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Old 12-06-21, 08:38 AM
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1990-91 Schwinn Voyageur



I'm checking out a 90 or 91 Schwinn Voyageur this morning. I have flipped 6 different Voyageurs in the not-to-distant-past...an 82 SP, 3 different 83s, and two 87s. I never held onto any of them because of there small size. This one should fit me. I realize the early 90s versions are not quite as desirable to some, but if any 90s Voyageur owner's are out there, what do you like or dislike about your touring machine?

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Up until 1990, Voyageurs had Columbus Tenax frames. '90-91 in charcoal gray had Tange frames.

I believe the geo changed too. The top tube on the '90-91 was a little shorter than the Tenax frames. This was probably not what people wanted for true touring, namely, a longer wheelbase and longer chainstays so the backs of your shoes don't hit the front of your rear panniers.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Up until 1990, Voyageurs had Columbus Tenax frames. '90-91 in charcoal gray had Tange frames.

I believe the geo changed too. The top tube on the '90-91 was a little shorter than the Tenax frames. This was probably not what people wanted for true touring, namely, a longer wheelbase and longer chainstays so the backs of your shoes don't hit the front of your rear panniers.
Fairly certain only 85-89 had Tenax frames. Other years during the 80s had Tange Champion # 2 & a mix of Columbus SL/SP tubing on the 84 & 85 SPs.

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Where would those who appreciate a Voyageur be w/out Sandro?
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OutnBack, I think you misunderstood my point. I wasn't talking about the entire history of the line, or all Voyageurs, which is what you imply. I only concerned myself with the transition in '90 from Tenax to Tange. This was perceived by the public as not necessarily a good thing, as Columbus tubing had more cachet.
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That Voyageur is in beautiful condition! 72.5°/72.5° angles and what looks to be around a 44.5cm chain stay. I have not had the privilege of riding a Voyageur (though many other Schwinns), but like many Schwinns, it should be a solid rider at the very least. Looking at other photos, there is plenty of space for large tires and fenders. The braze-ons are fantastic and convenient, and the vertical dropouts are what I wish all vintage tourers had. Easy wheel in/out AND no fender or deflate-tire worries when doing so. That's a big deal to me. The modern aka wider-spaced canti posts will also be welcome.
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So I pulled the trigger on the Voyageur & I couldn't be happier. The condition of the bike is amazing, It came w/ new tires, tubes, bar tape, a Nitto Technomic stem that was installed sometime in the past 30 years & all bearings have been repacked w/ fresh grease. For $150, I just couldn't say no.

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Congrats. That’s a great deal.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
..... and the vertical dropouts are what I wish all vintage tourers had. Easy wheel in/out AND no fender or deflate-tire worries when doing so. That's a big deal to me. The modern aka wider-spaced canti posts will also be welcome.
no kidding!!

all very good points, too
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So I pulled the trigger on the Voyageur & I couldn't be happier. The condition of the bike is amazing, It came w/ new tires, tubes, bar tape, & all bearings have been repacked w/ fresh grease. For $150, I just couldn't say no.
$150!!! nice score!
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