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84 Schwinn Peloton info(5 posts)

84 Schwinn Peloton infoWarren128
Aug 12, 2003 11:16 AM

What is the difference between the Schwinn Peloton and Paramount from the same period (around 1984)?

What tubing was used for the 1984 Peloton? I heard that the geometry on the Peloton is the same as on the Paramount.

Any additional info would be greatly appreciated.


re: 84 Schwinn Peloton infocdhbrad
Aug 12, 2003 12:54 PM
The tubeset was a combination of Columbus SL and SP, not sure which tubes were where in the frame. Don't know about geometry, but mine was a nice ride for its time. I still have it and use it on my trainer.
re: 84 Schwinn Peloton infoxxl
Aug 14, 2003 2:13 PM
The other poster is correct; Pelotons were made from double-butted SL/SP, with the Schwinn Paramount "crit" (vs. touring) geometry (73*HTA and 74*STA, with a 39.5" wheelbase, for a 23" frame), and were fabricated by Japanese robots with excellent brazing skills(using brass, if you're interested). Paramounts from that time were being assembled by hand (except the PDG series), and silver-brazed, I believe, by tempermental Michiganders who may or may not have been out drinking all night the night before they built your bike ; ). Pelotons are very nice rides, and were one of the few bikes to be spec'd with Suntour Superbe Pro stuff--the most underrated group there was, IMHO. Other accoutrements included Cinelli stem and bars, San Marco Rolls white leather saddle, and Dia-Compe RGC 400 brakes (aka Superbe Pro, or BRS, very fine brakes).

The really excellent paint and underchrome Schwinn's supplier used is one other nice thing about the bike, though it only came in clearcoated white w/black triangle that year. It's an extremely durable finish, that polishes up nicely. As I can regretfully attest to, it's also a very crashworthy bike. I've dumped mine over the years, and it still rides no-hands like it was new.

FYI, Schwinn claimed a curb weight of 20 lbs. in its catalog (assuming the 23" size, and yes, they still sized them in inches), which was quite good back in the day. Mine's a 25", and it comes in a bit heavier, just over 22 lbs.
re: 84 Schwinn Peloton infoxxl
Aug 14, 2003 2:17 PM
Oh, and I meant "tempermental Wisconsinites." (Or is it "Wisconsinians?" "Wisconsinaroes?" "Wisconsinais?" "Cheeseheads?") nm.
re: 84 Schwinn Peloton infoWarren128
Aug 18, 2003 7:38 AM
Thanks for the info, guys. I barely missed buying one locally. I saw the add too late, it was already sold by the time I inquired. The Superbe Pro componentry made me take notice.

Oh well, I'm sure another will show up one of these days.