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Old 07-03-20, 03:28 PM
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Schwinn & Detroit Bikes Revive '65 Collegiate

https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...egiate-review/


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Old 07-03-20, 03:50 PM
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That's my style of bike, but adding "Schwinn Collegiate" and making it limited edition seems to be making a $700 bike into a $1000 bike.
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Old 07-04-20, 08:18 AM
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BTW, I'd like to see the medium/large version of that bike. Clearly, the test bike is a small/medium version.
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Old 07-06-20, 05:45 PM
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Not bad looking at all!
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...but the fork is high ten steel .
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I was at Target the other night, and they have a similar bike there, called the Collegiate 7:

https://www.target.com/p/schwinn-col...d/-/A-79357175

The collaboration with Detroit Bicycles is definitely a better bike. It has an Altus rear derailleur with a cassette hub, vs. the Target bike's Tourney and freewheel. The Detroit bike has a square taper crank whereas the Target Schwinn has a two-piece Ashtabula crank. The Detroit bike uses nice alloy dual-pivot caliper brakes and the Target bike uses cheaper stamped steel single pivot brakes. The Detroit bike also uses a straight-blade fork with a threadless headset, while the Target bike has a more traditional curved-blade fork with a threaded headset. The Detroit bike is also made in the United States (likely the biggest factor in its price). The Target bike is likely from Taiwan or China.

Both bikes use steel frames and forks. I imagine the geometry of the frames is similar or even identical (in the same size). I don't know if the Target bike is offered in multiple sizes -- the picture on the website appears to be a large size, probably the same as the Detroit in "M/L size".

The Detroit bike is $999, whereas the Target bike is $249.
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Old 07-07-20, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
I was at Target the other night, and they have a similar bike there, called the Collegiate 7:

https://www.target.com/p/schwinn-col...d/-/A-79357175

The collaboration with Detroit Bicycles is definitely a better bike. It has an Altus rear derailleur with a cassette hub, vs. the Target bike's Tourney and freewheel. The Detroit bike has a square taper crank whereas the Target Schwinn has a two-piece Ashtabula crank. The Detroit bike uses nice alloy dual-pivot caliper brakes and the Target bike uses cheaper stamped steel single pivot brakes. The Detroit bike also uses a straight-blade fork with a threadless headset, while the Target bike has a more traditional curved-blade fork with a threaded headset. The Detroit bike is also made in the United States (likely the biggest factor in its price). The Target bike is likely from Taiwan or China.

Both bikes use steel frames and forks. I imagine the geometry of the frames is similar or even identical (in the same size). I don't know if the Target bike is offered in multiple sizes -- the picture on the website appears to be a large size, probably the same as the Detroit in "M/L size".

The Detroit bike is $999, whereas the Target bike is $249.
Ya should've bought the Target bike and flipped it. Link to flipper.

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...but the fork is high ten steel .
Chrome Moly frame and hi-ten fork . . .

Yeah, like my aluminum framed Norco with its steel fork. Must be a common thing to do.

Plus, how about those bikes for sale with only a chrome moly downtube? What's that all about?

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Ya should've bought the Target bike and flipped it. Link to flipper.

Man, that's a real shame. He didn't even care enough to flip the front wheel so the tire rotates in the intended direction. What a fleece job ($600 for a $250 bike). I know bikes are in demand now but, seriously...
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BTW, I really like that green "Schwinn". It's too bad it's just a special run, though. I'd like to see Detroit Bikes offer their own version of it.
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I wish I could remember now if I owned a Suburban, or a Collegiate. Whichever it was, that was the color. This bike calls to me, probably just for that reason. A friend of mine has some connection to Detroit Cycles, I may have to ask him about this bike.
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Old 07-14-20, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Chinghis View Post
I wish I could remember now if I owned a Suburban, or a Collegiate. Whichever it was, that was the color. This bike calls to me, probably just for that reason. A friend of mine has some connection to Detroit Cycles, I may have to ask him about this bike.
I like that color of green. Wish I had a bike in that color.
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Schwinn left Chicago many decades ago .. Brand name resold.. went where costs are lower..

typical story..
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Schwinn left Chicago many decades ago .. Brand name resold.. went where costs are lower..

typical story..
Yep. My last two Schwinns were/are Chinese. This particular "Collegiate" doesn't appear to be the same.
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Might be Taiwan, the Other China.. " Schwinn pictured above..








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Might be Taiwan, the Other China..
It's Detroit, if I understand the creed of "Detroit Bikes" correctly.
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The (Never shown here) Detroit is really basic even @ $999, , because US costs are higher.. LBS here has carried some last year..









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Originally Posted by Chinghis View Post
I wish I could remember now if I owned a Suburban, or a Collegiate. Whichever it was, that was the color. This bike calls to me, probably just for that reason. A friend of mine has some connection to Detroit Cycles, I may have to ask him about this bike.
Campus green? Schwinn used it for many years on many models. Here it is on a Continental. The look comes from a transparent green top coat on an aluminum color base coat. This one was so clean I now wish I kept it.
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I'd say that the red Target version looks more like a faithful recreation of the 1965 Collegiate than the green Detroit one. I'd go with the red.
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