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Schwinn Voyageur 11.8(4 posts)

Schwinn Voyageur 11.8peter1
Aug 2, 2003 6:34 PM
My father is selling his Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, Japanese chrome frame and Shimano 600 Triple drivetrain.

The bike was previously owned by a bike shop proprietor. It is all original except for the wheels, which have red anodized Bullseye hubs, to match the red decals and red cables (!) and my father installed mtb riser bars (I think he still has the originals.)

He asked me to sell it for him online. While I know a fair bit about contemporary bicycles, I have no idea about the value of the 11.8. Thus, I ask:

What might this be worth? And second, is anyone interested in buying it?

I will post it on the SALES board here, as well as on E-Bay, once I get a feel for a fair price. I would say that it is in very good condition. (Oh, it seems to be 25 inches bb to top tube, and would fit someone 6'2" or larger, or with very long legs. it's too large for me, that's for sure)

Also, are there any vintage Schwinn discussion boards out there?

Thanks in advance,
Peter Sigal
re: Schwinn Voyageur 11.8Lone Gunman
Aug 3, 2003 4:02 AM

I got my Voyageur 11.8 from a shop locally last summer. It was dirty and had 2 dings in the top tube, all original parts. $65. I asked the shop owner if $65 was his best price, he said "no, my best price is $130 but for you it is $65." My reply, "sold". I brought it home, stripped it downto the naked frame, shined up the chrome and made it into a fixie. Rides nice and is just stunning full chrome, sweeeettt....

The 600 triple drivetrain is not original. Mine I am fairly certain was an original with the red cables and Sugino Maxy cranks with 40/52 rings, Shimano DT shifters with Titleist/ Altus Deraileur, 27" steel heavy as sin wheelset, Diacompe black label sidepull calipers with Diacompe safety lever brake levers and the goofy 21mm sized stem that is next to impossible to find to fit the original chrome fork.

It is a made in Japan Schwinn, I doubt it is a collectable but in the right hands, it is a great score. I honestly think if you get $200, you are doing well, you saw what I paid for the original.
re: Schwinn Voyageur 11.8Walter
Aug 3, 2003 5:00 AM
Of the Japanese Schwinns the chrome ones are the most desireable. If the chrome cleans up well I'd say with confidence that the bike will find a buyer. I can't give the definitive answer but Schwinn did use Shimano 600 on some of their bikes. I remember seeing it on chrome "Super LeTours" around 1976-78.

There are a couple of Schwinn "experts" that hang out at When you get to the site scroll to the "Vintage Lightweight" board and post. No registration to post so it's real easy. Those guys can probably give you original spec and msrp. I hear that still has their "heritage" boards running so asking there can't hurt either. I hear most of the posts are about Stingrays and Krates though. You can check closed auctions on eBay too.

Couple of days of poking around should give you a decent idea about price or if you feel adventuresome start it on eBay for $10 and see where the bidding goes.
re: Schwinn Voyageur 11.8peter1
Aug 3, 2003 11:47 AM
Thanks for your help. It's a really pretty bike, and I would buy it myself it if fit.