1985 Schwinn Cimarron touring bike
Schwinn was ahead of their time. Way back in 1985 they advertised this bike not as a “Mountain Bike” or an “ATB” (All-Terrain Bike), but as a touring bike. Thirty-five years later the bicycle world is awash with bike-packing-gravel-adventure bikes, so the moment is probably just right to update this machine and sell it as the latest and greatest touring bike! In 1985 Schwinn’s ad copy called their Cimarron model an “Outstanding touring bike outfitted with the world’s finest components.” This bike was out of style for awhile, but it’s outfitted with the finest parts once again.
Original equipment dating back to the 1980’s include the Suntour XC Pro seatpost and pedals, the Nitto “Bullmoose” handlebar, Shimano Deore XT front derailleur, crank arms and brakes (updated with modern cables and Kool-Stop pads). The frame features sweet riding butted cromoly steel which was made in America, and the whole package rolls around on vintage Araya rims (re-laced with fresh spokes).
The drivetrain has been modernized to a new Deore XT 2 x 10 system (that we can make a 3 x 10 if you prefer). You get retro-styled (but modern) 10-speed thumbshifters, a modern chain, a cartridge bottom bracket, 12-36 cassette along with new Velo Orange “Drillium” chainrings.
The Aluminum fenders and slick luggage racks are made by Velo Orange, the tires are new ones from WTB, and the new leather touring saddle will be customized to you once you break it in.
This bike will work best for someone between 5’5” and 5’8” tall, and can be all yours for $1199. If nobody out there grabs this old Schwinn I’m taking it home myself…