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Would like information on a 1985 Paramount 50th Anniv. bike.(6 posts)

Would like information on a 1985 Paramount 50th Anniv. bike.Swaneedawg
Jan 22, 2004 4:21 PM
I have come across a 1985 Paramount 50th Anniversary complete bike (Columbus tubing), full 7spd. Dura-Ace componetry, all original. This bike has almost no wear on the gears...change that to practically NONE! The original owner said that there was less than 300 miles on the bike! The tires still have the molding sprigs on them. It also has the original Shimano (LOOK-type) pedals, white bar tape, white saddle, medium blue paint (small scratch on the downtube), from road debris I would think. I would like more information on this bike if anyone can help as I am wanting to purchase it a fair market price. Thanks in advance for any information!
re: Would like information on a 1985 Paramount 50th Anniv. bike.BrokenSpoke
Jan 22, 2004 5:27 PM
There is one on eBay right now with an opening bid of 549.99 and a Buy it Now at 749.99
Beauty in the eye of the beholderKerry Irons
Jan 22, 2004 5:55 PM
Unless this bike has sentimental value or you want to collect it (not ride it) then it's not worth much. It was a fine bike in its day, but that was nearly 20 years ago and things have moved on quite a bit. The value as a collector's item is very hard to determine - what will the NEXT person pay for it? If it was to ride, I'd have a hard time justifying more than $500 for it. YMMV.
Some more info...russw19
Jan 22, 2004 9:53 PM
I agree it's all in the eye of the beholder, but those are nice frames. It was a Columbus SLX frame, which although heavy, still rides nicer than many more modern frames on the market today. On top of that, the quality of build of that frame is very good. Hard to match with some of todays bikes.

Also, some small tidbits of history... the bike the original poster is looking at was more like an aniversary re-issue, so to speak. The original 50th aniversary frames were a limited edition frame. They were all black with gold decals and came with a 24K gold plated fork. They were first built to give to top dealers. The frames were so popular that Schwinn made a bunch more SLX frames with normal forks and called them Aniversary frames too. But the ones that are valuable are the black ones with the gold forks, as they were a limited production run.

Thanks for advice and info on the link on Ebay!Swaneedawg
Jan 22, 2004 9:40 PM
Um, correction: 1988 was Paramount's 50th Anniversary! nmElvisMerckx
Jan 23, 2004 9:08 AM