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First Road bike - GT or Schwinn or what else?(8 posts)

First Road bike - GT or Schwinn or what else?donncha
Jul 26, 2001 7:43 AM
I am mountain biker trying to get in on the whole tarmac seen and so I need a road bike. GT ZR 3.0 and Schwinn Fastbacks (the comp and elite) are on offer over here ( I am from N.Ireland). I kinda need advice of what you guys think of these bikes. I would also really appreciate any hints, tips or suggestions of what I should be looking for in a new bike.
Does $1000 dollars sound like the right amount to be spending?
Please help!!!
re: First Road bike - GT or Schwinn or what else?Lardog
Jul 26, 2001 8:07 AM
Stay away from both. FAR AWAY. Schwinn was just sold to Huffy, a bad four letter word to most of us. GT is unstable as well as far as I know. $1000 sounds ok. You'll be able to get something decent.
re: this is incorrectigjr
Jul 26, 2001 8:42 AM
Schwinn/GT declared bankruptcy on 7/16 in Denver. Huffy has an offer on the table, but all bankruptcy proceedings go to the judge, who has a duty to Schwinn/GTs creditors. The judge will auction the company at a public auction sometime in August. At that point, it's anyones game, provided they exceed the offer Huffy has laid out.

The only folks in control of Schwinn now are the courts. Questor is done after declaring bankruptcy. There will be no new owner until the auction.

As far as new bikes go, prospective warranties could be shaky. It is possible but unlikely that Huffy will be the ultimate owner of Schwinn/GT.
re: Schwinn bidsCliff Oates
Jul 26, 2001 9:38 AM
In addition to Huffy, who I should point out owns Airborne, there are also offers from Merida, MAVIC, and a private investor group led by a former president of GT. My friend the Schwinn dealer declined to predict the future, nor did he have any preferences.
Why would you want to ride a huffy, buy some Italian steel!!!!!!zion_rider
Jul 26, 2001 11:27 AM
Italian steel is where it's at..
If you like it - get it !Leroy L
Jul 26, 2001 1:25 PM
Hey, you're in N. Ireland - these are exotic imports, right? If you buy a Schwinn or a GT that satisfies your tastes, you are not going to be swept up in a bankruptcy. Warranty issues are 6 of one-half a dozen of the other anyway; perhaps you could use warranty as a bargaining tool to get the price down. There are plenty of great bikes ridden these days that are no longer made. How about an Italian Masi ? Just use your best judgment. There is nothing wrong with either of these bikes.
re: First Road bike - GT or Schwinn or what else?Car Magnet
Jul 26, 2001 3:41 PM
What kind of riding do you plan on doing? Centuries, training rides, climbing or sprinting and how much will you be riding? Both the 3.0 and Fastback Comp are outfitted equally (I don't know about the Elite as Schwinn has different products for U.S. and international) with aluminum frames, full 105, and carbon forks. I favor the Velomax wheels over the CXP-21's. If going for long rides I might favor the Fastback due to the GT's rear triangle which is stiff (although Andrei Tchmil doesn't seem to have a problem). Just make sure you get the right size. The Fastback will make height and reach adjustments with longer stems and seatposts (which may alter the "feel") if you go with the 3.0 then make sure you are getting the right size frame. Also if you plan on riding a lot, then a upgrade to Ultegra/Chorus may be in order. I wouldn't worry so much about the factory warranty as I would dealing with a bad LBS. There's a lot of good deals on bikes right now so you may want to shop around if the GT/Schwinn bankruptcy case upsets you.
GT vs SchwinnDonncha
Jul 27, 2001 3:06 AM
Thanks for your comments.

Not really worried about the warranty stuff as I am dealing with an importer here.

Direct comparsions between the bikes anyone?