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Schwinn Peloton (853 steel) info? Riding Impressions?(4 posts)

Schwinn Peloton (853 steel) info? Riding Impressions?rider5673
Apr 28, 2002 5:23 AM
I'm looking at a pretty good deal on a '97 Schwinn Peloton frame which I have heard ride pretty nice. Anybody out there have experience with them, and any idea of weight (relative to other quality steel frames)? Were they US made like the Paramount, or from overseas? And lastly, the frame tubing- I know the front triangle only is 853- what are the stays?
re: Schwinn Peloton (853 steel) info? Riding Impressions?Flothru
Apr 29, 2002 10:49 AM
For what it is worth, I just purchased a 2000 Schwinn Paramount(853 steel). While searching endlessly about frame materials I learned that no one uses 853 for stays. I don't know what Was used on that model. What I do know is the ride on the my New frame is excelent. Frame weight is 4.12lbs size 54cm, steel fork 1.37lbs. The frame is plenty stiff and much more comfortable than previous AL frame(mostly do to proper fit on this frame). As far as handling is concerned the 74% head angle and 40mm rake equals a stable 5.96 Trail. I hope this helps. Best of luck and keep the rubber to the road.
I like mine...bigdave
Apr 29, 2002 11:24 AM
Mine's a 99... don't know what the stays are... might be 531, but I can't recall for certain.

Regardless, I think it rides well, and like the other poster said, it's pretty stable, yet the handling is quite crisp. It carves a mean corner.

As for where it was built... I don't know. I think it was overseas, but I'm not certain. Basically, it's the equivalent of a welded Paramount... same geometry, pipes.

You can usually pick them up pretty inexpensively, as they don't have the panache of some other makes. But they will give you every bit of the performance.

One note: I'm having mine powdercoated... the original finish seemed somewhat chip-prone, but the 97 might be better/worse. Something to look at anyway...

re: Schwinn Peloton (853 steel) info? Riding Impressions?Nessism
Apr 29, 2002 6:47 PM
The bottom bracket is on the high side with some of those old Schwinn models. The drop was only 65 mm which should yield a bb height in the 27.4 mm range with 23c tires.

Just in case you folks care about things like this.