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Old 06-01-21, 06:16 PM
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Super Sport surprise.

Picked up this Super Sport today, mainly because it was cheap and also for the 600 group. It was missing handlebars and the stem, bad tires and paint overspray on the frame. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it cleaned up nice. New tires, cables bar tape, Cinelli bars and stem and a Turbo saddle brought it all together. But what surprised me was the ride. Nice enough that I’m leaving it as is and keeping it.





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Old 06-01-21, 06:57 PM
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Great Score!!!!
Looks to be in very nice shape!!!
These 80s Schwinns did not get the respect they deserved!!!
Awesome riding bikes!!!!!
Along with Circuit....Tempo......and Prelude 🚲🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚲🚴‍♀️
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Tenax!,!!!!!!
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Old 06-02-21, 11:15 AM
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I have that frame in 25" purchased from a BF member. Last Fall I snagged a complete 23 inch '87 with rusty frame for the 600 group. I need to get things switched over!
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Tenax!,!!!!!!
THat was actually going to be my question... also, did any other marquee use Tenax or was that exclusive to Schwinn?
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For The Schwinn

Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
THat was actually going to be my question... also, did any other marquee use Tenax or was that exclusive to Schwinn?

To quote "Scooper" from this post:

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Originally Posted by zazenzach View Post
well looks like i commented too soon. i ended up tracking down your comment here: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-of-1987/page2

it seems like we may never really know what exactly tenax was.
We do now.

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Originally Posted by E-mail exchange between Scooper and Columbus Tubi
-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: Stan Cooper
Inviato: martedì 4 marzo 2014 07:32
A: info@columbustubi.com
Oggetto: Information Regarding Columbus "Tenax" Tubing Used By Schwinn Bicycle Co., USA, circa 1985-1992

Dear folks at Columbus Tubi,

If possible, I would like to obtain information about Columbus tubing labeled "Tenax", and used by Schwinn Bicycle Company from the mid 1980s through the early 1990s.

While tubing descriptions and specifications are widely available for most Columbus tube sets, information about the Tenax tubing used by Schwinn is mysteriously absent.

Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.

Sincerely yours,

Stan Cooper
San Francisco, California

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From: Columbus Tubi
Date: March 5, 2014 12:07am
To: Stan Cooper
Subject: Information Regarding Columbus "Tenax" Tubing Used By Schwinn Bicycle Co., USA, circa 1985-1992

Dear Stan,
The Tenax was the tube-set made during the middle '80, those were actually the 3 main tubes, made like the cromor tubes in seamed 25CrMo4, and double butted.

Good result in term of stiffness but was not one of the light tubeset line.

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Between the description of Tenax as Cromor on the Nova website and this definitive reply from Columbus, it's pretty clear "Tenax" is 25 CrMo 4 seamed, double-butted chromoly similar to Cromor for the three main frame tubes. Because of the 26.6mm seatposts used on Tenax frames, it's also a pretty good guess that the seat tube is straight gauge with 0.9mm walls.
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(As far as I know, Tenax was exclusively Schwinnly.
Must be that time of year as a few weeks or months ago I picked up an '87 Schwinn Super Sport, cleverly disguised and absent any obvious identifications, for the indexed 600 group and, well, it fits and rides so fine that plan epically failed.
On the upside, I do now have a SS from the 1960s, the 1070s and the 1980s, so there is that?)

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That's what I though since I have never seen any other bike with it, and it seems to cross over with Cromor/Aelle/Matrix and Gara maybe?

So if Tenax is Cromor-light, that is a pretty darn good set of tubes.
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Great score! Good luck with it.

I'm really glad I picked up my '88 Premis. Such a nice riding bike.
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Aaaahhhhhh, but the very best of the very best of the very best Tenax is....1987 Tempo.
Mmmmmmm . Love me some 87 Tempo.
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Aaaahhhhhh, but the very best of the very best of the very best Tenax is....1987 Tempo.
Mmmmmmm . Love me some 87 Tempo.
The Super Sport outranked the Tempo in '87.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
That's what I though since I have never seen any other bike with it, and it seems to cross over with Cromor/Aelle/Matrix and Gara maybe?

So if Tenax is Cromor-light, that is a pretty darn good set of tubes.
What about Tenax SL? That's what the decal on my Tempo says.

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Yes, the SS was higher in the model line, but came with a different Tange fork.
Have owned a dozen examples of both the Tempo and SS over the years, and my personal preference is for the rider qualities of the Tempo.
Latest (and likely the last) one should be arriving from the painter- Franklin Frames- any day now.

As a side note, the 89 Tempo's like Top's came with 7 speed Shimano 105 and an upgraded seatpost, stem and handlebars. Not sure if Tenax SL is actually a different set of tubing, but they are nicely appointed bikes.
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