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A new job and a new bike.... (picture heavy)

Old 06-18-13, 07:01 AM
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A new job and a new bike.... (picture heavy)

Well I did what I'd considered if for a while and finally took a job as a bike mechanic (a big part of why I havent had much time to post here lately). Sure enough, when you work in a shop and encounter beautiful bikes everyday it's only a matter of time until one finds its way home with you. This one has sat unused languishing in a corner for decades now.

It's a Schwinn Pro 1.86kg Aluminum. The grips are Paramount and the seat tube has a Paramount decal, but I'm not sure if it qualifies as a true Paramount or where it was made. Any input there or a catalog page would be much appreciated.

It has a patent number issued to Gary Klein and is vaguely reminiscent of Klein bikes, though I don't think it was made by them.

All components are Deore XT, 3TTT bars, and a probably unoriginal but cool Turbo Bio saddle.

It's my size, and I figure it is about time it saw some trails... Just some teaser photos now until I get in the woods for some ride photos.
















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Old 06-18-13, 07:03 AM
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Old 06-18-13, 07:05 AM
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Xlnt. I dig gumwall MTB tires. The black painted cantis are definitely sharp.
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Congrats on the JOB and BIKE, may the 2 never let you down !
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It looks like a '91 bike to me judging from the style of the Deore, although the RD and the FD look like slightly different model years.

Isn't there more to the story? Where did you find it? Was it still in a box or up on the top shelf of the rack? I don't think I could take that off road.
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Wow, what a score. That rear derailleur and those wheels would be worth some sweet sweet coin. Finding NOS XTs from that era is getting difficult. I am becoming to the MTB forum on retrobike. Those guys are as crazy about early 1990s MTB as we are about campagnolo and I think I am developing a bug for it too.
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A picture of THE WHOLE bike please!

It looks as if the frame paint is in great shape, a big plus.

There is something about non-suspension MTBs that I find so appealing. Full suspension MTBs remind me too much of motocross motorcycles. Great in their own respects, but somehow they are "less" a bicycle. But that's just me.
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Cool bike.

https://www.firstflightbikes.com/1989_schwinn_pro.htm
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Yeah, let's see the whole bike! Great photos, btw.
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Hmm site says it was a one year model, but OP's bike is completely different spec and a way better one. THose black XT hubs are panic inducing.
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Hmm site says it was a one year model, but OP's bike is completely different spec and a way better one. THose black XT hubs are panic inducing.
I was curious about that too after I saw the link the Col. posted. Perhaps this was rebuilt from a warranty frame or a frame only purchase by the shop? That could explain why the derailleurs look like slightly different models.
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Thanks so much everyone! I am really loving the bike so far, I just got back from the maiden voyage. It rode like a dream, so light quick and easy up the hills, very responsive. I don't know much of the history of the bike, other than that it sat in the shop for a few years, possibly unbuilt, was sold and never used by the owner for two decades who then finally a year ago brought it right back to the shop he got it from where it was put back on sale until I came along.

Some first ride photos. Not to worry, its living indoors and will only see the occaisional gentle trail for fun.







I'll take a closer look at the components and take some more time to respond tomorrow! Thanks!
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What version of biopace ring is this? Doesn't look like the old ones I have seen on 80's bikes.
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Rear U brake. Ouch. And don't ever, ever ever lose or damage that seatpost. Only thing it needs is thumbshifters.

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PT, Wonderful condition for a mountain bike! Skinwall tires are going to be difficult to find. My mountain bike is on the last set of Double Fighter Duals I have. The new version isn't a skinwall, but looks like a nice tread for mostly pavement and gentle off road.

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Wow looks like a nice ride.
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Rear U brake. Ouch.
You better watch out. Frantik and the chainstay brake mafia may come after you for that comment! I have two bikes with u brakes and they work great as long as you're not riding in mud. Oh yeah, that bike is awesome!
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Bump to an old thread... I just got the same bike and my camera is stuck on stupid... All I can say is they are FAST! So light. Too nimble lol. I love mine!
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