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Old 10-22-18, 09:09 PM
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Schwinn Tenax back in my garage!

I finally found a reasonably priced Schwinn Tenax in my size. Nice to get this 1989 Prelude after ignorantly donating my 1986 Tempo 15 years ago to the church rummage sale.
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I clicked on this thread to mention that I also just acquired a Schwinn Tenax frame but I didn't expect it to be nearly the exact same one! Just a smaller size. Trash find. Yours shows me how good my project could be. How does it compare to your tempo?
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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
...after ignorantly donating my 1986 Tempo 15 years ago to the church rummage sale.
I would submit that your initial sacrifice wasn't a waste, even if offered in ignorance.
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I would submit that your initial sacrifice wasn't a waste, even if offered in ignorance.
Agreed. I just never should have let it go!
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Originally Posted by Stormy Archer View Post
I clicked on this thread to mention that I also just acquired a Schwinn Tenax frame but I didn't expect it to be nearly the exact same one! Just a smaller size. Trash find. Yours shows me how good my project could be. How does it compare to your tempo?
It's hard to compare it to the Tempo since I have not ridden a Tenax frame in years, but I will tell you I have had multiple C&V road bikes(steel, aluminum, and even early carbon composite) pass through the collection this spring/summer and this frame is right at the top as far as ride quality. I have pared my C&V drop bar road bikes down to this and my 1985 Club Fuji. The Fuji has a unique ride quality due to the quad-butted VaLite tubing. The Fuji needs a little tuning done to the drivetrain to be perfect, but this Prelude was lightly ridden and well kept. It rides like it's brand-new. Also, the Prelude was below the Tempo in Schwinn's lineup in 1989, but that is only because the Tempo jumped up a couple of levels from where my 1986 was. The 1986 Tempo had Shimano Light Action. By 1989 the Tempo was running Shimano 105 and other higher end bits. This Prelude is actually a little better equipped than my early Tempo. The Suntour/SR/Dia-Compe EDGE components are really solid. Still, the frames are almost identical, and that is truly where these shine.

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Old 10-23-18, 09:07 AM
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This is all very interesting. I have an 87 Prelude frame set, hanging, because at some point along the line, I could no longer get comfortable on it. It was my first "nice bike", and I rode it for some years.
and then I began to move toward bigger frames. It's been a great source of scavengeable parts. One of these days I might have to give it a go again.
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I have two. First was a 1986 Prelude I bought off CL at the recommendation of a friend who owns a shop. I mentioned that I really missed my 1989 Fuji Sagres SP sport touring bike, and was looking to get back in to road biking again. He thought the used Tenax Schwinns were a bargain.

I liked the ride so much that I have now invested in a “resto-mod” build of a 1987 Super Sport frame (slightly more aggressive head angle, 700c wheels, chromoly fork). It seemed to be going well, but I’m realizing the rear dropout “cold set” may have gone awry at the seat stay brake bridge (dropouts are centered left to right and aligned with each other, but brake bridge is like 5mm off center). If I can get this sorted out, I hope to have the new build up and running before winter.
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I have two. First was a 1986 Prelude I bought off CL at the recommendation of a friend who owns a shop. I mentioned that I really missed my 1989 Fuji Sagres SP sport touring bike, and was looking to get back in to road biking again. He thought the used Tenax Schwinns were a bargain.

I liked the ride so much that I have now invested in a “resto-mod” build of a 1987 Super Sport frame (slightly more aggressive head angle, 700c wheels, chromoly fork). It seemed to be going well, but I’m realizing the rear dropout “cold set” may have gone awry at the seat stay brake bridge (dropouts are centered left to right and aligned with each other, but brake bridge is like 5mm off center). If I can get this sorted out, I hope to have the new build up and running before winter.
Weird. Has the rear axle spacing been modified?
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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
Weird. Has the rear axle spacing been modified?
I expanded the rear triangle from 126 mm to 130 mm. Then aligned the dropouts to the seat tube with a frame alignment gauge, and aligned the dropouts with each other... back and forth until it all worked out. But the wheel will sit centered within the chain stays, but the brake bridge is off center. Could be a couple of different things, but I wish I had noticed earlier before powder coating.
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Old 10-23-18, 01:31 PM
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Congrats! I love all of those white 80's grouppos. Sante, etc.
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Congrats! I love all of those white 80's grouppos. Sante, etc.
Bad lighting in the photo. They are just plain silver. Never have landed a satin white set yet. My Club Fuji does have a non-OEM Sante rear hub that is not white tho...
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Bad lighting in the photo. They are just plain silver. Never have landed a satin white set yet. My Club Fuji does have a non-OEM Sante rear hub that is not white tho...
Ha, got it. Yeah, I couldn't remember the name of the white Suntour group, but I didn't think it was edge. Turns out it's Suntour Ole.
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I had to let my Passage go earlier in the year when lack of employment was an issue, so I have been passively looking myself nice score OP!



really like the ride and fit
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Nice bike! I agree, the frame is what makes the tempo special. I like the Suntour group on your bike, It’s one that you don’t see very often.
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These Tenax bikes are some of my favorites. In the last two months I’ve picked up these two. The Tempo is being rebuilt now. Great find on the Prelude.

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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
I finally found a reasonably priced Schwinn Tenax in my size. Nice to get this 1989 Prelude after ignorantly donating my 1986 Tempo 15 years ago to the church rummage sale.
Tenax, or Tenax SL?

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Tenax, or Tenax SL?
Kind of a trick question isn't it? I believe the rumor that Tenax was blemished SL has been disproven,(Edit - I originally attached the 1988 sheet - the 1989 one clearly shows there is a Tenax SL as well, but I still think that is being argued as wrong) but here is the spec sheet for 1989 stating Tenax... https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...9_Ltwt_16.html

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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
Kind of a trick question isn't it? I believe the rumor that Tenax was blemished SL has been disproven,(Edit - I originally attached the 1988 sheet - the 1989 one clearly shows there is a Tenax SL as well, but I still think that is being argued as wrong) but here is the spec sheet for 1989 stating Tenax... Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (362 of 456)
I thought it's been pretty well established that although the "tarnished SL" theory gets tossed around a lot, the actual answer is Tenax is simply rebranded Cromor.

@Scooper?

Regardless, it makes for some pretty nice Schwinns. Mine; '87 Tempo & '88 Voyageur:

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That is a great looking Prelude! Love the metallic grey and of course, the Tenax tubing. It's even in the best size - 25"!
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Kind of a trick question isn't it? I believe the rumor that Tenax was blemished SL has been disproven,(Edit - I originally attached the 1988 sheet - the 1989 one clearly shows there is a Tenax SL as well, but I still think that is being argued as wrong) but here is the spec sheet for 1989 stating Tenax... Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (362 of 456)
I ask because my Tempo of the same year as the OPs is Tenax SL and I've never come across what the difference is.

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Interesting article about the 1987 Tempo and the Tenax frames:

Page 1: https://bhovey.com/Masi/Scans/Bicycle...03Schwinn1.htm
Page 2: https://bhovey.com/Masi/Scans/Bicycle...03Schwinn2.htm
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