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schwinn sprint(6 posts)

schwinn sprintbonsai171
Sep 29, 2003 12:03 PM
Does anybody know when the Schwinn Sprint was made, and about how much it went for? Thanks
totally guessing...mid 70s-80....probably $200ColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 1:20 PM
5 speed right?
totally guessing...mid 70s-80....probably $200bonsai171
Oct 1, 2003 6:59 AM
you mean the rear right? The rear is 5 speed
URL...$150 newColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 1:25 PM

10 speed. Stem shifters. 38 to 100 gear range. GT-260 rear derailleur. Chain wheel guard. Oval head badge. Center pull brakes with suicide levers. Painted tubular fork. 27 x 1¼ tires. Special short wheelbase frame with bent seat tube. Looks like it falls between the Varsity and the Continental. Colors were Sky Blue, Flamboyant Red, and Chestnut. Frame sizes men's 22", 24". $149.95. Optional thorn-resistant tubes, $6.00.
I remember the Schwinn Sprint...Uncle Tim
Sep 29, 2003 5:46 PM
...they were made in the mid-70's. ('73-'74-'75) I remember seeing one at the Schwinn store in my neighborhood where I bought my orange Schwinn varsity for around $90. The Sprint looked cool, catching my eye with the bent seat tube that made it appear as though the rear wheel were tucked in tighter under the saddle.

It was obviously an illusion. It was still a heavy steel bike that had geometry that was more like a touring bike than a racer.

The price of $150 sounds about right to me.

Of course, what I wanted was the Schwinn Letour that cost even more than the Sprint.
In 73 and 74 the Paramount had that seat tube ...Humma Hah
Sep 30, 2003 1:35 PM
... available, and I've got one, and its no illusion. The wheelbase is quite short, and the bike is about as agile as a freestyle BMXer, but with the front-end stability of a classic Schwinn. The bent tube allows very short chainstays, and the wheel nearly touches the BB.

The reputed goal of the "short-coupled" frame was better climbing. I doubt it had this effect. I suspect it wheelstands nicely, tho.

The bent seat tube was a common feature of Paramount tandems for many years, and shortened the wheelbase.
And the Paramount of that vintage was propably priced somewhere in the $400-500 range, one of the most expensive production bikes available at the time.