Schwinn recently held a preview of its 2001 model line on a huge ship called the Queen Mary.The Queen Mary was built about ten years after the Titanic but it is much bigger. The ship made 1000 transatlantic voyages before it was finally docked in the bay at Long Beach, California. It now serves as a hotel/tourist attraction/banquet center. The guys at Schwinn decided to let the boat serve as all three and hosted Southern California Schwinn dealers for a showing of next year’s bikes along with a catered lunch. We were really only there for the free lunch, but I decided to shoot a couple pictures to let you see what to expect from Schwinn next year.
For the XS parts line, there are a lot of improvements. The 4×4 hubset is now available with a rear flip-flop hub. That way you can run a smaller 14 tooth freewheel which will enable you to run a smaller front sprocket. To go along with this thinking XS is making a bunch of new sprockets in various sizes. XS also introduced a well-made micro-adjust seat post as well as new handlebars and grips.
For the racer’s the Pro Stock series has been changed in line with requests from the Schwinn race team. The most significant change for this model line is in the rear dropouts.
While we’re on the subject of the race bikes we have to talk about the Brian Foster Super Stock 2 series. Well, let’s just say that in every price range you are getting one hell of a bike. The top of the line complete comes in this super trick silver/blue and has been dropped from $750 to $550. Yep, the guys at Schwinn have dropped the retail price by $200 and you still get top of the line components. They are also making a Super Stock Cruiser, which is shown below the Super Stock 2 complete. That is a new one for the Schwinn race line.
Finally, for all you tricksters out there… Schwinn has really beefed up its freestyle line this year. The Joey Garcia Automatic series has been styled more like a trail bike and will be sporting subdued graphics for 2001. The rest of the freestyle frames have been redesigned and no longer feature the curved down tube. All of Schwinn’s bikes have been made a lot lighter this year, but according to Schwinn they all held up better than the 2000 model line under strength tests. This should make the Schwinn complete bikes an even better value.
With the looks of next year’s bikes Schwinn has been putting a lot of effort and thought into its designs. I think that it is safe to say that they are in it for the long haul.