Schwinn Paramount Ltd Edition

Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition

The Italians aren’t the only ones who can turn it on for a special birthday bike. When the Schwinn Paramount turned 50 in 1988, the Waterford factory produced a Limited Edition frame that was on par with any commemorative Colnago. This example was bought new by the preeminent collector Ray Dobbins in the early 90s, which explains the scrupulous level of care with which it has been presented.

The frame was available in red, blue, white or the option selected by Ray, black. There is a barely-detectable gold fleck in the paint that, along with gold-plated forks, traditionally celebrate a 50th anniversary. Ray originally built it with Campagnolo’s 50th Anniversary groupset, but replaced it with similarly appropriate parts when he sold it in 2008.

Ray is somewhat a perfectionist, sourcing a limited edition La Fausto Coppi saddle by Selle Italia with gold-plated rivets, which matches the gold-plated head on the Silca pump. There are far too many wonderful details to extoll in detail, including the limited edition Paramount headset, high-polished Cinelli cockpit and that flawless, as you’d expect, 24 karat gold-plated fork.

Apparently, Ray’s collection is limited to 10 bikes, hence the sale, but 10 of his are worth a hundred on the road. See the rest on his website, along with more detail shots of the Schwinn Paramount.

Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition
Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition
Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition
Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition
Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition
Schwinn Paramount 50th Anniversary Ltd Edition

  • GuitarSlinger

    My first race bike was a Paramount back in the early 70’s being on the local Schwinn dealers team . Had I been a little more savvy back then I’d of kept it as it was a wonderful bike … especially for the era . Unfortunately by the mid 80’s Schwinn had allowed itself to drown in a Sea of Mediocrity ( with this bike being the rare exception ) then gradually falling off the face of the Earth completely . Too bad no one at Schwinn in the 80’s was paying attention to what the future of Bicycling was rapidly bringing to America . Schwinn could of been at the top of the game US wise had they done so

  • Albie

    Not to be that guy, but for how polished this bike is, he’s broken quite a few of the unwritten rules of bicycle setup and bicycle portraiture.

    But, that’s enough of being that guy.

    • Do you mean that the chain is in the small ring or is it that the logos on the tires don’t line up with the valves? Or maybe the fully extended barrel adjuster on the front brake?