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Old 07-09-24, 07:07 PM
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Schwinn xxl frame models?

Hi All,
I've been shopping for a vintage lugged steel frame
frameset. A better or best quality. Ive been looking for 27" or 68 cm's.
Mid to late 70's , early 80's.
I know that in 83' the Voyageur 11.8 came in 27".
Just curious to what others models i can look for?
Thank you.
Kind regards,

Jeff B.
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70s Schwinn Traveler, Le Tour, and Super Le Tour models could be ordered with 27 frames, an extra-cost option. These were good quality Japan-built frames with decent parts for the era. These were too big for me and Im 6-foot-4.

The fillet-brazed bikes (Super Sport, Sports Tourer, Superior) were available in 26. I have one and I barely fit.
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Paramounts came in 26".



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I'm 6'4".

A problem that I've run into with vintage frames is that many have top tubes that are quite short. On the other hand, the now-widespread availability of long seatposts and tall quill stems from Nitto or Velo-Orange mean that seat tube length isn't as much of an issue that it once was. It won't be a "French fit", but it could still be a good fit.

If you're not set on a Schwinn, I'd definitely recommend the Bottechia that's for sale here.
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The first 27 inch frame that I wave seen listed in the catalogues is 1978 Le Tour III.

From the catalogues most of the Schwinn models with 27 inch frames were in the recreational or sport class: Le Tour, Sports Tourer, Traveller, World Sport.

As stated earlier, special order of 27 inch frames could be made of some higher quality models.
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Originally Posted by Bonadurers
Hi All,
I've been shopping for a vintage lugged steel frame
frameset. A better or best quality. Ive been looking for 27" or 68 cm's.
Mid to late 70's , early 80's.
I know that in 83' the Voyageur 11.8 came in 27".
Just curious to what others models i can look for?
Thank you.
Kind regards,

Jeff B.
You should add your location to the post. I have a large 11.8 Voyageur here that is in good shape.
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