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Old 07-27-14, 08:44 PM
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that's the year I'm looking for; it appears to be an 89, not an 87 based on the bottle braze on's. And, it looks like a 23". If it was a 21, I'd be calling. That bike is worth every penny of 200 bucks.
Now I am intrigued! THought it looked larger than a 21. And I ride a 23... But sadly my budget is fully tapped right now. Hearing all your praise for these bikes, I will be kicking myself for letting this one slide by. I'd gladly help facilitate if any fans out there want help with it.
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Beautiful bikes, bconneraz. Your mustachioed commuter is especially awesome.
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Originally Posted by bconneraz View Post
another shot of the Dia Compe lever
Now that's something I didn't expect to see... Dia Compe "Batwing" levers...

I've seen those before, but where???



Oh yes, here are the gray levers in my 'Cimo, cousin to your beautiful satin black "batwing" levers

That Cimarron is so minty fresh my breath smells better just lookin' at it!!!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-29-14, 09:11 AM
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In order of production year.
1985

1986

1987 (my regular commuter/do everything bike)

1988

1988 LE

1989

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Old 07-29-14, 02:37 PM
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Stan's earlier link to the 1989 specs:

1989ATBSpecs.jpg Photo by k4drd | Photobucket
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Old 08-12-14, 06:30 PM
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Here's an 88 priced well
Schwinn Cimarron MTB
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I've been on the hunt for an 89 for a while now, and I've finally landed one that's still original down to the tires. The two that I had stumbled on previously were missing the stem with the bottle mounts; or various other parts. I'll post more when it's cleaned up, but for now, here is the last piece of the puzzle to complete the entire production run, 1985-1989.


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This is my kind of thread!

I bought my 85 Cimarron a few years ago as a "beater" bike, set it up with drop bars, and ended up liking it so much that it has become my go-to bike for pretty much every kind of riding.









I liked it so much that I bought it a younger sibling.

1986, the only light blue one I've seen:










Family portrait:

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Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
This is my kind of thread!

I bought my 85 Cimarron a few years ago as a "beater" bike, set it up with drop bars, and ended up liking it so much that it has become my go-to bike for pretty much every kind of riding.









I liked it so much that I bought it a younger sibling.

1986, the only light blue one I've seen:










Family portrait:

Thanks for sharing; your bikes look fantastic! Even better, it's great that you're out enjoying them. If you ever feel like driving up north, or hopping on the Metrolink, we can put together a local Cimarron beach ride. There are a few of us here in OC that ride them. great bikes!
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Happy Halloween!
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Happy Halloween!
Is that on Harvard and main?Looks like it to me.I love riding in Irvine especially at night. It's practically a car free zone in some parts.Also cool schwinns, I'm starting to really want one because of this thread and your bikes
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Originally Posted by MacGyverBurrito View Post
Is that on Harvard and main?Looks like it to me.I love riding in Irvine especially at night. It's practically a car free zone in some parts.Also cool schwinns, I'm starting to really want one because of this thread and your bikes
Man, you're good! That's exactly where that was taken. Burger King is to my right. It's where I meet a friend of mine that commutes from the same area. I take the path for the first 7 miles of my commute that ultimately takes me to RSM. There have been a couple of really nice Cimarrons on CL lately; keep your eyes peeled. You wont regret it. I absolutely love my commuter.
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Originally Posted by bconneraz View Post
I've been on the hunt for an 89 for a while now, and I've finally landed one that's still original down to the tires. The two that I had stumbled on previously were missing the stem with the bottle mounts; or various other parts. I'll post more when it's cleaned up, but for now, here is the last piece of the puzzle to complete the entire production run, 1985-1989.

Congratulations!!

It's taken a few years, but you've done it!


Now, try to find enough water bottles to fill up all the bottle holders you've got on that 89!


Just out of curiosity- what's the weight difference between the Cimarron and the High Sierra?
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Originally Posted by bconneraz View Post
Man, you're good! That's exactly where that was taken. Burger King is to my right. It's where I meet a friend of mine that commutes from the same area. I take the path for the first 7 miles of my commute that ultimately takes me to RSM. There have been a couple of really nice Cimarrons on CL lately; keep your eyes peeled. You wont regret it. I absolutely love my commuter.
I know that area pretty good.
I take main from orange to Irvine and sometimes hop on that trail.

After I read this thread I immediately checked CL there was one cimarron an 88 for
close to $500. To pricey for me.
I would love an 85-87 the chrome fork looks a little flashy to me. Kind of looks like the circuit
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Originally Posted by bconneraz View Post
Thanks for sharing; your bikes look fantastic! Even better, it's great that you're out enjoying them. If you ever feel like driving up north, or hopping on the Metrolink, we can put together a local Cimarron beach ride. There are a few of us here in OC that ride them. great bikes!
Ah, that would be excellent but unfortunately I'm leaving to moving cross country in a week and a half.

But if you want to do a metrolink+coaster trip to meet up down here, San Diego's open streets event is happening next sunday, it goes right by our place: Welcome to CicloSDias San Diego, California
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my 89 arrived; thankfully the seller took the time to pack it well. It's in great, all original shape, and should clean up beautifully. More pics will follow after I do the clean-up, test ride, and install all 5 bottle cages.....lol

Born on Tuesday, Dec 6th, 1988
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Congratulations yet again!

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and install all 5 bottle cages.....lol
That needs to be quoted and emphasized.



If I rode my High Sierra more, I'd really consider going after a Cimarron. I really love the idea of them- the "fillet brazed in the front, lugged in the back" business to them.

Of course, I passed on that 85 that looked to be in great shape for $175 locally.
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Looking forward to seeing the new addition cleaned up.

Any noticeable geometry differences through the years?
I've had a few high sierras pass through my hands and have seen variations between same size frames.
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Schwinn apparently redesigned the Cimarron, High Sierra and Sierra frames for '87. They went from having 70 degree head and seat tube angles and a 42.75" (1085mm) wheelbase (21" frame) in '85-'86 to a 70 degree head combined with a much less layed back 72.5 degree seat tube and also a longer 43.5" (1106mm) wheelbase but with apparently shorter chainstays for improved climbing in '87 and up.

This information came from the consumer catalogs as well as the Schwinn Eagle dealer newsletter dated October '86, however the actual change may have occurred during the '86 model year according to some bikes I've seen. Since bconneraz has Cimarrons from every year it would be interesting to measure them to document more exactly when the change took place.
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Here are a couple progress pics of the 89; I had to see what 5 bottle cages looked like. So far, so good on the clean-up. More to follow-


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Five bottle cages -- that's hilarious!
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Here's an '88 Cimarron for sale, it looks to be pretty much original and unmolested plus the $250 asking price is reasonable: Classic 1987 Schwinn Cimarron Mountain Bike



Note that the seller is incorrect about the model year, I can't see the badge no. but the A8xxxxx serial dates the frame to Jan. '88:

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Five bottle cages -- that's hilarious!
Needs 1 more for a 6 pack.
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Here's the 89 all cleaned up. The bike is in fantastic condition; ridden for sure, but not much, and the bike appears to have been well cared for.
Because everyone needs 5 bottle cages....





Deore drivetrain




SLR brakes

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Wish I would have seen that one in Geneva - that's right down the street...............
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