and condition I'd choose the '73, but being full chrome and nearly original I'd have to go with the '81.
And see, that's the point. Without all the original bits the '73 loses a fair bit of luster. Now you're down to two frames you can rebuild the way YOU want it. At that point choose the lighter one with no paint worries. In your hands now rather than haggling with TWO other guys makes it a no-brainer.
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