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Old 07-29-11, 09:00 AM
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1988 Paramount 50th

I was recently honored to have been given a 50th anniversary Paramount (NOT the commemorative version) by a friend who preferrs to ride his Trek CF and was wanting to downsize. He bought it as a frameset back in '88 and built it up with the DuroAce gruppo to make a truly sweet riding machine. (I'd post a picture, but I'm slightly embarrassed it still has the CF fork he put on it. I have the original fork, I've just been too lazy to replace it back.) Nowhere can I find a decal denoting the frame materials. Any one have any ideas what the framesets were made of? Also, does anyone know where they were made? Japan? Taiwan? Missisippi? Wisconsin? Or by whom?
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It would have been made in Waterford.

I believe it would have been SLX up to 57cm, then SL/SP.
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Pretty sure he's right.
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Another bike on bucket list......been looking for years.

I remember building 3 of those back in 1988. The owner of the shop I worked for ordered one himself, the last I knew it was still boxed, that and a Gary Fisher Gratefull Dead Hoo Koo E Koo.
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Originally Posted by tugrul
It would have been made in Waterford.

I believe it would have been SLX up to 57cm, then SL/SP.
Correct, and it was made at the Paramount Design Group facility in Waterford, WI.

What's the serial number on the bottom of the BB shell?
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I have a 56 cm 88 in the cool rose color and it is SLX. What color is yours ??
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60cm plus got a mix of SL and SP tubing. Serial number will tell you a lot about.
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Originally Posted by P4D
60cm plus got a mix of SL and SP tubing. Serial number will tell you a lot about.
Actually, by 1988 frame sizes over 57cm used the SL/SP mix instead of SLX.

Originally Posted by 1988 Schwinn Catalog
PARAMOUNT FRAME: Columbus SLX Tubing, Investment Cast Lugs and Bottom Bracket. English thread (3.70" X 24 TPI). Forged Shimano dropouts. 27.2mm seat post. Special blend Columbus SL/SP used for sizes above 570mm.
The 1986 catalog states: "Columbus SLX tubing (SL/SP used in 60cm and larger frames)..."
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This bike is small, about 52 cm and in a metallic blue. I checked the bottom bracket and the only stamp is a single character, either a V or a K, it's hard to tell. Is this normal for a frameset? No Columbus decal, but all other decals seem standard, from what I have seen. Would the serial number be on one of the dropouts? Here's a quick pic. It's night and I hate flash, but....

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The serial number is on the bottom of the BB shell and looks like this: 620E WK 87077

"620" means the frame size is 620mm measured from the crank center to the top of the seat tube.
"E" is the length of the fork steerer ("A" through "E", "A" being the shortest for small frames. "E" is the longest for big frames).
"W" means the bike was made at the Waterford facility.
"K" means the bike was made in October. A=January, M=December. I is not used as it could be confused with 1.
"87077" means it was the 77th Paramount frame scheduled for production during the month of October, 1987.

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Found it...520A WC 88094. Thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by ticwanos
Found it...520A WC 88094. Thanks everyone!
Great! 52cm frame, the 94th Paramount made in March, 1988.
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Originally Posted by Scooper
Actually, by 1988 frame sizes over 57cm used the SL/SP mix instead of SLX.



The 1986 catalog states: "Columbus SLX tubing (SL/SP used in 60cm and larger frames)..."
I agree that the catalogs do say that but my 60cm 1989 Waterford Paramount has an SLX decal.
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Originally Posted by AZORCH
I agree that the catalogs do say that but my 60cm 1989 Waterford Paramount has an SLX decal.
I'm pretty sure that's the wrong decal if it's an '89 60cm frame and doesn't have OS tubing. In 1989, as in 1988, frames bigger than 57cm with Columbus tubing used the SL/SP "blend"...

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