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    New question here. Schwinn S30

    Anyone know the quality of this bike? I know someone who is selling it for $120.00. I will not be mr. dare devil on it, just dirt and paved paths.

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    Year ?

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    year? got me. how do i tell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfan78
    year? got me. how do i tell?
    How old is it?

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    i dont know how old it is

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    i weight 250# am i too heavy for it?

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    I think the S-30 line is what they sell at Target. It's a Schwinn but with dept store components. It would probably be ok for what you plan on doing with it but don't expect it to hold up to off road use. Me personally, I would look for something a little more dirt worthy

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    Here is the link to it. maybe u all will be able to tell how old it is?

    sale-m4duq-1734560309@craigslist.org

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    Ummm, that's an email address.
    You talking about this one?
    s-20

    s-30

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfan78
    Here is the link to it. maybe u all will be able to tell how old it is?

    sale-m4duq-1734560309@craigslist.org
    You posted a mail-to link, which is an email address link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfan78
    Here is the link to it. maybe u all will be able to tell how old it is?

    sale-m4duq-1734560309@craigslist.org
    That is not a link to it, it is an e-mail to the seller

    It really depends...if it's a 1998 S30, that was a decent (though dated) Sweet Spot full suspension bike. The 1999 version even had a carbon fiber front triangle. If it is in very good condition and you have no aspirations to upgrade then it's a decent buy.

    However, when Schwinn was purchased by Pacific Cycles and began selling at department stores in the early 00's, they used the S-30 designation for a cheap full suspension bike and that would not be worth wasting $120 on.

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    The 98/99 bikes make sweet single speeds .

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    If you're new to bikes or not especially well-versed in repair and maintenance, I'd recommend forgoing this one. If it is from the late '90s, it'll likely need some upkeep, and if it's more recent (and a dept. store bike) you don't want any part of it.
    Now go home and get your ******* shinebox.

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    Pass ....................

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    Why pass?

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    pass ... or offer him $50
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

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    Three reasons:

    Quote Originally Posted by nyfan78
    Why pass?
    1. It is the newer dept store version of the S-30. It will break sooner than later, and will either be unfixable or not worth fixing

    2. It isn't even worth the asking price

    3. Mountainbiking is damn fun! At some point you're going to want to venture off the paved paths and hit some real trails. This bike just isn't up to task.

    Happy hunting. There are plenty of good deals on craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
    pass ... or offer him $50
    Yea, the Hydrocoil Judy (it looks like it but the detail isn't very good) on it would be worth that...then toss the rest of the bike

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    Smile Schwinn S-30

    I have a schwinn S-30, It's a 1996 model & was used in the 1996 Olympics by the American Mountain Bike team. This was the 1st year of mountain bike's in the olympic's & the S-30 was from schwinn's quallity bike period, before it became a Wallmart/K-mart bike. Mine has done about about 20'000KM's & is still an awsome bike. Keep's up with all the rest. Whenever I've thought about upgrading, my local bike guy alway's talk's me out of it, mine is a classic & was one of the team bike's in "96. I can go hardcore on it with no hesitation whatsoever, but it excell's at uphill & cross-country. Also an excellent road bike with road tyres on it. As it is a 15 year old bike, you can't upgrade the rear to disc break's, but I find you don't really need them on the rear anyway. I've been offered up to $1800 Aussie dollars for mine (probably cos of it's history) but will keep it as a working part of history. Hope it's still going as strong when it's a vintage!

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