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    If you didn't have your Schwinns, what would you ride?

    I realize this is a strange thread for a Schwinn forum, but I thought it might be interesting. If tomorrow you decided you were done with vintage Schwinns, what would you ride?

    My short answer is Trek Fuel EX9.9 / 9.8 / 8, Titus FTM or Motolite (preferably titanium), and I'd like to try an Intense Tracer VP. I've actually ridden the Trek EX9.9 from last year (ABP but not the new fancy shock from the Roscoe) and found it to be very much to my liking, unlike the other two bikes I rode at the demo that day before the weather kyboshed it. So if I really needed a bike tomorrow that wasn't my Schwinns, I'd try and find a nice EX8.

    Anyone else?

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    I've always...

    I have 2:

    1) I've always wanted to ride a Maverick - though, I never have, so I'd want a demo ride 1st.

    2) Custom build hardtail...
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    my other bike is a custom curtlo hardtail with EBB and alfine rear hub... i'd probably ride that more. other than that, i like the Specialized epic.
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    I would save my money for a Yeti. Still related to Schwinn, in a way...

    If not that, and if money was no object, definately a Waterford built steel hardtail.

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    Oh, I did want to add that if I ever got serious about downhilling (likely not going to happen at my age), I'd want a Rotec RL9 in the fleet. I consider that "in the family" since it's a Lawwill. It would live next to an Intense 951 and Trek Remedy or Session as well. Slim chances, though, as I live where there is no downhill stuff. 9-hour drives for the good stuff.

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    I don't have downhill stuff anywhere near me, but that's not gonna stop me from building up a Straight 8. I've lusted after bikes like that for so long I'll just enjoy riding it around.

    However it's not high on the priority list.

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    A Straight 8 is definitely on my wish list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTB
    If you didn't have your Schwinns, what would you ride?
    Another bike!

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    i also have an old diamondback wcf 6.0 and two cannondales
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    I understand that engineering has value in and of itself. But in the end, it's still just a pile of aluminum tubes.

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    I'd like to try a Diamondback Knucklebox Sortie or Mission. Gotten good reviews, and not insanely priced.

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    If I didn't ride a Homegrown I would get a older high end Mongoose.

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    If I had to go modern, I'd love...

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    Yep, I'm a slight specialized fan, but I chose them because there's probably nothing out there that will do a better job than these 2.

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    Well after a rock took out my mag. droupout on the 4-Banger, I thought I should join the 21st century . Been watching Marin Quadlink for a while (wanted to stay away from Horst, ICT, VPP, DW, etc.... don't mean to offend, I just like to be diffferent). The Hydroformed tubing is beautiful IMO and the linkages seems logical in the simplest and strongest sense. Plus at $500 delivered brand new, how could I resist?

    All I have to say about the ride is I thought I knew what "active and neutral under braking" was, but now I know.

    Do I miss my Schwinns? Yes. I still think my old Bassboat blue Sweetspot was agreat looking bike. Every time I look at the pics, it just looks fast. The 4-Bangers and the Straight 6 iterations i've owned served me well and I stil has the utmost respect for Mr. Lawwill and the folks who welded those Homegrowns for us in the good-old USA

    One-day when $$$ permits, I'd like to return to the family on a homegrown hardtail (Bassboat Blue of course)!
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    Still like that Marin, Joe? One of my friends has a Rift Zone, I think. He rode it all last year and liked it.

    A new player as emerged for me. This looks fantastic for my blue/black fleet. I'd have to test ride one.
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    That FTM carbon looks sweet! I'm still liking the Marin as my AM/Trailbike. It's really active during braking, that's what really opened my eyes. The suspension action over slow, square-edged bumps while pedaling is really strange too, in a good way. Just when you think you're gonna stall, the bike just steps over the obstruction and keeps going. There seems to be no brake-jack or squat either. While pedaling and looking down I can see the shock move a bit but It doesn't seem to be bobbing, I think the 4-Banger was a little less bobby while pedaling even with no Propedal. I never seem to bottom out the suspension, It's a rising ratio design and coupled with the air shock, it really ramps up. I'd like to try it with a high-volume canister shock to see what that's like. It is loud though. The swingarm tubing and the hydroformed front triangle seem to amplify noise. The derailleur does not hit the swingarm but noise from the rim and the rear brake rotor are a little more noticeable. The rear end feels stiffer than that of the 4-banger.

    I'd like to try one of the long travel bikes like the Quake or Downhill bikes with a coil shock, seems they'd ride real nice. The Wolf Ridge seems like it would pedal great for a AM ride too. I'd really like to score a carbon fiber swingarm from a Mount Vision for my East Peak, Would bring back visions of the 4-Banger rear end.

    If I hadn't had the unfortunate breakage of the 4-Banger, I'm sure I'd still be riding it, but it gave me the opportunity to try something new and I'm happy today. I just saw a set of aluminun dropouts on e-bay recently, too. Good to hear from you again, I check this forum out regularly still, just to see what's happening. Your titanium trunion project is off the hook, probably the the most $$$$ 4-Banger in history! -- Joe

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    does a yeti dh9 count?... if i didn't have a straight8 i would have either an Ellsworth Dare, Balfa BB7, or the new and improved Lawwill designed equivalent to the straight 8...

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    Right there with you, Shwinn. I mentioned the RL9 above as being part of my DH wishlist. I'd like to just see one in person, let alone ride it.

    Aren't you already riding a DH9?

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    CTB, I have ridden schwinns most my life and switched to Diamondback in the last 3 years. Love the knuckle box and the Sortie is so fast and plush. Good choice, you'll love it. So basically ridden Schwinns(Homegrown Factory hartails, s-10, 4 bangers, rocket 88 since 97 to 04 and a Tomac Eli for a few years and then DB Mission and Sortie.

    So here is what I ride...
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    and of course my SS beauty...
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    Nice collection there.

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    Speaking of Rotec's...

    Got this for an awesome price.($2000Au = $1800USD) Picking it up tomorrow night.
    I'm gonna throw my Avid Codes and SRAM X9 groupset on it and throw the parts off this onto my Straight 6.
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    Bellsy, I LOVE it! My preferred color scheme has a black rear triangle with contrasting front, and your bike is the colors of all the sports teams from my home town. Plus a black Fox fork, of which I am a fan. You're the first person I "know" with a Rotec, so I eagerly await any and all ride reports. Sweet!

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    Yeah I'm stoked with it. I was looking at another one here in Sydney and the guy wanted $4500Au for it. So I jumped on this one as soon as I saw it.
    TBH, I'm not a huge fan of the yellow, especially with the contrasting blue highlights on the forks, but for the price I'm not complaining. I can always re-powdercoat it at a later date.
    Its had a couple of hard seasons on it, but the forks and Vivid rear shock have just been serviced, all the bearings etc changed by the Rotec distributor here in Aus. So once I throw some nice brakes and drivetrain on it (which I have already) it should ride like new.
    Have a day organised for monday (ANZAC Day, which is a public holiday to celebrate and remember Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) to do some shuttle runs at some downhll courses I know well, so I'll post up a report then.
    From the quick ride I had on it when I put the deposit down, it felt extremely nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTB
    Bellsy, I LOVE it! My preferred color scheme has a black rear triangle with contrasting front, and your bike is the colors of all the sports teams from my home town. Plus a black Fox fork, of which I am a fan. You're the first person I "know" with a Rotec, so I eagerly await any and all ride reports. Sweet!
    Bit of a writeup here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...32#post6862732

    Will add more details of how it rides, and how I went about setting it up once I have the new fork spring and can finish setting it up properly. I just need some more time with it as I only felt like I was getting somewhere with the suspension setup 2 runs from the end of the day last time.

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    Thought I might post up my other 2 (non schwinn) rigs...

    Specialised P2 (Custom build by me)
    Psylo's, Middleburn DH cranks, Hope pro2/Mavic521 wheelset etc


    Cannondale Capo Fixie/Track (also custom build by me)
    6.66kg with Reynolds carbon wheelset, FSA carbon cranks/stem/saddle/bars, Token Ti BB, and carbon post, crank brothers 2Ti Candy's.

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