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Old 06-08-11, 06:50 PM
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Help Choosing Frame

I currently have three old steel 90's mountain bikes. I have a Schwinn Frontier, Diamondback Topanga, and a GT Outback Trail. I'd like to consolidate these 3 bikes down to one, using the best parts from each bike. The remaining two bikes would be sold off. Aesthetics aren't really an issue here. Reliability is what I want.

I've been using the Schwinn mainly, just because the bike has been the most reliable of the three. But the Schwinn frame is wicked heavy, and I really feel the weight when I have the Burly trailer bike and my daughter on the back. Hills are a killer. Grocery shopping with a full trailer can also be taxing.

I can shave off almost ten pounds just by going to a different frame. The question is whether to start the rebuild with the Topanga or Outback Trail frame. Both are nearly the same size, and both appear to be in good condition. The current weight of each bike is nearly identical.

Which one would you choose as the base for the rebuild? I'm just after reliability at this point. Mainly onroad use, with a few old Adirondack carriage trails added in.



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Old 06-08-11, 07:02 PM
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The Diamond Back would be my guess for the lightest, but not by much. Durability would probably be a toss up.
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GT for triple-tri-pimp'factor.
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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
A bit off topic, but can you tell me where you found the proper size mounting brackets for the bike rack on the GT?


I have a GT Outpost Trail and my rack leans inward due to the brackets it came with being too small and it pulls it towards the seatpost. Not a huge inconvenience, but sometimes my feet hit my panniers when I'm riding and I'd like to avoid that.
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PS Triple triangle rocks


I rode my GT Outpost Trail on mostly roads for 2 years when I was 350+ pounds, so I would say the frame is sturdy as hell. It looks very similar to your GT there, so I'm going to go ahead and guess that they are close enough to be comparable.

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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
I can shave off almost ten pounds just by going to a different frame.
Ten pounds? What the hell is the Schwinn frame made of, osmium?
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Originally Posted by corvuscorvax View Post
Ten pounds? What the hell is the Schwinn frame made of, osmium?
It'a a very large and insanely heavy frame. I think Schwinn filled it with the lead.
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
A bit off topic, but can you tell me where you found the proper size mounting brackets for the bike rack on the GT?
Sorry. I'm afraid I can't help with this. I bought the bike off of Craigslist, and the rack was already installed.
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Well, I just tried to send you a PM on this but I don't yet have 50 posts.

What size frame is that Diamondback, and have you decided what you want to do with it? If it's a 26", and you want to get rid of it, I would be interested in giving it a good home.
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Schwinn gets a vote here. It's virtually a dead ringer for my Fuji MX-200 except my top bar has more rearward slope to it, even has the same blue & black paint job too. Mine weighs right at about 29 lbs, but no rack(s). The Schwinn is the most reliable of the three per your post, that's enough for me to give it the edge/nod to move forward with. I don't know so much that mixing and matching the Schwinn with parts off of bikes that are less reliable is going to buy you anything ? Now the other two might benefit from the swap of more reliable Schwinn components. The other two can be CL'ed as is, unless you really see a component you prefer over the Schwinn's standard issue components ? I don't think any of them since they are the same vintage technology per se, weigh any more than a lb or two from each other identically equipped & featured. I'd think what might be the majority of the difference would be the crank set. The Schwinn looks like it uses a steel crankset vs the other two possibly aluminum ? The GT gets the vote for being more creative frame design as others have pointed out.
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Originally Posted by ed View Post
GT for triple-tri-pimp'factor.
^ Yes, what he said.

My 10 year old trip-tri GT frame is top notch quality (and made in the USA if anybody cares).
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