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25$ Schwinn Paramount find

Old 06-28-20, 01:10 PM
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25$ Schwinn Paramount find

I found it on Facebook.
The owner kept it for one day.
Was a 3 hours trip, but I think it worth.
Interested how is the bike situated in the Schwinn hierarchy, and a evaluation.
thanks

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Old 06-28-20, 02:37 PM
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You drove three hours for that bike?
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Old 06-28-20, 02:48 PM
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Click bait.
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Counting the drive, you should at least break even should you flip it. If it fits, and you decide to keep it, you’ll be OK. Research series Paramounts from the early 90s, not to be confused with a Waterford Paramount. Pretty good ride should you keep it, just not a lot of value.
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Old 06-28-20, 03:23 PM
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I know it is a Japan made bike.
It has a Deore group. The last Trek Singletrack 950 I sold, is probably in the same quality area. I sold it for 190$, and the top tube was scratched.
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Old 06-28-20, 03:26 PM
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Also on Ebay was one sold for 238 plus 100 shipping.
But it had 38 bids, so probably there are people interested in this kind of bike.
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That bike has Deore XT. The market is hot right now for riders like that. Cleaned and tuned up (new cables, housing, grease, tires?), and if nothing is wrong, could fetch $300+ in my market. It would probably take ~5 hrs of work though. I've driven 3hrs round trip for similar, but that bike was for me.

I'm assuming the chainstay is suppose to have that bend in it.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
That bike has Deore XT. The market is hot right now for riders like that. Cleaned and tuned up (new cables, housing, grease, tires?), and if nothing is wrong, could fetch $300+ in my market. It would probably take ~5 hrs of work though. I've driven 3hrs round trip for similar, but that bike was for me.

I'm assuming the chainstay is suppose to have that bend in it.
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Old 06-28-20, 04:31 PM
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BTW,
1-1/2 each way is not bad in my book for a 25. MTN bike.
I believe that the Series 90 was the top of the line, here is a link to a discussion
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ries-90-a.html
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Old 06-28-20, 05:36 PM
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I wasn't planning on buying this Paramount. I was buying a different bike and the seller said he had this bike that I could have $20. It wasn't something I was interested in keeping because it was way too small but I thought for that price I would take it. These are not to be confused with a 'real' Paramount from any earlier time. I think I sold it for around $125.

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I've picked up a few MTBs with deore parts for around $125 (2 stumpjumpers and a Trek 950).

Given how old bikes are selling, I'll bet there's some value packed in the OP's bike. I'll bet it's worth north of $200 once cleaned up in a local sale. Hard to value bikes now because there are so many crazy prices out there, though.

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I am wondering who is more desperate, the buyers, or the sellers on here.

So Cal..........
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Old 06-29-20, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
I wasn't planning on buying this Paramount. I was buying a different bike and the seller said he had this bike that I could have $20. It wasn't something I was interested in keeping because it was way too small but I thought for that price I would take it. These are not to be confused with a 'real' Paramount from any earlier time. I think I sold it for around $125.

Very clean.

The OP cleaning up his bike before he posts makes sense.

He has sold some nice bikes, I just can't imagine driving three hours for that bike. Local find, sure, still nothing to get excited about.
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Old 06-29-20, 09:20 AM
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Perspective..to each their own.
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Lets stop with the ankle biting.
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Very clean.

The OP cleaning up his bike before he posts makes sense.

He has sold some nice bikes, I just can't imagine driving three hours for that bike. Local find, sure, still nothing to get excited about.
Why not? It's not your bike, right? I would have done the drive if I needed a top end vintage MTB. I drove that far to pick up an early 90s specialized stumpjumper and I paid more than $25 for it.

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I bought my PDG 70 for $30 at a auction, Full XT in good condition, I thought I stole it, These are great bikes and I would buy every one at the price you paid.

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Why not? It's not your bike, right? I would have done the drive if I needed a top end vintage MTB. I drove that far to pick up an early 90s specialized stumpjumper and I paid more than $25 for it.
Because it's dumb.
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I bought my PDG 70 for $30 at a auction, Full XT in good condition, I thought I stole it, These are great bikes and I would buy every one at the price you paid.

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Did you drive three hours to the auction.

The OP is buying it as a flip I assume, and driving three hours for it makes zero sense.
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Because it's dumb.
If you are referring to your posts on this thread, it's good of you to say that.

If, on the other hand, you are referring to the OP's decision to buy the bike to sell, you might just want to think twice before posting.

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25$ for that bike is a steal. looks to be full Deore XT (M732) you could sell the front derailleur for that much. that is a nice find there. Those Paramount MTB's were nice bikes. yes they are not Waterford Paramounts but nice none the less.
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Getting back to the original poster's questions, here is a spec sheet. I belive the bike is a 1992. It has lugs, whereas earlier versions were tig-welded. I owned one of the series MTB's and it was a fantastic bike. I'd still own it had it fit. I made a nice profit on the sale. Bought for $75.00, sold for $200.00 with only a good cleaning and all moving parts cleaned and lubed.

Schwinn catalogs, 1991 - 2000 (101 of 577)

Schwinn catalogs, 1991 - 2000 (87 of 577)

Schwinn catalogs, 1991 - 2000 (88 of 577)

I think you scored big with this one, regardless. If it didn't fit me and I had a family member that it fit, I'd clean it up, service it and give it to them. They can hand it down to their children some day.
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Cool bike and a bargain. FWIW, driving is entertainment for me now that I don't have to commute to work.
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