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Old 01-19-06, 01:47 PM
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Schwinn Mountain Bikes?

I have an opportunity to buy a Schwinn Mountain bike, vintage about 1990. Have not seen the thing yet, but I understand that at some point, Schwinn went from domestic to Chinese production, and the newer ones are Walmart-type bikes. Would a 1990 vintage Schwinn be quality or junk? What is the "cutoff" date?
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Originally Posted by fritz1255
I have an opportunity to buy a Schwinn Mountain bike, vintage about 1990. Have not seen the thing yet, but I understand that at some point, Schwinn went from domestic to Chinese production, and the newer ones are Walmart-type bikes. Would a 1990 vintage Schwinn be quality or junk? What is the "cutoff" date?
i believe they started having problems in the late 90's and changed hands a couple of times before being bought out for good around 2001

but it might still be junk...there are others who will know the history better than i. you might be able to find a timeline at their website too
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Around 1990, Schwinn was still a bike shop quality bike. Upper end models were made in Japan, and lower end models were made in China. The Paramount brand was made in the USA/Japan/China depending on the price point.

What model MTB is it?
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Old 01-19-06, 04:57 PM
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Its sad, schwinn went from good too crap.
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Originally Posted by fritz1255
I have an opportunity to buy a Schwinn Mountain bike, vintage about 1990. Have not seen the thing yet, but I understand that at some point, Schwinn went from domestic to Chinese production, and the newer ones are Walmart-type bikes. Would a 1990 vintage Schwinn be quality or junk? What is the "cutoff" date?
not all of the newer Schwinns are Xmart type...but i know what you're saying. Schwinn's top of the line model is actually a good entry level bike...but that is it, you won't find anything beyond that. if you look at their best models online, they are nicer than what you can find at a department store, at least i have never seen that nice a bike a department store
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my schwinn was made in colorado...unless someone is playing a cruel, cruel joke on me
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Originally Posted by NoF3ar
Its sad, schwinn went from good too crap.
I know what you mean. My grandpa has a good 150+ Schwinn frames from when they made some excellent bikes. Now whenever you say Schwinn, the first thing that pops into your head is crap (at least for most people these days).

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i know it will probably never happen, but if schwinn came out of its hole and became reputable ...i think people would love to support them!

it saddens me sort of like the death of the camaro...a piece of americana if you ask me. this would be my plan for camaro's...bring them back with a modern 1969 look. NOT FRONT WHEEL DRIVE!!! (that would be so sad) a retro look sort of like the newer rustangs. i think they'd sell like hot cakes!! oh...maybe not, people still like their p/u's and SUVs
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Actually turns out that the seller has two bikes: "Impact" and "High Plains". Do these names mean anything to anybody?
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well we have a schwin tandem, but yea its amazing how raligh and schwin are bottom of the line now, but gt was down and they came back
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Schwinn makes very decent bikes to sell in bike shops but also makes garbage to sell at target, walmart, etc...
I have a 6 year old Schwinn mesa gs that just won't die no matter what I do to it.
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Originally Posted by fritz1255
Actually turns out that the seller has two bikes: "Impact" and "High Plains". Do these names mean anything to anybody?
Both were decent quality, off road capable bikes, but outdated by todays standards. I can't remember for sure which one was better, but I think it was the Impact. Both were sourced from China, not that it's a bad thing. The MTB component group available for those bikes was the Shimano Exage lineup. The progression went: 300LX, 400LX, and 500LX. This may give you an indication as to what model is higher up in the 1990 lineup.
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I found this on the internet about Schwinn

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"What’s the good thing about a Schwinn? Nostalgia? Little else? Maybe? I think there cool as apple pie but man, those things are schado-masichistic to wrench on. Busted knuckles and confusion of how one manufacturer could have put together such a normal things schuch as a bike, in schuch a variety of ways prevails. Cable routing, tire size, brakes, schifters, nuts, bolts, their almost all different on each and every one of those bikes… Schwinns. I dig em for schure, and undoubtledly, the fillet brazing is the schweetest aspect of the craft and it’s always amazing that the old ones don’t look as if they could weight 80 lbs yet they do. But for bottom-line profitablity of a shop, any Schwinn of the past is a nervous gamble.

Accordingly, todays epiphany was that there are indeed, two things that mix like oil and water in a shop: ‘I can have that done in a few minutes” and a Schwinn… any Schwinn. I sweated a bit as I tried to route brake housing for a schifter through what looked like “Schwinn approved” braze-on cable routes that smelled of cabbage and were accessable only by carney-folk hands. Also, they were obviously made for what schwinn must have defined as “5mm housing” but not actual 5mm housing. 4mm housing? too small. 5 mm housing? too big. We must need Schwinn 5mm housing.

Do we have 5mm Schwinn cable housing?

Yea, that’s with the Schwinn 27″ tires.

I realized that in twelvish years of bike shopage, I’ve never seen a schwinn that has complete uniformity with any of its siblings (except fillet brazing) and today was no different. I saw a ‘Schwinn approved” rear schifter for the first time and the suicide schifters were again, unique. It maybe fair to say that a Schwinn is a bit of a conundrum much like the rifles of the turn of last century that had their very own custom hand wrought screws. In the end, I schweated and schtressed and blead a bit and used both 4mm and 5mm and brake and schifter housing all for one, rear deraileur. It worked better than it did when it walked in, but I think the labor rate, just like Schwinn 27″ tires, and the ever elusive Schwinn 5mm housing, schould be a bit larger than normal. Ah well. All in good fun. They’re undoubtedly a unique aspect of American history that schould be poetically waxed about all while they are poetically demonized by shop rats of all forms. In todays real world uniformity across bikes of almost all manufacturers, the schkill, tools and parts that any Schwinn of old requires, is all but vanished from most schops and minds.

Too bad. I guess that’s why they call it history. "
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that was painfull to read...
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