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1985 Schwinn Paramount Serial # Question

Old 01-27-22, 06:50 PM
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1985 Schwinn Paramount Serial # Question

Hi All,

I recently acquired what I believe to be an '85 Schwinn Paramount with a bottom bracket serial number of 570 C F8590. After reading what I could find online, I'm of the understanding that it would normally have a W somewhere in the middle of the serial number to indicate a Waterford built bike which I'm pretty certain this bike would be. Thoughts on it not having a W?

I'm also curious as to what the 'C' indicates? I'm guessing it's most likely the fork length but wondering if this bike could possibly be a 650C Road bike based off what the Waterford website says...
  • Product Code: This was not applied consistently. Up to some point in the early 90’s, it designated the fork length with forks short bikes getting an “A” progressing to large forks getting an “E”. Later, it was used to designate the kind of frame: A=Road, B=Off-Road, C=650C Road, E=Track.

I've also noticed that most Paramount serial numbers are positioned differently than mine. Normally running along the bottom bracket cup on the driveside rather than side to side across the middle of the bottom bracket like mine. Wondering if anyone has any insight into that?

So that's where I'm at...appreciate any help you might be able to provide. Best!

RAGS


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looks normal for an 85 serial. C is the fork steerer size. There is no W ,in my 83, or either of my 84's, but my Jan 86 does have it. my guess would be it starts with the 86 model year
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Originally Posted by trainman999 View Post
looks normal for an 85 serial. C is the fork steerer size. There is no W ,in my 83, or either of my 84's, but my Jan 86 does have it. my guess would be it starts with the 86 model year
Thanks for the confirmation trainman999 !

I figured there might have just been a window of serial numbers where the W wasn't included. cb400bill also confirmed that another 85 serial number is the same sequence as mine and doesn't include a W either.

Appreciate your time!

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Great looking bike !
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Interesting that they were still using Portacaterna dropouts as late as mid-1985. Either they made a huge LTB or weren't very diligent about rotating stock.
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interesting that they were still using portacaterna dropouts as late as mid-1985. Either they made a huge ltb or weren't very diligent about rotating stock.
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ltb?
Often, before discontinuing a product, manufacturers issue notices, allowing clients to place a final order, also known as a Last Time Buy or LTB. If the clients have a developed a special affinity for the old product and/or are skeptical about it's replacement, LTBs can be very large and delay the planned discontinuation date for quite some time..
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