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Old 04-22-10, 09:21 AM
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schwinn paramount in 26"?

I saw an ad for a paramount that was a small frame (18") with 26" wheels. Just wondering if anyone had heard of that wheel size on a paramount. Have not seen the bike yet but going to take a look. I've requested the serial # so that I can figure when it was made. I know that some older frames for short riders used non conventional size wheels. Maybe a 650 c instead of 26? But I thought most if not all paramounts had 27 wheels.
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Schwinn made Paramount-branded mountain bikes in the 90s. I'm guessing that's what this is.
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Wasn't there a 26" wheeled Paramount three speed?
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First question is whether it is a road bike or MTB. Paramount did make road bikes with 650mm wheels (about 1/4" diameter larger than 26" MTB wheels).
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Even a single speed.

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Early Paramount tourists (road bikes) had 26" x 1 1/4" tires:



In the early nineties, Waterford Paramounts were available for either 700c or 26" wheels (the 26" wheels are actually 571mm bead seat diameter 650c wheels). A sidebar in the 1992 Paramount catalog included these comments:

The Case for 26” Wheels

Ask Product Manager and Cat II racer Dennis Lane why you should consider switching to 26” wheels and he’ll tell you the real question is why anyone still rides 700C in the first place.

“I’ve ridden a Series 7 prototype for the past two seasons,” he explains, “and the 26” wheels are faster in every respect.”

“Of course there’s less wind resistance with 26. And they’re lighter and stronger because the spokes are shorter. And the reduced gyroscopic force lets the bike change lines quicker, making it more maneuverable. And because they’re smaller and weigh less, they accelerate faster. Those are all points people pick up on right away in a test ride.”

“But what really sells them is the first time they ride in a pack. They can’t believe it! They’re motoring along at 25 or 30 mph, and realize they’re doing a lot less work – every time they jump it’s an instant bike length on the nearest rider. By the end of the race, they’re lifetime converts.”



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Thanks everyone, It was the psudo paramont Mtb. Just wasn't sure about the other sizes. My Daughter (vertically challanged )had a road bike from Zebrankenko that used the 26x1 3/8 wheels and tires. Would have been interested if it had been a road bike. To Match my paramount tandem. Not interested in a MTN bike though.
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