When Schwinn introduced the Paramount as their top class racing bike in the 1930s, they started a real success story. Over the years the Paramount would turn out to become the most successful US racing bike of the 20th century.
However, this pinnacle of Schwinn's bicycle production underwent several changes. Sometimes it was up on the top with the best road bikes in the world, in other years it slowly fell behind in the development of racing machines and ended up outdated, only to be resurrected, renewed and put back into its place as the number one.
In 1980 the production of the Paramount was completely reconsidered, which resulted in a completely new factory in Waterford, Wisconsin. By 1985 Paramount was in full gear, with what became the “standard” model. For medium and smaller sizes, Paramount introduced Columbus SLX tubing. Road racing bikes came to dominate production.
This Schwinn Paramount from 1986 is exactly one of those standard bikes from the mid 1980s with Columbus SLX tubing and a complete Campagnolo Super Record groupset. The colour was called Icy White by Schwinn and corresponds perfectly with the shiny aluminium parts and the modern plain decal design.
The bike has been fully serviced in our workshop and is ready to be ridden. Cables, tires, chain, saddle and bar tape are new.
The Paramount is a wonderful piece of cycling history which rides like a whirlwind and is good for many Eroica races to come and as many weekend rides as you can fit into your schedule.