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SCHWINN PARAMOUNT(8 posts)

SCHWINN PARAMOUNTfredstaple
Jul 21, 2003 5:37 AM
I always loved this bike and much desired one back in the day, however, could not afford one. Now that I can afford one, they are no longer made. Anyone know of a frame that is made today that is similiar to the Paramount. Does anyone that is serious about bikes still ride one? thanks.
re: SCHWINN PARAMOUNTbnlkid
Jul 21, 2003 5:57 AM
I get put you in touch with a shop that has a 56cm and 54cm and maybe a 58cm 2000 Schwinn Paramount frame if these sizes work for you. He may even build one out for you with the components that you require.
Waterford bikesContinental
Jul 21, 2003 6:09 AM
Waterford made Paramounts for Schwinn for a period of time. I think that Richard Schwinn is associated with Waterford. http://www.waterfordbikes.com/

Or, you can find vintage Paramounts for very reasonable prices, about $1000 for a nice one. I want one, too.
Richard Schwinn may even e-mail you ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 7:30 AM
I enquired with a historical question on my frame, to Waterford, and Mr. Schwinn replied personally.

Waterford still supports the old Paramounts, with frame mods, repairs, and refinishing.
Why not buy a Paramount?Mel Erickson
Jul 21, 2003 6:13 AM
A beautiful 58cm 1973 frame (chrome Nervex lugs, georgeous) recently went for $400 on ebay. There's always some available. If you always wanted a Paramount, don't settle for anything else. They are perfectly rideable bikes. I know they made them in at least two types, a long wheel base model (more of a touring frame) and a shorter wheelbase racing model. They came with varying tube sets over the years. Just pay attention, ask questions, get up to speed on the various types, tube sets, etc. and go for it.
I still ride oneBikinCO
Jul 21, 2003 6:23 AM
A Paramount mountain bike. I have had it for eight years. After I bought it (used) I upgraded the drive train and put a Judy XC on it. I just upgraded all the components to 9 speed XT, Bontrager Valiant wheels, SID XC fork and some other goodies. It has been a great bike, never had any problems with it.
I'm delighted with mine ...Humma Hah
Jul 21, 2003 7:28 AM
I scored a '74 last year on e-bay and have built it up as a fixie. It's not the lightest thing on the road, but looks gorgeous and elegant with those chromed lugs.

Waterford builds what is no doubt a better bike, but not as pretty, IMHO. And the modern bikes tend to have modern steering, too quick for my likes. I tend to prefer the ride of older bikes.

If you want a REAL Paramount, go scrap for one against the collectors on e-bay. They're one of the most popular bikes at auction.
re: SCHWINN PARAMOUNT and WATERFORDseamus
Jul 21, 2003 11:14 AM
I have two Waterfords, a 2200 with custom geometry and stainless lugs, and an x-22 cyclocross bike with custom geometry. In 20 years of riding, these are two of the best bikes I've ever thrown a leg over...they do everything I could ask for in a bike, and are beautiful to look at to boot. I'm a bit of a bike hound and I've had custom steel, titanium, aluminum and carbon from many, many makes including Calfee, Seven and a whole lot more, but I've let most of those bikes go now that I've had my Waterfords for a few years.

What really made the difference for me was the time/effort that Richard Schwinn and Marc Muller spent with me to dial in the fit, geometry and ride quality of both my frames, and then they delivered on what they promised. They may not say "Paramount" on them, but they embody everything that made the Schwinn Paramounts great, and they're among the very best bikes in the world, IMHO.